A common type of strength training for developing the strength and muscle mass, weightlifting uses a variety of specialized equipment (weighted bars, dumbbells, kettlebells or weight stacks) to target specific muscle groups. Athletes generally target the muscles of the lower body, upper body and core that are used in competition. Done properly, workouts improve muscle size, mass, strength and power, while also helping to prevent injury. Find advice about the best ways to increase strength from today's top coaches and elite athletes.

Latest in Weightlifting

The Most Overrated Piece of Equipment in the Gym

The Smith machine is a polarizing piece of exercise equipment. Some people absolutely love it—it's one of the most popular pieces of equipment in mo...

By: Andy Haley

The Simplest Way to Know When You Should Add More Weight to an Exercise

To make gains, you need to gradually increase the difficulty of your workouts. As your workouts get harder, your muscles will become bigger and stro...

By: Andy Haley

The World's Strongest Man Eats 10,000 Calories a Day

The most recent World's Strongest Man contest winner, Brian Shaw, stands 6-foot-8 and weights 415 pounds. To maintain that hulking figure, which h...

By: Jordan Zirm

Massive Acceleration: A Sprinter Weight Training Program

To build a powerful start, a proper sprinter weight training program is necessary. While technique and actual sprinting ability are crucial to success,...

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Why the Clean Pull is Perfect for Athletes

Nearly every sport requires it's athletes to be powerful. In order to increase power output we can do a variety of exercises ranging from lifting heavy...

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Latest Videos in Weightlifting

Elite Performance with Mike Boyle: Should Athletes Press Overhead?

In this episode of STACK Elite Performance, Mike Boyle explains when it’s safe to press overhead and demonstrates three overhead exercises that protect the shoulder.

World-Class Workouts With Todd Durkin: Build Strength and Work Capacity With Drop Sets

In this episode of World-Class Workouts, Todd Durkin shows you how to increase the volume of exercises you perform in a workout and get quicker results through drop sets.

Ndamukong Suh Squats Over 450 Pounds

NFL defensive tackle and former NCAA All-American Ndamukong Suh demonstrates his power by squatting over 450 pounds.

Thomas Jones Chasing Greatness Part 4: Moving Iron, Making Muscle

In the fourth episode of Chasing Greatness, Kansas City Chiefs RB Thomas Jones gives an inside look at his training routine.

Developing Late and Working Hard with Terrell Owens

Dallas Cowboys Pro Bowl receiver Terrell Owens talks about being a late bloomer and hitting the weights during free periods in high school