Are You a Strength Training Specialist or a Generalist?

Hail to the Dinosaurs!

Two quick notes, and then we'll talk

1. The January Dinosaur Files

Is now available in both PDF and
Kindle editions - AND (get this) in
hard-copy. The hard-copy is printed
and shipped to you by Amazon.

PDF edition

Kindle edition

Amazon hard-copy

The Amazon hard-copy is something new,
so it's  a bit of an experiment. If you order
the hard-copy, let me know how you like

If it works out, we may be able to offer
more books and courses - as well as
The Dino Files - with the Amazon
hard-copy option.

2. The Complete List

Speaking of Amazon, here's the complete
list of all 22 Dinosaur Training e-books
available in the Kindle bookstore, with
quick and easy order links for all of them:

3. Are You a Strength Training Specialist
or a Generalist?

On the training front, let's talk about
specialists and generalists.

Earlier in the week I outlined my current
training program, and noted that I'm
specializing in Olympic weightlifting --
so I limit my workouts to weightlifting
exercises: the snatch, the clean and jerk,
high pulls, front squats and back squats.

There are lots of other good exercises,
and plenty of other good equipment and
good training tools -- many of which I
have used in the past -- but as I said,
I'm specializing on weightlifting now,
and it makes more sense to focus all
of my energy on weightlifting.

Also, at age 60, my recovery ability is
more limited than when I was younger.
So If I were to add other things to the
mix, I'd probably end up over-training.

And that's never a good idea.

And also -- I like to concentrate on one
thing at a time, and work very hard to
master it. That's me. That's how I am.
It's not right or wrong, it's just how I
like to do things.

But many other Dinos have a different
approach. Some enjoy doing a much
broader variety of things.

In fact, they get bored if they don't
have enough variety in their training.

Thus, we have Dinos who combine
strength training with martial arts
training. (This is a very popular

We have Dinos who like to add strong-
man training to their workouts.

We have Dinos who enjoy rack work
and heavy partials -- or heavy supports
to build stronger and thicker bones.

Kettlebells are popular with many Dinos.
So are dumbbells -- and cables -- and
bodyweight training -- and specialized
grip training.

Those are all great. I've done many of
them at different times in the past --
and I've had lots of fun doing them, and
gotten good results from them.

As I often say, it's all good, and it all

So don't be worried if you like to do
something that's different than what I
like to do. The basic principles are the
same for all of us: hard work, progression,
and regular, consistent effort are the keys
to success.

So are the mental aspects. Concentration,
visualization and focus work wonders no
matter what you're doing.

And, of course, you need to find the right
balance between doing enough exercise
to make gains and not doing so much that
you outrun your recovery ability.

I cover that issue in detail in Dinosaur
Training Secrets, Vol. 1. It will help you
find the right balance between too little
and too much -- and help bring you some
terrific gains, whether you are a strength
training specialist or a generalist. If you
don't have a copy, grab the little monster
today -- it will help you enormously.

In the meantime, today's a training day
at Dino Headquarters -- and I plan to
hit it hard! So if you hear reports about
a small earthquake in Louisville, you'll
know it's just a 60-year old Dino having
some fun with the iron.

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. Dinosaur Training Secrets, Vol. 1 is
available in hard copy, PDF and Kindle




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P.S. 2. Thought for the Day: "You don't
to do it like anyone else, but you
do need to
do it." -- Brooks Kubik