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"Indianapolis Star," 5/27/08
"Looking for a good weight-training program? Try reading "Maximum Strength,""

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"This is truly a unique program and perfect for advanced lifters looking for a serious challenge."

"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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press (May 13, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600940579
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600940576
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.7 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #147,451 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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I bought this book to prepare for one of those Commando-style runs idiots (namely, me) are doing these days instead of "boring" old 5ks. I knew I would need strength, not just speed, so needed to do something other than just running.

Reading through the book first, I thought: "okay, simple exercises, seems to be written for guys, but what the heck". After the first workout, I realized two things: 1. My mind and my body had been stuck in a rut, doing the same old exercises day-in-day out, and getting nowhere, and 2. I am a very very weak person.

I don't consider myself a slouch. I can happily spend 1-2 hours at the gym doing various cardio and weight exercises. What I didn't know is that I didn't HAVE to spend 1-2 hours at the gym in order to get results. Eric focuses on actual STRENGTH TRAINING, people. When was the last time you helped a friend move house, and you lifted something for a millisecond, then put it down, then picked it up, then put it down. Doesn't happen. This book provides simple exercises that work on the connections between muscle groups; so you can lift and hold. Almost like marrying weight training with yoga, if you will.

So ladies, if you're in the same boat as me: you want to be able to climb a cargo net without vomiting (what can I say, I've never been one for lofty goals), or you just want to be able to move a heavy piece of furniture without looking like you can move that heavy piece of furniture (if you know what I mean), then I recommend this book. Guys, it's written for you, so buy it already.
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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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This is a great book for anyone who is looking to change their workout routine after plateauing. That is specifically why I purchased it. It is a well written book and is also easy to understand. The only downside to this book is that for the uninitiated, a few of the more advanced workouts can be dangerous or completely ineffective. The written descriptions and pictures of the exercises can only go so far. I just ended up looking video demonstrations of the more advanced workouts. Overall - a good book though.
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