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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 (92 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,163 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
I heard a lot of hype about this book before purchasing, and I'm glad I finally bought it.
JMJ
If you're serious about strength training, you need to read "Maximum Strength."
Michael Czobit

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74 of 78 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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67 of 72 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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34 of 41 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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By M. M. Davis on December 26, 2013
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Philosophically, I think this book is correct: it emphasizes strength over bulk, and it outlines a program that will increase strength while lowering the probability of injury and increasing flexibility.

I went through the book in about an afternoon, thought about what I had read, and decided that if I am honest with myself, there's no way I can implement this workout plan effectively on my own. The program Cressey sets forth contains a LOT of exercises. I think that for building functional strength, this is probably a good plan. But for every exercise you add to a program, you need to keep an eye on developing correct form (and not all of these exercises are simple to do). You also need to track your weights and reps for each of these new exercises. If you already know the exercises, doing the full 16-week program is probably spectacularly effective. But if you're trying to LEARN the exercises while doing the 16-week plan, I think you can expect your workouts to be quite long, and your upward progress to be slower than if you focused on five or six lifts for the same span of time.

This is not to say the book is bad. Cressey is dead serious about building strength while lessening injury, and I have integrated a few of his shoulder exercises (mostly working on the shoulder's external rotators) and in just a couple of weeks have felt a real improvement. Because there are so many different exercises, you will likely find a few that really fill gaps in your existing workout regimen.

It's just that this book is not written as a sampler, a collection of exercises to address specific musculoskeletal issues; it's supposedly a 16-week program to increase your maximum strength. And the time and complexity involved in learning to do all those exercises properly should really be spaced out over the first year or two of a lifter's career, not 16 weeks.
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