Chalk Up and Train!

If you asked me, "What's the single most important thing I can do to get good results from my training?" this would be my answer.


Hail to the Dinosaurs!

Three quick notes, and then we'll talk
training.

1. Dinosaur Training Tee Shirts

I've teamed up with John Wood to sell some
great new Dinosaur Training tee shirts - as
well as hoodies, coffee mugs, onesies (for
baby Dinos), muscle tees and more - at his
Retro Strength Shop.

Go here and take a look:

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

We'll be adding lots of other great new shirts
and other swag - so bookmark the site and
take a look every couple of days to see what's
new.

2. The Dinosaur Files

If you don't have the April issue of
The Dinosaur Files monthly newsletter,
you're missing a good one - so go here
to grab it:

http://www.brookskubik.com/dinosaurfiles-april2018.html

Also - if you missed the Oct, Nov, Dec,
Jan, Feb or March issues. you can grab
them here:

Oct, Nov, Dec and Jan issues

http://brookskubik.com/dinosaur_files.html

Feb issue

http://www.brookskubik.com/dinosaur-files-february2018pdf.html

March issue

http://www.brookskubik.com/dinosaur-files-march2018pdf.html

The Dinosaur Files comes in a down-
loadable PDF with immediate electronic
delivery. Once you have it, you can save
it on your PC or print it out (or do both).
If you don't have a printer and you need
a hard-copy, shoot me an email - we'll see
what we can do.

Also - if it's easier for you to purchase a
one year, 12-issue subscription, shoot me
an email - we can make that happen, as
well.

3. The John Wood report, Issue 3

It's a great issue - with some really
interesting exercises and workouts -
and you can get it right here:

https://www.oldtimestrongman.com/johnwoodreport03.html

4. Chalk Up and Train

The single most important thing to do
to get good results from your training
is - drum roll - to train.

That's right.

The single most important thing you can
do is to train.

Not read about it (although reading about
it is a good thing to do).

Not watch other people train on social
media.

And certainly not argue endlessly about
it in forums, discussion boards, reddits,
sub-reddits, on Facebook or Instagram,
or in Facebook groups.

The most important thing - first, last and
foremost - is to train.

That's true for anyone at any age - and
at any level of development or experience.

It applies equally to any type of training
you do - and to any type of equipment
you might use.

Just train.

Put in the time.

Do the work.

Rep by rep, set by set, exercise by exercise,
and workout by workout.

It adds up over time.

So focus on the one thing that's most
important.

Chalk up and train.

Yours in strength,

Brooks Kubik

P.S. We're near the end of the line for
Strength, Muscle and Power - almost
out of copies from the last printing, and
I'm not going to do another printing any
time soon - perhaps not ever - so if you
want a copy, grab it now:



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

2.  My other books and courses are
right here at Dino Headquarters:



Hard-copy and PDF

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



Kindle

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

P.S. 3. Thought for the Day: 

"Chalk up and train. Or skip the chalk -
but TRAIN! Training is the important
thing."


-- 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:




















































Buried in Hate Mail - And You Won't Believe Why!

I'm a big fan of old-time bodybuilders like John  Grimek - but everyone who sent me hate mail the other day seems to have forgotten that.


Hail to the Dinosaurs!

One quick note, and then we'll
talk training.

1. The John Wood Report
No. 3


Issue no. 3 of The John Wood
Report is now available.

It's a PDF so you can grab it
and download it - and read it
immediately.

It's printable, so you can read it
and save it.

And if you move fast, you can save
50 percent off the regular price.

Here's how to do it.

Go here to grab your copy of The
John Wood Report:

https://www.oldtimestrongman.com/johnwoodreport03.html

When you get to the checkout, enter
this special code - to take five clams
off the purchase price:

5182018

That's a full 50% savings for those
who take immediate action.

But act now - because the Early Bird
Special ends at 5:00 PM EST on
Friday, May 18, 2008.

2. Buried In Hate Mail

I sent out a very good email the other
day.

It listed some things I wish I had done
back in high school, when I was training
for high school wrestling.

In the email, I noted that one of the
things I wish I had done was NOT
READ the muscle magazines of the
era - because they didn't have very
good advice.

In response, I got buried in hate
mail.

One guy even unsubscribed from my
email list because (he said) I was
"unfair to bodybuilders."

He also said, "we're all in the health
and fitness business together."

So let's talk about that a little bit.

First of all, I have no problem with
old-school bodybuilders and old-
school bodybuilding.

After all, I wrote a complete course
about John Grimek - and I talk about
Reg Park quite a bit - and I've written
articles and emails about Bill Pearl
and Clarence Ross - and about
Tommy Kono's four Mr. Universe
titles.

