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Maximum Strength: Working Around Equipment Limitations

Written on May 28, 2008 at 11:08 am, by Eric Cressey

Q: I recently ordered Maximum Strength and am really enjoying it and looking forward to building strength with the program. I did, however, have a question for you. Because of convenience to my house the location I work out at has no power rack (sad, I know). For now I need to stay training here just because of location but need some help with the Maximum Strength Program.

What alternatives could I use for the time being for the following exercises?

-RACK PULLS FROM KNEES
-DEADLIFT BAR ELEVATED
-SPEED PIN PRESS
-ANDERSON FRONT SQUATS FROM PINS
-CLOSE GRIP FLOOR PRESS
-SPEED PIN PRESS

A: Piece of cake:

-RACK PULLS FROM KNEES – elevate bar on aerobic steps
-DEADLIFT BAR ELEVATED – same (or plates)
-SPEED PIN PRESS – just a board press
-ANDERSON FRONT SQUATS FROM PINS – box squat
-CLOSE GRIP FLOOR PRESS – board press
-SPEED PIN PRESS – regular bench press (to a board, if desired)

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  • Doo

    My list of substitutions is shorter.

    I only have one cable in my home gym so I need an alternative to Kneeling Cable External Rotation. I suppose I could rig double cables terminating to the single but I would lose the effect of needing to stabilize independent weights.

    The other one is the Chest Supported Row w/ Neutral Grip. I would like to do something that simulates this exercise. If I used dumbbells, they would end up being lighter do to the strength needed to maintain the angle that the machine does.

    BTW, is there a Maximum Strength FAQ anywhere? I have another question regarding what to do if a week of vacation is in the middle of the 16 weeks. Restart program where I left off?

    TIA


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