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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How Often Should Athletes Do Jump Training? And How Many Reps Should They Do?

This piece is the final installment of a series on plyometric and jump training. Direct links to the previous pieces: 1, 2, 3, 4. We've covered a l...

The One Thing Young Athletes Must Do Before They Can Get Significantly Faster

All athletes want to run faster. Speed is probably the most sought after attribute in sports today. There is no such thing as too fast. The only issue...

The One Strength Exercise Every Runner Should Try

Runners like to run. That's pretty obvious, and that love of running is what leads some runners to make it their only form of exercise. Honestly, t...

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 ...

Are You Tough Enough to Handle the 'Zercher' Position? How This Unique Training Variation Makes You Physically and Mentally Stronger

Possibly the most underutilized position in strength and conditioning today? For my money, I'm going with the Zercher position. Not necessarily an ...

Testing Your One-Rep Max? Try This Surprising, Science-Backed Trick to Move More Weight

Over the past two decades, the amount of research on post-activation potentiation (PAP) has skyrocketed. Most proven PAP protocols utilize a heavy str...

Why Soccer Players Need Strong Hips (and How to Build Them)

The hips do not lie. To neglect them as a soccer player would be hindering performance, decreasing speed and increasing risk of injury. Ever see...

3 Reasons Hockey Players Should Never Train to Failure

Training to failure is something that's done in hockey gyms across the world on an almost daily basis. And in my opinion, it's a gigantic mistake. ...

'Core Stability' Is a Trendy Training Buzzword. Here's Why It's Often Misused

You've probably heard a trainer or coach preach the importance of having a "stable core." Terms like "core training" or "core stability training" have...

17 Effective Rings Exercises That Build a Better Body

Olympic rings aren't just for gymnasts. Suspension training has been around for decades, but in more recent years, it's become popular in mainstream g...

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