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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: 23.1 x 17.9 x 1.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 408 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Eric on Jan. 25 2010
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Get into the mind of one of North America's better strength trainers. This is an opportunity you shouldn't miss: getting you hands on one of Eric Cressey's workout template, at a fraction of the cost. Includes all the details required to get stronger (and explains the importance of strength in every day life), from warming-up properly, to soft-tissue work, to testing, all through a progressive and balanced program aimed at making you strong and healthy.

You can't go wrong with this... Unless, for some reason, you didn't want to get stronger!?!?
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Good book but a bit out of date now, this book is important to me not because of its content, because of the path it started me on. I finally stopped pretending that I knew what I was doing in the weight room with regards to programming and started following something that's actually designed by a professional.

So if you are looking at this book, go ahead and purchase it and check out his website at, he is a very intelligent coach and writes excellent programs.

But make sure you also buy the latest edition of Starting Strength by Mark Rippetoe, read it from cover to cover, and follow it like it was passed down on a stone tablet.

Between the two books you'll probably be much better off than when you started.
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By Mike Wiebe on Nov. 21 2013
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Cressey is one of a handful of people who really knows what he is talking about. Get this and his new High Performance Handbook especially if you're a trainer.
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By Brad on Oct. 17 2012
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I really like this book. Its got an awesome workout routine and it shows how to do each exercise along with a warmup routine. Wicked fast shipping
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77 of 81 people found the following review helpful
Must-read Dec 31 2008
By JMJ - Published on
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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. Your body will feel so much stronger, more balanced, and your posture improves. I hope this doesn't sound like a 3 a.m info-mercial testimonial for the latest fitness product, because it's not. I'm a Certified Personal Trainer and a Certified Gym Rat who has been lifting for 11 years. Open your mind, try the routines, follow to a T. Your body will thank you.
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My Results May 13 2008
By Kevin Larrabee - Published on
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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.
34 of 42 people found the following review helpful
A program with results May 11 2008
By Michael Czobit - Published on
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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."
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Good book, a few flaws July 30 2012
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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.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Great Book July 23 2008
By Paul Farmer - Published on
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Maximum Strength is an excellent book that provides the reader with everything they need to get stronger in 16 weeks. Besides including a well detailed 4 phase weight training program, Eric also includes many extras such as warm-up routines, mobility exercises, and soft tissue work that will make you feel great as well as increase your strength. Great advice on nutrition and future training as well. Maximum Strength really is a book that anyone in weight training or looking to start, should read.