|The training course that came with my very first barbell. I still have it - and it includes the exact training course I followed way back in 1969.|
Hail to the Dinosaurs!
Back in 1969, when I was 11 years old,
I devised what was probably the best
training program of the year.
I wrote it down in the "notes" section
of the little booklet that came with my
very first barbell set.
And I still have it.
By this point in time, I had been
reading the muscle comics for a year
or two - so i was pretty much of an
expert when it came to strength
training and muscle-building. (At
least, I thought I was.)
I knew all about supersets, tri-sets,
burns, pumping, bombing, blasting,
and blitzing - as well as cheating,
forced reps, muscle priority, muscle
confusion, and a bunch of other stuff
that I (thankfully) forgot about long
I also knew all the best exercises for
the different muscle groups:
1. The best exercises for cannonball
delts (including one I got from Mr.
Kleen, a professional wrestler in the
Chicago AWA promotion who demon-
strated exercises after winning his
2. The best exercises for baseball
biceps (including another one from
3. The best exercises for horseshoe
4. The best exercises for barn-door
5. The best exercises for washboard
6. The best exercises for gladiator
7. I'm sure I would have known the
best exercises for tree-swinging traps,
but the phrase wasn't around yet.
I think I also knew the best exercises
for the legs and back - but I don't
remember what they were, or what
the corresponding adjectives were.
Back then, leg and back training
wasn't nearly as important as
building baseball biceps - at least,
not in the muscle comics - and
certainly not for an impressionable
Anyhow, I wrote the entire program
in that old training course.
And you can see it - because I
loaned it to John Wood, and John
is putting it up at The Iron League
Consider it a small slice of Iron Game
history - and for everyone my age or
older, a fun trip down Memory Lane.
Of course, there's plenty of other
great stuff posted at The Iron
League - including a long-lost,
never before seen video of yours
truly hitting a special 100 rep
Trap Bar deadlift workout in the
original Dino Dungeon.
Fun stuff - and great memories.
Go here to join The Iron League -
and tell John I sent you:
Yours in strength,