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The High Performance Handbook creates a customized workout routine based on you.
Have you ever wondered why the program that helped your best friend put 30lbs on his squat didn't do the same for you?
Have you ever tried to follow a workout from the pages of a magazine only to see yourself get weaker and smaller... or even worse, fatter?
Have you ever tried your hand at the most popular new training system only to find yourself hobbling around in pain over the next few days... or even worse, injured?
If you answered yes to even one of these questions, then I've got some very good news for you.
My name is Eric Cressey, and I am the president of Cressey Performance, a high performance training facility near Boston, MA. We started off small, but we're now a 15,000-square-foot training facility.
You don't work your way up to a facility of this size without providing great coaching to your clients. You know why? Because if you aren't excellent at what you do - constantly updating your training philosophies to give clients the best possible experience and amazing results - you go out of business quickly. Furthermore, you need to be able to coach whoever walks through your doors. Here at CP, we see hundreds of different clients every week.
We've coached people from all walks of life, including:
We even have professional athletes who literally move their families across the country to train with us.
As you can imagine, I've seen it all, and after working with such a wide variety of people, I've come away with one big lesson:
When I decided to create a workout system, there was something that was more important to me than anything else: a strong emphasis on personalization.
The problem with other programs out there is they force people to fit into their system of training. Admittedly it's better than having no direction, but for a lot of people it can make things worse off than they already were.
Let's take a woman with loose joints (hypermobility) as an example. If she did a lot of aggressive stretching (you know, because the experts are always telling us to stretch), she could easily hurt herself! Conversely, the stiff-as-a-board guy at the cubicle next to her might do those exact same stretches and rid himself of his chronic back pain!
Now imagine this scenario and apply it to a workout where these same people are applying heavy loads to their body. It's a recipe for disaster.
Which brings me to my point: why do people still buy cookie cutter programs?
I've thought about it long and hard, and it seems like there are two reasons:
I hate to say it, but the industry is full of unqualified people who lack the educational background and the practical hands-on experience to know what works and what doesn't.
After spending the past few years trying to figure out a solution to these issues, I've finally come up with a way to deliver high quality customization at an affordable price. It's called The High Performance Handbook.
First, unlike your typical cookie-cutter program, it doesn't force you to do an exercise you can't.
Second, it designs a program suitable to your needs - based on how you move, what your schedule allows, and what your goals are.
Third, it's an entire system. Not just some manual that says "do this." We give you an entire video database, how to modify exercises, and much more.
Most important, it does all of this at a very affordable price.
Don't just take my word for it, see what clients and fitness professionals have to say about my approach to coaching:
There is a short list of people in the strength and conditioning industry who I consider to be the gold standard. Eric Cressey is at the top of that list
There is a short list of people in the strength and conditioning industry who I consider to be the gold standard or the best of the best. Eric Cressey is at the top of that list, in my opinion. Eric has mastered the process of turning cutting-edge evidence and knowledge into some of the most efficient and effective in-the-trenches training protocols out there. If you are a pro athlete, a weekend warrior, or a practitioner in the performance training field interested in results, then you better be training with and learning from Eric Cressey!
Head S&C Coach – Los Angeles Lakers
The approach of the programming is awesome because it addresses many of the mobility issues and postural imbalances that are ingrained in the majority of the general population.
It's hard to argue with results, and that's exactly what I got with The High Performance Handbook from Eric Cressey. When I read about his new strength program, I was excited because I know how knowledgeable Eric is, and my own training had been in a bit of a rut. Prior to beginning this program, I had added only five pounds on my bench in the previous four months, and had been neglecting all things legs and core because of back pain. I also play a lot of overhead recreational sports, and was constantly having shoulder pain in my throwing arm.
