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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Pre-Workout Static Stretching Can Sabotage Your Strength and Muscle Gains

Stretching can play an important role in athletic development. Maintaining normal, controlled range of motion is essential to feeling healthy, perform...

Should Athletes Train With Equipment Like Weight Belts, Lifting Straps and Knee Wraps?

In the world of strength training, people are always looking for an edge. That edge often falls into the category of ergogenic aids. Ergogenic is s...

Stretch, Engage, Activate: The 3 Things You Should Do Before Every Workout

Jumping straight into an intense workout without a proper warm-up is a recipe for disaster. Yet spending 30 minutes stretching before every lift is a ...

7 Safe and Effective Bodyweight Exercises for Pre-Teen Athletes

A general consensus among health and fitness professionals is for pre-teen athletes to gradually ease into weight training by initially performing mul...

Progressive Overload Is the Concept You Must Understand to Make Consistent Gains in the Weight Room

Progressive overload essentially means doing more work over time. This principle is based on the concept that your body eventually adapts to the de...

Create an Effective 3-Day Workout Routine With This Template

When it comes time to write programs, whether for yourself or someone else, the process can quickly become overcomplicated. You can spend hours upon h...

Why Crunches Are Ruining Your Ability to Sprint Faster

If you've been paying attention, you know that Crunches are no longer a favorite exercise of elite athletes and the people who train them. Unless y...

More than a Six Pack: 3 Keys to Building Functional, Performance-Enhancing Core Strength

A well-developed core is not only the prominent feature of a good physique, it's the foundation of an elite athlete. Strength, power and stability all...

What is an Accessory Exercise? Everything You Need to Know About These Training Staples

If you're new to strength training, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed by the avalanche of vocabulary words being thrown your way. Not only are you...

Why Soccer Players Should Strength Train

The weight room can be an intimidating place. Especially if you're the youngest, smallest or weakest player on your soccer team. High school soccer...

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