Training Programs for Beginners - My Top Recommendations!

Chalk and Sweat ranks high on my list of recommended books for beginners.

Hail to the Dinosaurs!

A reader asked about the best
training books for his teenage
son to use to get started in the
Iron Game.

That's a great question, because
the kid needs some good advice.

Otherwise, he'll get buried in the
endless sea of training insanity
out there.

And he'll be a sucker for the super
supplements, the silly pumping
programs, the goofy YouTube
exercises (a/k/a "squats on roller-
skates"), and the steroids and
other drugs that infest the Iron

So let's help him avoid that stuff -
and try to get him training the
right way from the very beginning.

My advice would be to start with
the beginner's programs in Dinosaur
Bodyweight Training. These will lay
the foundation for good results when
he moves on to barbell and dumbbell

They also will teach him how to get
on a training schedule and stick to
it - as well as helping him develop
the Success Habit and start to under-
stand and use the mind-muscle

Next, he should use the beginner's
barbell and dumbbell programs in
Chalk and Sweat. Those would be
perfect for him at this stage of his

I'd also suggest getting the Legacy
of Iron books, and letting him read
about Jim Miller and how he got
started in the Iron Game - and
how it worked for him.

There's nothing like a little bit of
motivation and inspiration, and
the Legacy of Iron books will
provide plenty of it.

They'll also help him learn about
the true champions of the Iron
Game - the men who did it without
drugs and super supplements. That's
very important for a young man to
know about.

Next, he should read my three-volume
series, Dinosaur Training Secrets I, II
and III. These will give him a terrific
overview of sane, sensible and effective
training - the old-school, all-natural,
drug-free way.

Another excellent book for younger
trainees and newbies is A Complete
Guide to Effective Barbell Training,
by Bradley J. Steiner. My buddy Bill
Hinbern has done a modern reprint
edition (with Steiner's express
permission). I recommend it highly.

The Complete Guide came out in the
early 1970's, but in my opinion it's
one of the very best training books
ever written.

Anyhow, those are my top recommend-
ations - and I wish the young man
the very best of success!

Yours in strength,

Brooks Kubik

P.S. With the exception of Brad Steiner's
Complete Guide, you can find all of the
books and courses I mentioned right here
at Dino Headquarters:

Hard-copy and PDF


P.S. 2. Go here to grab Brad Steiner's
Complete Guide to Effective Barbell
Training - and tell Bill Hinbern I sent

P.S. 3. Thought for the Day

"The most important thing is to
start training, but it's a good idea
to get started the right way."

-Brooks Kubik