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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3 Factors to Consider When Training Swimmers

When you think of athletes who strength train, swimmers probably aren't the first ones who spring to mind. However, every athlete can benefit from ...

Opposites Attract: Why eSports Athletes Benefit From Strength Training

You're wasting your time. Go outside and play. You're being anti-social, go interact with people in person. If anyone has played video games for an...

Why Training to Failure Can Actually Hinder Your Strength, Power and Explosiveness Gains

Training to failure. If you're unfamiliar with the term, it refers to performing as many reps during a set as you possibly can. Only once your body...

Why Great Baseball Players Are Built in the Fall

With the fall season right around the corner, I thought this would be a great time for me to talk about the importance of early offseason training. ...

What Should I Do if One Side of My Body Is Stronger Than the Other?

We strive to be creatures of symmetry. Yet imbalances are all but unavoidable. And every day, we reinforce many of our body's physical imbalances t...

Why Soccer Players Need Rotational Power (and How to Build it)

If you want to be the best soccer player possible, you need rotational power. While I am all for Squats, Lunge variations, Pull-ups, Push-ups and D...

What Is Range of Motion, and Why Is it so Important?

Range of motion. It's a term that gets thrown around a lot these days, including here on STACK.com, but do you really know what it means? Let's ...

Can Your One-Rep Max Really Predict Your Jumping and Sprinting Ability?

"Just get stronger." These words are repeated over and over by many strength and conditioning coaches, leading athletes to believe strength is the ...

Why Young Athletes Shouldn't Lift Every Day

I've begun to notice a troubling trend with my athletes. As a director of strength and conditioning at a private high school, I oversee many liftin...

How The 'Snap Down' Drill Builds Explosive Athletes From the Ground Up

For athletes to truly grasp what it takes to be faster, more explosive and more agile, they must understand the relationship between their feet and th...

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