Hail to the Dinosaurs!
Last week I rec'd an email from a
Dino living in Ft. McMurray, Alberta,
which makes him one of our northernmost
He's in his 30's, just lost 60 pounds
of Lard Lumps through diet alone, and
now wants to start a strength training
program -- and he plans to train at
home -- and he's wondering what
equipment to get.
Meanwhile, another Dino -- age 38 --
asked for some help on his squat. He's
having trouble with his form, and he's
having trouble adding weight to the bar.
Right now, he's handling 185 for three
or four reps. He wonders if he should
try an alternative exercise.
I thought I'd mention both of these
readers, because I have the same answer
for both of them:
"Get the original Gerard Trap Bar --
not one of the cheap steel knock-offs,
but the real thing -- and start doing
Trap Bar deadlifts."
Don't get me wrong. Squats are a great
exercise. But if you're starting to
train and you're going to train at
home, start with the Trap Bar. It's
just as effective as squats, and it's
far safer. Cheaper, too, because you
don't need squat stands or a power
A Trap Bar and a pair of adjustable
plate-loading dumbbells will give you
everything you need for some serious
Later on, you can add more equipment,
but you have to start somewhere, and
starting with the Trap Bar and some
adjustable dumbbells is a great
place to start.
Order your Trap Bar from John Wood:
And that's what our Ft. McMurray Dino
Our other Dino -- the one who's having
trouble with squats -- should start
training the Trap Bar deadlift and
make that his primary leg, hip and
back exercise for the next couple of
After that, he can work some squats or
front squats into his program. But for
now, he needs a change of scenery --
and the Trap Bar will give it to him.
You see, there are two ways to break
through a stone wall.
One is to beat your head against the
wall until either it or your head
The other is to simply rock around
Switching to Trap Bar deadlifts for
awhile is a good way for our fellow
Dino to walk around the wall.
As always, thanks for reading and have
a great day. If you train today, make
it a good one!
Yours in strength,
P.S. A Trap Bar and a set of adjustable
dumbbells makes a heck of a home gym.
For a complete guide to dumbbell training,
grab my new book, DINOSAUR DUMBBELL
TRAINING. It's hot off the presses and
already getting rave reviews:
P.S. 2. My other books and courses are
right here at Dino Headquarters:
P.S. 3. Thought for the Day: "Every problem
has a solution." -- Brooks Kubik