Strength Training

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.

Latest in Strength Training

Use These 5 Tips to Get a Killer Workout in 30 Minutes

Recently an athlete asked me, "What can I do if I only have 30 minutes to work out?" At first, I wasn't quite sure how to tackle that question. As ...

By: Tanner Batten

Research Reveals Unilateral Exercises Significantly Strengthen Both Halves of the Body

Unilateral exercises are becoming increasingly popular in sports performance training and for good reason. Unilateral exercises, meaning exercises ...

By: Jake Tuura

Mechanical Drop Sets: Your Secret to Crushing Heavier Weight and Building More Muscle

Mechanical Drop Sets are one of the most efficient and effective tools for packing on slabs of muscle. In a typical drop set, you perform a set of ...

By: Kevin Warren

6 Lower-Body Exercises Every Combat Athlete Should Add to Their Routine

Combat athletes are known for their lightning-quick reflexes and upper-body strength, but the real power in combat sports comes from having a balanced...

By: James Kopniske

Use These 6 Simple Tests to Find Your Perfect Squat

We can all agree that the Squat is a foundational movement. It can be used to develop strength, power and muscle mass. Being able to Squat without pai...

By: Josh Williams

Latest Videos in Strength Training

The Training That Allowed Raiders CB Obi Melifonwu to Dominate the NFL Combine

NFL cornerback Obi Melifonwu destroyed the NFL Combine with a 4.40 40-Yard Dash and a 44-inch Vertical Jump. Here's an inside look at how he hones his extraordinary athleticism.

Improve Your Golf Performance With Tips From Dustin Johnson’s Strength Coach

Legendary golf performance coach “Joey D” Diovisalvi talks about the evolution of golf.

A Legendary Collegiate Strength Coach Explains How High School Athletes Should be Training

Boyd Epley, assistant athletic director for strength and conditioning at Nebraska, talks about the mistakes that high school athletes make with their training.

Crush Your Workouts With Tips From Brady Collins, Strength Coach for the University of Cincinnati Football Team

Brady Collins explains the type of mindset athletes need in the weight room to get results.

How the Cincinnati Bengals Approach Offseason Training

Bengals strength coach Chip Morton talks about how his athletes approach their offseason training program.