What to do after Maximum Strength?

About the Author: Eric Cressey

Q: Hi Eric, I just finished the Maximum Strength 16-week program, and was thrilled with my results, including a 40-pound increase on my bench press and 80-pound increase on my deadlift.  I’m wondering, though, what I should do next?  Should I start the program over? Or, do you reccomend something else?

A: Repeating the program is certainly an option, although probably not your best option.  I’m actually planning on writing a more extensive follow-up to Maximum Strength at some point, but you could get away with it in the meantime. I just tend to think that variety is the spice of life, and that the same four months over and over again would get old over time.

With that in mind, I think a better bet would be checking out my Ultimate Off-Season Training Manual.


It’s a bit more athletic oriented, but with some of the same principles included. It would be a good chance to integrate some movement training and new exercises and loading parameters to build on the athleticism that you built over the previous 16 weeks of training.  Click here for more information.