98 Years of Age

Age is a number, not a liability.


Hail to the Dinosaurs!

(Note: I sent this one to my email list
yesterday - President's Day - but didn't
have a chance to post it here until today.)

It's President's Day today, so we won't be
mailing anything today because the Post
Office is closed.

But we're open for business and taking
orders - and we'll fill them tomorrow.

We also have plenty of books and courses
available in PDF format with immediate
electronic delivery - as well as over 25
books, courses and back issues of The
Dinosaur Files and the Dinosaur Files
Quarterly in the Kindle bookstore:

PDF Books and Courses

http://www.brookskubik.com/products.html

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http://www.brookskubik.com/kindle.html

On the training front, I wanted to talk
about something very important.

It's about self image - meaning how
we think of ourselves.

The other day I was watching a video
about a man who worked as a surgeon
in Loma Linda, California until age 95 -
and then retired, not because he could
no longer work as a surgeon, but because
he wanted to spend more time with his
family.

And no, that's not a typo.

He retired at age ninety-five.

Thirty years past normal retirement age
for most of us.

His name is Ellsworth Wareham, and he's
now well over the 100-year mark. You can
google and find articles and videos on him.

You'll be surprised at how youthful and
vigorous he looks - and how strong his
voice is - and how sharp his mind is.

He's a superstar of healthy aging.

Anyhow, the video began in typical
fashion, with Dr. Wareham briefly
introducing himself.

It was the second or third sentence
that got my attention.

"I'm 98 years of age," he said.

Notice the words.

He didn't say, "I'm 98 years old."

Instead, he said, "I'm 98 years of age."

I don't think that was an accident.

I think it was a conscious, deliberate
choice of words.

I don't think he ever uses the word
"old."

And I think that's on purpose.

When you think of yourself as a certain
number of years old, you are telling
yourself you are old.

And that colors the way you see your-
self.

It's a little thing - a very subtle thing -
but it's still something that affects you.

And it's an easy thing to do. Heck, I've
done it thousands of times.

But from now on - hopefully, for many
years to come - I'm not going to say
that I'm a certain number of years old.

Instead, I'm going to use Dr. Wareham's
phrase.

And that's your tip of the day - coming to
you from a lifelong Iron Slinger who's
going strong at 61 years of age.

Yours in strength,

Brooks Kubik

P.S. If you're age 40 or up, you need to use
age-adjusted and age-appropriate training
methods and workouts - and Gray Hair
and
Black Iron is the best place to find
them:



http://www.brookskubik.com/grayhair_blackiron.html

P.S. 2. My other books and courses --
including links to all of my e-books on
Kindle -- are right here at Dino
Headquarters:

Hard-copy and PDF

http://www.brookskubik.com/products.html

Kindle

http://www.brookskubik.com/oldschool_01-kindle.html

P.S. 3. Thought for the Day

"More plates on the bar are good - and
so are more candles on your birthday
cake."


- Brooks Kubik

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New and Good - Fast and Fun!

There's something new and good for serious strength trainers - and if John Grimek were around today, I think he'd like it!
 
Hail to the Dinosaurs!

Here's something new and good from John
Wood - and it's fast, fun and costs just about
the same as one of those mocha latte grande
coffee drinks with whipped cream and a cherry
on top.

It's a streamlined publication called The John
Wood Report.

You can grab it right here in a downloadable
PDF:

https://www.oldtimestrongman.com/johnwoodreport-01.html

It's 12 pages - short and sweet - fast and
easy to read - but its crammed full of all
kinds of good info:

* The Five Best Trap Bar Movements

* Gym Etiquette -- I only WISH the average
gym goer could read this

* The simple template that John has for the
better part of the last two and a half decades to
put his workout routines together -- or what the
kids today call "programming"

* Three simple but incredibly effective grip
exercises which can be performed with nothing
more than a loaded barbell

* A Pinch Grip Workout

* Details of a truly "lost" forearm training
exercise, one that built one of the biggest
and strongest forearms of all time

* Some of John's favorite training quotes

* How to train your grip in a commercial
gym

* Two great rope climbing drills, one of which
was a favorite of "The God of Wrestling" Karl
Gotch

* Ten ways to "finish" your workout

Here's that link one more time:

https://www.oldtimestrongman.com/johnwoodreport-01.html

BTW - aside from John, I was the first person
in the world to read this little monster.

