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.

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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

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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.