And I've written plenty of articles
about how to build a better physique -
many of which are reprinted in my book,
Strength, Muscle and Power  - and
I've written Dinosaur Arm Training,
which teaches readers how to build
bigger, stronger and more muscular
arms - which sounds an awful lot like
bodybuilding.

And in Gray Hair and Black Iron I list
a number of bodybuilding workouts for
older Dinos - and I expressly note that
many older Dinos may do better on
bodybuilding workouts that are easier
on their joints than the heavier work-
outs that many younger Dinos do.

We also have a number of readers who
were competitive body-builders, or who
trained with competitive bodybuilders -
including one reader (Ian Duckett) who
used Dino-style workouts to win the
Master's World Championship in drug-
free bodybuilding.

So I'm not opposed to bodybuilding per
se.

But I am opposed to modern body-
building - because drugs have taken
it over.

And I'm not going to support, condone,
glorify or publicize any kind of drug use.

I'm also very opposed to modern body-
building supplements. Many of them are
dangerous. But modern body-building
exists primarily as a way to sell modern
supplements.

In addition - modern bodybuilding is
NOT in any way shape, or form focused
on health and fitness.

The drug use, supplements, and extreme
diets make that impossible.

Remember, we've had elite bodybuilders
DIE at big contests.

And we've had many top bodybuilders
from the modern era encounter severe
health problems - or die young - which
is kind of crazy given the fact that old-
school champions often lived very long
and healthy lives.

So I don't talk about modern body-
building.

I just can't do it.

If that's a problem for anyone, I'm
sorry.

But that's the way it is - and the way
it's going to continue to be.

I should also note this - my comment
about muscle magazines not being
helpful was in the context of a teen-
ager training for wrestling.

It had nothing to do with bodybuilding.
The comment was a simple observation
about an undeniable fact:

The muscle magazines of the 1970s
didn't offer very much in the way of
training for sports.

The Weider magazines pretty much
ignored the topic in the 1970s.

Weider launched one sports-oriented
magazine but it only lasted for a couple
of issues - and that seemed to sour his
writers and editors on writing articles
about weight training for sports.

There was a little bit in the York
magazines (Strength and Health
and Muscular Development) - and
a very tiny bit in Peary Rader's Iron
Man - but it wasn't very good or
very complete.

For example, I don't recall any article
that covered the points I made in
yesterday's email - or an article that
covered even two or three of them
in the context of training for sports.

It would have been wonderful if the
magazines of the 1970s had included
regular articles by and about the top
amateur wrestlers (and other athletes)
of the era and how they trained - but
they didn't.

After all, this was the era of Dan Gable
(google him if you don't know), and
amateur wrestling was on the up-tick
in the USA - and articles on strength
training and conditioning for wrestlers
would have been well received.

But the magazines pretty much (not
entirely, but pretty much) ignored
the topic of effective sports training
and conditioning.

That's a shame, but that's the way it
was.

That was the point I was making - and
I didn't mean to ruffle any feathers -
but apparently I did.

Hence the hate mail.

Quite a bit of it.

None of which I'm going to answer
individually - but I thought I should
address it here.

Anyhow, I've got a big project to work
on, and I'm going to get back to it.

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

Oh - and don't forget to grab issue no.
3 of The John Wood Report. It's a
good one:

ttps://www.oldtimestrongman.com/johnwoodreport03.html

Yours in strength,

Brooks Kubik

P.S. Here are two books that have
plenty of great exercises for
athletes:



Dinosaur Dumbbell Training

Tons of old-school dumbbell exercises -
and over 50 complete workouts.

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



Dinosaur Bodyweight Training

A complete course in old-school body-
weight training - with plenty of killer
exercises - and more than 50 workouts.

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

2.  My other books and courses are
right here at Dino Headquarters:



Hard-copy and PDF

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



Kindle

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

P.S. 3. Thought for the Day: 

"If you have time to send me hate
mail, you have time to train - and
seriously, training is a much better
use of your time."


-- 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:




















































A Training Secret Direct from the Shao Lin Monastery!

We've got something really good for you today. Take a second and read all about it!
 

Hail to the Dinosaurs!

I want to give you a very important
heads up to start the day.

My buddy John Wood has released
issue no. 3 of The John Wood
Report.


I've seen it - and read it - and it's
pretty darn good.

The first article covers a very cool
grip exercise using an extremely
unusual training tool - and it comes
to you direct from the world-famous
Shao Lin Monastery.

It's for the grip and wrist - and it
is seriously difficult - and will build
some very unusual strength in your
hands, wrists and forearms.

And you probably never heard of it.

And never tried it.

So it's brand new - and brand new
means you have untapped potential
for strength and muscle.

