The Lifter, the Boulder and the Butterfly

Hail to the Dinosaurs!

Breaking news -- I'll be doing a 1:00 show on
Carl Lanore's SuperHuman Radio today. Listen
live or catch the download later on:

http://superhumanradio.com/

On the training front, let's talk about the lifter,
the boulder and the butterfly.

There's a big boulder lying at the bottom of
a tall mountain.

There's a lifter -- and there's a butterfly.

And for some reason, they decide to push the
boulder to the top of the mountain.

To roll it right on up there, inch by excruciating
inch.

The lifter chalks his hands, leans forward, and
starts pushing.

The butterfly follows along behind them for
awhile, then loses interest and flutters away,
floating aimlessly from flower to flower and
tree to tree.

Meanwhile, the lifter keeps on pushing the
boulder.

It goes on like that for a very long time.

The lifter keeps on pushing the boulder,
moving it upward inch by inch. Slowly,
steadily, surely.

The butterfly floats and flutters and flies
and flits from one thing to another.

Finally, after a very long struggle, the lifter
shoves the boulder the very last inch, lodging
it firmly into a rocky crevasse at the top of
the mountain.

He raises his hands high overhead and roars
in triumph.

The butterfly hears him, looks up, and
thinks:

"That looks cool -- I should do that!"

And then the butterfly sees a bright flower
dancing in the breeze and floats away.

And then another flower.

And another.

The butterfly never makes it to the top of the
mountain.

Only lifters make it to the top of the mountain.

And they do it inch by inch -- with persistence,
focus, and determination.

Some call it obsession.

I call it single-minded purpose.

MORAL OF THE STORY:

Be a lifter, not a butterfly.

Yours in strength,

Brooks Kubik

P.S. There's still time to reserve your copy of my
new book, KNIFE, FORK, MUSCLE during our big
pre-publication special:

http://brookskubik.com/dinosaur_nutrition.html

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

http://www.brookskubik.com/products.html

P.S. 3. Thought for the Day: "You get to the top
of the mountain one step at a time." -- Brooks
Kubik

There's No Time to Waste!

Hail to the Dinosaurs!

My kid brother turned 50 the other day.

That puts things into perspective, doesn't it?

Because when the kid brother reaches the half
century mark, you know there's no more time
to waste.

You need to get serious about things.

And that means getting serious about your
training.

Older trainees can't waste time on things that
don't work.

When you're younger, it doesn't matter if you
do dumb stuff when you train. Follow the Mr.
Everything Super Workout and bomb, blast
and blitz three times a day every day of the
week.

Do 20 sets of 20 reps in every type of curl
ever invented, and then invent a couple of
new ones to finish things off.

It won't work very well, but that's okay. You're
young. You've got time to make mistakes. You
can always figure it our later on and still make
good gains.

But when you're older, that changes.

It becomes much more important to get it right
the first time -- and to do it right the first time.

That means focusing on the big exercises. The
ones that deliver the most bang for the buck.
You have much more limited recovery ability
as an older trainee, so you need to put your
time and your effort into the exercises that
will make the most difference.

You also need to focus on perfect form in each
and every rep of every set you perform.

Performing every rep in perfect form means
that you place 100% of the effort on the exact
muscle groups you are trying to work. It makes
every rep count.

And, of course, you make every workout count.
And that's they key to successful training for
older Dinos. You don't waste time. You make
every rep count -- every set count -- and every
workout count.

After all, you still have to set a good example for
that kid brother.

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 reserve your copy of my new book
on diet and nutrition for Dinos during our big pre-
publication special:

http://brookskubik.com/dinosaur_nutrition.html

P.S. 2. Gray Hair and Black Iron is the number one
book for older trainees:

http://www.brookskubik.com/grayhair_blackiron.html

P.S. 3. Thought for the Day: "Training is fun, but it's
also serious. Make every workout count. Don't waste
time." -- Brooks Kubik

Nuggets from the Old Iron Mine

Hail to the Dinosaurs!

I thought you might enjoy some nuggests from the
old Iron Mine -- as in, some words of wisdom and
inspiration from back in the day.

See how many of these resonate with you.

I can tell you right now, they ALL resonate with
me!

