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 Traditional Grip Training Can Sabotage Baseball Player's Elbows

Old-school thinking tells us that baseball players need big forearms and a strong grip to swing faster and throw harder. However, the rapid increase i...

Post-Activation Potentiation: How This Unique Training Trick Can Help You

Post-activation potentiation (PAP) is a training concept that has garnered a lot of attention among lifters and strength coaches in recent years. Why?...

Spotting a Snake Oil Salesman: 4 Telltale Signs of a Terrible Trainer

As a parent, you understand that participating in youth athletics forces your kid to learn how to deal with challenges and adversity. Losses are a par...

This Training Technique Will Lift Your Depth Jumps to the Next Level

The standard Depth Jump as has been a staple in just about every elite coach's program for decades now. The move involves stepping off an elevated sur...

How You Can Create Your Own Reverse Hyper 'Machine' in Any Gym

When discussing lower-body training, it's not uncommon to hear athletes say things like, "Ugh, Deadlift KILLS my back!" or "whenever I go heavy on Bac...

Taking a Short Rest After Every Rep May Be a Smarter Way to Strength Train

Traditional set training has recently been challenged, and with good reason; it causes muscle fatigue which can interfere with muscle performance and ...

Are You Ready to Barbell Overhead Press? Here's How to Tell

If the Squat, Bench Press and Deadlift are the "Big 3" of powerlifting, the Barbell Overhead Press rounds out the "Big 4" because of its ability to bu...

Why the 2,000-Meter Row May Be the Most Killer Fitness Test Ever Created

The rowing machine is a killer workout. Training on a rowing machine activates 85 percent of the body's musculature and can get your heart pumping ...

What Soccer Players Get Wrong About the Weight Room

How many of you have seen professional soccer players posting their latest workout on Instagram, or a club sharing footage of their latest strength tr...

The 22 Best Sled Exercises

A sled can help just about anyone get in better shape. The best sled exercises are easy to teach and offer an appropriate learning curve for indivi...

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