Hail to the Dinosaurs!
Two quick notes, and then we'll talk training.
1. The July Dino Files
We released the July Dino Files in PDF format,
and it's been quite a hit. Go here to grab the
We'll get the Kindle edition of the July issue
up and available as soon as we can. I'll send
an email when it's ready to go.
In the meantime, if you ordered the PDF
version, please send in your feedback! We
love to hear from you.
2. The Big Move.
As I mentioned last week, we have moved out
of our house and into a nifty little apartment a
few blocks away. I moved all of my weights into
an old-school, black iron gym, and I'm training
there for the time being. The gym owner even
let me set up my lifting platform, so I am able
to keep on doing my Olympic lifting workouts.
I documented the whole journey in photos. You
can see them at my Instagram account:
3. The Mystery of the Vanishing
It seems that medical students often use
cadavers of elderly persons when they are
studying anatomy -- because the elderly are
more likely to leave their bodies to science.
So the medical students get these cadavers --
and start to dissect and study them.
And they have this enormous disconnect
between what they see in their anatomy
textbooks -- with drawings of well-developed
lats, traps, rhomboids, and other upper back
muscles (for example) -- and muscle-less
cadavers that are nothing but connective
Where did the muscle go?
It wasted away -- through non-use.
The problem is throughout the body, but more
pronounced in the upper back. The upper back
muscles -- the muscles of posture -- seem to
melt away as most people grow older.
And like so many things in strength training,
that brings us right back to John Grimek and
old-school strength training.
Grimek was noted for his perfect posture --
and for the magnificent development of the
muscles of posture.
Grimek developed the muscles of posture
during his formative years. In his first three
years of training, he focused on basic, stand
on your feet exercises with barbells and
He did plenty of squats.
He did Olympic lifting -- using both two-handed
lifts and the one-handed lifts that were contested
He did lots and lots of military pressing.
He practiced the wrestler's bridge.
When he sat, stood or walked, he emphasized
perfect posture. He carried himself like a lion.
And he kept at it his entire life.
That's one of the really important things --
building the muscles of posture -- and training
yourself to STAND TALL rather than slouching
around like an ape.
It helps you build more muscle when you are
young -- and it helps you maintain more muscle
when you are older.
Which means you won't end up being one of
those vanishing cadavers. And that's a very
There are some exercises that are really good
for the muscles of posture. We'll cover them
later in the week.
In the meantime, thanks for reading, and have
a great day. If you train today, make it a good
Yours in strength,
P.S.For more information on John Grimek and how
he trained, grab this great course:
P.S. 2. My other books and courses -- and
Dinosaur Training DVD's -- are available
right here at Dino Headquarters:
P.S. 4. Thought for the Day: "Build your body
the right way, keep on training, eat right, and
you can stay strong and fit for a very long time."
-- Brooks Kubik