Old Books, Magazines and Courses for Sale! (List No. 1)

It's book sale time!

Hail to the Dinosaurs!

I have a ton of duplicate books, courses and magazines about strength training, weightlifting, powerlifting, bodybuilding, physical culture, Iron Game history, boxing, wrestling, martial arts, diet,  nutrition, and related subjects, and I since I only need one copy of any particular item, I'm going to sell the rest of them.

We're setting up an eBay store to sell them on eBay, but in the meantime, let's get started on these.

Everything is first come, first served -- meaning, the first person who shoots me an email about a given item. ("First" means "the first email in my inbox.)

So if you're interested in anything, do not delay. Shoot me an email and ask about availability. Include your shipping address so we can calculate shipping and handling for you.

All of these come from the world-famous Dinosaur Training Research Library - and I'll include a letter to confirm this when I fill your order. Thus, you'll have something great to read AND you'll be owning a piece of Iron Game history.

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And now, without further ado, here are the first 12 items that I'm offering for sale:

1. The Daniels File

Published in 1989. 36 pages. 20 short chapters, covering a variety of topics re: powerlifting training and competition.  No photos. This appears to be a photo-copied booklet with a snap-on plastic binder.  (Meaning that I purchased what appears to be a photo-copy prepared by the author. I did not make the copy.) Written by Doug Daniels, who wrote for Powerlifting USA magazine.

This is an excellent booklet with solid, hard-core, old-school training advice. If you like powerlifting or old-school, heavy iron based on the squat, bench press and deadlift, you'll love this one. 

PRICE: $20.00 plus shipping and handling


 2. Dinosaur Bodyweight Training

This is my book, published in soft copy in 2011. It's the same one we sell for $39.95 at my website. This copy has a very minor wrinkle at the top, so it's slightly damaged but otherwise as good as new.

If you don't mind the wrinkle at the top, this is a great buy and saves you a quick ten bucks.

PRICE: $29.95 plus shipping and handling


3. The Best Form of Bodybuilding

Written by Dennis B. Weis. A detailed 40-page booklet covering 70's-style bodybuilding. Includes photos of Boyer Coe, Kalman Szkalak, Chuck Sipes (training in his back yard!), Larry Gordan and Frank Zane.

Dennis Weis was a popular writer for Peary Rader's old Iron Man magazine, and went on to become one of the most prolific authors in Iron Game history.  He trained alone in an unheated garage in Alaska, and specialized in high rep squatting to stay warm! He competed in both powerlifting and bodybuilding contests, and he's still training today.

This is a terrific book for anyone who wants to know how the champions trained back in the 1970s - and what kind of training programs were taught back then.

Good condition, but the cover shows slight aging. (After all, it's an old booklet.)

PRICE: $20.00 plus shipping and handling


4. Development of Strength

Written by Harry Paschall, and originally published in the early 1950s. This is a modern reprint edition published by Bill Hinbern in 1976.  I believe I purchased it in the 1970s or 1980s.  This copy is a bit worn (because I've read it at least a dozen times), but it's very readable.

116 pages, with classic photos and Bosco drawings and cartoons by Harry Paschall.

Harry Paschall was one of my all-time favorite authors. I am selling this edition only because I have a more recent edition of Bill Hinbern's reprint, as well as a copy of the original edition.

PRICE: $10.00 plus shipping and handling


5. Olympic Weightlifting for Masters

Written by Matt Foreman, and published by Catalyst Athletics. 2014 edition. 192 pages, with photos.

This is a new book that I got for Christmas last year, and is in close to brand new condition, although I have read it twice.

Excellent overview of Olympic weightlifting for masters-age lifters. Includes interviews with top competitors in masters-age weightlifting, as well as workouts and training programs.  

This sells for $29.95 new; you can save $10.00 on this copy.

PRICE: $19.95 plus shipping and handling


6. Cinderella Man

Hard-cover. Written by Jeremy Schaap. Published in 2005. I purchased this $24.00 when new. I've read the book once or twice; otherwise, it's been on one of my bookshelves, so it's in excellent condition.

The movie, Cinderella Man, was based on this book.

Read the book, watch the movie, and be inspired to do some serious training. 

PRICE: $15.00 plus shipping and handling


7. The ABC's of Powerlifting

Soft cover, 110 pages, many rare photos. Written by Jim Witt, one of the founding fathers of powerlifting, and a man who won five national Masters weightlifting championships and seven National powerlifting championships.  Published in 1984.

This is one of the best books you'll ever find on old-school powerlifting and strength training. Highly recommended.

Hard to find. A real classic. In good condition, aside from some slight wear on the cover.

PRICE: $30.00 plus shipping and handling


8. Your Guide to Success in Powerlifting: The Squat

Written by Bradley J. Steiner. 16 page booklet with photos and drawings. Short and concise, but packed full of training wisdom from Bradley J. Steiner.

I think this was published in the 1970s or early 1980s. I've had this copy for over 30 years. It has a little bit of wear on the cover, but it's in good shape otherwise.

PRICE: $15.00 plus shipping and handling


9. Dempsey 

A great biography of the former World Heavyweight Champion - the legendary Jack Dempsey. As told to Bob Considine and Bill Slocum by "the man himself."

Hard copy. First edition.  249 pages, with photographs. Good condition.

I bought this terrific little book at a used book store while Trudi and I were on a vacation in San Francisco many years ago. I read it from cover to cover on the flight back to Louisville.  Yes, it's hard to put down.  After all, it gives you the inside story of the champ's greatest fights. And nothing beats hearing about it from the man who was in the ring, throwing the punches.

If you like old-time boxing and a hard-hitting, "tell it like is" narrative, then you'll like book.

PRICE: $25.00 plus shipping and handling

STATUS: SALE PENDING (email if interested and if it becomes available I will let you know)

10. Mastery of Hand Strength

The classic training manual for aspiring grip masters. Written by John Brookfield, and published by IronMind Enterprises. Forward by Randall J. Strossen, Ph.D. First edition, 1995. 106 pages, with photos.

This is my personal copy. It's 20 or 21 years old, but in good condition.

PRICE: $12.95 plus shipping and handling.


11. Lessons in Wrestling and Physical Culture

Matt Furey's modern reprint edition of the classic course from 1914. 112 pages, with many classic photos. Good condition.

Farmer Burns was the legendary trainer of World champion Frank Gotch - and probably ranks as one of the toughest, most rugged mat warriors who ever lived. Weighing only 170 pounds, he wrestled in over 6,000 professional matches and lost only seven of them!

By the way, in the 1980s, I met an older man who remembered seeing Farmer Burns and Frank Gotch come to town for a wrestling match when he was a little kid. He said they were the two toughest men he'd ever seen in his life. And I guess they were, because they made an impression that lasted over 80 years when I spoke to the old gent.

PRICE: $19.95 plus shipping and handling


12. Bench Assault: The Road to Maximum Power

By J.S. O'Brien. Billed as "the guaranteed program for a double bodyweight bench press."

A very detailed 34 page course, with a detailed training program and many excellent training tips. No photos - just tons of old-school, heavy iron training information, and a real warrior's approach to training and lifting.

This course is in good condition, but there's a stain from a coffee mug on the front cover. (I have no idea who put a coffee mug on top of the book, and if anyone says it was me, I will deny it on a stack of York 45s - the old-fashioned, thick kind.) 

PRICE: $19.95 plus shipping and handling