In short, it's going to give you great
results very, very fast - IF you sprint
on over, grab issue no. 3, and read
it.

To make that easy, John is offering a
TODAY ONLY Early Bird Special.

Go here to grab your copy of The
John Wood Report:

https://www.oldtimestrongman.com/johnwoodreport03.html

When you get to the checkout, enter this
special code - to take five clams off the
purchase price:

5182018

That's a full 50% savings for those who
take immediate action.

But act now - because the Early Bird
Special ends at 5:00 PM EST on Friday,
May 18, 2008.

Thanks for reading - enjoy issue no. 3
of The John Wood Report - and have
fun with that great new exercise.

Yours in strength,

Brooks Kubik

P.S. If you end up with Popeye size
forearms, don't blame me - or John -
blame the Shao Lin masters!

Ten Things I Wish I Had Done 45 Years Ago!

I never did front squats when I was in high school - and now I wish I had done them. Here are 10 more things I wish I had done back then.


Hail to the Dinosaurs!

Two quick notes, and then we'll talk
training.

1. The April Dino Files

Do you have the April issue of The
Dinosaur Files?

If not, go here to grab it:

http://www.brookskubik.com/dinosaurfiles-april2018.html

Likewise, if you missed the March
issue, you can find it here:

http://www.brookskubik.com/dinosaur-files-march2018pdf.html

I'm working on the May issue, and
it's looking good - I'll send an email
when it's ready to go.

2. The Retro Strength Shop

John Wood continues to add tons of
great stuff to the Retro Strength
Shop - including some killer Dinosaur
tee shirts, hoodies, coffee mugs and
posters.

Check them out:

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

3. Ten Things I Wish I Had Done 45
Years Ago


After awhile, you look back on life and
think about things you've done - and
things you wish you had done.

Here are 10 things I wish I had done
when I was a high school wrestler 45
years ago.

Sure, I trained - a lot - and I did pretty
well - but I would have done a lot better
if I had focused on some of these things.

1. More Dumbbell Training!

I wish I had done more dumbbell training
back then.

Dumbbells rock - especially if you do
old-school dumbbell exercises - the kind
I teach in Dinosaur Dumbbell Training.

2. Cleans and snatches.

I wish I had done more cleans and
snatches.

I'm talking barbell power cleans and
barbell power snatches.

And the power clean and press - or
push press.

These are great for wrestlers - or for
anyone else.

3. Trap Bar Deadlifts.

These may be the very best lower body
exercise for wrestlers.

They mimic the lifting and pulling in a
wrestling match very well.

4. Serious Grip Work.

The kind I cover in Dinosaur Training
and Strength, Muscle and Power.

And for the record - I wish I had started
grip work at age 5 or so.

Or even earlier.

5. Push-ups and Pull-ups.

All kinds of different push-ups and
pull-ups - including those killer double
rope pull-ups in Dinosaur Bodyweight
Training.

6. Never Seen a Muscle Magazine.

Seriously - I wish I had never seen
a muscle magazine when I was a kid.

They hurt more than they helped.

Too much focus on bodybuilding and
bodybuilding workouts.

Very little on strength training for
athletes.

7. Thick Bar Work.

It's perfect for wrestlers.

Great for everyone else - but perfect
for wrestlers.

8. More Sprints.

We ran laps - or went out and jogged a
couple of miles - but sprints would have
been better.

Or, at least, they would have been a very
good addition to the program.

Hill sprints also would have been very
good - except we didn't have any hills
by my high school.

9. Jump Rope.

Jumping rope - the way boxers do it,
using a high quality leather rope - is
a very good, much neglected, totally
under-rated exercise.

Boxers do it all the time, and that should
tell you something.

10. Taken a Chance.

There was a cute little girl in the front row
of my English class.

I should have taken a chance and asked
her out.

Because, after all, that's what really
matters in life.

Taking a chance - and seeing what
happens.

Applies to lifting - and to any kind of
training - and to life in general.

The Wrap-Up

So there you have it.

Ten things I wish I had done differently
back in high school.

But guess what - I ended up doing 9 out
of 10 of them - and even if I never asked
out the girl in English class, I did ask Trudi
out - and that worked out pretty well.

Anyhow, 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. I mentioned a couple of great books
in today's post. You can find them right
here:



Dinosaur Training: Lost Secrets of
Strength and Power

The little blue book they call "The Bible
of Strength Training."

Tons of great training ideas - thick bars,
sandbags, heavy awkward objects, death
sets, single rep training, abbreviated work-
outs, power rack training, and some very
important chapters on the all-important
mental aspects of strength training.

Includes some of my favorite workouts.

A best-seller since 1996.

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



Dinosaur Dumbbell Training

Tons of old-school dumbbell exercises -
and over 50 complete workouts.

