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Maximum Strength: Get Your Strongest Body in 16 Weeks with the Ultimate Weight-Training Program Paperback – May 13, 2008
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"Looking for a good weight-training program? Try reading "Maximum Strength,""
"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."
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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.Read more ›
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.
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.
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."
Most Recent Customer Reviews
In the overview of the program he talks about doing big multi-joint exercises like the squat, deadlift and presses. Read morePublished 2 months ago by David White
I like how easy it is to follow and very detailed for 16 weeks. I will recommend this book to anyone.Published 11 months ago by jessica carter
Great book. Follow the work outs and nutrition. You will see results.Published 15 months ago by C. Zach
Great book for those looking to put together a stellar workout routine. You'll be able to program for yourself after reading this. Easy read that gets you moving.Published 15 months ago by Sean
I am glad that I found Eric Cressey and this book. Cressey offers wise training for serious strength improvements.Published 16 months ago by Bodhi Kenyon