by Eric Cressey
With Maximum Strength, Eric Cressey's cutting-edge four-phase program, featuring constant progression, variation, and inspiring goals, keeps you focused on increasing strength along with muscle mass, helping you achieve the fittest, most energetic, and best-looking body you've ever had — with fewer hours at the gym.
About Maximum Strength:
• Co-authored by veteran fitness journalist, Matt Fitzgerald, who is renowned for his humorous writing style and ability to relate complex training strategies in simple terms
• 4 progressive four-week phases designed to make you feel stronger and more athletic than ever before
• Each phase is complete with mobility warm-ups to keep you healthy and prepare you to train safely and effectively
• Recommendations for supplemental cardiovascular training based on YOUR body type
• Nutritional guidelines to follow to optimize performance
• A chapter on important considerations on how to plan your own future training
• Tips on mental preparation for training
• 256 pages
• Over 200 illustrations to accompany in-depth exercise descriptions
• Foreword by world-renowned nutrition expert, Dr. John Berardi
Results speak much louder than words, though; featured below are testimonials from the initial group of guinea pigs for the program:
"One of my problems in designing workouts for myself was choosing the protocols. Strength, muscle growth, endurance, frequency, reps, sets, exercises, etc... there are just too many factors to balance, especially on top of a busy schedule. Too much of one thing usually resulted in an aching injury, or joint pain for a few days. Overtraining was common for me.
"I have to say that the best part about Cressey's training system, in my opinion, is the balanced approach. I do not leave a workout feeling like I have pushed a muscle group beyond its ability to recover. And I like hitting upper and lower body twice a week. Training the ancillary muscles has kept me from having any aches or pains since starting the program. My shoulder has not hurt for months. My knees feel great. I feel like the exercises selected, the volume of work, and the mobility warm-ups are doing their job: keeping me healthy, in great shape, and in the gym.
"On the Maximum Strength program, I have actually improved all of my test numbers, my posture and joint health, and I feel stronger and healthier — all in spite of the fact that I've been busier at my job than ever before. I also feel that I look better than I have for many years. I was very happy with my results!"
Chris Paul - Danbury, Connecticut
Added five pounds of body weight, increased broad jump by six inches, box squat by 80 pounds, bench press by 30 pounds, deadlift by 50 pounds, and 3-rep max chin-up by 10 pounds.
"The Maximum Strength program took me to the next level of performance with my lifting. After using a variety of programs focusing on fat-loss and hypertrophy and having limited results from them it was great to see such solid increases in strength and physique changes from the program. In addition, the program focus on dynamic flexibility and foam rolling has resulted in an injury free training cycle and major flexibility and posture improvements. I would highly recommend this program and book to anyone wanting to make real progress with strength, performance and body composition."
Dan Hibbert — Calgary, Alberta
Increased body weight by 14 pounds, broad jump by seven inches, box squat by 80 pounds, bench press by 30 pounds, deadlift by 70 pounds, and 3-rep max chin-up by 27.5 pounds.
"Bumps, bruises, dedication and commitment have lead to amazing gains in both strength and mobility. The Maximum Strengthprogram is for anyone who has a desire to be better in their physical conditioning tomorrow than they are today. It is well written program that provides a variety of exercises and training parameters that keep you interested in going to the gym. Each month of the 4-month regime was a new break through and, in many cases, plateau-busting gains. Four months of your time is an easy investment to make in a program of this caliber."
Gabe Wilson — Houston, TX
Gained 12 pounds, added 55 pounds to his box squat, 35 pounds to his bench press, 30 pounds to his deadlift, and 27 pounds to his 3-rep max chin-up.