A few weeks back, I got an advance copy of Eric Cressey‘s Show and Go Training Manual. I have been reading Eric’s stuff for years and even brought him up to Vancouver, Canada to do a 14 hour course/seminar. Eric’s program is called Show and Go: High Performance Training to Look, Feel and Move Better.
Here is the Full Show & Go System
#1 – No Fluff, Straight to the Point
I was expecting one of those crazy huge exercise books. You know the ones that are 200 pages long and you only look at 50 pages of it. 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
It gets to the point which I like. The great thing is the manual is just the start. The best part of the system are still to come.
#2 – An Encyclopedia of 175 Exercises
After I got through the manual, I though 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 exercise. You can use these exercises for your program or for your clients program and from looking at the sample above, they are not the run of the mill kind of exercises.
#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. With the manual, video library and workouts; it is more of a resource. Yes, I use it as a resource. I have been using the video library as a resource for my workouts, clients and presentations.
#4 – All Conveniently Online
Unlike a lot of Eric’s other stuff, this is fully online. Which I like. I am moving more and more digital. I like printing out what I want, reading stuff on my computer and having it on my laptop when I want to refer to it.
There are also four separate 4-week programs for a total of 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. The great things is you can just print them out and record everything your or your client does during each session.
#6 – Different Training Options
You always need to adjust the number of workouts a week that you can do or your client can do. Eric give you a solution. There are 4x/week and 3x/week training options and a 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 mention in Muscle Imbalance Revealed, I feel mobility exercises are something that most people are missing from their client’s exercise program. Missing this is affecting the results a client will get and how well the client will perform. Each phase of the training program has a full mobility warm-up.
#8 – Exercise Modifications
In the main 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 for me and many of my clients, I need to modify things.
#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 was amazing. A lot of what he talk about is in Show and Go. Very cool.
The video above gives you an idea who Eric is.
#10 – The Video Library
I had to mention the library again. I think this is great. This is way better than a DVD of exercises because you can go to the specific spot the exercises is at and view it on your computer. I have been doing a lot of flying the last few days and I have been doing the multiplanar hamstring mob and it has been helping with hamstring tightness.
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 being in a number of 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 would highly recommend the program if you are looking for a program that will help you look and perform better. Plus if you are a fitness professional, the data base of exercises will be so valuable for you and your clients.
Rick Kaselj, MS