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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Tobin Heath's Lower-Body Soccer Workout

Tobin Heath is the only member of the U.S. Women's National Soccer Team who's won NCAA, NWSL, World Cup and Olympic titles. ESPN recently dubbed the 3...

Why the Split Snatch Is My Favorite Lift for Athletes

The Clean (both the squat and power versions) has become the premier lift for those wishing to test or demonstrate power and explosiveness in the weig...

6 Common Training Mistakes Tearing Up Your Rotator Cuff

Rotator cuff training is boring. It's like the broccoli of lifting weights; you know you should eat some, but you'd rather just skip to dessert (which...

Why Better Rotation Is One of the Most Overlooked Ways to Increase Athletic Performance

First we build movement proficiency in a pattern. Then we build strength in that pattern. Lastly, we develop power to take our development of a patter...

The Painful-Yet-Effective Strategy That Will Add Reps to Your Bench Press Test

One of the most common combine events is the Bench Press for reps. At the NFL Combine, it's performed with 225 pounds. At the NBA Combine, it's done w...

What Exactly Is Sport-Specific Training?

Sport-specific training has become one of the trendiest buzzwords in sports performance. Parents now constantly ask trainers if they offer it. In resp...

5 Bodyweight Training Standards to Hit Before You Focus on Lifting Heavy

What is the easiest athletic quality to improve? In reality, there are two: strength and endurance. Is it any wonder the sports performance industr...

How to Deadlift With Flawless Technique

The Deadlift is a fairly simple exercise. You pick a heavy bar off the ground then put it down again. Yet, it's one of—if not the—most effective e...

Why Many Strength Coaches Consider Chin-Ups 'The Squat of the Upper-Body'

I have a confession to make: I've been disrespecting Chin-Ups. Several years ago, I wrote an article for STACK that outlined how hand position chan...

How Often Should Athletes Do Jump Training? And How Many Reps Should They Do?

This piece is the final installment of a series on plyometric and jump training. Direct links to the previous pieces: 1, 2, 3, 4. We've covered a l...

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