Strength and Power Training


The Super Bowl virgin on running hills, eating yogurt, and guarding Revis Island.

Feed your competitive appetite—sometimes without even leaving the house.

You know your weight-training regimen? It's breaking you down. Build yourself up for endurance success—and prevent injury—with these five improved alternatives.

Want to undo the damage of your desk job in 10 minutes? Crawl like a kid and start spinning like a Sufi monk.

I just had surgery after a skiing accident, and my wrist is in a cast for several weeks. What can I do to avoid losing strength while I can't move it?

The stud sport climber dropped everything, picked up her first ice axe, and is on the roster to compete at the nation's top ice climbing festival.

It’s not just for elite athlete. Training alone—in the right dose—will make you a faster and more resilient athlete.

Specializing in one sport will take you only so far. To really break through, you'll need to branch out.

Because even a great pair of socks can make getting fit more doable

Fact-checking trusted training maxims

How a man wrongly convicted for murder spent nearly a decade in prison—and emerged as a fitness guru.

A veteran of 25 Tours de France, James Startt is the senior American journalist in the press room of the world’s biggest bike race. Here is just a small selection of some of his favorite images from 2014.

Meet Chloe Kim, a snowboarding prodigy who threw her first backflip off a natural feature at age six. Next up: Aspen's X Games.

Strength is useless if you don't hone your agility—the skill of translating power into meaningful movement. And it all starts with mastering the "Kong vault."

More than 76 years ago, a visionary Australian coach had an epiphany that forged a generation of super-athletes: true fitness is all about translating fear into raw power.

One of the most surprising heroes of World War II was a pint-sized shepherd nicknamed The Clown—and his fitness wisdom can change your life.

Ill-chosen goals put you at risk of injury and burnout. Here's how to avoid that fate in seven easy steps.

When a longtime triathlete took on a Kokoro camp—a beyond-extreme fitness challenge modeled on the Navy's Hell Week for SEAL candidates—his first question was purely about the pain: Can I survive this? The second was more metaphysical: Should I even want to?

The two-time Olympian will lead the women’s national squad to the 2015 World Cup—and share her secrets to unleashing athletic potential.

Examining the perpetual youth and singular talent of surfing's king

More pain quest than workout, misogi is the secret, punishing ritual that has revolutionized Atlanta Hawks supershooter Kyle Korver's game. You have time for this—if it doesn't kill you first.

5 brain hacks that will make you fitter and faster right now

With warp-speed ascents that include the Matterhorn (1:56) and Denali (9:43), ultrarunner turned alpinist Kilian Jornet Burgada is the king of the endurance world's latest obsession: fastest known times. And now he plans to run up Everest.

We don't know if the biohacking craze is full of snake-oil salesmen or prophets. Probably a little of both.

We're siding with the functional fitness junkies on this one. CrossFit and ultrarunning are far from disturbing, ridiculously extreme—or worth writing off.

Face it, most of us aren't complete athletes. We lack the strength to make us fit, and we follow cultlike exercise programs. But there is a cure: Listen to renegade coach Mark Rippetoe, grab a barbell, and get back to basics.

A handful of years ago Rachel Brathen was a cigarette-smoking, rebellious teen in Sweden. Then she moved to Costa Rica, found yoga, booted up Instagram, and became a yoga celebrity—if there is such a thing.

Will leaping fiery hay bales amount to nothing more than an adrenaline-fueled fad? Or could it one day become an Olympic sport? That all depends on what comes next.

The marathoner runs on routine—and strawberry cheesecake.

I want to see if my smartphone can make my workout better, but there are so many choices. What are some tried and true apps that I won't just delete a week in?

These wearable tech fitness-tracking tees go way beyond the wrist.

As patients jettison insurance plans for concierge care, some are looking to optimize their fitness level along with their health.

Numbers. Rankings. Results. The data-driven mindset is preventing us from enjoying the outdoors.

The best tool for building strength is the sandbag—so long as you're prepared to suffer.

Kai Lightner of Fayetteville, North Carolina, is making himself known in pro competitions and confidently tackling some of the toughest routes out there. It's even more impressive when you consider that he's only a high school sophomore.

Rule One: Don't confine your training to the gym. Movement needs to be a lifestyle. Rule Two: Don't just move. You need a goal. And you need to train.

Challenge your friends to a grueling drill-based challenge, then whoop their butts.

Sure, running five minutes a day will help you live longer, but it's not going to get you in shape—or even scrape the surface of your potential.

Sometimes when I'm in the middle of a really hard workout, it tastes like I'm sucking on metal. What's up with that?

Your legs are your foundation. With this quick-paced routine, you'll build the explosiveness and durability to conquer any mountain.

There’s a reason more and more amateur athletes are turning to professional trainers to retool their workouts: it’s the best way to improve performance.

Henry Hawk is 77 and still obsessed with fitness. But lately he's also been focusing on a new passion project: Helping spinal injury patients move again.

In The Art of Competition, Ironman-turned-author Mark Allen gives insight into the thoughts that helped him race his fastest while living to the fullest.

Featuring two of the most effective but underrated fitness tools: a medicine ball and gravity.

