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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Life Hack: Buy a Medium-Weight Kettlebell

I love my kettlebell. I still remember how we first met. We were cleaning out the old STACK office when a co-worker announced a kettlebell was up f...

14 Bodyweight Exercises You Can Do With a Basketball

Basketball is a game of finesse, and technical skills such as dribbling, shooting and hand-eye coordination are essential to playing the sport. But ba...

5 Simple Substitutions to Improve Your Baseball Workout Program

Every baseball player wants their training to pay off on the field. Although most players will get some benefit out of following a general athlete ...

Don't Overlook Horizontal Force Production for Sports Success

Being able to apply the right amount of force in the appropriate direction at the appropriate time is critical to sports success. If we jump to cat...

How Eccentrics and Isometrics Can Produce Results Your Entire Training Career

Most athletes never give a second thought to training tempo. They think about things like load and reps and maybe even exercise selection, but rare...

11 Reasons Every High School Needs a Strength and Conditioning Program

This article was originally featured on PLT4M. PLT4M partners with over 800 high schools as an online strength and conditioning tool, delivering custo...

3 Little-Known Kettlebell Movements That Tone Your Entire Body

A single medium-weight kettlebell is a fitness Swiss Army Knife. You may already be familiar with kettlebell exercises like the Swing and the Tur...

Get a Killer Core Workout With Just a Medicine Ball

I'm a huge fan in developing the core through regular strength workouts, whether it's Squats, Deadlifts or accessory exercises, each have their role w...

10 Commandments for Great Weight Room Culture

This article was originally featured on PLT4M. PLT4M partners with over 800 high schools as an online strength and conditioning tool, delivering custo...

Kettlebells: What They Are and Why You Should Train With Them

Tour any modern gym and you're bound to stumble upon a section littered with kettlebells. A kettlebell looks like a cannonball with a handle. They ...

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