Detailed Review of Maximum Strength

About the Author: Eric Cressey

I just got an extremely thorough review back from a happy Maximum Strength customer. Check it out for yourself!

Hi Eric,

First of all, a big thank you for writing Maximum Strength. It is an awesome book and money well spent. I strongly recommend it to anyone who wants to get bigger, stronger and faster.

Improvements [note from EC: weights are converted from kilograms):

Broad Jump increased 12” from 93.5” to 105.5”
Box Squat increased 55 pounds from 297 to 352.
Bench Press increased 50 pounds from 220 pounds to 270 pounds
Deadlift increased 22 pounds from 462 to 484
3RM chin-up increased 22 pounds from BW+44 to BW+66 (BW was unchanged)

I could write a book on my verdict of the whole program, but I’ve just got back from Testing day at the gym and I’m shattered. The biggest thing the program showed me was that I had not been training hard enough. The training sessions in Maximum Strength were brutal and longer than I was used to prior to doing the program. My whole attitude changed. I now always dig deeper and push myself to the limit.

This brings me to another interesting point. I cannot over emphasize how important the deload weeks proved to be for me. I found that midway through the third week of each cycle, I was hammered and by week 4, my enthusiasm was nil. However, after the deload week I was always firing on all cylinders and raring to go for the first week of the next phase. I understand everyone is different, but three hard weeks followed by one easy seems to work great for me.

Needless to say, great product! I am ecstatic with my results and there will be more to come.


Elliot Newman
Leeds, United Kingdom

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