Here It Is - The February Dinosaur Files!

The February issue of The Dinosaur Files has some terrific training tips - including a great training program with some very unique exercises and unusual workouts. You're going to love it!

Hail to the Dinosaurs!

We just released the February issue of The 
Dinosaur Files newsletter - and here's the

It's another great issue, with a terrific
article by one of our longtime Dinos.

Get this . . .

He was diagnosed with childhood cancer
and given a 1 in 20 chance of survival -
which aren't very good odds.

He made it - but radiation treatments
left him with a withered and paralyzed
left trapezius.

The doctors said that nothing could be

But he didn't agree.

Instead, he started training.

And today, at almost 60 years of age,
he's in outstanding condition.

He has a very unique training program
with some very interesting and effective
workouts - and I know you're going to
want to read and study them in detail -
and probably give them a try.

Here's the link again:

Happy reading - and be sure to let me
know how you enjoy this month's

Yours in strength,

Brooks Kubik

Down to the Last 11 Copies!

We're down to the last 11 copies of Strength, Muscle and Power - and we're not going to do another  printing any time soon - and we may not ever do one - 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 11 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.

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 to win five National Bench Press
contests back in my powerlifting days -
and to set over a dozen National Meet,
American and World records in the sub-
master's division of the two drug-free
powerlifting organizations I competed

Go here to grab a copy - and join the
thousands of Dinos the world over who
have read and benefited from this
truly excellent training guide:

Yours in strength,

Brooks Kubik

Some Quick Thoughts on Strength Training

John Davis hitting a heavy clean and jerk at the Muscle Beach iron pit back in the day. Like all great champions, Davis developed a unique training program that worked perfectly for him.

Hail to the Dinosaurs!

Two quick notes, and then we'll talk

The Feb Dino Files . .  .

is just about finished. I did my final
edits yesterday. We were a page short,
so I did some fast typing and added the
missing words. Now we're at 12 pages,
which is a very big issue.

I'll send an email as soon as the little
monster is ready for you.

In the meantime, if you missed the Oct,
Nov, Dec and Jan issues, grab them here
so you have the complete set:

By the way, if you prefer a one-year,
12-issue subscription, we can make
that happen. Send me an email and
I'll tell you how to do it.

The John Wood Report

Have you seen the first issue of The John
Wood report?

It's really good. 12 pages - a quick read -
with some great training tips - including
some things that you won't see anywhere

Go here to grab a copy:

Some Quick Thoughts on Strength

I thought I'd do something a little different
today and share some nuggets rather than
doing a long post on a single topic.

So here are some quick thoughts on
strength training.

1. Nothing beats the basics, but some
of us do better if we modify them a little -
especially older trainees with dings and

2. When you try a new exercise, you are
a beginner for that exercise - so start light
and easy, and make gradual, slow and
steady progress on it.

3. A burning desire to succeed is the key
to great results from your training.

4. Rest days are more than merely okay -
they're an important part of your weekly

5. No one has ever done a true long-term
study on the effect of life-long, drug-free
strength training - but we don't need a
study to tell us that it's a good thing.

6. After a certain age, it doesn't matter
what you're lifting as long as you're still

7. From day one in your career, make
bone strength a priority.

8. If it's impossible to do both strength
training and cardio training (as some
believe), then how do wrestlers develop
superb levels of strength, power and

9. What works for me may or may not
work as well for you - but it will probably
work pretty darn well.

10. Think, plan, take action, evaluate
the results, and make any necessary
adjustments. Nothing ever happens
by accident.

I could keep going for a very long time,
but that's enough for today. I hope you
enjoyed these nuggets.

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. We're down to the end of the road

If you want a copy, grab it now:

P.S. 2. My other books and courses are
right here at Dino Headquarters - including
links to my PDF courses and my Kindle

Hard-copy and PDF


P.S. 4. Thought for the Day:

"Training isn't the only thing in life,
but it's a very important thing."

- Brooks Kubik


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:

The Power of Words

Like many old-time champions, Steve Reeves was the picture of health and vitality. And if you ever asked him how he was doing, he'd tell you in one word: "GREAT!"
Hail to the Dinosaurs!

Two quick notes and then we'll talk iron.

1. Strength, Muscle and Power

It's the end of the line for Strength,
Muscle and Power.

