In The World of Strength and Conditioning, There's Good and Bad
We've seen everything on the internet. We've seen people with zero credentials pretending to have the "magical" cure, and we've seen geniuses giving their stuff away for free. It becomes very important for anybody doing research online to be able to separate the good from the bad.
Baseball Brains is designed to be a resource for people. For coaches, for students, for players, for anybody who wants to learn something about our world. As such, we will recommend a product now and then. The blog has a few products sprinkled in here and there, and they are all things we have bought and studied and used. They are things that have helped us and our players become better.
It's those very few things that make it here to our blog, as a recommendation to our readers. The one piece of material that we always come back to again and again as being one of the biggest contributors to this field, is Eric Cressey's High Performance Handbook. In our opinion this thing is worth hundreds if not thousands of dollars, there's really nothing this comprehensive that compares. His site has it for around $100 though, which makes it an incredible value.
Anybody reading this right now probably knows who Eric Cressey is, but if you don't you are really in for something special. Eric is the owner of Cressey Performace, a world renowned fitness business based near Boston. He has a huge following and works with dozens of professional athletes from all sports and all places.
When we look for people or resources to study, we look for those which are well researched and grounded in real world experience. Too often, things that are marketed online end up being regurgitated information that is neither original nor applicable to the individual.
This particular resource is very different. Baseball Brains cannot recommend highly enough that you go and check it out. Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned pro, the High Performance Handbook will elevate your knowledge, your strength, your motivation, and all aspects of your programming.
What we like the best about this system is that it's CUSTOMIZED to you, the reader. It also includes tons of videos, tons of examples, tons of programs that you can customize to who you are and how much time you have, and on and on! It also has a huge nutrition guide to go along with it, this is truly an awesome piece of work.
Here's some information from the website, and keep in mind you get all this for like $100 which is insane:
What Does The High Performance Handbook Include?
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 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)
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!
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.
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.
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!
But That's Not All. I'm Going to Sweeten the Pot with Some Awesome Bonuses ...
Relative strength expert Miguel Aragoncillo outlines some valuable tension-building strategies to optimize performance.
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
Eric's page explains what all comes with it, there is WAY too much there to put it all on here. We strongly urge you to go take a look at all you get, and then make a decision whether it's an investment that will pay huge dividends or not (it is). We have used this resource front to back for years, and guarantee it's worth every penny you spend on it.
Go check it out now, you'll be happy you did!