Hail to the Dinosaurs!
One quick reminder, and then we'll talk training.
1. The October Dinosaur Files
We released the October Dinosaur Files in PDF
format several days ago, and the little monster
is selling like hotcakes - and getting rave reviews
from Dinos around the world.
Go here to grab the little monster:
And, of course - shoot me an email and
let me know how you like this issue - and
what you'd like to see in future issues!
2. Do Mounties Lift Sandbags?
Do Mounties lift sandbags?
Well, actually, they do. So do others in Canadian
law enforcement -- and in the Canadian military.
Almost 10 years ago, I received an email from a
man who taught close combat to Canadian law
enforcement officers. He loved the sandbag training
and other types of heavy, awkward object training
that I teach in Dinosaur Training, and he had his
students use them extensively.
He thought it was perfect for unarmed combat.
And that's not surprising, because Dino-style
sandbag training goes back to old-school
wrestlers -- from the 1890s to the 1930s.
They made great use of sandbags in their
So all martial artists and wrestlers should
take note - and use sandbags as a regular part
of their training!
Anyhow, to continue the story -- I received an
email from a young man in Canada who is
training to get into the Canadian military.
He sent me a link to the Canadian Military
physical fitness tests and asked if Dino-style
training would help him prepare for the test.
Turns out it would.
Because in 2013 Canada adopted new physical
fitness tests for the military -- and for law
The military test has four parts:
1. Sandbag lift
2. Sandbag loaded shuttles
3. 20-meter bursts
4. Sandbag drag
In short, 75% of the physical fitness test is a
form of Dino-style finishers with sandbags!
So when our reader asked if Dinosaur Training
would help him with the Canadian military's
physical fitness test, the answer is "You're
darn right it will."
I would suggest that our reader follow a
basic abbreviated training program. The
workouts in Dinosaur Training Secrets,
Vol. 1, would be perfect for him:
He's currently benching 140 lbs., squatting
130 lbs., and deadlifting 145 lbs. for 3 - 5
reps at a bodyweight of 162 lbs. I'd like
to see him increase all of those training
weights by 50 to 75 pounds.
That should not be hard. He's young, and
in good health, and the gains should come
He should finish each workout by doing
at least two of the four parts of the Canadian
military test. He should do the test exactly
the way it is administered -- and he should
work it to the point where he can blast
through the different segments easily and
He also should train the farmer's walk
once a week. This will carry-over very
well to the military tests.
If necessary, he can start by using lighter
sandbags than he will use when he takes the
test. He can gradually progress to heavier
sandbags as he gets stronger.
And he can probably work up to training
with sandbags that are heavier than what
he will use when he takes the test -- which
should make the actual test pretty darn
easy for him.
His goal is not simply to pass the test --
it is to ace the test.
And when he does, I want to hear about it!
As always, thanks for reading and have a
great day. If you train today, make it a good
Yours in strength,
P.S. I cover sandbag training, finishers and
similar strength and condition builders in
Dinosaur Training, Dinosaur Training Secrets
vol. 1, and Strength, Muscle and Power:
a. Dinosaur Training Secrets, Vol. 1
(Note that this one is also available in PDF
and Kindle editions - see our products page
for the links.)
b. Strength, Muscle and Power
c. Dinosaur Training: Lost Secrets of Strength
P.S. 2. For older trainees, I cover a special
variation of "finishers" in Gray Hair and Black
P.S. 3. My other books and courses are right
here at Dino Headquarters:
P.S. 4. Thought for the Day: "Choose your
adventure -- and train for it!" -- Brooks Kubik