Upper Body Articles

Having a strong, healthy upper body plays a pivotal role in many aspects of an athlete's performance. Whether your game involves throwing, catching, making tackles or running, a weak upper body could be holding you back from the next level. STACK's teamed up with the top trainers and elite athletes for advice on how to get a strong upper body, including a wide range of exercises and workout plans.

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Are Med Ball Tosses and Passes a Part of Your Routine? They Should Be

Power is a difference-maker for athletes. Olympic lifts and jumps (plyometrics) deservedly get a lot of love when it comes to talking about how to ...

4 Ways to Continue Training Hard With an Upper-Body Injury

Injuries happen. If you play hard and train hard, chances are you'll sustain an injury at some point. "No risk, no reward," as they say. And while inj...

Why Better Rotation Is One of the Most Overlooked Ways to Increase Athletic Performance

First we build movement proficiency in a pattern. Then we build strength in that pattern. Lastly, we develop power to take our development of a patter...

How to Deadlift With Flawless Technique

The Deadlift is a fairly simple exercise. You pick a heavy bar off the ground then put it down again. Yet, it's one of—if not the—most effective e...

Why Many Strength Coaches Consider Chin-Ups 'The Squat of the Upper-Body'

I have a confession to make: I've been disrespecting Chin-Ups. Several years ago, I wrote an article for STACK that outlined how hand position chan...

Why Upper-Body Eccentrics Are an Awesome Way to Build Muscle and Protect Against Injury

Eccentric exercise training is a great tool to develop foundational strength and tendon stiffness in athletes. Eccentric movement, in its simplest ...

Do More Pull-Ups Fast With 'Level-Ups'

When it comes to major bang-for-your-buck exercises in the vertical pull category, Level-Ups bring a lot to the table. Now, if you can't bust o...

Build Bigger Lats With This Savage 2-Exercise Superset

The Single-Arm Dumbbell Row is one of my favorite upper-back strength exercises. It's joint-friendly, doesn't require complex equipment, and you can w...

Bench Press Hurt Your Shoulder? Here's What You Should Do

Over the years, I have trained numerous athletes with existing shoulder ​problems that prevented them from ​​bench pressing heavy weight with a ...

How a Better Strength and Conditioning Plan Built a Women's Boxing Beast

What does it take to be a boxer? That's something my client/friend Claire Quinn (@claire___quinn) knows all about. She's an amateur boxer who's bee...

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