Hail to the Dinosaurs!
I thought you'd enjoy an email from
Bernie Rothman, a 75-year old Dino
who's been hitting the iron for (get
this) SIXTY YEARS!
If you're an older trainee, see how
many of Bernie's comments apply to
Some observations of a 75 year old Dino,
now 60 years under the weights.
1. Pulling power intact but pushing power
2. Heal slower.
3. Recover slower.
4. Reverse rows are worthwhile.
5. Rather be strong and not look it, than
look strong but not be it.
6. My goals are to stay mobile as long as
possible. This means leg work and stuff like
farmers walk as well as walking, get up out
of deep chairs, run across the street if
necessary, carry a suitcase up a few flights
of stairs, lift up items above the head if
necessary -- in other words be able to
perform physically in ordinary tasks as
long as possible.
7. Another goal -- not to have my belly
hanging over my belt.
8. You don't work the body as separate little
pieces and then expect all the parts to
function excellently as a unit -- this
means, you need to do compound exercises.
9. It takes longer to work out because you
have to spend more time working up to the
heavy sets -- that is, in trying not to
hurt yourself and have to do costly
10. Compete with your current weights,
not with the ones you did many years ago.
11. Try to do your exercises on your feet,
and not only will you wind up doing the
best possible exercises but you will be
doing possibly the best abdominal work
12. If you have the will, you will find a
way to work out even if it involves less
than ideal conditions.
And one bonus thought:
1. If your upper arms and shoulders and back
are strong, but your hands, grip and forearms
are weak, then what use are the muscles you
developed except for show?
Bernie -- thanks for sharing that. Those
are some great points for older trainees.
Heck, they're great points for trainees of
To everyone else -- I hope that gets your
day and your week off to a good start!
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 the number one guide to effective
strength training for older Dinos:
P.S. 2. My other books and courses are right
here at Dino Headquarters:
P.S. 3. Thought for the Day: "Build your
strength, and maintain it for as long as
possible." -- Brooks Kubik