Hail to the Dinosaurs!
We'll talk training in a second, but
first of all, I know many Dinos are
John Davis fans -- and here's something
from my buddy John Wood that every
John Davis fan will want to hang on
the gym wall. Order it directly from
John Wood at the below link in P.S. 1.
Mine is in the mail. It should arrive
today or tomorrow -- and yes, I plan to
frame it and put it out in the garage --
or perhaps keep it up in the study where
I do all my writing. Writing can be a bit
of a workout sometimes.
On the training front, here's a simple
strategy for everyone to consider -
especially the older Dinos with more
limited recovery ability and more aches
and pains than our younger readers.
I've been doing this lately, and it works
Train 3x per week on a divided workout
schedule -- doing either two different
workouts (A and B), or three different
workouts (A, B and C).
If you use two different workouts, make
every third workout a light session where
you drop the weight and focus on performing
every rep in absolutely letter perfect form.
I do all Olympic lifting now, so I use the
light day as a day where I really focus on
form and technique. But you can use the
same principle with any exercise.
In week one, I train hard on workout A,
hard on workout B, and light on workout
A in my third session.
The next week I train hard on workout B,
hard on workout A, and light on workout
B in the third session.
If you do three different workouts, make
workout C the light one in week one, workout
B the light one in week two, and workout A
the light one in week three.
It works really well. The easy workout gives
your mind and your body a nice break from the
heavy stuff, and serves as a form of active
rest to help your recovery. So you come back
feeling really strong and energized in the
And it's a very simple system to implement.
Now, you may ask -- what kind of weight do
you handle on your light day?
That will vary from person to person depending
on a variety of factors -- your age, your
training experience, the exercises you do,
and how heavy you go on your heavy days.
But here's a simple way to work it out.
The first time you schedule a light day,
try 10% less than what you handle on your
heavy days. See how that feels and you recover
from it. The key is how you feel on your next
The next time you have a light day, try 15%
less than your heavy day weight. See how that
feels -- and how you feel on your next heavy
Next, try 20% less -- and see what that does
In other words, some simple trial and error
should help you work it out pretty well.
So there you have it. A very simple -- but
very effective -- training strategy. Give
it a try and let me know how it works for
As always, thanks for reading and have a
great day. If you train today, whether it's
a heavy day or a light day, make it a good
Yours in strength,
P.S. Don't forget about the John Davis
poster from John Wood -- order directly from
P.S. 2. Here's something else for John Davis
fans -- order from me:
P.S. 3. My other books and courses are right
here at Dino Headquarters:
P.S. 4. Thought for the Day: "Focus on recovery
as much as training. Do everything possible to
maximize your recovery." -- Brooks Kubik