We Just Added a New Chapter!

Hail to the Dinosaurs!

We just added a new chapter to the Kindle
e-book version of Dinosaur Training Secrets,
Vol. 1.

It's a complete chapter of questions from
readers -- and my answers to those

That's one of the advantages of e-books --
we can do instant updates.

Anyhow, if you ordered the e-book version,
you can open it up now and read the
new chapter right away.

If you've been sitting on the fence and
"thinking about" grabbing the e-book,
today's a good day to do it. You'll get
the new chapter automatically.

If you think the update chapter is a good
idea, please post a review on our Kindle
page and say so. I don't think many other
people are doing this sort of thing for
their readers -- and I think it's a good
thing to do. If you agree, tell the world.

Also, if you have a minute today, please go
to our Kindle page and read and rank the
reviews. You can do this regardless of
whether you purchased the e-book --
and it really helps us. It also helps
the newbies when they're trying to
figure out whether this "Dinosaur
stuff" might help them. build some
strength and muscle.

Of course, we'll need to do something to
get the update info to readers who purchased
the hard-copy course. I'll noodle on that and
think of how to do it. Stay tuned for updates.
Here's the link for the Kindle page for
Dinosaur Training Secrets, Vol. 1:


Note: if you prefer hard-copy courses, here's
the link for the hard-copy course:


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

Yours in strength,

Brooks Kubik

P.S. Thought for the Day: "Trust the iron. The
iron is your best friend and your best teacher."
-- Brooks Kubik


An Inside Report -- My Interview with Bill Hinbern

Hail to the Dinosaurs!

Last weekend was busy as heck. We travelled to
Cincinati to attend a surprise birthday party for
Hall of Fame coach Kim Wood -- and met a ton
of great people and had loads of fun.

The next day, Bill Hinbern and I sat down at a
table in a hotel conference room and smiled at
a video camera -- and started to talk about
old-school iron.

There was no cameraman -- no technical crew --
no cue cards -- no teleprompter -- no music --
no audience -- and no laugh machine.

It was just two guys who love old-school strength
training and physical culture -- sharing their
combined experience of more than 100 years in
the Iron Game.

We talked for over 90 minutes -- probably close
to two hours.

I haven't listened to the interview, so I'm not
sure what it looks like or how it sounds. We're
going to edit it this week, and put it up on You-
Tube so you can see it. I'll send a link when it's

I think you're really going to like it -- especially
because Bill Hinbern has tons of great stories to
share -- and almost never does an interview --
and Bill and I have never done an interview
together.  So this is going to be something
very unique, and very special.

Until then, here's some other stuff you might

1. My Interview with Bill Kociaba and Clarence

Here's part 2 of my recent podcast interview
with Bill Kociaba and Clarence Bass:


2. The Iron League

John Wood's new members-only site is getting
better all the time -- with more great stuff being
added faster than you can read or watch it all:


3. Dinosaur Strength Training Secrets, Vol. 3

Vol. 3 in my new series of courses covers some
of the most effective old-school progression systems
that will help you make steady gains without burning
out, going stale or hitting one of those dead-end
sticking points that are so common for most trainees.

It's available in your choice of hard-copy or
Kindle e-book:

Hard-copy edition


Kindle e-book edition


4. The Dinosaur Files Quarterly

The June issue of the Dinosaur Files Quarterly is
being printed even as I type this. We'll put up an order
page sometime in the next 24 hours so you can order
your copy of the little monster.

Beginning with this issue, the Dinosaur Files Quarterly
will be available in both hard-copy and Kindle e-book
editions. The hard-copy edition will be ready first --
the Kindle e-book edition should be ready by this time
next week or perhaps a bit earlier.

I'll keep you posted on the Dinosaur Files in my daily

Anyhow, you're going to be having tons of great stuff
to watch, read and listen to -- and that means, it's
going to be as GREAT month for the Dinos.

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

Yours in strength,

Brooks Kubik

P.S. For other great books and courses -- and for
my Dinosaur Training DVDs -- go here:


P.S. 2. Thought for the Day: "One of the secrets of
life is to read good books. Another is to do squats.
Very few people do either, and hardly anyone does
both." -- Brooks Kubik


The No. 1 Question about Thick Bar Training

Hail to the Dinosaurs!

Ever since I published Dinosaur Training
back in 1996, I've been buried in questions
from readers.

One of the most common questions involves
thick bars and how to use them. And there's
one question that I get pretty much all the

I'm writing this today because when I woke up,
the question was right there, waiting for me in
my in box.

A reader wrote:

"I train self defense 3x a week. I train bodyweight
exercises 2x a week. I do heavy iron once a week
(one movement, such as squats or Trap Bar DL).

I'm currently on your suggested 5 x 5 and hope
to work my way down to singles as you prescribe
in your book. My question is around thick bars.

Should I just focus on overall strength and on
adding as much weight as possible to the bar?

Or should I switch to thick bar right now, build
the grip from day one, and sacrifice poundage?"

In other words , the reader is asking if he should
do Trap Bar deadlifts with as much weight as he
can handle -- or do thick bar deadlifts with much
less weight to train his grip?

