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Hail to the Dinosaurs!
Here's something you see all the time --
and I've never been able to figure it out.
I bet you've seen it, too -- and I bet you
can't figure it out, either.
Guy goes to the gym, steps inside, looks
around, and asks himself, "What should I
He sees that the squat rack is empty, but
he doesn't feel like doing squats.
The lat machine is also empty.
He decides to train his lats. After all, lats
are awesome. Everyone wants a big, broad,
massive upper back.
"Gladiator lats!" he thinks. "Gladiator lats
and cannonball pecs. Barn door biceps.
That would be pretty cool! And horseshoe
So he ambles on over, looks at the plates
on the weight stack, decides it's probably
okay, grabs the bar and starts repping out.
Half-way through his set he remembers
the article he read that said it's better to
use a lat machine handle with parallel
Oops -- he forget to change the handles!
"That's okay," he thinks. "I can change them
before the next set."
Loses count of his reps, but does perhaps
10 or 12. Or maybe 7 or 8. He's not sure.
But it was more than five.
"Definitely more than five!" he thinks.
He doesn't do sets of five reps or less
because those are for powerlifters and
guys like that. He knows this is true
because everyone says so.
He stands in front of the mirror and does
a lat spread. Or tries to. He doesn't have
very big lats. They're not gladiator-size,
Doesn't feel much of a pump, but that's
okay because he's going to do five more
sets and he has plenty of time to get a
But it never happens.
He rests a minute and reads a magazine that
talks about chest training, so he decides
to specialize on his chest.
Forgets all about his lat training.
The magazine says to start with dumbbell
flies to pre-exhaust the pecs, but he can't
find the right dumbbells, so he does pec
dec squeezes instead.
The magazine says to do ten sets and go
to failure on each set, but that hurts, so he
decides to do 8 x 8 with only 30 seconds
rest between sets.
He read about that in a bodybuilding forum,
and some guy with a cool avatar said it was
He pumps out 8 reps, and stops to rest.
Then he remembers he needs to time his
But he doesn't have a watch.
Is there a clock in the gym?
He's not sure.
He goes to the manager's office to ask. On
the way, he sees some guys doing curls on
the Scott bench.
"Do you want to work in?" they ask.
"Sure," he says.
So they all do curls for awhile, and talk about
girls and beer and the big game tomorrow
night and the UFC -- and then they talk
about girls some more.
After awhile, one of the guys says he wants to
"Do you wanna work in?" he asks.
"No, I'm gonna do chest tomorrow," says our
He showers and leaves.
Of course, when tomorrow comes, he forgets
it was going to be chest day.
"What should I do today?" he asks.
And so it goes, day after day, and workout after
Of course, there's another way to train.
It's the Dino way.
It's training with a plan -- with a schedule --
with long term and short term goals -- and
with 100 percent concentration and focus.
Very few people train that way -- but those
that do get great results.
As always, thanks for reading and have a
great day. If you train today, make it a good
Yours in strength,
P.S. Here's the book they call "the Bible of
Strength Training." It will definitely get you
training the right way.
P.S. 2. My other books and courses are right
here at Dino Headquarters:
Hard-copy and PDF
P.S. 3. Thought for the Day: "Think, plan,
and focus -- and THEN train."
-- Brooks Kubik