|The old-fashioned York exercise barbells were wonderful training tools. Believe it or not, it's hard to find high quality exercise barbells nowadays - but it CAN be done. Here's how one of our Dinos found the perfect barbell for his home gym.|
Hail to the Dinosaurs!
Two quick notes, and then we'll talk iron.
1. The January Dinosaur Files
It's here - and readers are loving it. You
can grab the little monster in PDF format
The PDF is fully printable, so you can
print out your copy and save it in your
2. The Bone Strength Project
John Wood's Bone Strength Project is
really making waves. You can learn all
about Bone Strength training in issue
no. 4 of The Train Hard Journal:
By the way, there are a ton of reasons
why building your bones is a very good
idea. One of them is - get this - increased
bone mass causes increased levels of
3. The Budget Barbell
One of our longtime Dinos is getting back
into training after being off for awhile. He's
closing in on age 50, so he knows that it's
important to get back to training - and to
keep on training for the rest of his life.
Anyhow, he joined a gym not far from his
That lasted a week or two.
You know what happened - and why he had
Dinos and commercial gyms are a very hard
fit. I certainly can't handle a commercial gym -
and neither can most of our Dinos.
So he decided to set up shop at home.
He looked for a barbell - but being a guy who
believes in using high quality equipment, he
had trouble finding anything he liked.
Chinese steel was not his idea of quality.
He wanted an old York barbell. Not an Olympic
barbell, but an old exercise bar - meaning a 5'
or 6' bar that was 1 1/16 of an inch thick - sized
for exercise plates.
In other words, the kind of barbell most of the
older Dinos used when they began training.
He looked high and low.
Near and far.
Far and wide.
Locally and on eBay.
Found a guy who offered to sell him a vintage
York bar - but with a very big price tag.
He liked the barbell - but not the price tag.
We talked about it.
He had a bunch of old exercise plates, so all he
needed was a barbell.
I suggested he do what I did many years ago -
buy a 6' length of cold-rolled steel bar, find some
old fashioned collars, and get to work.
He took the advice.
And he even went a step further. He has a friend
who's a welder. So he asked him to weld the inside
collars onto the bar.
The result was a great barbell - at a total cost of
just twenty clams - and that's not very much
You can walk into a coffee shop nowadays and
spend more than that for two coffees and some-
thing to eat with them.
Anyhow, he now has a pretty good set-up.
An old-school, Dino style home gym - a perfect
set-up for serious training.
I told him to have fun and keep me posted on
how it goes, but I already know what's going
It's going to be great.
As always, thanks for reading and have a great
day. If you train today, make it a good one!
Yours in strength,
P.S. Remember to grab the January issue of
The Dinosaur Files:
P.S. 2. For more tips on home gym training and
home gym equipment, grab Strength, Muscle
P.S. 3. My other books and courses are right
here at Dino Headquarters:
Hard-copy and PDF
P.S. 4. Thought for the Day:
"A good workout begins with a good
-- Brooks Kubik
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