Hail to the Dinosaurs!
Two quick notes, and then we'll talk training.
1. If you missed the cover photo for Knife, Fork,
Muscle, head on over and check it out:
The best part was, it's a real dinner -- and I
got to eat it after we took the photo!
2. We're hoping to ship Knife, Fork, Muscle in
about 2 - 3 weeks, depending on how fast the
printer gets the books to us.
If you ordered multiple books, and you live in the
US or Canada, we are shipping the rest of your
order and will send Knife, Fork, Muscle separately.
For overseas orders, we are waiting to ship the
entire order at one time.
I'll keep you posted on shipping dates.
On the training front, I received an email from a
Dino who is serving in the USMC. As a Marine, he
needs to do lots of running and other endurance
work, but he also does plenty of strength training.
He hits squats and deadlifts 2-3 times per week
at the Base gym, and does running or prowler
pushes on his off days. He does 5 x 5 on his
squats, deads and other barbell and dumbbell
Now he feels like he's overtraining, and asked
what he should do, and what kind of program
he should follow.
Well, that's a very common question. I get it all
the time from men and women in the Armed
Services -- from athletes who are trying to
balance strength training and the requirements
of their sport -- from martial artists -- and from
The problem is the same in each case -- and so
is the solution.
It all boils down to overtraining. In particular,
overtraining the legs, hips and lower back.
Here's the problem:
1. Squatting and deadlifting in the same workout
is way too much and way too taxing for most
2. Squatting 2-3 times per week is way too much
for most trainees.
3. Deadlifting 2-3 times per week is way too much
for most trainees.
4. Running and prowler pushes on your "off" days
means that you are never fully recovered. Those
legs and hips are always tired.
5. A younger Dino can handle this sort of schedule --
at least for a while -- but then he'll break down. An
older Dino would break down on this sort of program
a. "Breaking down" means extreme systemic fatigue.
b. It also can mean a knee, hip or lower back injury.
Injuries happen when you are tired all the time.
Luckily, there's an easy solution. We'll cover it in
tomorrow's email. Be looking for it.
In the meantime, and as always, thanks for reading
and have a great day. If you train today, make it a
Yours in strength,
P.S. Here are three books that will sort out the overtraining
problem for you:
a. Gray Hair and Black Iron
b. Strength, Muscle and Power
c. Chalk and Sweat
P.S. 2. The right diet and nutritional program will help
increase your ability to recover from hard training --
and I cover this in Knife, Fork, Muscle:
P.S. 3. My other books and courses are right here:
P.S. 4. Thought for the Day: "Plan your training to
allow maximum recovery from your workouts."
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