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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'Back-Off Sets' Are Scientifically Proven to Build Muscle Faster

Lifting heavy weights is how you get strong. We all know that. However, since the adaptations caused by low-rep strength work are largely neural...

Why You Should Use a Trap Bar Instead of a Barbell for Your Jump Training

A higher vertical jump can take months, even years, to develop. Taking a vertical from the mid-20s to the high-30s is something that requires signific...

3 Reasons Distance Runners Shouldn't Skip Strength Training

Distance runners often intuitively feel that the only way to improve running performance is to increase mileage and run more. Although this approac...

The Baseball Strength-Speed Continuum: The Phases of a Successful Offseason

Setting athletes up for success in their respective sport requires not only great programming, but great timing in regard to where a player is in thei...

19 Exercises That Should Be In Your Routine in 2019

  Your workout needs an upgrade. If you're still performing the same exercises today that you were using years ago, it's time to include mo...

3 Exercises Swaps to Help You Train if you Have Low-Back Pain

One of the biggest mistakes athletes often make during their playing career is training through pain rather than training around it. Sure, lifting ...

5 Ways You Can Improve Your Golf Game Inside the Weight Room

If you're looking to improve your golf game, it's time to head to the weight room. As with most sports, golf is now a year-round sport for many you...

4 Mistakes Ruining Your Power Clean (and How to Finally Fix Them)

The Power Clean remains a staple movement in strength programs across a variety of sports. From football to hockey to track and field, athletes wil...

Build 'Real-World Strength' With Uneven Load Weight Training

When you load weights onto a barbell or grab two dumbbells, are they the same weight? Silly question, right? Of course they are. It'd be absurd to ...

How Poor Core Strength Can Sabotage a Pitcher's Entire Delivery

Pitchers need core strength. Why? Because poor core strength can set off a series of chain reactions throughout your body that results in a weak...

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