Hail to the Dinosaurs!
One quick note, and then we'll talk training.
1. The October Dinosaur Files
The October Dinosaur Files is available in
PDF format, and it's a big hit with Dinos
around the world. Go here to grab the
We'll release the Kindle edition of the October
Dino Files as soon as we can. It's crazy, but we
have to format it one way for PDF - and then re-
do it completely for Kindle.
Anyhow, if you grab the PDF edition, let me
know how you like it!
2. The Best Exercises for Strength and Health
On the training front, let's talk about something
that doesn't get much discussion -- the best
exercises for strength and health.
Everyone talks about the best exercises to
build strength -- or power -- or muscle mass.
You even see lots of articles about the best
exercise to build the upper inner head of the
triceps -- or to "sculpt" the legs -- or to build
gladiator pecs -- or cannonball deltoids -- or
baseball biceps -- or whatever.
But you don't see very much about the best
exercises to build strength AND health.
That's crazy, because it all starts with good
health. You can't build strength and muscle
unless your body is in a state of abundant
But there WAS a time -- a long time ago --
when the top writers in the field gave this
issue the attention that it deserved.
Bob Hoffman used to cover the issue of health
building all the time.
So did George F. Jowett.
They used the term "organic health." It's a
They taught old-school strength training, where
you focused on strengthening the internal organs,
so that they worked at peak efficiency.
When all of the internal organs and metabolic
systems are working at peak efficiency, it
becomes very easy to make rapid gains in
strength and muscle mass.
So to men like Hoffman and Jowett, it was
very clear that you should do exercises that
built strength and simultaneously built
The best exercises for building strength and
organic health are basic, compound movements
that allow you to train the body as a whole --
and that get you breathing hard and heavy.
Hoffman called it "puffing, panting and
Squats do the job.
So do deadlifts.
So does what Hoffman called "repetition
weightlifting" -- meaning exercises like the
snatch, clean and press or high pull performed
for sets of five consecutive reps.
York training Course No. 3 is nothing but
repetition weightlifting -- and Hoffman always
said it was the hardest and most productive
of the York courses.
Jowett had an important addition.
He wanted trainees to do plenty of work
for the midsection -- because training the
midsection helps strengthen the internal
So there's no mystery about which exercises
build strength AND health.
They're the exercises that Dinos do. The basic,
compound, movements. The stand on your feet
stuff. Exercises with barbells and dumbbells.
Plus gut work.
See? No mystery at all. Just good, old-fashioned
Dino-style strength training.
As always, thanks for reading and have a
great day. If you train today, make it a good
Yours in strength and health,
P.S. Be sure to grab 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: "Always train for
strength and health. You'll be glad you did!"
- Brooks Kubik