We're into Day 4 of the Big Book Sale at Dinosaur Training Headquarters and we have some great books for you. We're working hard to bring you plenty of terrific books and courses.

Hail to the Dinosaurs!

I have a ton of duplicate books, courses and magazines about strength training, weightlifting, powerlifting, bodybuilding, physical culture, Iron Game history, boxing, wrestling, martial arts, diet,  nutrition, and related subjects, and I since I only need one copy of any particular item, I'm going to sell the rest of them.

And since we're going to be moving in the not too distant future, I'm looking for good homes for some of my one-of-a-kind items - and for some of my longtime friends from the bookshelves here in the Dinosaur Research Library.

Everything is first come, first served - meaning that the first person who shoots me an email about a given item. ("First" means "the first email in my inbox.)

So if you're interested in anything, do not delay. Shoot me an email and ask about availability. Include your shipping address so we can calculate shipping and handling for you. And be sure to tell me if you use PayPal. That's the easiest way to handle the payment.

All of these come from the world-famous Dinosaur Training Research Library. Thus, you'll have something great to read AND you'll be owning a true piece of Iron Game history.

My email is:


This is our fourth list of books for sale this week, and the books on the other lists have been going very fast - so if you see something you want, take immediate action.



By Myles Callum. Paperback. 141 pages. Many photographs. A former library copy from the University of Montreal Library. Good condition. Very readable.

When I was a kid, the public library had just a couple of books on weight training. This was one of them. I read it over and over. I must have checked it out 10 or 20 times between ages 9 and 14.

First published in 1962, the information is still pretty darn good. It's an excellent book for beginners, particularly teens and pre-teens.

The book is in two parts. The first part teaches basic conditioning drills with bodyweight exercises and simple gymnastics, progresses to some simple movements with handgrippers and chest expanders, and then gives the reader a good beginner course in basic weight training that features on what the author calls The Basic Six. The second part teaches basic self-defense.

It's a great little book, and was very popular back in the day. Highly recommended, especially for those of you with a son or grandson who wants to start training! (By the way, this would go well with  Physical Conditioning, and with the Harry Paschhall book on arm and shoulder training, both of which are featured in today's list.)

PRICE: $15.00 plus shipping and handling

UPDATE: Sorry, Bodybuilding and Self Defense has been taken.


By George Stafford and Ray Duncan. Hard copy. 112 pages. Illustrated with many line drawings. Copyright 1942. 14th ed. In very good to excellent condition.

This is a very good book about getting in shape with basic calisthenics. The movements can be performed anywhere, and the only equipment you need is a chinning bar and, if possible, a set of dipping bars or parallel bars if training at a school gym or YMCA (or outdoor workout area).

This is how people trained without weights back in the 1920's, 1930's and 1940's. The exercises were performed in public schools, colleges, universities and YMCA's; by athletes; by businessmen; by men and women of all ages; and by members of the Armed Forces. Of course, when the book came out in 1942, everyone was focused on physical training and conditioning because of the War, and that's probably why the book was written and published at the time. 

The book teaches many different exercises we don't see very often nowadays, including the Pincer Movement, Attacking All Fronts, Hit the Deck, the "V", the Russian, the Jeep, the Piston and others.

Includes complete workout programs for both men and women, advice for beginners, how to get started, how to progress in your training, etc. Includes special advice for older trainees.

A very good little book, and one that would go well with Body-Building and Self-Defense if you're looking for books for your son or grandson.

PRICE: $20.00 plus shipping and handling

UPDATE: Sorry, Physical Conditioning has been taken. 

This is the 1942 Physical Training Manual for the United States Naval Academy.  Hard copy, 312 pages, many photos. Very good to excellent condition.

The book includes chapters on setting-up exercises, rhythmic exercises, stretching and limbering exercises, and a wide variety of sports. Includes chapters on boxing, wrestling and rough and tumble fighting. And the photo of the Naval Academy gymnasium at page 35 is pretty amazing.

This is a rare glimpse into the past - a look at how training used to be done - and a chronicle of a world that once was.

A very nice and very interesting book.

PRICE: $20.00 plus shipping and handling

UPDATE: Sorry, the Physical Training Manual has been taken.



A set of seven books covering Clarence Bass's bodybuilding and physical culture journey. Especially good for anyone interested in losing excess fat, bodybuilding or bodybuilding competition, HIT training, training for older athletes, combining cardio and strength training, and the latest in scientific research on these topics.

