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Creating an Effective, but Imbalanced Strength and Conditioning Program

Written on October 30, 2011 at 6:01 pm, by Eric Cressey

It might sound counterintuitive, but the best strength and conditioning programs are actually imbalanced…by design.  Check out this free webinar for details.

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12 Responses to “Creating an Effective, but Imbalanced Strength and Conditioning Program”

  1. chuangpoyao Says:

    I learned.

  2. Chris Says:

    Thanks Eric. Great stuff as always. Will be seeing you guys in November for Functional Core Strength.

  3. Ryan Says:

    Nice Eric, all your webinars have been great. Cheers

  4. Chaz Says:

    This looks like a great package, but I’m curious if it includes a program dedicated to fixing specific areas of the body. I recently had a rotator cuff issue that has left my right arm/shoulder very weak, although MRI didnt show any structural damage. Ive also had an issue with my right lower back that I’d like to clear up. If I was confident that those two issues would be resolved in a reasonable amount of time I’d certainly become a customer.


  5. Scott Says:


    Good as always; may want to dampen sound of projector’s fan. It drowned out your voice on a couple of slides. Take care.

  6. Lisa Says:

    Thanks for yet another great webinar. I recently completed Maximum Strength from which I reached my personal best in my bench press and have now started Show and Go. Cant wait to see further results!

  7. Scottie Says:

    I always come away from Eric Cressey’s articles or webinars with a ton more usable knowledge that’s worth its weight in gold. Thanks alot Eric and please keep ’em coming:)

  8. Ben Cohen Says:

    Eric – great stuff as always! Keep it coming. Thank you for your desire to share the knowledge and educate others in the field.

  9. Chuck Says:

    Eric great stuff as everyone says, but I am concerned you think this is an imbalanced workout. Balance is a special word precisely because it does NOT mean equal. Balance is not making things equal out in a workout or even working to make pushing equal to pulling, but making them correct. A “Balanced Workout”, seeks to work the body in a way to bring about a desired proportion/balance (not equality). When I balance my tennis racket, I don’t make the weight of one side match the other, but bring more weight to the handle side to achieve the balance of the racket to bring balance to my game. Balance can be 70-30 or even 90-10. So while your terms may get much needed attention to this area, IMO you should teach folks the value of working for desired balance, and that the balance in the workout and body does not mean for things to be equal.
    Super content though, congrats!

  10. Jim Says:

    I distilled the following:
    Move more often, in a bigger range, in more ways.

  11. Annie Kuhn Says:

    Great stuff…I will need to listen to this about 10 more times to absorb all of the info! As someone new to personal training/coaching, I really appreciate having you as a resource.

  12. Troy @ Formulated Fitness Says:

    I’ve always found it extremely important to focus on what you are doing between sets. I think people really lose focus between sets – and think that they are optimizing their workout routine by resting.

    Instead of resting they could be doing mobility exercises, stretching, ab work, or isolation exercises. Stay active!

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