After Eric's four-month program, I am lifting and moving pain free and with better mobility than I have in a very long time. My shoulder and back pain are gone even on my heaviest lifting days. The approach of the programming is awesome because it addresses many of the mobility issues and postural imbalances that are ingrained in the majority of the general population. In addition to working on these imbalances, the program also has a heavy focus on strength. In the 16 weeks this program lasted, I increased my bench press 25 lbs from 235lbs to 260lbs. My deadlift went up from 390lbs on an elevated handle trap bar to 405lbs on a conventional deadlift. I have not made gains this significant in such a short amount of time since I first started strength training.
The High Performance Handbook system is extremely well rounded and thorough. It is a lot of hard work, but the results are worth every rep. If you put in the time and effort, you will not be disappointed in the gains you will experience. I recommend this product 100%.
Kansas City, MO
One of the top high performance coaches in the world
Eric Cressey is one of the top high performance coaches in the world. With his mixture of academic work, practical experience, and high level athletic achievement, he's outpacing almost everyone else in the field. As a result, he's one of the very few coaches I'll turn to now, and in the future, when I'm looking for unique insight into getting the most out of my athletes.
Dr. John Berardi, CSCS
Founder – Precision Nutrition
Advisor – Nike, Apple, and Equinox
I began The High Performance Handbook program hoping to make strength gains, but I didn't expect to get those strength gains and practically eliminate my daily aches.
Making a living as a carpenter for the last 30 years has taken a toll on my body. A typical day has me lifting, bending, reaching and climbing ladders while reaching, bending and lifting. I had become accustomed to pain on a daily basis. My knees would ache with every rung of a ladder, my left shoulder would cry a little every time I reached overhead, and many days my lower back would be in knots.
I began The High Performance Handbook program hoping to make strength gains, but I didn't expect to get those strength gains and practically eliminate my daily aches. My legs and knees feel strong as I go up and down ladders, I no longer cringe when I have to lift anything overhead, and my lower back has never felt better.
Eric has put together a program that is balanced and thorough - and I am looking forward to doing it again. Get the program and follow it to a 'T'; you'll be glad you did.
I never felt beat down after a workout – a lot of them were taxing and tough but by the time I left, I felt really great
I had a very positive experience with The High Performance Handbook. I never left the gym with any kind of lumbar or trap achiness (I normally did before this) and I am contributing that the to fantastic videos and the cues given in the videos. I never felt beat down after a workout – a lot of them were taxing and tough but by the time I left, I felt really great. If you are looking for a place to go after Show and Go or are just looking for a place to start, look no farther.
Get strong with this program. Already strong? Get stronger. Every single one of my lifts improved; as an example, my barbell hip thrusts went from 95lbs to 175lbs (side note, ladies: if you want a strong, high butt, do hip thrusts!). And, by the end of the program I was able to eek out a couple of unassisted single chin-ups.
The fat loss workouts were great too. As an added bonus, my golf and tennis games both improved, and I even played kickball toward the end of this program. And, let me be clear, I come from a long line of non-athletes. Any and all athleticism I have, I have worked very, very hard for. The sprinting in this program made me lightning fast at running bases and when we all woke up the next day, I was not sore, whereas everyone else was, including the 15 year old. I patted myself on the back all day for that one.
I am feeling super confident after completing The High Performance Handbook program and am planning on keeping most of the lifts and warm-ups in my routine going forward.
St. Paul, MN
Eric Cressey knows more about biomechanics and human anatomy than most of my physician colleagues
Eric Cressey knows more about biomechanics and human anatomy than most of my physician colleagues. His knowledge is only surpassed by his coaching skills.
Dr. Spencer Nadolsky
Medical Editor, Examine.com
I've trained thousands of different people over the past 10 years, from elderly grandmothers to professional baseball players in the major leagues. Regardless of who I'm coaching, I tell them to do at least one thing: keep track of the important stuff.
There's a reason why I'm so adamant about this - it's because I do the same. Since the first day I started training clients, I've kept detailed notes on what works and what doesn't. I've got everything from what cues make an exercise easy and obvious to perform to what makes it harder. The High Performance Handbook is all those years of knowledge broken down into a step-by-step system for an easy-to-follow and effective training system:
The High Performance Handbook makes it easy for you to safely reach a high level of performance. It's a workout tailored specifically for you. It's a choose-your-own-adventure approach to better performance, better results, and a better you!
