Hail to the Dinosaurs!
Two quick updates, and then I'll answer the question
posed in the headline to today's email -- and I think
the answer will surprise you.
Anyhow, here the updates:
1. We're winding down the pre-publication special
for Knife, Fork, Muscle, but there's still time to
reserve your copy and grab the pre-publication
1a. I don't have a shipping date from the printer
yet, so I don't know when I'll be getting the
books -- but as soon as we have them, we'll
fire them right on out the door. I'll keep you
updated in my emails. They''ll definitely be
2. I'm working on the first issue of the quarterly
Dinosaur Files -- and it's looking pretty good.
We'll put up an order page for the little monster
next week. Be looking for it.
And now . . . let's answer that question.
What is a physical culturist's greatest enemy?
The answer comes from Bradley J. Steiner --
who covered the topic about 40 years ago. I
remember reading this when I was a rookie,
and I've remembered Steiner's words ever
It's not what you think it is.
It's not over-training.
It's not having trouble finding a gym or scraping
together the cash to set up a good home gym.
It's not the goofy workouts the muscle mags
It's not bad advice of any sort -- or bad workouts --
or second rate exercises.
All of those things are problems, of course, and they'll
slow your gains down to a snail's pace -- but they're
not the number one enemy.
So what is it?
"Distraction is a physical culturist's greatest enemy,"
Steiner always emphasized the importance of training
with deep, focused concentration.
He wanted you training inside the inner universe of
He wanted you to train with the sdtrongest possible
He believed in this so deeply and so profoundly that
he actually studied hypnosis and self-hypnosis. And
he taught self-hypnosis in his books and courses.
Steiner always emphasized "the mental aspects" of
strength training -- and so do I.
The mental aspects of training are the most important.
And amazingly, they're the most neglected.
If you want to take your training to the next level,
don't look for the latest super supplement -- or the
latest super workout -- or the latest super machine.
Instead, look inside.
That's where the strength comes from -- and where
the gains come from.
Learn to train with total focus and unwavering
concentration. Block out any and all distractions.
When you do, the results will amaze you.
As always, thanks for reading, and have a great day.
If you train today, make it a good one!
Yours in strength,
P.S. I cover the mental aspects of strength training in
a. Dinosaur Training: Lost Secrets of Strength and
b. Dinosaur Bodyweight Training
P.S. 2. My other books and courses -- including Knife,
Fork, Muscle -- are right here:
P.S. 3. Thought for the Day: "Strength requires unity
of mind and body, and unity of mind and body requires
total focus and unbroken concentration." -- Brooks