John sent me an advance copy - I read it
through, called him, and said, "It's GREAT!"

I think you'll feel the very same way after
you read it!

Yours in strength,

Brooks Kubik

Another Busy Week!


We cracked open the final case of Strength, Muscle and Power this week - so if you want a copy, now's the time to act.



Hail to the Dinosaurs!

It's been another busy week in Dino Land -
so I thought I should do a quick re-cap for
you.

1. I opened an eBay store.

The first item for sale is a killer issue of Peary
Rader's old IronMan magazine from 1967 -
and the bidding ends tomorrow, so if you're
interested in grabbing it, head on over and
make your bid asap:



https://www.ebay.com/itm/232661358800?ssPageName=STRK%3AMESELX%3AIT&_trksid=p3984.m1558.l2649

I'll be adding some more items over the
weekend - be on the lookout for them.

QUICK UPDATE - I'm posting this on
Saturday after sending it to my email
list on Fri - so there's only about two
hours left on the bidding.


2. John Wood opened The Retro
Strength
Store!

It features t-shirts, mugs and all kinds of
great stuff, including FIVE different John
Grimek t-shirts, TWO different Russian
kettlebell t-shirts, Bosco coffee mugs,
and a "Joe Kinney No. 4 close" t-shirt.

Go here to check it out:

https://www.retrostrength.com/shop/

3. The Strength Secrets Facebook
Group
Blew Up!

We had tons of Dinos join the group, and
the posting and discussion has been great.

Go here to join us:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/strengthsecrets/

4. I cracked open the very last case of
Strength, Muscle and Power.


Not sure how many are left right now, but
it's somewhere between "Not many, and
they're going fast!" and "Sorry, they're
all gone."

We're not doing a reprint any time
soon - and perhaps not ever - so this
is your last chance to grab a copy:

http://www.brookskubik.com/strength_muscle_power.html

5. John Wood released a brand new
strongman coffee mug.


This one is "Coffee with Louis Cyr" - and
the design is pretty darn good - take a
look and see for yourself:

https://www.oldtimestrongman.com/louiscyr-mug-01.html

And I think that wraps it up. There may
have been more, but that's  all I can
remember right now.

Anyhow, it's been a heck of a busy week -
and next week is probably going to be
just as busy!

Yours in strength,

Brooks Kubik


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The Guy with the Bad Back

Here's an answer to a question posted earlier today by one of the members of the Strength Secrets Facebook Group. I'll be answering more questions from members of the Strength Secrets Group in future Blog Posts - which is yet another reason to join the Strength Secrets Group!


Hail to the Dinosaurs!

Two quick notes and then we'll talk iron.

1. The February Dino Files

I'm finishing the little monster and we'll
get it up and available in PDF as fast as
possible.

In the meantime, be sure to grab the
Oct, Nov, Dec and Jan issues so you
have the complete set:

http://www.brookskubik.com/dinosaur_files.html

If you prefer a subscription, shoot me
an email - we can make it happen.

2. Strength, Muscle and Power

As I mentioned the other day, we"re
almost out of stock and I'm not going
to do another printing for awhile - and
perhaps not ever - so this is your last
chance to grab a copy:



http://www.brookskubik.com/strength_muscle_power.html

Right now, we have less than 20 copies
left, so don't delay - if you want a copy,
grab it while you can!

3. The Guy with the Bad Back

Here's a question from one of the members
of the Strength Secrets Facebook Group.

He posted it this morning, and I thought
it would be good to cover in today's email.

I'll be doing more of this in the future, so
it's another good reason to join the StrengthSecrets Group - which you can do by going
right here:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/strengthsecrets/

Here's the question:

"I've got a buddy who wants to get into
heavy lifting, but every time he starts a
program he ends up hurting his lower
back.