Though it's called a "handbook," this isn't some book that is going to sit on your bookshelf and collect dust. Rather, it's a thorough and expansive resource that will suit your goals over the next few years, letting you use it over and over again.
The High Performance Handbook includes:
The High Performance Handbook Main Guide $99 Value
The base on which everything is built. This guide walks you through everything you need to know to interpret and put the program into action. This document links to two detailed videos – Introduction and Self-Assessment – that set the stage for helping you achieve your goals.
The High Performance Handbook: Video Database $299 Value
This is a highly focused collection of over 200 videos and three hours of footage (and unlike most videos, we get to the point asap). You can watch and listen to me coach an athlete through every exercise in the program. Trust me; you'll be utilizing these videos for a long time; it's like your own private coaching seminar with me. I go through cues and other intricacies of form to ensure you do all the exercises perfectly. (With instructions so detailed, it'll be as if I'm standing right there coaching you through every single movement)
The High Performance Handbook: Training Templates $49 Value
These training templates are based on the same ones we use at Cressey Performance. You can simply print them out and take them to the gym as your follow-along guide for each training session. Included are 2x/week, 3x/week, and 4x/week strength training options – making this resource conducive to any training schedule. The program you use should fit your schedule, not vice versa!
The High Performance Handbook: Four Supplemental Conditioning Options $29 Value
I've created four custom metabolic conditioning programs that you can choose from based on your specific goals and the time and resources you have available. Yet again, making the program work for your schedule.
The High Performance Handbook: Exercise Modifications Library $29 Value
No access to a power rack or prowler? Missing certain equipment that we use in the program? No problem. I've included a complete section (with videos) on exercise modifications to show you exactly how to modify the program to fit what you do have and still achieve your goals. No need to change gyms or break the bank.
The High Performance Handbook: Special Populations Guide $29 Value
Do you have special circumstances? This guide walks you through how to modify the program to suit your specific needs. I discuss how to modify the program for over-40 lifters, those who really want to build muscle mass, those who want to Olympic lift, overhead throwing athletes, and in-season athletes. This product is already versatile, but this addition takes it to another level!
Bonus #1: Maximum Tension for Maximal Results $29 Value
Relative strength expert Miguel Aragoncillo outlines some valuable tension-building strategies to optimize performance.
Bonus #2: Cheap Additions to Your Training Program $29 Value
Accomplished powerlifter Jordan Syatt introduces several quick and easy ways you can bulk up your equipment arsenal extremely affordably with items you never thought would be useful in a gym.
Bonus #3: Troubleshooting Single-Leg Exercises $29 Value
College strength and conditioning coach Dave Rak takes you step-by-step through a lot of the common technique problems he sees with single-leg exercises – and how to fix them.
Bonus #4: 10 Ways to Modify or Regress a Movement $29 Value
Cressey Performance coach Andrew Zomberg walks you through some of the most common regressions (simplifying a movement) we use with our clients. This includes both text, and a number of detailed video coaching tutorials.
TOTAL value of The High Performance Handbook? $650.
Just to compare - if you were to fly here to Boston and somehow snag a coveted spot in my personal coaching schedule, you would expect to pay upwards of $500/hr. A personally designed program from me costs at least $1000.
With all these resources, it's safe to say that I've given you every tool you will need to get stronger, perform better, and build a leaner, more athletic body; all while teaching your body to move more efficiently without any nasty aches and pains.
Now, here's where it gets more awesome. As the testimonials show, The High Performance Handbook training system is remarkably effective by itself. However, if you want to really kick things up a notch and really maximize your performance, you need to line up your training efforts with some stellar nutrition and lifestyle choices. And that's why I've enlisted the help of my good friend, Brian St. Pierre, to write The High Performance Handbook Nutrition Guide.
