Hail to the Dinosaurs!
I started the day with an email from Nirav
Panchal, who wrote:
I love the work you put into the older lifter
routines and I'm sure I'll use them in the
future. However, I'm 22 and have no knee,
back, or joint pain. I can sprint or jog with
no problems. I'd love to see you write a
few daily bulletins about how us younger
folk can make the most of our youth and
really push the envelope.
Anyhow, thanks for all the great work!
Well, that's a good question. So here
If you're young and in good condition and
you don't have any nagging injuries, then
the world, as they say, is your oyster.
The thing to do is to make the most of it.
Unfortunately, that's where way too many
younger trainees go wrong.
Most younger trainees fail to make the
most of their training because:
1. They don't set firm and specific goals
and work relentlessly to achieve them.
a. This is perhaps the no. 1 problem.
b. Nos. 2, 3 and 4 all relate to this.
2. They bounce from workout to workout
or program to program (a/k/a "Flavor of
the Month" training).
a. We call them training "programs" for
b. You need to follow the program long
enough to get some results.
3. They skip over the tried and true ways
to train and get hung up (and off course)
by following the latest and greatest
Miracle Program (a/k/a "Instant
a. If it sounds too good to be true, it is.
4. They try to do too many different things,
and end up not very good at any of them.
a. Strive for mastery in whatever you do.
5. They think they're indestructible -- and
they do dangerous stuff or stuff that pounds
the heck out of their joints for no good
purpose -- and then they lose months
or years of productive training.
a. Think "silly stuff" you see on YouTube and
b. Even if the silly stuff doesn't hurt you right
away, it will probably cause problems later in
6. They overdo things by training too much
and too often -- not realizing that even a
younger trainee has definite limits to his
or her recovery ability.
a. Note that supplements or tons of food will
NOT make up for overtraining.
7. They don't get enough sleep and rest --
or they don't eat right -- and thus, they fail
to make the most out of what should be their
very best training and gaining years.
Those are some general points, and if you're
a younger trainee, you should give them some
Your younger years are the time to hit it hard
and make great gains. Embrace the opportunity.
Make the most of it. Don't squander it.
As always, thanks for reading and have a great
day. If you train today, make it a good one.
Yours in strength,
P.S. My new Dinosaur Training Secrets series is
perfect for trainees of all ages and all levels of
experience, from beginner to advanced. Each
book in the series is available in hard copy or
They're also available as PDF products - see the
links for the PDF products on our products page.
If you prefer hard copy and you live overseas,
email me for shipping charges for two or more
books or courses:
1. Dinosaur Training Secrets, Vol. 1.
"Exercises, Workouts and Training
2. Dinosaur Training Secrets, Vol. 2,
"How Strong Are You?"
3. Dinosaur Training Secrets, Vol. 3,
"How to Use Old-School Progression
Methods for Fast and Steady Gains in
Strength, Muscle and Power"
P.S. 2. My other books and courses -- and links
to my other e-books on Kindle -- are right here:
P.S. 3. Thought for the Day: "Make the most of
every day and every minute." -- Brooks Kubik