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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press (May 13, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600940579
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600940576
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,512 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Miami Herald" 7/15/08"The illustrations and detailed instructions will help you work all muscle groups and achieve the results you desire."

About the Author

Eric Cressey, M.S., CSCS, renowned strength coach and nationally ranked powerlifter, is a regular contributor to Testosterone Nation, Men’s Fitness, and Rugged Magazine. He lives in Massachusetts. Matt Fitzgerald is the author/coauthor of seven books. He writes regularly for several publications, including Maxim, Men’s Fitness, and Men’s Health. He lives in Northern California.

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He has an easy style and is able to communicate the information well.
John Gesselberty
Maximum Strength really is a book that anyone in weight training or looking to start, should read.
Paul Farmer
I heard a lot of hype about this book before purchasing, and I'm glad I finally bought it.
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70 of 73 people found the following review helpful By JMJ on December 31, 2008
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This book is a must-read. I heard a lot of hype about this book before purchasing, and I'm glad I finally bought it. I did the entire 4 month routine and honestly, my body feels better than it ever has in the past.

I was used to the traditional bodybuilding bodypart split of chest on Monday, legs on Tuesday, Arms on Wednesday, etc etc. For years, I just accepted that this was the way to train your body. I just dealt with back pain and shoulder pain as part of the "price of working out." Doing 5 exercises for your back in one day, and 5 exercises for your shoulders in one day is the absolute wrong way to train your body, unless you are an actual bodybuilder, but for the average fitness enthusiast, that just doesn't apply.

Eric's book outlines splitting your routines into upper body days and lower body days. The routines are easy to follow. Full detailed pictures, and explanations. One of the most important things he advocates is varying the rep range each week within the 4 week routine. You probably never have done any exercise of 8 sets of 2 reps or 10 sets of 3 reps. You have to keep in mind Eric is a Strength & Conditioning Coach with the goal of getting you stronger. I was hesitant, but you have to open your mind and try it.

My body feels stronger, and more balanced. There are a few non-traditional exercises that you probably have never heard of, or are hesitant to try out. My advice would be to do everything in the book to a T. It works. You may be reluctant to do so much deadlifting and squatting. You may have never hear of scapular push ups, walls slides, face pulls, or behind the neck band pull aparts. Open your mind. Follow the routines exactly and you will be glad you did. I know I am.
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66 of 70 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Larrabee on May 13, 2008
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Eric Cressey knows how to get people bigger and stronger, period. I got to do the Maximum Strength Program last summer and during that time I had my 1RM deadlift go from 275 to 400lbs in four months. I am more mobile than ever and I am no longer in pain (used to be low back). I now have great posture and have built a great base of strength.

This book outlines the four phases with multistep pictures of the exercises (both strength training and mobility/warm-up). Also there is a nice section dedicated towards nutrition as well.

Eric is 110% correct when he says you need to get stronger to get bigger. If you have stalled with your progress and want to get bigger and stronger, there is no better way then with Maximum Strength, for under $15 you can not go wrong.
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32 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Michael Czobit on May 11, 2008
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Eric Cressey delivers on his promise to get you stronger in 16 weeks. I know because as a former client I completed the Maximum Strength program and posted personal bests in all of my lifts. Which lifts? The ones that matter, that show true strength. Completing Maximum Strength, I would have been pleased if only my bench press numbers increased, and they did, but so did my deadlift, squat, and chin-up (my broad jump increased, too).

The 16-week program is not the only reason to buy "Maximum Strength." Eric does a phenomenal job of showing how to perform each exercise correctly, which a) eliminated bad habits I picked up in the past and b) keeps me injury free.

It's the old story of teaching the man how to fish: Eric provides a program that increases strength and sets a path to continue getting stronger after those 16 weeks. If you're serious about strength training, you need to read "Maximum Strength."
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25 of 30 people found the following review helpful By JoeS on May 21, 2008
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I have a library of lifting and fitness books. You name it I have it.

This is the best book that I've seen in a long time. When I was a beginner and had no clue there may have been some books that added more immediate value, but for those people that have done some lifting and want to do it right, and make some serious improvements, THIS IS THE BOOK.

The explanations are great, as are the illustrations. I judge my purchases on whether it was worth my money, and this definitely gets 5 stars.
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24 of 29 people found the following review helpful By M. Rector on June 26, 2008
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A fine treatise on the fundamentals of strength. It is precise, well researched and innovative. Also, I really liked the voice of the book....casual and humorous but informative.

This guy is close to genius on the subject. A free thinker that backs his theorys with science. He draws heavily on research and builds his program from the fundamentals. That combination together with the innovative style makes a unique approach plausible and possibly the bible on the subject.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By James Larson on July 23, 2008
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This book is outstanding. Eric has generated a program that will help nearly anyone get stronger, no matter where you're starting out at. The warm-ups themselves are worth the price of the book, and the program itself is amazing.

The exercises are clearly described and the pictures really help illustrate the intent of each exercise. Overall, a very, very good product.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Book Nick on June 27, 2009
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This is a great book for people interested in improving their strength (which should be everyone - man and woman). The author lays out why strength training is superior to the bodybuilding routines that most people (probably unknowingly) use in the gym. I think his actual 16-week program is more for the intermediate lifter who has experience with barbell free weight lifts such as squats and deadlifts, and has stopped making gains on their beginner program. (For beginners try Starting Strength by Rippetoe or stronglifts dot com)

I have been looking for a solid warm-up routine in print or online for years, and have finally found it (two to be exact). Cressey's soft tissue work and mobility exercises will keep you healthy and mobile, and this routine is worth the cost of the book alone. Consider buying a quality foam roller when you purchase this book so that you can participate right away. He also offers excellent nutrition advice which is pulled from Precision Nutrition.
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