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 Harrison Phillips Built One of the Most Impressive Bench Presses in NFL History

When Harrison Phillips put up 42 reps on the Bench Press at the 2018 NFL Combine, he joined an exclusive club. Since 1998, only eighteen men have m...

By: Brandon Hall

Top Strength Coaches Used to Love These Exercises—Now They Know Better

As a trainer, progression is everything. Just as exercises have progressions, it's your responsibility to continually evolve your education, methods, ...

By: Justin Ochoa

The Secret to Jumping Higher Without Any Jump Training

Just about every athlete wants to be able to jump higher. Having the best vertical jump is a desire that's engrained in athletes from a very young ...

By: Ryan Obernesser

How a Yoga Ball and a Resistance Band Can Help Athletes Build the Best Type of Core Strength

"Anti-core training" is a massively important piece of the athletic development puzzle. The term "anti" refers to the resisting of lumbar flexion, ...

By: Justin Ochoa

The Steel Mace: Why Every Athlete Should Know This Unique Piece of Equipment

My earliest memories of athletic training revolve around conventional equipment. You know, the barbells, dumbbells and weight plates that make up most...

By: Justin Burns

Instantly Get Greater Results From Your Dumbbell Rows With This Simple Hack

Row variations can be the backbone of a great strength training program, no pun intended. Many experts now suggest athletes should row 2-3 times th...

By: Justin Ochoa

Crank Up Your Rear-Foot Elevated Split Squat With This Challenging Variation

The Rear-Foot Elevated Split Squat is a gem of an exercise that should be performed on a regular basis to help increase single-leg pushing power, a ke...

By: Kelvin King Jr.

9 Unique Ways You Can Use a Foam Roller to Become a Better Athlete

A foam roller has an extremely boring job. It usually lays somewhere in the corner of a fitness facility or weight room, waiting for you to pick it...

By: Lana Sova

4 Ways to Increase the Quality of Your Workout Without Adding Reps

Are you spending hours a day at the gym but feel like you're not seeing progress? That can be a helpless feeling, but the truth is you shouldn't be...

By: Jennifer Foust

Why Isometric Strength Exercises Are Perfect for Very Young Athletes

Strength training for young athletes is a very popular subject right now. Teaching an athlete the importance and value of strength training from a ...

By: Brandon Holder

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