|World and Olympic Champion John Davis trained much differently than modern traineeas - but got amazing results.|
Hail to the Dinosaurs!
Yesterday I sent you an email asking if 12
unusual training programs would work.
So what do you think?
Would they work?
Well, let's see. Here's the answer for each
1. Training your legs by walking up many
flights of stairs while carrying dumbbells
or kettlebells - or while carrying a training
partner on your back - and not doing any
a. As in - no heavy squats ever.
Old-timer Bobby Pandour built one of the
most amazing physiques of all time more
than 100 years ago - and this is how he
trained his legs.
2. Training your deadlift by doing five
low rep or single rep sets, working up
to a heavy weight for one rep - and
doing it five days a week.
Bob Peoples used this program to train
his deadlift - and ended up setting a
3. Doing 100 power cleans with a barbell
loaded to your own bodyweight - and 100
pull-ups - every single day.
Ethan Reeve - now the head of Strength
and Conditioning at Wake Forest University -
used it when he was an NCAA wrestler.
He ended up taking 3rd in the NCAA
championship - meaning he was one
of the very best wrestlers in the world.
4. Doing 1,000 pushups every day.
Kimura, who many believe was the best
judoka of all time, followed this program.
5. Squeezing a bag of sand or a bag of
grain between your legs to devleop leg
Joe Stecher used this to train his legs
way back in the 1920's - and developed
a crushing leg scissors - and ended up
winning the Heavyweight Wrestling
Championship of the world.
6. Training your bench press once a week
for five to seven progressively heavier
singles - and doing nothing but bottom
position bench presses.
I used this program to win five National
Bench Press Championships.
7. Training to be a World and Olympic
weightlifting champion - and hitting the
iron for just 60 to 90 minutes three times
a. Or four times a week.
Tommy Kono, Pete George and John Davis
all trained this way - and between them,
they won a total of 17 World Champion-
ships, five Olympic gold medals and three
Olympic Silver medals.
8. Training 3x a week - and doing 6 to 10
exercises for one set each - to momentary
muscular failure on every set - using a
combination of free weights and machines.
Dr. Ken Leistner and NFL Hall of Fame
Strength Coach Kim Wood have trained
many athletes with this type of program.
9. Doing nothing but heavy partials in the
power rack - or heavy supports in the
See John Wood's Bone Strength Project
and my new course on Heavy Partials for
the details. (The links are below.)
10. A program where you do two-dumbbell
squats and push a football blocking sled -
and do nothing else.
A top wrestler in the USA did this exact
program - and ended up winning the USA
National Championship in Greco-Roman
11. Doing one set of 12 to 15 reps in 15 or
20 different exercises - using perfect form -
and training 3x a week, using total body
Just ask Sig Klein - this is how he trained.
12. Doing one exercise 2x a week - with
many sets of low reps - working up to
heavy singles - and focusing on that
one exercise for several months at a
This is how William Boone trained - to
build up to World Class weights in the
bent press, the push press and the jerk,
and the deadlift.
So what's the message?
There's no one answer to every training
question - and no one workout that works
There are many effective ways to train.
That includes some things that seem like
they wouldn't work at all.
Keep an open mind - study, search, and
experiment - and find what works best
Caveat - but do be smart about what you
do and what you try. Don't try to do 1,000
push-ups the first time you do push-ups -
start with 20 to 50 and work up from there.
Some of the workouts I mentioned are
very advanced and demanding programs,
and you need to build the proper foundation
and work up to them gradually,
sensibly and progressively.
You also may find that less is better. If you
are deadlifting once a week, and it works for
you, stick to it. If 100 push-ups per workout
is working, stick to it. And so on.
Yours in strength,
P.S. Here are some great courses that
cover some unusual but very effective
old-school training methods:
Dinosaur Strength and Power -
Course No. 1 - Strength Style
Arm Training with Doug Hepburn
A complete - and brand new - training course
that teaches you how to build strong, powerful,
and muscular arms - using the training methods
of the legendary Doug Hepburn.
The Bone Strength Project
John Wood's unique program for building
your bones in order to increase your
potential for maximum muscle mass.
Dinosaur Strength and Power -
Course No. 2 - Heavy Partials
Another way of building your bones -
and strengthening your tendons and
ligaments - a must read for anyone
interested in maximum strength and
The May-June Dinosaur Files
Feature articles include:
The World's Simplest Bodyweight
The Deadlift from Hell
The Valhalla Challenge
Bob Hoffman's Favorite Training
P.S. 2. My other books and courses are
right here at Dino Headquarters:
Hard-copy and PDF
P.S. 3. Thought for the Day:
"Read, study, think, and experiment.
Over time, you'll learn what works
best for you."
-- Brooks Kubik
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