Hail to the Dinosaurs!
Joe Berg wrote an article in Strength and
Health calling John Grimek's story "The
Greatest Physique Story of all Time!"
And he was probably right.
Here's part of the story that most people
Grimek started his early training with a
225 pound barbell that cost a whopping
Seriously -- that's how it started.
Grimek's older brother was hugely interested
in strength training and muscle building, and
he bought all the books and courses that were
on the market back then -- from Bonomo to
to Atlas to Maxick to Liederman to Saxon
to Sandow to Titus to McMahan to the Milo
courses. He had them all.
But he also bought something else -- a 225
pound barbell set.
He paid a whopping 58 clams for it.
Now, this was sometime back in the 1920's. I
just checked on an on-line calculator, and
one clam in 1925 was the equivalent of 13.04
clams in 2012.
So if you do the math, that 58 clam barbell
ran 756.09 clams in 2012.
Or 75,609 wampum beads.
It was worth it, too.
When Grimek began training with his brother's
barbell, he struggled to lift 95 pounds
overhead with two hands.
Two years later, he lifted 225 pounds overhead --
with one hand -- using a bent press.
And the rest, as they say, is history.
I don't know about you, but I think that barbell
was worth every last wampum bead. All 75,659
I also think it was one of the best barbells
of all time. Just look at what it did for the
As always, thanks for reading and have a great
day. If you train today, make it a good one!
Yours in strength,
P.S. As I mentioned yesterday, I'm wrapping
up the new John Grimek training course, and
shooting it over to the printer -- which
means we'll be getting the copies and
dropping them in the mail very, very
soon. The pre-publication special ends
when I get the first copy, so if you've
been waiting to grab your copy, do it now:
P.S. 2. We're running late on the March issue
of the Dinosaur Files newsletter -- the Grimek
course goes out the door first, and then The
March issue of The Dinosaur Files -- so if
you subscribe, don't worry, it will be there
P.S. 3. My other books and courses -- and
Dinosaur Training DVD's -- are right here:
P.S. 4. Thought for the day: "Train hard,
train smart and stay positive. You'll
surprise yourself when you see how far
you go!" -- Brooks Kubik