We're down to our last box, and we're
not doing a reprint anytime soon - and
perhaps not ever. They're going fast, and
they'll be gone faster than you can say
"John Grimek."

If you want one, grab it now:

2. The John Wood Report

John Wood has a great 12-page special
report available in PDF format. It covers
the best Trap Bar exercises, some terrific
ideas for grip training, pinch grip training,
programing, rope climbing drills, finishers
and much more:

If you have a copy already, let me know
how you like the little monster.

3. The Power of Words

The other day I told you about a former
cardio-thoracic surgeon with 98 candles
on his birthday cake.

He retired at age 95 - and in the video I
watched he looked and sounded healthy
and fit at age 98. (He's over 100 today.)

In the video, he said that he was "98 years
of age."

As opposed to "98 years old."

And that's a big difference. If you think of
yourself as "X number of years old," you're
subconsciously thinking that you are old.

So try (for example), "60 years of age."

Or "60 years young."

Or even "60 years strong."

If someone asks me how I feel, I have to tell them the truth - I feel GREAT! And it's the result of smart training and smart eating.
Similarly, make it a habit to give a strong,
powerful, high-energy response whenever
someone asks, "How are you?" or "How do
you feel?"

"Tired" is not a good answer.

Neither is "Not so good."

Because when you tell people you feel tired,
you also tell yourself that you are tired - and
you feel even more tired!

Why not get into the habit of saying:





"I feel like training!"

Or even "I feel like a million dollars - back
when a million dollars was real money."

And don't dismiss this - it really does make
a difference.

Back in the old days, many or most of the
top bodybuilders and weightlifters sounded
like walking advertisements for the strength
and health lifestyle.

They always felt great - and they always said
said so.

Google for footage from Jack Lalanne's popular
television show from the 50's - and get a sense
of his high-energy attitude and non-stop power

And that makes it a chicken and egg sort of

Which same first - the chicken or the egg?

And which came first - men like Grimek,
Stanko, and Jack Lalanne telling you they
feel GREAT - or the same men actually
feeling that way?

I don't know, but the safe answer seems to
be to do it all - train smart, eat smart AND
think smart - and use the right words when
anyone asks you how you feel.

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. Here's the link again for Strength, Muscle
and Power - remember, we don't have many
left, so grab your copy while you can:

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

Hard-copy and PDF


P.S. 4. Thought for the Day:

"Words matter, thoughts matter, and
actions matter."

- Brooks Kubik


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:

A Shocking Discovery

I just found six copies of BLACK IRON: THE JOHN DAVIS STORY hidden in a box of other books down in the basement. These are all we have left - so if you want to order a copy, shoot me an email asap. One per customer, and strictly first come, first served.

Hail to the Dinosaurs!

Last Spring we cracked open our last box
of Black Iron: The John Davis Story -
my massive, almost 500 page biography
of John Davis, the legendary TWO TIME
Olympic gold medal winner and SIX-
TIME World champion in weightlifting.

It covers his entire life - his complete
lifting career - and how he trained.

It even includes something that has not
been published anywhere else - John
Davis' actual training program from

He wrote it on a small note-card and gave
it to his training partner, Hymie Cohen.

I went to Florida and interviewed Hymie
when I was researching the book - and
when I asked him about John Davis'
training, he pulled the card out of a
folder marked "John Davis" and handed
it to me - and I copied the program -
and now it's right there, in the book.

Anyhow . . .

I thought we were completely out of all
copies of the book - but earlier today I
was getting some copies of Legacy of
Iron books out of a box in the basement,
and guess what I found hidden away in
the very bottom of the box?

That's right - some copies of Black Iron:
The John Davis Story.

Six copies, to be exact.

And I do believe that this is it.

So if you missed it before, here's a final
and last chance.

The book is $35.00 plus shipping
and handling.

If you want one, shoot me an email.

Since there are only six of them left,
it's first come, first served - so if you
want a copy, act now.

Yours in strength,

Brooks Kubik

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

Kindle Books and Courses

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

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

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-

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

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
Black Iron is the best place to find

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

Hard-copy and PDF


P.S. 3. Thought for the Day

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

- Brooks Kubik


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:

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

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

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

* Ten ways to "finish" your workout

Here's that link one more time:

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