Hail to the Dinosaurs!
One quick note and then we'll talk training.
1. The January Dino Files - Now on Kindle!
We just released the January issue of The
Dinosaur Files on Kindle.
Sprint on over here to grab the little monster:
If you prefer the Dinosaur Files in PDF,
the PDF edition is right here:
As always, let me know how you like this
month's issue - and if you grab the Kindle
version, please post a review! The reviews
are super helpful for us.
2. "Are You Still Getting Stronger?" He
A younger guy -- I think he is in his 20s --
asked me an interesting question the other
"Are you still getting stronger?" he asked.
As I said, it was an interesting question.
Blunt, a bit personal, but interesting.
Just what you would expect from a
The answer is "Yes and no."
On some things, I'm not as strong as I was
20 or 30 years ago -- but on other things
I'm as strong as ever and working to get
But much more ore importantly, I'm training
regularly, I feel great, and I'm having lots
I'm doing Olympic weightlifting now, and
I've set myself some high goals. I'm 60,
and I plan to lift more at age 60 than I
lifted in my 50's -- and to do it in better
form -- which is both challenging and
In fact, "motivating" is an understatement.
You should see the chalk and sweat flying
through the air when I train.
Anyhow, that was my answer.
Then I asked a simple question in return.
"Why do you ask?"
And he said that he worried about whether
he could maintain his strength into his 50s
I don't know the answer to that question,
because it depends on too many variables.
But I do know this.
The way to be strong and healthy and in
great condition at age 50 or 60 -- or
beyond -- is to:
1. Start training now.
a. I assume you are doing this already -- but
if not, now's the time to start!
2. Train hard but smart.
a. Don't over-train.
b. Train progressively.
c. Use ground-based, stand on your feet
3. Avoid exercises that can cause injuries.
(There's a complete list of them in Gray
Hair and Black Iron.)
a. You can't train if you hurt yourself.
4. Find things you like to do exercise-wise,
and do them.
a. If you enjoy your training, you're much
more likely to stick with it.
5. A short workout beats no workout.
a. It's much easier to start and keep going
than to start, stop and have to start all over
6. Follow a healthy diet.
a. See Knife, Fork, Muscle for details.
7. Keep your weight under control.
a. This is extremely important. Lard Lumps are
deadly as you grow older.
b. All the bad stuff starts with Lard Lumps:
diabetes, high blood pressure, heart problems,
And always remember this:
You can make great progress at any age, but
if you let yourself go for too long when you're
young, it makes it very difficult to get into good
shape (or get back into good shape) when you're
So if you're a younger Dino -- like the guy who
asked me the question -- make the most of your
younger years and START TRAINING.
As always, thanks for reading and have a great
day. If you train today, make it a good one!
Yours in strength,
P.S. Gray Hair and Black Iron will help you build
strength and muscle for the long haul -- and help
you maintain strength and muscle when you are
an older Dino:
P.S. 2. Knife, Fork, Muscle is available in both
hard-copy and a series of Kindle e-books. Go here
for the links:
P.S. 3. Thought for the Day: "Start training
when you're young, and keep training when
you're older." -- Brooks Kubik