Any back rehab-type programs you guys
could link me that I could send his way?

He's in his early 40's and hasn't built up
much strength yet."

I thought I should cover this because it's
not an uncommon problem. In fact, it
happens to lots of folks who get into
training when they're in their 40's or
older.

First and foremost - you friend should
get his back looked at by a medical
professional with a solid background
in sports medicine.

He needs to make sure that there's not
a spinal disc problem - and getting things
checked out by a medical professional is
the only way to make sure.

A sports medicine specialist also can
evaluate things such as tightness and
flexibility problems that may be causing
or contributing to his back pain.

If he sits all day, as many of us do, that
alone could cause enough tightness to
make him throw his back out whenever
he tries to train.

The specialist can prescribe specific
exercises to help with any flexibility
issues your friend may have.

If so, your friend should stay away from
the weights and focus exclusively on the
remedial exercises until he gets the green
light from the specialist.

Also, if your friend is carrying any extra
bodyweight - meaning, in non-PC terms,
if he's over 40 and FAT - then losing some
weight would help his back - and do plenty
of other good things for him.

Healthy eating is an important part of lifelong strength and health.


Carrying 20, 30, or 40 pounds of fat is
really hard on your low back, especially
if the extra weight is in your belly. It pulls
your hips forward, which is bad for your
spine and your posture.

So rather than jumping into a weight
training program, your friend would do
much better by:

1. Getting his back checked out by a sports
medicine professional.

2. Doing whatever remedial exercises the
specialist recommends.

3. Dieting to lose any extra weight.

Walking is good to help keep your legs and
hips loose, and it is often good for helping
with back problems - so if the specialist gives
the thumbs up, a walking program would be
a good idea.  Your friend should start with a
very short distance and gradually work up to
a couple of miles a day.

It may be that your friend does nothing but
light remedial exercises and walking for a
couple of months - along with changing
to a healthy diet and losing some Lard
Lumps.

If so, that's fine. Rome wasn't built in a day,
and neither was any strongman.

Once the specialist gives your friend the green
light for training, he can try adding some basic
strength training to his program.

I'd suggest that he begin with a program of
bodyweight exercises, such as the programs
in Dinosaur Bodyweight Training:



http://www.brookskubik.com/dinosaur_bodyweight.html

These will help to condition him and build some
strength so that he can make a more successful
transition to weight training.

The bodyweight program also will help teach
him how to train. He'll learn the importance
of setting up a schedule and sticking to it, how
to make his workouts progressive, how to use
the power of concentration and visualization,
and many similar things.

After three to six months of bodyweight work,
he should be ready to tackle a weight training
program.

When he does, he should start light and easy.
I'd suggest that he use one of the beginner
programs in Chalk and Sweat:



http://www.brookskubik.com/chalk_and_sweat.html

I know this advice sounds conservative, and
your friend would prefer to jump right into a
weight training program.

But remember, he's over 40 - and he's tried
jumping into a weight training program a
couple of times - and every time he does,
he's hurt his back.

So he needs to do something different.

Hence, the above advice.

Please share it with him, and make sure
he follows it - especially the part about
seeing a sports medicine professional -
and keep us posted on his progress.

Or better yet, have him sign up for my
daily email tips - and join the Strength
Secrets Facebook Group - and have him
keep us updated at Strength Secrets.

As always, thanks for reading and have
a great day. If you train today, make it
a good one.

Yours in Strength,

Brooks Kubik

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And Then There Were None

 
We're getting near the end of the line for Strength, Muscle and Power - so if you want a copy, grab it now!


Hail to the Dinosaurs!

I want to make sure everyone knows that we're
getting near the end of the line for STRENGTH,MUSCLE AND POWER.

We have just 24 left - which sounds like a lot,
but it isn't - because they're going very fast.

I'm not going to do another printing in the
near future - and may not ever do one - so
for right now, this is it.

And I don't want anyone grumbling and com-
plaining when they're all gone - and asking:
"Why didn't you tell me that this was it?"

I'm telling you now. I'm telling everyone.

