Leg and Lower Back Training for Older Dinos!

Hail to the Dinosaurs!

I get this question all the time - and the
answer is always the same.

Hi Brooks,

Your approach is terrific. I enjoy your site
and your daily emails very much.

My question is this. Not being a kid anymore,
do you think it's a good idea to start using
the hex Trap Bar as more of a primary
exercise. and doing less squatting and

I'm thinking maybe it would preserve my
lower back a little more in the long run.

I know you've been there and done that
with everything, so I'd like to know what
you think of that exercise. 

What brand Trap Bar would you recommend? 
I would go with your suggestion. Any advice
and guidance would be appreciated.



You answered your own question, Kurt! The Trap
Bar is perfect for older trainees. It's much easier
on the knees, hips and lower back than regular
back squats or regular deadlifts. It's also a good
alternative for guys who can't do back squats
because of shoulder problems.

We've covered this quite a bit in recent issues
of The Dinosaur Files newsletter. The December,
January, February and March issues all address
sensible and effective training adjustments for
older Dinos - and include feedback and reports
from your fellow Dinos about what works (or
does not work for them as they grow older).

I would highly recommend that you read those
issues. They'll give you lots of good ideas about
getting the most out of your training.

You'll also see that MANY of your fellow Dinos
use the Trap Bar as their primary lower body
exercise - with GREAT results.

As far as where to buy a Trap Bar, the answer
is simple:

Get the ORIGINAL Gerard Trap Bar. My buddy
John Wood sells it under license from Al Gerard,
the powerlifter and engineer who invented the
Trap Bar. John sells them here:


Hope that helps!

Yours in strength,

Brooks Kubik

P.S. Go here to grab The Dinosaur Files in PDF
format with immediate electronic delivery. Each
issue brings you 32 or more pages of power-
packed training tips for Dinos:

December (Sig Klein on the cover)


January (Eugene Sandow on the cover)


February (Robert Ruckstool on the cover)


March (old-school outdoor lifting with a Flintstone
barbell on the cover)


P.S. 2. Older trainees also will want to read Gray
Hair and Black Iron


P.S. 3. Thought for the Day: "We all get older, but
we all need to keep on training." - Brooks Kubik