Some readers phrase it like this:

"I want to do thick bar training, but I can't use
enough weight on thick bar deadlifts to work my
legs, hips and back hard enough -- so what do I

As I said, that's a VERY common question. I get
it at least once a week.

Luckily, there's a very simple answer.

Do this:

1. Train your deadlift or Trap Bar deadlift (or
any other pulling exercise) with a regular-sized bar,
and pile on the weight to build total body strength
and power.

2. At the end of your workout, use the thick bar
for thick bar deadlifts or timed holds or whatever
else you feel like doing. You won't be able to use
as much weight, but that's fine. You're not doing
the exercise to build all-around strength and
power -- rather, you're using it to build grip

Thus, you do your deadlifts TWICE -- with two
different bars -- at two different times in your

It's not either/or. It's not one or the other. It's

Whenever I write programs, I give the basic
exercises to do -- and then I close by saying
"gut, grip and neck work of your choice." The
"grip work of your choice" at the end of the
workout is is where to use the thick bar.

Let me also note:

1. Don't do thick bar squats. It's too easy to have
the bar roll down your back, and that could cause
a very bad injury.

2. If you use a thick bar for overhead presses, push
presses or jerks, be very careful. You don't want to
drop it on yourself. Personally, I prefer to use thick
bars for deadlifts, curls, reverse curls and the
rectangular fix.

3. VERY IMPORTANT -- as in, life and death

If you do thick bar bench presses, do them in a
power rack, with the pins set to catch the bar if
you drop it. A spotter won't be able to catch a
falling thick bar that's loaded to a heavy weight.

3a. I would NOT do dumbbell bench press or
incline dumbbell bench press with a thick-handled
dumbbell. Too easy to drop it, and no way to
catch it other than with your teeth -- which
will not be good.

4. If you do dumbbell cleans and swings with a
thick handled dumbbell, always use one dumbbell
at a time, so you can use the non-lifting hand
to help lower the dumbbell.

4a. It's very hard to hold onto a heavy dumbbell
when you lower it from above your head or
from your shoulder -- and remember, your
feet are directly beneath the dumbbell.

5. A little bit of heavy grip work with a thick
handled barbell or dumbbell goes a long way.
Work in three to five sets at the end of your
workout and keep it up for a year or two,
and you'll look like Popeye after a big can
of spinach.

And that's the answer to the no. 1 question
about thick bar training.

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

Yours in strength,

Brooks Kubik

P.S. 1. My new series of Dinosaur Training courses
is selling like hotcakes -- and getting rave reviews
from Dinos. There are three of the little monsters
so far -- and they're available in your choice of
hard-copy or Kindle e-book.

Here are the links for all three -- hard-copy first,
and then the Kindle e-book:

a. Dinosaur Training Secrets, Vol. 1.

"Exercises, Workouts and Training



b. Dinosaur Training Secrets, Vol. 2,
"How Strong Are You?"



c. Dinosaur Training Secrets, Vol. 3,
"How to Use Old-School Progression
Methods for Fast and Steady Gains in
Strength, Muscle and Power"



P.S. 2. My other books and courses -- and Dinosaur
Training DVDs -- and links to my other Kindle e-books--
are right here:


P.S. 3. Thought for the Day: "Questions are good.
Asking a question is the only way to get an answer."
-- Brooks Kubik


Doug Hepburn -- A Hero for the Ages!

Hail to the Dinosaurs!

Here's a link to a very interesting
blog post about the Canadian Hercules,
Doug Hepburn.

I think you'll enjoy it. Note that you 
may need to search for "Doug Hepburn"
get the correct blog post to pop up. 


It references and discusses another 
great blog post about Big Doug. You
can find that one here:


For those who don't know, Doug Hepburn
was one of the greatest success stories
in the history of the Iron Game.

Born with a club foot and withered 
lower leg, Doug was hardly ideal
material for an athlete -- but by
hard work and sheer determination
he built himself into one of the most
massive men of his generation -- and
one of the strongest.

He proved it in 1953, when he won the
Heavyweight title at the World Weight-
lifting championships.

He went on to win the Heavyweight
crown in weightlifting at the British
Empire Games in 1954 -- which were held
in his very own city of Vancouver,
British Columbia. What a moment 
that must have been! 

Heroism is the essence of sport, and
every sport has its heroes. The Iron
Game has Doug Hepburn. He's one of 
our greatest heroes.

Yours in strength,

Brooks Kubik

P.S. I cover Doug Hepburn's life and 
training system in this course:

Hard-copy edition:


E-book edition:


P.S. 2. My other books and courses are
right here at Dino Headquarters:


P.S. 3. Thought for the day: "Some men
are mountains. Doug Hepburn was that kind
of man." -- Brooks Kubik 

My Interview with Bill Hinbern

Hail to the Dinosaurs!

If you missed the big news, here it is

I'm going to be doing a very special,
straight from the shoulder, no holds
barred, we'll cover anything and
everything interview with Bill
Hinbern -- who ranks as one of
the most knowledgeable men in
the Iron Game.

If you don't know who Bill Hinbern
is, here's a link to his website:


I have a ton of questions for Bill --
but I bet there's something you'd
like to ask him.

