Hail to the Dinosaurs!
Two quick notes, and then we'll talk iron.
1. The January Dinosaur Files
Is available in PDF format right here:
As always, let me know how you like the
2. Good Reading for Snow-Bound Dinos
I know that many of you are buried in
snow today. If you are, head over to the
Dino website and check out our PDF and
Kindle books and courses for some great
You have something like a dozen titles to
choose from, so you should be able to
find something you like.
3. My New Favorite Exercise
I've been having a lot of fun lately with my
new favorite exercise.
It's one that I've done before, but I got away
from it. Now I'm back to it -- and I'm really
glad to be doing it again.
It's a three-exercise compound movement
using a barbell: the clean, front squat and
press/push press/or jerk.
Here's how you do it:
1. Clean the barbell to the shoulders.
a. I prefer to squat clean the bar, but you
can power clean it if you prefer.
b. You perform one just clean, and then
move on to the front squats.
2. Perform one to three front squats.
a. Remember to keep your elbows as high
as possible on the front squats.
b. To perform these correctly, you'll need to
wear lifting shoes with a heel. Otherwise,
you'll lean too far forward at the bottom
of the movement.
c. If you perform reps in the front squat, do
them consecutively. In other words, it's one
clean followed by all of your front squats.
d. Note that you can do three reps in the
front squat on your first working set, then
add weight and do two reps in the front
squat on the next set, and then add weight
and do one rep in the front squat on the third
(or fourth and fifth) work sets.
3. Finish with a press, push press, power
jerk or split jerk.
a. Do one rep of whatever overhead lift you
choose to finish the movement.
That's one set: one clean, one to three front
squats and one overhead lift. A total of three
to five total reps.
Begin with a light weight and do a series of
three to five progressively heavier warm-up
After the warm-ups, do three to five working
This is a great way to get a fast, hard workout
that combines "stand on your feet" strength
and power training with a good conditioning
If you have dumbbells or kettlebells, you can
perform the combination with dumbbells or
kettlebells. It also works with sandbags.
If you don't have a squat rack, this is one
of the very best ways to work your legs
with nothing but a barbell.
For extra leg work, finish up with a few sets
where you do one clean followed by three to
five reps in the front squat and no overhead
lift. This may allow you to go a bit heavier in
weight, but even if you don't add weight you
will be working your legs extra hard by doing
the extra reps.
Note that you can make the front squats even
harder by performing them pause style.
You can make this a complete workout, or
you can include other exercises. I like to do
it after my clean and jerks. It serves as a
good leg workout for an older trainee.
This is one of those "No Excuses" workouts. It
doesn't take much in the way of equipment --
and it doesn't take much time -- so there's
no excuse for not doing it.
Give it a try and let me know how you like
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 a number of other two-exercise and
three-exercise combinations in Dinosaur
Dumbbell Training - along with 50 different
P.S. 2. My other books and courses are right
here -- including links to my other e-books on
P.S. 3. Thought for the Day: "A champion makes
it work; everyone else makes excuses."
-- Brooks Kubik