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 Too Much Pick-Up and Too Little Strength Training Hurts Young Basketball Players

Playing pick-up basketball is great. Working on your skills in a game-like environment against willing opponents certainly has value, there's no de...

15 Core Strengthening Exercises for Athletes

Photo: Solidsitup The core musculature is one of the most important aspects of an athlete's body with regard to performance. There are many core...

Perfect Kettlebell Swing Form: 5 Mistakes You're Probably Making

Kettlebell Swings were once exclusively performed by athletes in the Soviet Union. Now you'd be hard pressed to walk through a gym and not see at leas...

Why You Should Squat With a Safety Bar Even If You Aren't Injured

Over the past decade, we've witnessed a noticeable paradigm shift in the strength and conditioning industry. Whereas heavy Back Squats once reigned...

Lunges Hurt Your Knees? Try This

The Lunge is something I would consider essential for good movement. Single-leg strength and stability is of massive importance in keeping humans heal...

Why You Actually Should Arch Your Back While You Bench Press

Powerlifters are some of the strongest people on the planet. They train to lift as much weight as possible in the Squat, Bench Press and Deadlift, so ...

How to Know When Your Child Is Ready to Lift Weights

While scrolling through my Instagram feed recently, I came across a video of a youth athlete performing Barbell Squats with knee valgus, low back flex...

Combine Plyometrics With Your Agility Drills for More Explosive Movement

Plyometrics are great for building athletic explosiveness in sports, and for decades performance trainers have used them to elicit this effect. I beli...

How Overcomplicated 'Core Training' Is Making Athletes Worse

With the rise of social media and the increasing devaluation of the term "functional," core training is broader than ever. Surf Instagram and you'l...

4 Reasons Why Athletes Need Strong Adductors

Hip abduction exercises, which train the glutes and outer hips, get all the glory. Just look up "Fitness" under the Explore tab on Instagram and yo...

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