1. Ripped - The Sensible Way to Achieve Ultimate Muscularity (very good to excellent condition)

2. Ripped 2  (very good to excellent condition)

3. Ripped 3 (fair condition but readable)

4. The Lean Advantage 2 (very good to very good condition)

5. Lean for Life (fair to good - some interior marking, notes and underlining, but very readable)

6. The Lean Advantage 3 (very good to excellent condition)

7. Challenge Yourself - Leanness, Fitness and Health at Any Age (very good to excellent condition)

You can have the complete set of seven books for $77.77 plus shipping and handling - and yes, if you believe that 7 is a lucky number, then this will be a very lucky purchase for you.

PRICE: $77.77 plus shipping and handling


By Charles MacMahon. Modern reprint edition. Paperback. 220 pages, with many photos and line drawings. Excellent condition. Covers a 194 different feats of strength and strength challenges, including towing automobiles by teeth, card tearing, spike bending, iron coiling, the one arm chin, chain breaking, man-lifting, the flag, the triceps test, barrel lifting, railway car-wheel lifting and many more. if you want a never-ending series of new and different exercises, challenges and feats of strength to master, this is the book for YOU!

PRICE: $30.00 plus shipping and handling


By John F. Gilbey. Hard copy. 150 pages, with original dust jacket. First edition, 1963. Excellent condition. This is a collectible.

The author, John F. Gilbey, traveled the world seeking out masters of obscure martial arts and combat skills, and learning their secret methods. The book covers his investigation of the delayed death touch, the Liverpool nutter, the Canton corkscrew, Thuggee strangulation, the Patagonian Purr-kick, the Chavante arm lock, the dinky little poke, secret and super-savage Savate tactics, the mysterious art of Kiai-jutsu, and much more.

I almost bought this book when I was a 9-year old kid in the Chicago suburbs. My dad took me Christmas shopping in downtown Chicago, and we went to a wonderful store called Abercrombie and Fitch - which back then (before it became a clothing store for teens and tweens) sold top-of-the-line, no-nonsense gear for hunting, fishing, camping, hiking, canoeing - African safaris - and expeditions on every Continent. Two years later, when I joined the Boy Scouts, I bought all of my camping gear at this store.

The walls were mounted with trophies from across the globe. Lions, tigers, water buffalo, bison, leopards, jaguars, bears of every description, moose, deer, elk, caribou, gazelle, wildebeest - it just went on and on. To an impressionable 9-year old, this was indeed a magic place. 

On the second floor, there was a section of martial arts books. This was one of them. I looked at the table of contents, and decided I wanted it immediately.  After all, it taught you the delayed death touch, and what could be better than that? Like any 9-year old, I had a long list of enemies who needed a good pounding, and the death touch sounded like it would do the job.

Of course, I wasn't going to kill anybody - just give them a good pounding.

But the store clerk pulled my dad aside and suggested that one of the judo or jiu-jitsu books might be better suited to a 9-year old.

"Besides," he said. "Some of the stuff in this book doesn't seem to be legitimate. There's one chapter  about stopping a man dead in his tracks - knocking him out cold - with just a shout."

My dad nodded and frowned slightly.

It's been more than 50 years, but I can still see him - and still hear him - as if it were yesterday.

"I see," he said.

There was a world of meaning in those two words.

I wanted the book desperately - but my dad was a skeptic, and skepticism carried the day. I went home with a judo book and a jiu-jitsu book - but not Secret Fighting Arts of the World.

Years later, this copy found its way into my library. Reading it now, at age 60, I have to admit that my dad's skepticism was merited - but it's still a heck of a fun book.

Copies of the first edition sell for $150 or more. You can have it for much less than that. Just promise me that you won't try the delayed death touch on anyone!

PRICE: $75.00 plus shipping and handling


By Earle E. Liederman.  1st edition, 1924. Not a modern reprint. 219 pages. Excellent condition. Many photographs. Excellent condition.

This was one of the classic training books from the 1920's, and it got many young men started on the road to muscle and might! Includes a complete course in bodyweight exercises and progressive barbell and dumbbell training, and special advice on developing all of the major muscle groups. And it even includes a chapter on posing for muscle display!

If you lifted weights back in the 1920's, you probably had a copy of this book - and you may very well have used the very same exercises taught in this book.

Includes rare photos of Earle E. Liederman, Eugen Sandow, Abe Boshes, George Hackenschmidt, Jack Dempsey, George Lurich, Stanislaus Zbyszko, Frank Gotch, Jim Londos, Pierre Gasnier, Simon Javierto, Fred Rollon and many others.  The photos alone are worth the price of the book.