Brian is a brilliant, forward-thinking nutrition expert. And not just some self-proclaimed expert - he's consulted with countless pro athletes and regular fitness folks alike, and he's one of the bright minds contributing heavily to Dr. John Berardi's world-renowned Precision Nutrition system. Just like how I've been taking notes on what works for my training clients, Brian has been taking notes on what works for his clients! Here's a quick list of what Brian covers in the manual:
I know training and performance, and Brian knows nutrition. With that in mind, I'm giving you the option of purchasing The High Performance Handbook with or without Brian's Nutrition Guide.
I am so confident that you will be thrilled with your purchase that I am offering a no-questions-asked 60 day money back guarantee. If you're not happy with your purchase, just let me know within 60 days and you'll get every penny back, no questions asked.
He is one of Men's Health's most-trusted advisors
In the world of fitness and sports training, Eric Cressey is a thought leader and an industry innovator. He is one of Men's Health's most-trusted advisors because his expertise is driven by the combination of science and real-world insights. As a result, Eric's approach is always evolving and improving, and you can be sure it's been tested with both professional athletes and everyday people. That's why Men's Health turns to Eric for cutting-edge training advice that's not only proven to work, but proven to give you the edge.
Fitness Director, Men's Health
The thing that separates this product from everything else on the market is Eric's incredible attention to detail.
At first, I was somewhat skeptical starting this program, as I was unsure what sort of gains I could make in a 16-week online program. Being a physical therapist for eight years and a busy 32-year-old married man with two young children, I understand the importance of individualized programs to meet client's needs. Although this is based solely online, it is not just another cookie cutter program. The thing that separates this product from everything else on the market is Eric's incredible attention to detail. As a result, this program didn't just clean up my movement patterns; it also attributed to significant gains in my deadlift, front squat, back squat, and bench press.
I fully recommend this program to anyone looking to increase strength, become a better athlete, or just keep up with their kids!
As a full time working mother, I needed a program that not only fed my desire to become stronger, but also fit into my busy lifestyle. This program was easy to follow and versatile, allowing me to change the number of workouts I completed week to week. After four months, I felt better, moved better, and made noticeable strength gains. I fully recommend this program to anyone looking to increase strength, become a better athlete, or just keep up with their kids!
Eric is one of the few strength coaches that really 'gets it' when it comes to applying functional anatomy, biomechanics, and research
Eric Cressey is one of my go-to resources in the strength and conditioning world. Eric is one of the few strength coaches that really 'gets it' when it comes to applying functional anatomy, biomechanics, and research – and it's reflected in his vast experience working with athletes. As a physical therapist, I know Eric is great at individualizing a program based on one's specific needs, which is always one of the keys to safely getting rapid results! The High Performance Handbook program is no exception. This is a great program for a variety of people, and I am already recommending it to my clients.
Physical Therapist, Boston, MA
The video exercise library is extensive, and will coach you through all the important points on each exercise.
The High Performance Handbook is clearly a carefully-prepared exercise plan that will challenge you each month. I have done countless programs, but have never seen jumps in strength to this degree. After completion of the 4-month program, my bench press had improved went from 225lbs to 265lbs, my deadlift from 295lbs to 355lbs, and squat from 315lbs to 345lbs. While these strength gains alone were great, I'm equally pleased with my flexibility gains, which have allowed me to perform on a whole different level. With this product comes much more than an exercise program. Eric coaches you from abroad in an extremely effective manner. The supplemental resources are set up to help you with questions involving exercise modifications, technique, and any other hiccups you may encounter. The video exercise library is extensive, and will coach you through all the important points on each exercise. Thanks to Eric for helping me to get much closer to my goals!
Eric has mastered the art of actually applying his academic knowledge in practical sessions
Eric Cressey is one of the hottest names in the strength and conditioning world today. Very well versed in the science of training, Eric has mastered the art of actually applying his academic knowledge in practical sessions. The future of the industry is in good hands.
I'd like to take a second and tell you exactly who I am.
If you've read up until this point, you know my name is Eric Cressey. What you really need to know about me is that coaching and training is my life.
