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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4 Ways to Continue Training Hard With an Upper-Body Injury

Injuries happen. If you play hard and train hard, chances are you'll sustain an injury at some point. "No risk, no reward," as they say. And while inj...

Is Doing Too Many Reps Killing Your Strength and Muscle Gains?

A common misconception in strength training is that lifting to failure is the ultimate way to get bigger and stronger. After all, that's what hurts...

Hack Squat: Upgrading the Old-School Strength Staple

The Barbell Hack Squat is an old-school strength exercise that's been around forever. Essentially a Deadlift that begins with the barbell behind your ...

Does Listening to Music Help You Lift More Weight?

Athletes are always looking for a mental or physical edge while exercising or competing. There's no shortage of ergogenic aids—ranging from caffe...

3 Ways to Get Fitter When You 'Don't Have Time' to Work Out

"Daddy, do you have to leave?" As parents, we vow to spend as much time with our kids as possible. We all want to be there, especially in the forma...

7 Quick Routines That Will Make Your Biceps Bigger

If you're hitting the gym, you're probably doing it for one of two reasons—to improve your health and fitness, or to look better. Maybe both. But...

Why Almost No One Should Straight Bar Deadlift

Mike Boyle believes every athlete should Deadlift. He also believes no athlete—aside from powerlifters—should Straight Bar Deadlift. Why? ...

Gymnastic Work Can Be the Game-Changer You Need in Your Training Routine

Now more than ever, athletes are embracing the weight room. Traditional strength training has proven benefits for any athlete, regardless of the sp...

Training a Team in the Weight Room? 5 Simple Hacks You Should Be Using

You can find several similarities between training the average person and training the competitive athlete. Since I'm a coach with experience in both ...

1 Set, 20 Reps: The Strange Workout Strategy That Gets Results

There are many unanswered questions in the field of strength and conditioning. Where should inexperienced athletes start with weight training? How ...

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