A very nice collector's item - at a very reasonable price.

PRICE: $75.00 plus shipping and handling.


By Earle E. Liederman. 4th edition, 1929. Not a modern reprint. Hard copy. 222 pages. Many photographs - and they're all classics! Excellent condition. 

This book covers all of the different factors that contribute to the development of physical strength, including inherited and acquired strength, the effect of size and weight on strength development, strength through muscular development, whether small bones are a bar to strength, quality of muscle as the basis of strength, tendon and fascia strength, strength through symmetry, the importance of big lungs and a strong heart, the secret of nervous energy, and building vital force and reserve. Includes many colorful anecdotes about the famous old-timers, and many specific old-school training tips.

This book includes 30 magnificent dull-page photos, including classic photos of Eugen Sandow, George Hackenschmidt, George Lurich, Edward Aston, Joseph Nordquest, Arthur Saxon, Thomas Inch, John Y. Smith, Warren Lincoln Travis, George Jowett, Tony Massimo, Henry "Milo" Steinborn, and Bobby Pandour.  Again, the photos alone are worth the price of the book.

Another very nice collector's item, at a very reasonable price.

PRICE: 75.00 plus shipping and handling.


By Arthur Jones. 450 pages. Copyright 1994. 450 pages. Spiral bound. There is a lot of spotting on the cover (not sure why - might have been from all of Arthur Jones' years as a globe-trotting hunter and zoologist), but the interior pages are in very good condition. This is a fascinating and informative autobiography of the man who invented the Nautilus exercise machines - and who  revolutionized physical training in the 1970's and 1980's. Whether you love him or hate him, this book is well worth some serious study. Get the facts, not the Internet hype.

PRICE: $30.00 plus shipping and handling

UPDATE: Sorry, ". . . And God Laughs" has been taken.


By Dennis B. Weis, the world-famous "Yukon Hercules." A detailed workout plan and training program covering a period of 118 days - condensed into an 8-page course. The author is a highly acclaimed Iron Game author who has performed some amazing feats of strength and endurance, including:

Full squats - 300 lbs. x 75 consecutive reps, 405 lbs. x 27 reps and 450 lbs. x 15 reps

Strict two-hand barbell curl - 185 lbs. x 3 reps

Cheat two-hand barbell curl -  250 lbs. x 10 reps

Quarter squats (in the power rack) - 1,000 lbs. x 20 reps

As a special bonus, I'll include a copy of The 100's System - a 7-page bodybuilding course authored by Dennis B. Weiss.

Yes, this is bodybuilding more than strength and power training - but some of you like that - so check it out. Remember, the author has some pretty impressive credentials. 

PRICE: $10.00 plus shipping and handling

UPDATE: Sorry, the 118 Day Training Schedule has been taken.


By Harry B. Paschall. Modern reprint edition. 48 pages. Excellent condition. A very nice old-school training program for anyone who wants to specialize on the arms and shoulders. A fun read, with plenty of good information. Includes photographs of old-time champions, and Harry Paschall's wonderful Bosco drawings to illustrate the various exercises.

PRICE: $10.00 plus shipping and handling


Stuart McRobert's classic guide to effective strength training for drug-free, genetically average men. I'm sure you're familiar with it - so I won't go into detail. This is a very good copy, and the price is excellent. If you don't have a copy - or if you want one for your son or grandson - grab it now. 

PRICE: $15.00 plus shipping and handling

UPDATE: Sorry, Brawn has been taken.


This is a combination package of two excellent hand-balancing courses. The first is a modern reprint of The True Art and Science of Hand Balancing by Prof. Paulinetti and Robert L. Jones. The second is Bill Hinbern's incredible hand balancing course, which I happen to think is the best hand-balancing course ever written.

You can build tremendous upper body and core strength with old-school hand-balancing - and these books will teach you exactly how to do it!

Both courses are wire-bound, and are in very good condition. You can have both of them together (two books) for one very reasonable price.

PRICE: $50.00 for both books, plus shipping and handling

A DVD that gives a detailed look at how the Bulgarian weightlifting team trained back in the 1980's. There's a lot of nonsense floating around about so-called "Bulgarian Training" - if you want to see what they really did, this is for you.

This DVD features some amazingly fast and explosive lifting, and some insanely strong athletes. And no, they don't train in any sort of fancy gym. It's nothing but your basic dungeon with tons of plates.

Good stuff - fun and informative.

PRICE: $20.00 plus shipping and handling

UPDATE: Sorry, the Bulgarian Training DVD has been taken.


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