A few weeks back, I got an advance copy of Eric Cressey’s Show and Went Training Manual. Eric’s program is Show and Go: High-Performance Training to Look, Feel and Move Better. I have been reading Eric Cressey’s stuff for years and even brought him up to Vancouver, Canada, to do a 14-hour course/seminar.
10 Reasons Show and Go is a Must Have
Let me go through the 10 Reasons Show and Go is a Must Have: Before I get into the review, here is a clip from one of my seminars where I hosted Eric Cressey.
#1 – No Fluff, Straight to the Point
I was expecting one of those crazy substantial exercise books. You know, the ones that are 200 pages long only look at 50 pages. It was great to see Eric got rid of the fluff, and his main program is 65 pages. The manual features:
- some background on the program
- how the program works
- how to interpret the exercise recommendations
- plus some frequently asked questions
The great thing is the manual is just the start. It gets to the point which I like. The best part of the System is still to come.
#2 – An Encyclopedia of 175 Exercises
After I got through the manual, I thought things looked good. Then I got to the meat of the program. The video library, check it out:
You have access to a database of 175 exercises. You can use these exercises for your program or your client’s program, and from looking at the sample above, they are not the run-of-the-mill kind of exercise.
#3 – It Ain’t a Book; it is a Resource
It is hard to call it just a book because it is much more than that. The manual, video library, and workouts are more of a resource. Yes, I use it as a resource. I have used the video library as a resource for my exercises, clients, and presentations.
#4 – All Conveniently Online
Unlike many of Eric’s other stuff, this is entirely online, which I like. I am moving more and more digital. I like printing out what I want, reading things on my computer, and having it on my laptop when I want to refer to it.
#5 – Four Sets of Workouts
There are also four separate 4-week programs for 16 weeks of training. The program themselves are already inserted into the exact training templates used with clients at Cressey Performance. Everyone wonders what programs the pros use; these are them. The ones that Eric gets his pro athletes doing. You can print them out and record everything you or your client does during each session.
#6 – Different Training Options
You always need to adjust the number of workouts you can, or your client can do a week. Eric gives you a solution. There are 4x/week and 3x/week training options and 2x/week training options available as one of the bonuses (ideal for in-season athletes and endurance athletes).
#7 – Each Workout Has a Unique Mobility Workout
As I mentioned in Muscle Imbalance Revealed, I feel mobility exercises are something that most people are missing from their client’s exercise program. Each phase of the training program has a complete mobility warm-up. Ignoring this affects the results a client will get and how well the client will perform.
#8 – Exercise Modifications
In the central manual, there is an entire chapter (and corresponding video library) on exercise modifications for those who have limited equipment access (e.g., no squat rack or cables) and those who may have mobility issues that prevent them from performing a specific exercise (e.g., squatting deep). This is so great. I know I need to modify things for myself and many of my clients.
#9 – Eric in Action
Here is a little video of Eric:
I hosted Eric in Vancouver a few months back. The 16 hours of learning were terrific. A lot of what he talks about is in Show and Go. Very cool.
The video above gives you an idea of who Eric is.
#10 – The Video Library
I had to mention the library again and think this is great. I have been doing a lot of flying the last few days, and I have been doing the multiplanar hamstring mob, which has been helping with hamstring tightness. This is way better than a DVD of exercises because you can go to the specific spot the activities are at and view it on your computer.
Last Word From Rick
I can’t say the program was perfect, but it was close. All the photos were of Eric. Eric is a good-looking guy, but 175 videos and another 50 photos is a lot of Eric. Plus, the videos in several places with different passwords slowed things down. But that was it. The manual got to the point. The videos are great, and the workout templates are easy to follow. I highly recommend the program if you are looking for a program that will help you look and perform better. Plus, the exercise database will be valuable for you and your clients if you are a fitness professional.
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Rick Kaselj, MS