Spartan Is Best!

Hail to the Dinosaurs!

Two quick notes, and then we'll talk training.

1. The October Dinosaur Files

Here's the link for the PDF edition of the
October Dinosaur Files:

We'll get the link for the Kindle edition
up as soon as we can - I know that some
of you prefer PDF and some of you prefer

Also, please let me know how you like this
issue - and what you'd like to see in future

2. Postage For Foreign Orders

Overseas postage rates have gone through the
ceiling - but we can usually save you some
clams on postage if you order multiple items
that we can pack and ship together.

If you live outside the USA, consider grabbing
two or three Dino goodies at one time - and
email and ask for a shipping quote before
placing your order.

We love the Post Office, but we don't want
you to spend any more on postage than is

3. Spartan Is Best!

On the training front, let's talk about true
Spartan training -- and I don't mean the
so-called "300 workout" they did for the

There's a great book by Daniel Coyle called
"The Little Book of Talent." It contains 52
rules for improving your performance in
sports, business, job, school, or anything

Coyle studied top performers in a wide
range of disciplines, and found a number
of similarities between the top performers.

They tended to do certain things in the same

One thing he noted about many highly
skilled, top performers was that they
trained in spartan quarters -- particularly
when they were climbing the ladder.

For example, a top tennis school might have
the future stars of the sport playing on courts
with cracks in them and grass or weeds pushing
up here and there.

A top ski school might look like a 1950s era scout
camp, with the future greats living in very simple,
almost primitive log cabins.

A top high school might have the smartest kids
on the planet studying in what looks more or less
like an old army barracks.

And I'm not making these up. They're real life
examples from Coyle's book.

In contrast, many "fancy" facilities didn't have
a very good track record when it came to creating
successful performers.

The parallel to effective strength training is
obvious. The so-called "fitness" industry
pushes high-tech training in opulent "gyms"
featuring lots of chrome, mirrors, fancy lighting,
air conditioning, aromatherapy, piped in music,
cardio theater, big screen plasma tv's, espresso
bars, donuts, pizza delivery, and row after of
plushly padded machines.

Soft and gentle is the mantra of the day.

Spartan it is not.

It's the furthest thing in the world from

And that's one of the big reasons why the
Chrome and Fern Pleasure Palace Gyms don't

They're too fancy. Too nice. Too pretty.

And fancy, nice and pretty don't work in the
Iron Game.

They never have - and they never will.

As always, thanks for reading and have a great
day. If you train today, make it a good one!

Yours in strength,

Brooks Kubik

P.S.Here's the link again for the October issue
of The Dinosaur Files:

P.S. 2. My other books and courses are right
here at Dino Headquarters:

P.S. 3. Thought for the Day: "The best leaders
live simple lives. So do the best lifters."
-- Brooks Kubik