Interview with Eric Cressey

I have a very cool interview for you today with Eric Cressey. Eric is someone that I really look up to and have a ton of respect for in the fitness industry. He is tremendously bright, and his reputation speaks for itself. I’m lucky to live close to Cressey Performance so I’ve been able to visit from time to time and pick his brain, and he’s been a tremendous help to me in numerous ways. Last year when I tweaked my shoulder, he checked it out and gave me some great tips to help rehab it quickly. I’ve learned a ton from him, both in talking to him personally and through reading his stuff. If you read my blog regularly, you know I’m always linking his stuff, and for good reason: he knows what he’s talking about!

To celebrate the World Series (as a Red Sox fan, I don’t want to talk about it), Eric has put his most popular training program, Show and Go, on sale today for 50% off. I looked this program over last year when it first came out, and I thought it was awesome. When I heard it was going on sale today, I knew it was a complete steal, so I wanted to take a moment to interview Eric and find out more about the program.

Here’s what he had to say.

1. Eric, who is this program intended for? Beginner? Advanced?

Eric: Most products are written with a specific market – trainers, females, fat loss, or something else – in mind. In the marketing world, they tell you to not try to be everything to everyone. Well, I’m not a good marketer – so I decided to make this resource extremely versatile and a good fit for a LOT of people.

The reason is that there are a lot of things in a comprehensive strength and conditioning program that everybody needs to utilize. From the minutia to the big picture, I could go on all day: foam rolling, mobility warm-ups, single-leg training, more horizontal pulling, fluctuation of training stress, sufficient deloading periods, extra posterior chain work, a balance of open- and closed-chain upper body pressing, glute activation, rotator cuff strength – the list goes on and on.

And, truthfully, most athletes need a ton of the exact same stuff that we do with general population clients, anyway. Sure, they have unique demands in the context of their sport and managing their yearly schedule, but that’s not to say that there aren’t a ton of similarities. In short, the line between the “Pros” and the “Joes” is getting a lot more blurred.

The program is certainly more targeted toward the intermediate to advanced lifter, but that’s not to say that it doesn’t have merit for the true beginner, as I’d rather see them do things right from the start!

2. What are the goals of the program? To look better? Feel better? Get bigger?

Eric: As a testament to the versatility of Show and Go, we put a big group of “guinea pigs” through the program with some outstanding results – and these folks came from all walks of life.

It wasn’t uncommon to see increases of 80 pounds and more on the squat and deadlift, with improvements about half those amounts on bench pressing and chin-up totals (understandably smaller, given the smaller window of adaptation for upper body strength). We had people drop more than 25 pounds and 5% body fat while on the program, and we had scrawny guys who gained as much as 24 pounds in the four months. It came down to what their starting goals were, how experienced they were, and how they attacked things nutritionally on the side. We even had many athletes who used this program in conjunction with their sports training – from endurance competitors to rugby players – with excellent improvements.

The cool thing is that literally every single one of these “guinea pigs” made a point of noting how much better they felt; they improved mobility and moved more fluently by the end of the program. This is a stark contrast to the aches and pains you normally see with programs geared toward performance improvements; the program not only improved performance and made people bigger, stronger, and leaner; it also helped set the stage for healthy future training.

3. How much time will the program take? How long are workouts? How many days a week?

Eric: Show and Go consists of four, 4-week phases – so it lasts a total of 16 weeks from start to finish.

It is really up to the trainee how frequently he/she wants to train, as I included both 2-, 3-, and 4-day-a-week strength training programs to accommodate individuals’ unique schedules and goals. Each training session is designed so that folks can get in and out of the gym in no more than 75 minutes – and that includes foam rolling, dynamic warm-ups, strength training, and post-exercise static stretching. Any metabolic conditioning, movement training, and/or sport participation takes place on off-days from strength training; this is where the individualization can really occur, as there are five different options on this front.

As if the value weren’t good enough already, Eric is also including some awesome free bonuses if buy soon, but this offer won’t last forever so you must act fast. You can find out more about the program and get all the details HERE.

Take care, and have a great day.