Hail to the Dinosaurs!
Here's an email message from Peter
Calicchio, asking about an abbreviated
workout he plans to try:
How does this look as a minimalist or
Mon - Barbell Squats, Weighted Pullups
Wed - Kettlebell Clean & Press, Kettlebell
Fri - Barbell Deadlifts, Barbell Standing
I'm gonna do 3x5 Reg Park style with 2 "warm
up" sets. Though I love the Barbell Flat
Bench and Weighted Dips Im giving them up
so I can stay in the iron game as long as
That program looks fine. You should make
great gains on it.
A couple of small tweaks:
1. Don't be wed to 5 x 5 and don't be wed
to two warm-up sets and three working sets.
You often need more than two progressively
heavier warm-up sets for squats and deads,
and if you do, make it 6 x 5 or 7 x 5 or
8 x 5.
2. On Friday, do the military press before
the deadlifts -- you want your lower back
as strong and stable as possible for the
presses. They won't work as well if you do
them after the deadlifts.
3. For those who prefer dumbbells, make
Wed. an all dumbbell day -- see Dinosaur
Dumbbell Training for some exercise ideas.
This program would work well if you combined
it with the Paschall pause which I have
covered in previous email messages.
Overall, though, as noted, it's a good
program and will give good results. Thanks
for sharing it!
As always, thanks for reading and have a
great day. If you train today, make it a
Yours in strength,
P.S. I cover 50 hard-hitting Dino style
abbreviated workouts in Chalk and Sweat:
P.S. 2. I mentioned Dinosaur Dumbbell Training
in today's email. Here's more about it:
P.S. 3. My other books and courses are right
here at Dino Headquarters:
P.S. 4. Thought for the Day: "It takes time
and effort, but it's worth it." -- Brooks Kubik