It's a great book, with tons of workouts and
some really great training tips. I worked long
and hard to pack it full of solid-gold advice
for building strength, muscle and power.

It covers power rack training, rest pause
training, training for advanced lifters, home
gym training, special grip exercises, sandbags,
barrels, finishers, specialization programs,
and much more.

It even gives you the exact program I
used when I was training for powerlifting
and bench press contests - meaning the
exact program I used to win five National
Bench Press championships (lifting in drug-
free powerlifting organizations, in the sub-
master's division, 198 and 220 pound
weight class).

Go here to grab a copy - and join the
thousands of Dinos the world over who
have used the advice in this book to build
some serious strength, muscle and power:



http://www.brookskubik.com/strength_muscle_power.html

Yours in strength,

Brooks Kubik



The Unhealthiest Man in the Room

Many of the old-time champions - such as George Hackenschmidt, shown above - lived long, healthy and active lives. They trained for strength AND health - and it worked!

Hail to the Dinosaurs!

One quick note before we talk training.

1. Vintage Books and Magazines for
Sale!


Since Trudi and I are planning to move to
the Pacific Northwest, I need to do some
downsizing - so I'm selling duplicate copies
of vintage strength training and body-
building books and magazines from my
collection.

It's a big collection, and there's a lot
to sell.

So I've set up an eBay store to make it
happen as fast and easily as possible.
Here's the first listing - a classic issue of
Peary Rader's old Iron man magazine from
1967:



https://www.ebay.com/itm/232661358800?ssPageName=STRK%3AMESELX%3AIT&_trksid=p3984.m1558.l2649

Of course, there will be lots more to
come - so if you're looking for vintage
books and magazines, you're going to
see a ton of great stuff in the next
couple of months.

2. The Unhealthiest Man in the Room

One of our longtime Dinos grew up in Santa
Monica and used to train at some of the world
famous southern California gyms - and got to
know a number of top bodybuilders.

He actually trained with some of the guys on
covers of the muscle magazines we read when
we were kids.

He often went to the big bodybuilding contests.

One year, he went to  a big contest, and ended
up sitting next to one of his friends - a man
who ranks as one of the top bodybuilders of
all time. A man who began training back in
the day when you trained for strength and
health as well as muscular development.

The big focus that year was on ultra-extreme
muscular definition.

To place in the top 10 that year, you needed
to more than "cuts" - you needed to be cut
to the bone.

To win you needed shredded wheat on your
wheat - and then you needed to shred it some
more.

To get "the look" the contestants trained for
many hours every day - and did tons of cardio
training on top of their bodybuilding workouts -
and followed incredibly severe diets.

And yes, they undoubtedly took plenty of
different supplements - and plenty of drugs.

And all of that wreaks havoc on the human
body.

The famous bodybuilding champion turned
to our fellow Dino and said:

"From now on, the winner of the contest
will be the unhealthiest man in the
room.
"

And that summed it up pretty well.

I don't follow modern bodybuilding - and
one reason is because of the health issue.

I'm not interested in a sport where the
winner is the unhealthiest man in the
room.

Instead, I focus on lifelong strength and
health.

If you're reading this, that's probably your
focus as well.

And perhaps we can lead by example - and
encourage others to focus on the very same
thing:

Lifelong strength and health.

As always, thanks for reading and have a
great day. If you train today, make it a
good one.

Yours in strength,

Brooks Kubik

P.S. Gray Hair and Black iron is a must
read for anyone training for lifelong strength
and health:



http://www.brookskubik.com/grayhair_blackiron.html

P.S. 2. My other books and courses --
including links to all of my e-books on
Kindle -- are right here at Dino
Headquarters:



Hard-copy and PDF

http://www.brookskubik.com/products.html

Kindle



http://www.brookskubik.com/oldschool_01-kindle.html

P.S. 3. Thought for the Day

"The most important goal is lifelong
strength and health."


- Brooks Kubik


BEFORE YOU LEAVE . . .

We have more than 25 Dinosaur Training books and courses in the Kindle bookstore - here are several of them - head on over and take a look at the others: