Hail to the Dinosaurs!
We'll get to the Iron in a minute, but let
me begin by saying three things about the
terrible events in Boston yesterday:
1. I know there were members of the Dino
Nation there -- and we all hope you're okay.
2. Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone
affected by this senseless attack.
3. To all the first responders, and to everyone
who helped the wounded -- thank you for what you
did -- and thank you for everything you do.
And I know that everyone reading this
email shares the same thoughts.
On the Iron front, here's something a little
different for you.
My buddy Bill Hinbern sometimes does articles
and email messages titled “Didjya Know” – and
they’re always fun. So, with a tip of the hat
to Bill Hinbern, and a suggestion that you head
over to his website and check out what he has
to offer, let’s try a little “Didjya Know?”
(Note: I'm having trouble getting a live link here,
Bill Hinbern is at www.superstrengthtraining.com --
head on over and take a look at his great books
1. That John Davis military pressed 170 pounds
the first time he ever touched a barbell?
2. That Reg Park hated to train in a gym with
mirrors on the wall, and would actually cover
the mirrors with towels or sheets when he trained?
3. That weight training actually makes you SMARTER?
(Several teams of scientists just published some
research studies on this one. Of course, those of
us who are smart enough to lift weights already
KNEW it – right?)
4. That the Russian strongman, Alexander Zass, who
toured Europe as “The Amazing Sampson,” was a spy
for the British government? His strongman act
provided the perfect cover for a secret agent.
5. That Chinese villagers trained with homemade
barbells fashioned of stone disks. Photos appear
in George Jowett’s classic book, The Key to Might
6. That Herman Goerner picked up four kettlebells,
two in each hand, for a total weight of 441
pounds – and then sprinted around the training
hall in Leipzig -- a distance of 78 feet? Performed
on August 5, 1934.
7. That the famous old-time bare-knuckle boxer,
John L. Sullivan, was a close friend of the
French-Canadian strongman, Louis Cyr?
8. That Bob Hoffman wrote “How to be Strong,
Healthy and Happy” in exactly ten days? (Or
did he – it’s 494 pages, and that’s awfully
9. That Iron Game author Harry Paschall set
an American record in the snatch -- bowled a
perfect 300 -- and made a hole in one playing
golf! (But not all in the same day.)
10. That the great Jack LaLanne, champion of
endurance feats, was a sickly youth with severe
asthma? Physical training and a proper diet made
him a superman!
That’s all for now – let me know if you enjoyed
these, and if so, we’ll do more of them from
time to time!
As always, thanks for reading, and have a great
day. If you train today, make it a good one!
Yours in strength,
P.S. Here's another Didjya Know -- Didjya know
that BLACK IRON: THE JOHN DAVIS STORY covers
the life and lifting of the six-time World
Champion and two-time Olympic gold medal
winner in detail? It's over 450 pages, with
photos -- including some photos that have
never been published before -- and it's a
great tribute to a great lifter:
P.S. 2. My other books and courses are
P.S. 3. Thought for the Day: "Knowledge is power --
but only if you add some good, old-fashioned hard
work to the equation." -- Brooks Kubik