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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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...

Why 'Anti' Movements Are an Athlete's Key to Functional Core Strength

Functional core strength. It's one of the most debated topics in fitness and athletic performance. In the context of athletics, "functional" means ...

If You're Simply Assigning Sets and Reps, You're Failing as a Strength and Conditioning Coach

Strength and conditioning coaches have never been more important. While the one-sentence job description for the role might be something as simple ...

Why It's Better for Young Athletes to Lift 'Too Light' Rather Than 'Too Heavy'

The high school sports landscape has changed dramatically over the last 20 years. In that time, athletic departments have implemented strength trai...

Add a Light Kettlebell to Your Foot to Crank Up The Effectiveness of Your Dead Bug

Every athlete must learn how to stabilize and brace their core to limit injuries and maximize movement. When functioning properly, muscles like the...

3 Common Box Jump Mistakes That Might Be Holding You Back

The Box Jump is a popular exercise for athletes of all ages. In recent years, a number of viral videos have shown athletes jumping onto absurdly hi...

How Does Someone Train to be 'Athletic'?

Achieving the top level of athleticism is the ultimate goal for any athlete looking to play at the next level. In the end, this is going to be one...

Are You Over-Coaching? How to Tell if Your Instruction Is Actually Impeding an Athlete's Progress

Coaching is an art form. The science and application of what coaching is has recently been brought to the forefront by the popular Brett Bartholome...

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