Hail to the Dinosaurs!
I rec'd an email from a longtime Dino who's been
going through a rough spot in his life -- and has
gotten out of the training habit.
In fact, he's been out of training for 5 or 6 months.
And he's been doing the couch potato thing -- too
much television, and too much lousy food.
He asked what to do to get back into his training.
Now, you may think this is an unusual question.
But it's not. I get the question more often than
you would imagine. That's because Life is -- well,
it is what it is. It can be tough sometimes. Things
can happen that make it very tough to train --
or perhaps make it impossible to train.
The loss of a loved one. A bad breakup. The loss
of a job. An illness. An injury. Money problems.
Having to work an extra job to make ends meet.
A family member's severe illness.
I know that sort of thing never happens when you
train at Muscle Beach and do nothing but work on
your tan, train, eat, surf and work on your tan -- but
Muscle Beach is the fantasy world, and Dinos live
in the real world -- and life can be very tough in
the real world.
So how does our Dino get back to training?
1. He makes a commitment to get started --
1a. Not tomorrow. TODAY.
2. He gives himself a very easy workout to get
back in the groove. Something so fast and easy
there's no possible excuse for missing a workout.
2a. For example, train 3x per week. Each workout,
do a warm-up, then 5 x 5 in ONE primary exercise,
some gut, grip and neck work, and then go home.
2b. That's 4 progressively heavier warm-up sets
and one work set -- and not too heavy on the
2c. I know it doesn't sound like much, but that's
2d. 15 minutes of training beats zero minutes of
3. He starts LIGHT so he doesn't cripple himself
with soreness, and he gives himself the fun of
making good, steady gains from week to week
as he gradually builds back up to where he was
4. He fills his mind with powerful, inspiring,
motivating thoughts and images. Any of my
books or courses -- or back issues of The
Dinosaur Files -- will help. So will any other
good books on strength training and muscle
4a. The Legacy of Iron books are super-
motivators. So is Black Iron: The John Davis
Story. And, of course, Dinosaur Training is
non-stop motivation from start to finish.
4b. One of the reasons I like doing the Dino
Files monthly newsletter is to help keep you
motivated, inspired and serious about your
5. He cleans up his diet. For now, drop the junk
food and get back to protein and vegetables.
5a. Grab a copy of Knife, Fork, Muscle, read
the little monster and follow the advice
to the letter.
5b. You'd be surprised how much a poor diet
can effect your outlook on life. There's no such
thing as comfort food. It can actually make you
depressed. Get your diet on track, start training
again, and you'll start to feel better fast.
So there you have it. A quick and easy, foolproof
plan for getting back on track after a long layoff.
Remember -- start TODAY -- and get back to the
As always, thanks for reading and have a great
day. If you train today, make it a good one!
Yours in strength,
P.S. Go here to grab Knife, Fork, Muscle:
P.S. 2. My other books and courses are right here:
P.S. 3. Thought for the Day: "Training is forever,
and that's part of what makes it so much fun."
-- Brooks Kubik