Two brothers and a sister—whose parents are endurance athletes—attempted to swim the English Channel together this month. Does the family factor add any advantage?

When CrossFit denied our request to cover the 2014 CrossFit Games, we decided to look into the organization's long history of bullying anyone who dares to ask the hard questions—or look too closely.

1,800 CrossFit gyms already offer programs for kids. Should they?

There's more to life than chasing definition in certain muscle groups. Maintaining a healthy weight, for instance.

You don't need the gym. In less than an hour and with minimal equipment, you can have an intense workout that delivers full-body fitness, without the monthly dues.

You need nothing but a cooling pool for a core-burning, heart-rate-raising fitness session.

The "eight-percent rule" ignores the power exercise has to counter time spent on your butt.

Serious careers? Check. Committed to their families? Check. Able to beat the pros at their own game? You know it. Five hard-charging desk jocks who manage to do it all share the secrets of their success.

Most CrossFit affiliates across the country welcome out-of-towners who want to take part in the workout of the day—or WOD—making any vacation into a possible CrossFit vacation. But if you’re looking for a trip that specifically caters to people who like to spend their free time doing burpees, snatches, ring…

That magic threshold is, well, bogus. And we've known it for years. So why are we still so obsessed with logging 10,000 hours of deliberate practice?

Bet you didn’t think this would come up in your fitness regimen, but your esophagus needs love during training, too. Intense exercise can contribute to heartburn and gastroesophageal reflux disorder (GERD), and there’s a good chance that ramping up your routine may be causing your symptoms, says…

How do we put this nicely? If you’re anything like the participants in a recent Canadian study, you’re probably wrong about your workout intensity. (And yes, you probably are like them, considering that the group contained both men and women of different ages, ethnicities, and BMI classes.)…

Endurance coach and author Ben Greenfield guarantees your brain, guts, and groin will thank you

With the World Cup underway, the beautiful game is first in hearts and minds. But Brazil has another signature sport: jiu-jitsu. The martial art and self-defense method is based on grappling and ground fighting. It’s a finer art than just choking a dude out. Although hailing from Japan, the Brazilian…

Virtual reality is just for gamers. But augmented reality—a new wearable technology—could revolutionize how we train for sports, making athletes faster, better, and more precise.

This may not be the answer you’re looking for, but it’s the truth: The most effective way to get back into shape (and stay that way) isn’t by just doing one magic move over and over. The good news? You may not have to work out more than or…

On a sprawling farm in Vermont, Spartan Race founder Joe De Sena runs a business and a fitness crusade. He'll train anyone who shows up, with one major caveat: You must submit to his every cruel and unusual whim.

It used to be that people would go on vacation to relax, drink cocktails from coconut shells, and sit by the beach with a trashy paperback. But more and more now, people are shelling out big bucks to travel to posh resorts and get their butts kicked exercising…

The fitness giant works hard to polish their public image—to the extent of confronting or even suing those who criticize CrossFit on social media. What gives?

When it comes to rebuilding humans, we're kicking ass, and that's good news for injured athletes.

There's no denying the popularity of CrossFit. And there's also no ignoring its TV potential. Enter the NPFL: In a bid to monetize functional fitness, an ex-CrossFit exec has a bold, new plan to attract sponsors and fans. Just don't call him a sellout.

You train to race outside. We get it. But to go your fastest—and stay your healthiest—you might just need to enter the gym.

Study finds correlation between lack of exercise and deficient long-term memory.

The stopwatch is a big part of CrossFit and other “functional fitness” circuit-training programs: Timed workouts (and WODs, in CrossFit speak) allow athletes to measure their performance against fellow gym-members and their own previous sets. But there’s a time and place for the stopwatch, most experts say, and it’s not…

It’s not necessarily the facility that counts when you’re waking up at ungodly hours of the morning to clean and jerk—it’s the quality of the instructors, and the camaraderie of the friends who join you there. In fact, each CrossFit gym is supposed to be uniquely inviting, whether it's…

In his new book, Spartan Race founder Joe De Sena spells out his recipe for success. The main ingredient? Pain.

Pairing your running with explosive, maximal strength training primes your muscles for peak running performance. Think loaded squats—not bodyweight circuits—when it comes to improving race times.

You're pathetic. Really. According to the latest research, human fitness has decreased so dramatically in recent years that even the strongest of us would consider ancient men to be, well, monsters.

Reduced-oxygen training room Air Fit opens in Bay Area

An Ohio CrossFit affiliate says an academic study got stats about injury rates in the popular workout program wrong. And it’s suing the researchers behind the data. Should science be scared?

If you’re lining up in the marathon corral without having used starting blocks, you’re doing yourself a serious disservice.

Training and nutrition has been an exciting (if unreliable) frontier for decades. But recent discoveries, combined with field-tested science, have debunked popular myths and established some ground rules for the outdoor athlete. Here's your performance 12-step program.

We’ve tackled this topic before, but new research suggests that it’s time to revisit the age-old question: If you’re going to do both, should you lift before running? Or run before lifting? Back in 2012, we reported that a short, moderate-intensity cardio workout before weight training…