Dinosaur Training by Brooks D. Kubik is one of the classics of strength training. Ask any serious lifter about it and they’re sure to have a copy (if not a copy that is falling apart from being read so many times).
The title reflects on training like a dinosaur. This means in the old way of lifting like strongmen of years past. On not using the latest gadgets and training equipment. Not working out in heated gyms with the ‘chrome and fern’ crowd listening to teeny-bopper music.
It harkens back to lifting real weights. Barbells, dumbbells, sandbags, and barrels. Of doing thick bar work to make it even harder. Of doing finishers that leave you on the floor in a pool of sweat. Of busting your ass to get just one more rep.
With chapters and sub-heads like the following you know what you’re going to get:
- The No Talking Rule
- One and Two Finger Lifts
- The Iron Will to Succeed
- Death Sets
- The Amazing Antics of Modern Trainees
- Stabilizers: The Key to Total Strength
Having had the pleasure to meet Brooks I know that he walks his talk. He is also a genuinely nice guy and fun to talk to. What’s also important is that he is a great author. His books are fun to read.
I don’t agree with everything in the book of course. I do things a bit differently now as do all people who strength train. Specifically I don’t train as hard as the book calls for as I can get great results without doing so the majority of the time. That being said I think many people starting out would need to go through a period of dinosaur training to learn what it takes and to push the boundaries.
But you will find tons of great weight training information. Some of the mental training information in the book is the best out there on the subject. The exercises described within are all good.
To put it basically anyone interested in training needs to read this book.
But by following what’s laid out in Dinosaur Training you will learn to work hard, very hard, to be consistent in your training, to learn how to use your mind along with your body, and which exercises are very effective.
Having just written this, I think I’m going to have to read through Dinosaur Training one more time.
Logan Christopher runs Legendary strength. For more information on strength training, feats of strength, bodyweight and kettlebell training be sure to check it out.