Hail to the Dinosaurs!
As I was digging through old magazines
to research my upcoming course on John
Grimek, I spotted 10 training tips from
Mark Berry -- the man who developed the
breathing squat program and the man who
first brought John Grimek into the
public eye more than 80 years ago.
Tip no. 7 was the best one:
"Tackle your exercises as though you
really meant it."
Talk about packing some solid gold into
one short sentence!
If that was the ONLY thing you ever learned
about training, you'd do better than 99.99%
of everyone who trains.
And interestingly, the other nine tips were
about diet, sleep, and living a healthy life-
Tip no. 7 was Berry's ONLY piece of advice
about proper training. he didn't talk about
exercises, he didn't talk about sets, he
didn't talk about reps, and he didn't give
a schedule of exercises.
He just said one thing:
"Tackle your exercises as though you really
That was great advice when it was written way
back in 1933 -- and it's STILL great advice.
In fact, it may be the most important piece
of training advice you'll ever see.
By the way, at the same time that Berry urged
trainees to "tackle their exercises as though
they really meant it," a young man named Grimek
was tackling a special program of Berry's
devising. He must have trained like he meant
it -- because he gained twelve pounds of muscle
in seven days. (I'll give you more on this in
the new Grimek course.)
In any case, I'm training tonight, and I'm
going to take Mark Berry's advice to heart!
As always, thanks for reading and have a great
day. If you train today, make it a good one!
Yours in strength,
P.S. For more information about productive,
effective old-school training methods, see the
following books and courses:
a. Dinosaur Training: Lost Secrets of Strength and
b. Strength, Muscle and Power:
c. Chalk and Sweat:
d. Dinosaur Bodyweight Training:
e. Gray Hair and Black Iron:
f. Dinosaur Arm Training:
g. The Dinosaur Military Press and Shoulder Power
h. History's Strongest men and How They Trained --
Vol. No. 1 -- Doug Hepburn:
P.S. 2. For all other Dinosaur goodies, go here:
P.S. 3. Thought for the Day: "Train like you mean
it. If you don't mean it, don't bother training."
-- Brooks Kubik