Hail to the Dinosaurs!
Two quick notes, and then we'll talk about the
100,000 Squats Club.
1. If you haven't already done so, there's still
time to reserve your copy of Knife, Fork, Muscle
before we close down the big pre-publication
1a. I had hoped to have the books printed and
shipped by now but we're running behind schedule .
I'll keep you posted on the shipping date as I get
more info from the printer. I may include an extra
bonus for everyone to make up for running late.
1b. If you want me to autograph your book, send
an autograph request pronto!
2. I'm working on the new quarterly Dinosaur Files
newsletter, and it has some TERRIFIC articles. I'm
looking for some testimonials and feedback from
everyone who subscribed to the Dino Files in the
past, so please write something up -- just a
sentence or two -- and send it in. Thanks!
And now -- let's talk about those squats.
Many Dinos are in their 50's (or are older), and
they got started in training in their teens. So
they've been hitting the iron for 40 or 50 years.
For example, I got started at age 11, and I'm 57
now. That makes 46 years of training. I'm closing
in on a half century in the Iron Game.
So here's the math.
If you train 50 weeks a year, that makes 2,000
weeks of training after 40 years.
And if you do an average of 50 squats per week
in your workouts (including warmup sets), that
makes a total of 100,000 squats over 40 years.
And it's very easy to do 50 squats per week, if
you include your warm-up sets. Many of you will
go higher than that, especially if you do higher
reps. And that's true even if you only train squats
once a week.
So any of us who have been training steadily for
40 or more years are probably members of the
100,000 Squats Club.
Heck, some of us may have gotten there 20 or
30 years ao, especially if we were doing bodyweight
squats, where you do much higher reps.
Now, on the one hand, it's great to have done that
many squats over so many years. But with that
many reps of any exercise, there comes a lot of
wear and tear on the body.
Topmmy Kono used to say, "You only have a certain
number of squats in you."
And I think he was right.
And the same is true of any exercise. The reps add
up over time.
This is one reason why I prefer low-volume workouts.
You can keep doing them for more years.
Doing the latest over the top, squat 'til you drop,
mega-insanity squat workout may SEEM like a good
idea when you're young -- but it's sheer lunacy for
And personally, if I have a limited number of squats
in my body, I want to save some of them for my 60's,
70's and 80's.
Over the top is fun -- but so is being in it for the long
In other words, train hard, but train smart. Have fun,
but keep it real.
As always, thanks for reading, and have a great day. If
you train today, make it a good one -- and save some of
those reps for your Golden Years!
Yours in strength,
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P.S. 2. Support your training with the right kind of diet
asnd nutrition program -- the kind I detail in Knife, Fork,
P.S. 3. My other books and courses -- including the
popular Legacy of Iron books -- are right here:
P.S. 4. Thought for the Day: "Training hard for a week
or a month is one thing -- but Dinos train hard for their
entire lifetime." -- Brooks Kubik