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



Dinosaur Bodyweight Training

A complete course in old-school body-
weight training - with plenty of killer
exercises - and more than 50 workouts.

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




Strength, Muscle and Power

Power rack training, isometronics, rest
pause training, mind power, finishers,
grip work, sandbags, barrels, one-hand
deadlifts, tendon and ligament strength,
home gym training, specialization, some
of my favorite abbreviated and ultra-
abbreviated workouts - and much more!

Includes so many workouts I can't count
them all.

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

P.S. 2. Thought for the Day

"Study the past to build the best
possible future."

- Brooks Kubik

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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:


















































Nine Killer Dumbbell Workouts - and Much More!

Finishing a one-hand dumbbell swing with 151 pounds.


Hail to the Dinosaurs!

Back in 2014 - 2015 I did a nifty little
publication called The Dinosaur Files
Quarterly.

Each issue was 36 to 40 pages - in a
hard-copy format - just like my training
courses.

And they had some really good articles
in them.

For example . . .

The June 2015 issue of The Dinosaur
Files Quarterly has a killer article
authored by a guy named Kubik -
who happens to know more than a
little about old-school dumbbell
training, and decided to share
some of it with you.

The title of the article is "Seven
Secrets of Old-School Dumbbell
Training."

It's more than an article - it's a
complete course in old-school
dumbbell training.

It covers:

1. How to train your lower back with
dumbbells.

2. How to train  your legs with dumb-
bells.

3. How to use dumbbells for bench
pressing and incline pressing.

4. How to use dumbbells for
conditioning workouts.

5. How to use a single dumbbell for
training.

6. How to organize a dumbbell
workout.

and

7. How to use dumbbells for abbrev-
iated workouts.

It also includes not one - not two - but
THREE different dumbbell workouts.
AND - it includes TWO all-dumbbell
training programs - each with THREE
different all-dumbbell workouts.

So if my math is right, that means you
get a total of NINE different dumbbell
workouts in one article.

And there are 15 different articles or
in the 40 page issue - so you also get
a ton of other great material.

I mention this because The Dinosaur
Files Quarterly is flying under the
radar screen. For some reason, we
don't sell that many - perhaps because
people don't know how much great info
we packed into each of the issues.

Anyhow, there are FOUR issues of The
Dinosaur Files Quarterly.

I'm going to do a special LIMITED
TIME
offer where you can grab all
four issues in hard-copy format for
just $50.00 plus shipping and handling.


If you're interested, shoot me an email.
Let me know how you prefer to pay
(cc or PayPal are best - but check is
okay if you live in the USA).

Do NOT email your cc info - we can
call you to get it - that's much more
secure.

Important - be sure to give me your
shipping address so we can calculate
postage for shipping and handling.

Also - if you have one or two issues of
The Dinosaur Files Quarterly and
you need to complete your set, let me
know what issues you're missing and
I'll work up a special package for you -
with a bit of a discount from the
regular price at my website.

Any questions, holler.

Yours in strength,

Brooks Kubik

Five More Strength Shorts for Dinosaurs!

 
Last week's strength shorts were a huge hit - so here are five more of them!


Hail to the Dinosaurs!

Last Saturday I gave you seven
strength shorts.

They were very popular - so here
are five more.

Let me know how you like them.

Also - be sure to grab the April issue
of The Dinosaur Files strength
training newsletter - which is right
here:

http://www.brookskubik.com/dinosaurfiles-april2018.html

1. Fake Weights

They actually make fake weights
now.

And sell them.

What's worse - people buy them!

What does that tell you about modern
training in Selfie World?

2. Bulgarian

You can sell anything in modern strength
training and muscle building if you just
call it "Bulgarian."

3. Change Is Good

Learning new skills helps keep your
brain sharp as you grow older.

That may be a reason to change up
your exercises from time to time.
Especially if you're an older Dino.

That doesn't mean new and crazy -
but it does mean that new and
different has some very important
benefits.

4. Will This Work?

I get this question all the time.

But to answer the question, I need
to ask a question.

What are you trying to accomplish?

What's your goal?

Because "Will it work?" depends on
"What are you trying to do?"

5. The Simplest Change

Switch from barbells to dumbbells for
any given exercise.

Works every time.

For exercises and workouts, grab this:



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

A Bonus Short

The guy who starts today is always
one day ahead of the guy who starts
tomorrow.

A Thank You!

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 has over
50 great workouts for older Dinos. If
you don't have a copy, go here to grab
one:



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

2.  My other books and courses are
right here at Dino Headquarters:



Hard-copy and PDF

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



Kindle

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

P.S. 3. Thought for the Day: 

"Always keep a mountain on the far
horizon. It gives you something to
work toward."


-- 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: