Maximum Strength: Get Your Strongest Body in 16 Weeks with the Ultimate Weight-Training Program Paperback – May 13 2008
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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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You can't go wrong with this... Unless, for some reason, you didn't want to get stronger!?!?
So if you are looking at this book, go ahead and purchase it and check out his website at ericcressey.com, 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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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.
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.
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."