Hail to the Dinosaurs!
If you're wondering whether Dino-style
abbreviated training works, consider
the case of Ralph Bristow. I spotted
this in an old magazine from the
He was thin and sickly. At age 20,
tried a program of walking and
swimming. It made him a little
stronger, but he was still a bag
Tried more swimming, canoeing and
free hand exercises. Got little or
Tried chest expanders. Built a
little bit of muscle.
Swam, canoed, joined a gym, used
chest expanders and did gymnastics
on the parallel bars and horizontal
bars. Built his arms all the way up
a mighty 12 1/2 inches.
Got his first barbell, found he was
able to press 92 pounds, and gradually
increased his press to 118 pounds.
Hit a sticking point and could not
gain at all for one year. His press
dropped to 110 pounds, although he
learned how to do the clean and jerk
and was able to handle 150 pounds.
(Here comes the important part -- pay
"I went on program after program of
about a dozen exercises from three to
five times per week, using all the
weight I could handle for between 8
and 12 repetitions, but without any
After more than one year of no gains,
he went on the following program:
1. Press 3 x 5
2. Deep knee bend 3 x 5
3. Rowing exercise 3 x 5
4. Press on back 3 x 5
In just one month, he gained one inch on
each arm and three inches on his chest --
and his press went up to 135 pounds --
and his clean and jerk went up to 150
pounds. That's again of 25 pounds on
his press and 50 pounds on his clean
and jerk -- in one month of abbreviated
How about YOU?
Are you gaining -- or standing still --
or perhaps even going backward?
Maybe it's time to do what Ralph Bristow
Maybe it's time to shorten your program,
cut back to the basics -- and GAIN!
As always, thanks for reading and have a
great day. If you train today, make it a
Yours in strength,
P.S. I cover abbreviated training in all of
my books and courses, including:
1. Dinosaur Training: Lost Secrets of Strength
2. Gray Hair and Black Iron
3. Chalk and Sweat
4. Dinosaur Dumbbell Training
5. Strength, Muscle and Power
P.S. 2. My other books and courses are right here:
P.S. 3. Thought for the Day: "Stick to the basics,
but master them!" -- Brooks Kubik