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3 Strength Programs For Athletes

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Strength programs for athletes are training routines that focus on building strength. Strength programs are often divided into three types: bodybuilding, powerlifting, and strength conditioning. This article will provide you with an overview of each type of strength program so you can choose the one that’s best for your needs!

Bodybuilding

This program is meant to bulk up the muscles, and strength is not a priority. This program focuses on muscle isolation exercises (exercises that target one specific muscle) using repetitions of 12-15 with lighter weights. Even though strength is not the main focus, strength is still built with these exercises.

Powerlifting

This type of strength training emphasizes strength over aesthetics or symmetry; it’s about lifting as much weight as possible for fewer reps. The strength training is based on the main lifts: Deadlift, squat, overhead press, bench press, and their variations.

Strength conditioning (or strength-endurance)

This program helps increase strength for multiple reps by increasing time under tension with lighter weights in sets of between 15-20 reps or more per set. This is strength training for strength rather than strength endurance.

Strength workouts are great for increasing muscle mass and symmetry. Still, this type of strength training is not as beneficial to an athlete because it does not include the fast-twitch muscle fibers needed for quick direction changes or high-speed movements.