“Show and Go Training”
Author: Eric Cressey
Intermediate – Advanced
Format: E-Book (Electronic Delivery)
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This isn’t a bodybuilding program. It is instead focused on athletic performance, either to the serious athlete or to the beer-league softball type player who just gets a kick out of trying to up his game (like me). It is strength training.
Part of becoming a better athlete is gaining muscle mass so it still fits in with these reviews… But I really just wanted to justify my purchase as a “business expense” because I’d read and learned stuff from the author, Eric Cressey, over the years.
So, I was interested to check out this offering.
One of the first things Cressey tells you when you get into “Show and Go Training” is that the program is not for beginners. It assumes you are a serious trainer with a good deal of experience. It is meant as a sequel to his book “Maximum Strength”.
Oddly, in looking at the sales page, I never got that impression. The sales page made it seem as though this program was for anyone, not just for those with “considerable resistance training experience.”
It’s hard to fault Cressey on this point because virtually every advanced program out there waits until post-purchase to spring the fact that if you aren’t already a super serious trainer then you likely just made a bad purchase. It’s about not limiting your market (and sales potential).
It’s a semi-weenie tactic if you ask me. The second semi-weenie tactic was sprung on me immediately after I had purchased Show and Go…
In order to get the nutrition part of the program, I’d have to fork over another forty bucks.
I’ll leave this at “semi-weenie” since it is meant for experienced trainers who should have some nutrition knowledge coming in. However, the base price tag on this program is super high. Is it really too much to ask that I get some damn good nutrition planning for my money?
If you are lucky enough to be a knowledgeable, experienced trainer, you are probably not overly concerned by the above. The main reason you purchased was for the results-producing training techniques and programs that Cressey is known for providing.
If you’re not experienced and knowledgeable, well… oops, sorry.
There isn’t a lot to the main ebook. It mostly acts as an introduction, goes over some training options and covers some frequently asked questions.
Cressey does deliver a solid training plan (something he could likely do in his sleep). It’s a 4 phase periodization approach. He recommends you train 4x-a-week but also includes a 3x-a-week plan.
If you didn’t know this was a program designed more for athletic performance than mass gain, you would figure it out by looking at the exercise selection and the additional emphasis on mobility and movement training.
There is also an extensive video library which works through all the exercises and and movements. I was hopeful that I’d find something special here like a detailed technique breakdown for the exercises. Instead, for the most part, they were just quick, un-narrated videos. Ho Hum.
2 of 5 Stars: I was pretty underwhelmed with this program. I like Cressey but this didn’t seem to be a very strong effort.
If you are an experienced trainer with athletic performance as your main goal and a Cressey fan, I can see this having some value for you. But I kind of doubt many would be blown away by it.
If your main goal is mass gain, this isn’t a good option.
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