How Older Dinos Can Scale the Sig Klein Dumbbell Challenge

Sig Klein at the time he issued his famous Dumbbell Challenge - courtesy of the truly excellent Old-time Strongman site. Klein's Challenge is great, but seasoned Dinos should scale it based on their current age.

Hail to the Dinosaurs!

Couple of quick notes, and then we'll talk
training - as in, how our seasoned Dinos
should scale the Sig Klein Dumbbell

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4. Sig Klein's Dumbbell Challenge

Yesterday's email covered Sig Klein's
famous Dumbbell Challenge:

Can you perform 12 non-stop reps in
the clean and press with a pair of 75
pound dumbbells?

You do one clean and one press on
each rep.

The first rep is from the floor.

The following reps are from the hang.

You do a strict press on each rep, not
a push press or jerk.

Now, that's a pretty tough challenge
for anyone, at any age - but for an
older Dino - meaning age 50 or up -
it's really tough.

So older Dinos should scale it.

In other words, use lighter dumbbells
to make it an age-appropriate challenge.
To do this, borrow the age-coefficients
used in Master's Weightlifting comps
to compare lifters of different ages.

The coefficients are here:

Find the coefficient for your age -
and then multiply it by the following
dumbbell weights, one by one - and
write down the result for each:

30, 35, 40, 45, 50, and 60

This gives you age-adjusted equivalents
for dumbbells from 30 to 60 pounds.

For example, the coefficient for a 60
year old Dino is 1.514.

When you do the math, you get this:

30 lb. DB = 45 lb. DB

35 lb. DB = 53 lb. DB

40 lb. DB = 61 lb. DB

45 lb. DB = 68 lb. DB

50 lb. DB =  76 lb. DB

55 lb. DB = 83 lb. DB

60 lb. DB = 91 lb. DB

In other words, if you're 60 years
young, handling a pair of 50's for
12 reps is the equivalent of using
a pair of 76's at any age under 35.

So at age 60, the Dumbbell Challenge
is 12 reps with a pair of 50's.

And if you're "only" handling a pair of
40's or 45's at age 60 - heck, you're
almost there!

I could give you more examples, but
I think you get the idea.

Anyhow - do the math (it's not hard)  -
scale the challenge to your age - and
then go for it!

As always, thanks for reading and have
a great day. If you train today, make it
a good one!

Yours in strength,

Brooks Kubik

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P.S. 4. Thought for the Day:

"At any age - train hard, smart and

-- Brooks Kubik