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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Why Soccer Players Need Rotational Power (and How to Build it)

If you want to be the best soccer player possible, you need rotational power. While I am all for Squats, Lunge variations, Pull-ups, Push-ups and D...

What Is Range of Motion, and Why Is it so Important?

Range of motion. It's a term that gets thrown around a lot these days, including here on STACK.com, but do you really know what it means? Let's ...

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...

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