Hail to the Dinosaurs!
Two quick notes, and then we'll talk
1. The July Dinosaur Files.
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And now -- on the training front . . .
3. The No. 1 Rule for Older Trainees.
Let's talk about training for older Dinos.
I titled this message "The No. 1 Rule for
Older Trainees" -- and that creates a bit
of a problem for me, because I can think
of several very important rules for older
In fact, it's hard to choose the "most
important" rule -- so I'll give you my
top 10 list:
1. Train hard, but train smart.
a. Listen to your brain, not your ego.
2. Don't hurt yourself.
a. The older you are, the easier it is to hurt
yourself, and the longer it takes to recover.
3. Throw away the muscle magazine silliness
once and for all.
a. It didn't do you any good when you were
younger, and it won't do you any good now.
4. Don't go crazy thinking about what you could
do when you were younger -- or what the young
bucks are lifting -- and focus on the most
important person in your training universe:
a. Aim to improve YOUR CURRENT performance,
and YOUR CURRENT levels of strength, health and
5. Have fun when you train.
a. You're older. You may be a parent or a
grandparent. You work hard. You deserve to
b. Fun relates to motivation. Read high quality
training books and courses to stay motivated
and inspired. This is expecially important if you
train by yourself. Fuel your workouts by fueling
your mind with top notch Iron Game books
6. If it hurts, don't do it.
a. Even if it's a favorite exercise, or if someone
you respect says to do it.
7. Don't over-do things.
a. Older trainees need to reduce and control training
volume -- training intensity -- and how heavy they
8. Keep your weight under control.
a. Getting your weight under control is one of the
most important things you can do for your health.
b. See Knife, Fork, Muscle for details.
9. Set realistic goals for yourself.
a. See point no. 4, above.
10. Regular, consistent training is the key to great
results -- not super programs.
a. If you jump into a super program you will
either hurt yourself or burn out -- or both.
b. You don't need super programs. You need
sensible, regular, consistent training. This is
true at any age, but it's more important than
ever for older trainees.
I could go on and on, but I said I'd give you 10
Rules -- so here they are. Hope they help!
11 and 12. Here's a bonus rule. Two of them,
11. You don't need drugs - and you don't need
patches, pills or injections.
12. As a general rule, with only a small handful
of exceptions -- don't listen to anyone under the
age of 30.
a. Or maybe 40 or 50.
b. Because until you're an older trainee, it's very
hard to understand what works -- and what doesn't
work -- for an older trainee. You gotta live it to
As always, thanks for reading and have a great
day. if you train today, make it a good one!
Yours in strength,
P.S. For more great information about effective
training for older Dinos, grab a copy of Gray Hair
and Black Iron:
P.S. 2. My other books and courses --including
links to my PDF courses and Kindle books -- are
P.S. 3. Thought for the Day: "Train hard, but train
smart. As you get older, train smarter." -- Brooks