|World and Olympic champion John Davis followed pretty much the same training program for most of his career - a marked contrast to the program hoppers who change workouts at the drop of a hat!|
Hail to the Dinosaurs!
I have two important notes for you, and
then we'll talk training.
1. The March Dino Files Newsletter
We released the March issue of The Dinosaur
Files newsletter in PDF format, and the little
monster has been selling like hotcakes.
If you don't have your copy yet, go here to
I'm working to finish the April issue, and we
hope to have that ready for you pretty soon.
If you have comments or feedback on the
March issue, shoot them in asap - we may
ber able to include them in the April issue.
2. More Great Swag for Dinos!
John Wood has released some great new
strongman shirts and other great stuff at
the Retro Strength Shop - go here to
check them out:
Personally, I think the new full-color Louis
Cyr coffee mug is pretty awesome - along
with the new Bill Pearl shirt - and - heck,
I could go on for a long time. It's all pretty
3. If It's Working, Keep on Doing It!
At least once a week I get an email from a
reader who's doing something that's working
well for him -- meaning that he's making good
gains in strength and muscle, recovering from
his workouts and enjoying his training -- but
then he sees something on the Interwebs
and it makes him think he should change
his program and do something different.
It's usually one of two things:
1. Something new and different that might
be better than what he's doing now -- often
being the workout of a current champion --
or a workout authored by the champion's
2. A blog post, article or forum discussion
telling him that what he's doing "doesn't
Most of the time it's number two -- which
is surprising, because the immediate
response should be, "It may not work
for YOU, but it works for ME!"
But written words are powerful, and all
too often they often make us second-
So our trainee -- the one who is making
good gains and having lots of fun in his
workouts -- starts to second-guess
And he sends me an email and asks what
he should do.
As I said, this happens at least once a
week. Luckily, as questions go, it's an
The answer is always the same:
"If it's working, keep on doing it. If your
gains slow down or stop, then and only
then try something different."
And here's a related point. When you do
try something different, it should probably
be something similar, not a radical change
in approach. In other words, if 5 x 5 has
worked well for you, you might try 5 x 6,
6 x 6, or 5 x 5 followed by 1 x 3 and 1 x 1.
But don't change from 5 x 5 to 10 x 10,
or 50 rep death sets, or a three hour
Also, the best way to change things up is
often to use a new exercise, while keeping
the sets and reps the same. For example,
switch from back squats to front squats,
or from straight bar deadlifts to Trap Bar
And remember this -- when you switch to
a new exercise or a new program, start
light and easy, and gradually add weight
to the bar. Make it progressive. Don't try
to max out and set new PR's the first day
in the saddle. See Dinosaur Training
Secrets, Vol. 3, for detailed advice on
how to use old-school progression systems
for steady gains without going stale or
Anyhow, that's the answer to a very common
question -- one that's become all the more
common because of the often overwhelming
amount and diversity of information on the
Remember, if it's working for you, keep on
If it ain't broke, don't try to fix it.
If the wheels are still on the wagon, and
they seem to be working fine, don't stop
and change them.
As always, thanks for reading and have a
great day. If you train today, make it a
Yours in strength,
P.S. I mentioned Dinosaur Training Secrets,
Vol. 3. Go here to grab the little monster in
your choice of three formats:
PDF with electronic delivery
2. My other books and courses are
right here at Dino Headquarters:
Hard-copy and PDF
P.S. 3. Thought for the Day:
"Train with confidence. Avoid doubters
and nay-sayers. Be resolute, and do what
you need to do."
-- Brooks Kubik
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