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Maximum Strength Feedback: 1/20/09

Written on January 20, 2009 at 7:37 am, by Eric Cressey

I was just checking in on how Maximum Strength is doing over at Amazon, and came across the following five-star customer review.  As the reviewer notes, sometimes you need to get outside your comfort zone – both in training and in life – to get to where you want to be.

“This book is a must-read. I heard a lot of hype about this book before purchasing, and I’m glad I finally bought it. I did the entire 4 month routine and honestly, my body feels better than it ever has in the past.

“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.”

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5 Responses to “Maximum Strength Feedback: 1/20/09”

  1. Jason Says:

    This was one of the reviews I read that prompted me to purchase the book from Amazon (not to mention the multitude of peer reviews, praise, hype, Obama endorsements and the like) and I’m exited to see results. I’m going to try a little experiment and keep a log of the full 16 weeks over at http://focusedtraining.blogspot.com. I’m only on day 2 and sore already!

  2. Henry Says:

    This is indeed the best fitness related book i hav collected in a long long time.
    Wished it was released in the 80’s 🙂

  3. Matt Ellsworth Says:

    I have 3 friends that have started the program about 2 weeks after I did. They read my packing day results on my blog and asked what the program was.

    I just sold another copy of the book to my training partner as well.

    Love the program, keep up the good work with the blog as well.

  4. tres_arboles Says:

    I don’t review things I read at Amazon, but I just completed the program and was pleased by both the journey and the destination. The joint and myofacial mobility stuff were all revelations to me with good results, even if I didn’t do them religiously. It’s hard to argue with 50 pound adds in my deadlift and squat, and eight inches added to my standing broad jump. Bench number was little bit moderate at plus 25, but at 46 I am interested in staying in shape not glory numbers.

    Thanks Eric, for the book and the resources you provide here and elsewhere for free. As the dad of a young pitcher, I have been real interested in your baseball stuff too. Keep up the good work and thanks again.


  5. Nat King Says:

    I am in the final phase of maximum strength and I tested my front squat on Saturday just for fun. I know I should not have but I wanted to see how close I was to GSP’s 270lb. front squat.

    I was able to front squat 250lb. (at a body weight of 187lb.) and I could not front squat my body weight before I started Eric’s program.

    Eric Rocks!

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