I obtained an undergraduate degree in Exercise Science, followed by my Master's Degree in Kinesiology, with a concentration in Exercise Science, from the University of Connecticut, which has the #1 ranked kinesiology graduate program in the country. My Master's thesis was "The effects of 10 weeks of lower-body unstable surface training on markers of athletic performance" and was published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research.
I've written over 500 published articles, and have been featured in local and national publications such as Men's Health, Men's Fitness, ESPN, T-Muscle, Yahoo Sports, The Boston Globe, The Boston Herald, Baseball America, Oxygen, Experience Life, Triathlete Magazine, and more. I've also published five books, and have been a guest speaker in five countries and in 19 states. I'm even a training ambassador for New Balance Shoes.
I'm also a competitive powerlifter. My top competition lifts are a 540 squat, 402 bench, and 650 deadlift, giving me a 1532 total in the 165-pound weight class.
I lift, I train, and I write, and have been doing so for over a decade. The High Performance Handbook is the summation of all that experience - the sum of both my practical and my educational background.
Eric Cressey is equal parts academic scholar and in-the-trenches veteran
Eric Cressey is equal parts academic scholar and in-the-trenches veteran. It's hard enough to find a fitness expert who exhibits one of these qualities, let alone a man who exemplifies both. Cressey is a complete professional.
Fitness Editor – Men's Fitness Magazine
... it made me confident that I can safely work out and do heavy movements, which is important at my age (45).
Overall, the best part of the program is that my numbers went up, which is always good! I'll count that as increase in strength. For context, I'm 45 years old.
Barbell deadlift: from 315lbs to 405lbs
Barbell squat: from 275lb to 335lbs
Barbell bench press: from 195lbs to 235lbs
Push Press: from 125lbs to 160lbs
Barbell glute bridge: from 295lbs to 455lbs
Doing The High Performance Handbook program was definitely worth it. It taught me a lot about how programming works, and it made me confident that I can safely work out and do heavy movements, which is important at my age. Thanks!
...I had shoulder problems, but after doing Eric's mobility and activation drills, my shoulder has not felt this good in years.
This program has helped me to achieve some new strength goals, including a body weight bench press and significant increase in my long jump distance! Additionally, going into the program, I had shoulder problems, but after doing Eric's mobility and activation drills, my shoulder has not felt this good in years. Needless to say, I really enjoyed the program!
My body has never felt more fresh and energized after each workout!
"As a former college athlete, I have seen my fair share of workouts. All of them required heavy lifting with limited to no stretching and muscle care. The training sessions in The High Performance Handbook workouts ensure that muscle is being built while also being nurtured. My body has never felt more fresh and energized after each workout!"
If I could, I'd use him as a source him every single article, in every single issue
As a longtime fitness editor and writer, I've collaborated with Eric Cressey a number of times on articles for publications over the past decade. If I could, I'd use him as a source him every single article, in every single issue, on any topic related to strength training and high performance. But then it would be the Eric Cressey Show, and I'd be a one-trick pony. I guess what I'm saying is, the main problem with Eric from an editorial perspective is that there aren't more of him.
Freelance Fitness Writer
This program challenges not only your strength and endurance, but also your posture and movement patterns, which will ultimately improve all aspects of fitness and keep you healthy.
The High Performance Handbook is a great option for anyone looking to get the biggest bang for their buck in a training program. This program challenges not only your strength and endurance, but also your posture and movement patterns, which will ultimately improve all aspects of fitness and keep you healthy. You also get exercises demonstrated in a clear, uncomplicated manner. Sounds like money well spent! As a strength and conditioning coach, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it.
I have no reservations in saying that Eric Cressey is THE next great coach in the performance enhancement industry
I have no reservations in saying that Eric Cressey is THE next great coach in the performance enhancement industry. Not only does he have an unparalleled knowledge base, but he also has the innate ability to think critically and apply this knowledge into his programming. This leads to stronger, healthier, and better-performing athletes and clients.
Mike Robertson, MS, CSCS, USAW
Robertson Training Systems
The High Performance Handbook is very effective at addressing each person's individual weaknesses.
