Strength Training Articles

Because muscular strength is a key driver of speed, power and athletic performance, elite athletes regularly perform workouts with the goal to improve their strength. Such workouts improve muscle size, mass, strength and power, while also helping to prevent injury. Strength training exercises typically involve pushing, pulling or lifting external weight in the form of barbells, dumbbells, kettlebells and med balls. Bodyweight and resistance band exercises are also effective. Athletes generally target the muscles of the lower body, upper body and core that are used in competition. Find advice about the best ways to increase strength from today's top coaches and elite athletes.

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Why Getting 1% Better Each Day Is the True Mark of Toughness

My senior year of high school began in 1995. I played Pearl Jam over and over on my Walkman and Seinfeld was appointment viewing. But while bands a...

Set a PR Today With This Amazing Method From a World-Class Weightlifting Coach

Everyone loves the rush of setting a personal record. There's nothing like the feeling of moving the most weight you've ever moved in your life on ...

Why Sports Parents Need to Get in the Weight Room, Too

Just the thought of inviting sports parents into the weight room is enough to give some coaches a headache. But not Micah Kurtz. Kurtz, Director...

You're Probably Neglecting Your Posterior Chain. Here's How to Train It

To achieve maximum strength levels, you must be well-rounded in your training. Many athletes are quick to train the "beach muscles"—biceps, trice...

Why the Best Distance Runners 'Train Like Athletes'

At his home on the beaches of Portsea, Australia, Percy Cerutty created one of the most innovative training camps in running history. Cerutty's cam...

This 2-Move Drill Torches Fat and Builds Muscle

Whether you're thinking about enhancing performance in sport or improving how you look, at the end of the day, it's all about getting better. Getti...

31 Powerful Exercises for Combat Sport Athletes

As one of, if not the, most challenging and dynamic sports in the world, preparing for the rigors of the cage or dojo isn't easy. In training, comb...

This Little-Known Deadlift Variation Will Light Your Glutes and Hamstrings on Fire

I'm always tweaking and modifying assistance exercises. By varying a movement, you change the training stimulus, prevent boredom, and keep training...

Back to Basics: a 4-Week Workout Plan to Kickstart Your Fitness

You've heard the phrase, "You must crawl before you can walk." Whether you haven't missed a gym session in two years or your treadmill is currently...

Skip the Barbell: 9 Power Exercises Anyone Can Do

Expressing power is all about one's ability to generate force quickly. It's a vital quality to have in any sport, whether you're looking to get off...

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