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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You Can Build Muscle Mass Through Swimming

Swimming is an excellent, low-impact exercise for burning calories and getting fit. It's ideal for those with injuries, joint problems or other issues...

Why Every Athlete Needs An Agility Ladder

No, you will not become an Olympic sprinter by using an agility ladder. It is however a versatile tool that can effectively teach some fundamental ski...

Take Your Workout Outdoors With This Brutally Challenging Circuit

It's officially nice outside again! The long hours of being in a stuffy gym all winter are through! Be happy! It's now time to for your outdoor workout...

8 Core Exercises That Are Better Than Sit-Ups

What's Wrong With the Sit-Up? For decades the bent-knee sit-up has served as the go-to core exercise by military personnel, sports coaches, and phy...

Basketball Off-Season Workout: Strength and Size

If you've spent any time talking with a strength coach—or browsing the articles on STACK.com—you understand that it's critical to focus your train...

How to Master Your Clean and Jerk Form

The Clean and Jerk is one of the two lifts that athletes compete in at the Olympic Games. It's also a potent exercise for developing total-body power....

Try This Bodyweight Hill Workout to Improve Your Strength and Endurance

Take Your Game to New Heights with This Off-Season Uphill Full-Body Workout By Jim Carpentier, CSCS Switching from sprinting, jumping, or performing...

6 Myths Sports Parents Need to Stop Believing

Working with young kids in sport can be one of the most rewarding roles as a coach; they often make huge progress quickly, have a thirst for learning ...

Quick and Proper Warm-Up for At-Home Workouts

With all of the in-home workouts being shared around the internet, it is important to perform a proper warm-up before jumping right into your workout....

What Makes a Great Strength and Conditioning Coach?

The strength and conditioning industry has evolved. Strength coaches were once considered a luxury item in athletics but are now integral pieces to th...

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