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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How to Determine Your Optimal Bench Press Grip In Under 30 Seconds

No other exercise is as universally loved as the Barbell Bench Press. Its popularity remains at an all-time high among athletes and regular gym-goers ...

3 Jammer Exercises to Make You More Explosive

Love the concept of the Jammer training tool but don't have the equipment piece? Us, too. That's why we messed around and came upon this one: The Poor...

The Surprising Reason Why You Should Always Use a Spotter When You Bench Press

With 225 pounds on the bar and a new rep max on the line, you lie down on the bench. The first five reps move as expected. Trouble starts around th...

21 Butt-Kicking Bodyweight Exercises You've Never Tried Before

For less than $10 on Amazon, you can purchase one of the most effective, versatile pieces of exercise equipment in existence: a set of furniture slide...

2 Keys to a Better Barbell Hip Thrust

The Barbell Hip Thrust has taken the world by storm. Thanks to its unique ability to directly target the glutes, which are among the most powerful ...

Want to Experience the Most Efficient Workout of Your Life? Try This

The other day, I found myself short on time for a training session. I got on campus at around 7:45 a.m. and had to teach at 9 a.m. Given the tim...

5 Tips to Combat 'Ego Lifting' and Build Legit Strength

Since you're already on this website, chances are I don't need to convince you of the value of heavy lifting. However, although strength training h...

How to Build Serious Single-Leg Strength (And Why It's So Important)

In a previous article, I established solid single-leg strength standards based on my many years of experience working with junior, D1 and pro hockey p...

Nordic Hamstring Curls: Why Everyone Should Try This Ultra-Challenging Exercise

The hamstrings are some of those muscles that people always seem to have problems with. They're weak. They're tight. They're one of the most common...

6 Ways to Squeeze In an Effective Workout Over Thanksgiving Break

Time-Saving Tips When In-Season Workout Time Is Limited By Jim Carpentier, CSCS For individual athletes, teams, and coaches, scheduling quality time in...

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