The High Performance Handbook is very effective at addressing each person's individual weaknesses. This program greatly improved my posture, mobility, and my lifting positions. It is a very clear and concise program, and Eric Cressey's insights about training and his understanding of the human body are phenomenal. One of the best aspects of this program was the variety of exercises in each monthly phase. Even though many of the exercises were challenging, I found that I became a lot stronger utilizing this new program.
I highly recommended this program; as usual, Eric Cressey has come up with another winner!
New York, NY
I realized having a qualified professional like Eric Cressey write you a program can be the jumpstart you need to smash through those woeful plateaus.
As a member of the strength community at large, I am always eager to study Eric Cressey's work because it exudes the highest quality and thoroughness. So, when the opportunity arose to perform a 16-week program from him, I couldn't pass up what I knew was going to be a worthwhile endeavor. It did not disappoint.
My numbers were decent before the start of the program and to see improvements during the course of its completion verified its effectiveness. As an example, my trap bar deadlift increased from 500lbs for one rep to 520 pounds for 4 reps.
While I was fairly confident in my programming and approach to strength training before this opportunity, upon completion, I realized having a qualified professional like Eric Cressey write you a program can be the jumpstart you need to smash through those woeful plateaus.
Jay Corwell, MS, CSCS, FMS, USAW
His passion is obvious in the training environment he creates and the athletes he sends to teams
I've had the privilege of knowing Eric Cressey for over six years. He is one of the few strength coaches that I feel truly understands the demands of the throwing athlete. His knowledge is evident in the incredible products he brings to market, but his passion is obvious in the training environment he creates and the athletes he sends to teams. I have found him to be an invaluable resource.
Donovan T. Santas
S&C Coordinator - Toronto Blue Jays Baseball Club
Listen, I'm the furthest thing from a salesman (but don't get me started talking about shoulders and the gleno-humeral joint), and this certainly isn't meant to be some sort of high pressured sales tactic. In fact, there is absolutely no obligation to get your copy now but... I'm extremely proud of The High Performance Handbook, and so I've decided to offer it at this low introductory price so I can help as many people as possible.
But that's not all, I want to give you an opportunity to come train with me for free, so if you buy today...
I honestly believe that taking a customized approach to training is the way to go. Knowing how your body works is critical in order to get maximum benefit out of it. I guarantee that you will be blown away by the results!
All the best,
Author, The High Performance Handbook
PS – Don't forget that money-back guarantee; there is literally no financial risk on your part in giving this training system a go. It's my life's work, it's what I do, and I know that The High Performance Handbook is definitely the training system for you.
I am so confident that you will be thrilled with your purchase that I am offering a no-questions-asked 60 day money back guarantee. If you're not happy with your purchase, just let me know within 60 days and you'll get every penny back, no questions asked.
NOTE: The High Performance Handbook is a downloadable product. No physical products will be shipped. After you order, you will get INSTANT ACCESS to download the e-book onto your computer. The e-book format is Adobe Acrobat PDF, which can be viewed on Mac or PC. If you have any questions regarding this product please contact me at email@example.com.
Q: Is this a one-time fee or do I pay every month?
One time. You buy The High Performance Handbook, and you get lifetime access. You'll especially find yourself coming back to our video database over and over.
Q: Do I need any kind of special equipment?
Not at all. We include The High Performance Handbook Exercise Modifications Library so you don't need to worry about equipment you have access to.
Q: Is this targeted at a special age group?
As long as you can generally move around without pain, The High Performance Handbook will work for you. Since our entire focus is on tailoring the training experience to your goals and capabilities, you can use this handbook regardless of your age.
Q: Help! I have some special circumstances - can I still use The High Performance Handbook?
Absolutely! It's why we've included The High Performance Handbook Special Populations Guide, where we help you find a way to modify your program based on your circumstances.
Q: I have a question you haven't answered here.
While some websites make it hard to find an email address to contact, I put mine right out there: firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have a question, email me, and I'll get it answered.