So send me an email, and I'll try
to work your question into the

It's coming up very soon, so if
you have a question, shoot it
on in!

In other words, do it NOW!

In other news, the June issue of
the Dinosaur Files Quarterly is just
about finished. We'll be offering the
little monster in both hard-copy and
Kindle e-book editions. I'll send an
email with an order link very soon.

Yours in strength,

Brooks Kubik

P.S. Here are the links to all of my
Kindle e-books. We have NINE of them
so far, and they're getting great reviews
from Dinos around the world:


P.S. 2. My other books and courses -- and
my Dinosaur Training DVDs -- are available
right here:


P.S. 3. Thought for the Day: "You can't miss
a chance to talk iron with Bill Hinbern!"
-- Brooks Kubik


Do You Have Any Questions for Bill Hinbern?

Hail to the Dinosaurs!

I assume you know who Bill Hinbern is.

He's the world's no. 1 collector of Physical
Culture, Iron Game and Old-time Strongman
books, courses and memorabilia.

And he operates a wonderful mail order
business and publishing company. He' s
got all of the great books and courses. It's
one-stop shopping for the best of old-school
physical culture, strength training and

His catalog includes a Who's Who of
famous Iron game authors:

Sig Klein. Maxick. George F. Jowett. Alan
Calvert. Peary Rader. Bradley J. Steiner.

Harry Paschall. Bob Hoffman. Tony Ditillo.
Reg Park. John McCallum. George
Hackenschmidt. David Wiloughby.

Bob Peoples. Paul Anderson. Thomas Inch.
Ed Jubinville. Mark Berry. W.A. Pullum.

Arthur Saxon. Edward Aston. David Webster.
Harold Ansorge. Walt Baptiste. Anton Matysek.
Edgar Mueller. Charles MacMahon.

Heck, he even carries books by a guy named
Kubik -- and he's written the forward to many
of them.

And Bill's no flash in the plan or a whiz kid
who rolled out of bed yesterday morning
and decided to sell books and courses
about old-school training and old-school

No, he's been doing it for awhile.

How long?

I'll tell you how long.

I bought a Reg Park Strength and Bulk Course
from Bill when I was a  sophomore in high
school -- and that was more than 40 years

Over the years, Bill has met and corresponded
with so many of the greats of the past, from
Sig Klein to John Grimek. He loves to tell you
about letters from Grimek. They came on a
sheet of ordinary paper, not some sort of
special letter-head -- and Grimek banged
them out on an old manual typewriter --
and corrected typos and added notes and
addenda by writing in ink or pencil in the
margins, between the lines and aover the

Anyhow, I have a very special opportunity
to sit down with Bill Hinbern and talk about
old-school physical culture, strength training,
muscle building and Iron Game history.

I'm going to record it so we can share it with

So now's your chance.

Do you have any questions for Bill Hinbern?

If you do, shoot them in by email. I'll try to
include them in the interview.

But hurry -- do not delay -- because the
interview is happening very soon!

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

Yours in strength,

Brooks Kubik

P.S. Go here to take a look at Bill Hinbern's
catalog of terrific books and courses -- and to
sign up for his daily emails:


P.S. 2. My books and courses are right here
at Dino Headquarters -- along with links to
my Kindle e-books:


P.S. 3. Thought for the Day: "When you do
something for over half a century, you get
pretty good at it." -- Brooks Kubik


The Top 10 Reasons Why People Don't Do Squats

Hail to the Dinosaurs!

Top 10 lists are always a fun way to end a
busy day -- so here's one I think you'll

The Top 10 Reasons Why People Don't Do

10. They make your legs big, and you can't
wear hipster jeans.

9. They make you big all over, and then you
can't wear hipster anything.

8. They're too dangerous, and you know it
because you saw a guy doing them on a
stability ball and he fell off and hurt

8a. Another guy did squats on roller-skates,
and he hurt himself, too.

7. They don't have an app for it.

6. Suri doesn't say you should do them.

5. You read something on the internet that
said not to do them, and the guy who said
it had a really cool avatar.

4. You train at a gym where all the squat
cages are curl cages.

3. You read something on the internet that
said squats were old-fashioned, and that
guy had a really cool avatar, too.

Note: There's a tie for no. 2, so I'll share
both of them with you.

2a. You've never done them, but you want
to be considerate of everyone else at the
gym and not hog all the big plates.

2b. If there's a Zombie Apocalypse, the
zombies will eat the big guys first.

And now (drum-roll)  the NUMBER ONE
reason why people don't do squats:

1. You're allergic to hard work.

I'm sure you can think of a few others!

Of course, Dinos don't think this way --
but sometimes it seems like everyone else

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

Yours in strength,

Brooks Kubik

P.S. Doug Hepburn always did plenty of squats,
asnd he did pretty darn well! Read about his life
and lifting in this power-packed course:

Hard-copy edition


Kindle e-book:


P.S. 2. My other books and courses -- including
links to my new e-books - are right here:


P.S. 3. Thought for the Day: "Skinny jeans are
great, but squats are better." -- Brooks Kubik