Friday, August 29, 2008

Quick Tip: Saving Time in the Gym

Quick Tips! Each week we'll feature a nutrition or training tip from the best in the industry. This week we have none other than my good friend Eric Cressey. Eric Cressey, MA, CSCS is the president and co-founder of Cressey Performance. Specializing in athletic performance enhancement and corrective exercise, Cressey is a highly sought-after coach for healthy and injured athletes alike from youth sports to the professional and Olympic ranks. Behind Eric’s expertise, Cressey Performance has rapidly established itself as a go-to high-performance facility among Boston athletes – and those that come from across the country and abroad to experience CP’s cutting-edge methods.

Are you spending more time than you need to in the gym?

Maximized Time Efficiency with Maximum Strength
Excerpted from Eric Cressey's Maximum Strength

"Bodybuilding-style training is a high volume (i.e., time-consuming) approach to resistance training. In that approach, individual muscle groups are isolated and trained individually. Consequently, large numbers of exercises are required to cover the whole body. By Contrast, maximum strength training emphasizes "compound movements" that challenge multiple muscle groups, so the participant can cover his whole body with fewer exercises. In addition, maximum strength involves heavier loads, so the muscles reach an appropriate level of fatigue more quickly (with fewer sets and repetitions). With today's busy schedules, every second is precious. If you're like most guys, you want to get maximum results in minimum time spent in the gym. Maximum strength training is the ideal resistance training method for the time-crunched."

Maximum Strength
is my pick for the most effective strength building program. I've personally used it to improve my strength across the board. It contains warm-ups that will prepare your body for the workouts and help alleviate any nagging pains or injuries. It also has a chapter on nutrition and supplement strategies, and a guide to mentally prepare yourself for training.

Order Maximum Strength now for $13! 16 weeks of programming from one of the nations most sought after strength coaches (for a meager $13) seems like a no brainer to me. That's less than 1/3 the cost of 1 session with a personal trainer.

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