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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5 Ways You Can Improve Your Golf Game Inside the Weight Room

If you're looking to improve your golf game, it's time to head to the weight room. As with most sports, golf is now a year-round sport for many you...

4 Mistakes Ruining Your Power Clean (and How to Finally Fix Them)

The Power Clean remains a staple movement in strength programs across a variety of sports. From football to hockey to track and field, athletes wil...

Build 'Real-World Strength' With Uneven Load Weight Training

When you load weights onto a barbell or grab two dumbbells, are they the same weight? Silly question, right? Of course they are. It'd be absurd to ...

How Poor Core Strength Can Sabotage a Pitcher's Entire Delivery

Pitchers need core strength. Why? Because poor core strength can set off a series of chain reactions throughout your body that results in a weak...

Top 5 Ways to Boost Your Skating Speed

"What are the top five exercises to get faster for hockey in your opinion?" It's a question I get asked all the time. Since this is such a common q...

Training With 'Intent' Is a Concept Too Many Young Athletes Fail to Appreciate

"Athletes are either compliant or competitive." I heard that phrase for the first time recently, and I quickly thought about how true it was when i...

The Biggest Split Squat Mistake You Didn't Know You Were Making

When it comes to lower-body lifts, the Split Squat is one of the most effective and scalable options for athletes of all levels. The massive import...

Too Much Quad, Not Enough Glute: A Common Problem for Young Pitchers

The most common disconnect I see in young baseball pitchers is an inability to load the glute. Many pitching coaches will refer to this as "an inab...

Why Young Athletes Should Utilize the Lateral Plyometric Jump

All too often, athletes ignore lateral movement in their training. Why? Well, with literally thousands of exercises and drills at their disposal, a...

What is the 'Conjugate Training System'?

What is the conjugate training system? Also known as the "Westside Method" because it was devised by Louie Simmons of Westside Barbell gym in Colum...

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