Hail to the Dinosaurs!
One quick note and then we'll talk diet and
Last week I found a bag of my 7 Keys to
Concentration CD buried in a corner - under
some other stuff. It's a good CD, and I want
as many of you as possible to listen to it - so
I'm including it as a free bonus with all orders
of hard-copy books or courses for as long as
Of course, it's only available as a bonus if
you order a hard-copy book or course (or
a DVD). That way, I can slip it into the
envelope and there's no extra postage.
I have about a dozen CD's left, so if you want
one, take action now.
On the diet and nutrition front, let's start by
looking at something that worked for the
champions of the 1930's, 1940's and 1950's -
and that still works pretty darn well today.
Back in 1940, Bob Hoffman wrote a book
called Better Nutrition for the Strength and
It detailed the diets of the York champions
of the era, including John Grimek and Steve
Stanko when they were young lions.
What did they eat?
Tons of fresh vegetables - smaller amounts of
fresh fruit - and lots and lots of of meat. John
Grimek once said "Meat is my baby." He ate
like he meant it.
Remember, this was when they were young
lions. Young lions eat meat - and plenty of it.
There was a big snow storm one year, and
everyone got stuck at Bob Hoffman's house.
Grimek and Stanko pretty much ate everything
there was to eat, and when the food ran low,
they shoveled their way out to get more.
Bob Hoffman was such a believer in fresh,
healthy foods for his lifters that he actually
opened a small, old-fashioned grocery store
in York, and stocked it with the highest
quality meat, fish, eggs and produce that
he could find. It was one of the very first
"health food stores" - and it didn't feature
anything other than good, fresh food. No
supplements of any sort. There really
weren't any back then.
But the York champions didn't eat that way
forever. That's because things change as we
get older. Young lions become older lions.
In the 1950's, the York lifters hit middle age,
and like most middle aged men, they began
to struggle to keep off the extra pounds.
They actually developed a special diet that
worked pretty well for them. It allowed them
to eat three big meals a day, get plenty of
muscle-building protein, and tons of vitamins
and minerals from fresh veggies. It gave them
plenty of energy for their training - and it was
easy to follow. No special meals, no special
drinks, no special foods, and no fuss.
I cover it in detail in Gray Hair and Black
I figure that if it worked for Grimek, Stanko,
Hoffman, Terlazzo, Venables and the rest of
the York champions, it's probably going to
work for the rest of us.
By the way, it's very similar to my own diet,
and very similar to the diet and nutrition
program in Knife, Fork, Muscle.
Anyhow, if you're working to keep off the
unwanted pounds without living on celery
sticks and cottage cheese, this might be
just the thing for you.
After all, you might be an older lion now,
but you're still a hungry lion - and you're
still training - and you're still eating lots
As always, thanks for reading and have a
great day. If you train today, make it a
Yours in strength,
P.S. Go here to grab your copy of Gray Hair
and Black Iron:
You also might like Knife, Fork, Muscle. The
two books make a good combination:
P.S. 2. My other books and courses are
right here at Dino Headquarters:
P.S. 3. Thought for the Day: "When you combine
the right kind of training with the right kind of diet
and nutrition, good things happen." - Brooks Kubik