1. "Foods which are devitalized and demineralized,
preserved, bleached, sulphured and chemically
treated, should have no part in your diet." -- Bob
Hoffman

2. "With the old-time strong man, tossing around
nail kegs and barrels filled with water was a
favorite way of demonstrating his strength."
-- George F. Jowett

3.  "When you have reached the point where you
can bent press your own weight, you may
consider yourself an accomplished lifter."
-- Sig Klein

4. "I always found ways to weight exercise and
calisthenics. I used awkward steel bars, steel
balls, junk yard steel plates, regular weights,
etc. "  -- Ed Jubinville

5.  "The serious student of muscle-control will
soon become aware of the fact that his will-
power has become greater, and his mental
faculties clearer and capable of increased
concentration." -- Maxick

6. "If you are a bodybuilder who wishes to
obtain the maximum development and
shape as well as strength from your
muscles you will want to use dumbbells
in addition to your barbells in your
trainin g ast some time. " -- Peary
Rader

7. "The great thing, of course, is to attack
and cary through each lift in the correct
style . . ." -- Arthur Saxon

So there you go -- seven nuggets from the
old Iron Mine. I hope you enjoyed them.

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 reserve your copy of my new
book on diet and nutrition for Dinosaurs:

http://brookskubik.com/dinosaur_nutrition.html

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

http://www.brookskubik.com/products.html

P.S. 3. Thought for the Day: "There's more
gold in the old Iron Mine than anyone ever
knew." -- Brooks Kubik

Motivation and Muscle for Dinosaurs!

Hail to the Dinosaurs!

One of our longtime Dinos, Eric Fiorillo, has started
a new podcast that focuses on old-school strength
training, heavy iron, and plenty of hard-charging,
no-nonsense, "tell it like it is" training advice.

He calls it "The Motivation and Muscle Podcast
Show," and the name gives you a good idea
of what it's like and what it covers.

I've done five interviews on the podcast, and
am doing one a week now.

My most recent interview covered my new book,
KNIFE, FORK, MUSCLE.

You can find it right here:

http://www.fiorillobarbellco.com/podcast-motivation-muscle-podcast-show-welcomes-brooksdinosaurkubik-broadcast-3/

One of the things I like about doing the podcasts
with Eric is that he is GUNG HO about strength
training -- which means that when you put the
two of us together, you end up with a pretty
motivating show.

I defy you to listen to it and not want to run out
to the garage, throw some weight on the bar and
do some lifting.

Bradley J. Steiner used to say that one of the most
important functions of a monthly "muscle magazine"
(as we called them back then) was that it helped
keep readers motivated and inspired.

He thought that was even more important than
providing "how to do it" training instruction.

Of course, he provided plenty of training instruction
in his articles, but he also made it a point to write
in a way that made you want to TRAIN!

He knew the importance of motivating the troops.
The Motivation and Muscle Podcast Show is
continuing that proud tradition. Check it out.

I think you'll like 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

P.S. Go here to reserve your copy of KNIFE, FORK,
MUSCLE:

http://brookskubik.com/dinosaur_nutrition.html

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

http://www.brookskubik.com/products.html

P.S. 3. Thought for the Day: "Train with strength,
confidence and enthusiasm. Believe in yourself,
and let the barbell do the rest." -- Brooks Kubik

How to Build Herculean Strength and Muscle Mass!

Hail to the Dinosaurs!

Let me begin with a big THANK YOU to everyone
who has stepped up, taken action, and placed an
order for my new book, KNIFE, FORK MUSCLE
during our big pre-publication special.

If you missed the announcement, go here and
read all about it:

http://brookskubik.com/dinosaur_nutrition.html

And remember, if you want me to autograph your
copy, pls include an autograph request and who
to sign if for (Jim or James, Mike or Michael, etc.).

If you already ordered but forgot to ask for an
autograph, just shoot me an email.

On the training front, let's talk about how to
build Herculean development.

42 years ago, Bradley J. Steiner wrote a great
little book with one of the best titles in the
history of the world:

"Powerlifting and the Development of Herculean
Super-Strength."

Nice title, huh?

In the book, Steiner focused on building four key
areas:

1. Legs

2. Back

3. Shoulder girdle

4. Chest

The theory was, if you built plenty of strength and
muscle mass in those four key areas, you'd end up
with plenty of strength and muscle mass from head
to toe.

And it's a valid theory. It works. By focusing on these
four critical areas, you build maximum strength and
muscle throughout the entire body.

And here's another tip. Or rather, three of them:

1. Power rack training

2. Rest-pause training

3. Heavy singles

Why do these help build Herculean super-strength?

Because they let you train with HEAVY WEIGHTS.

And make no mistake about it -- heavy weights are
what it takes to build Herculean super-strength.

That was true 42 years ago - and it's still true today.

And it will always be true.

Today, tomorrow, and forever.

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. You can learn more about rest pause training,
power rack training and heavy singles in STRENGTH,
MUSCLE AND POWER:

http://www.brookskubik.com/strength_muscle_power.html

P.S.2. Here's the link for KNIFE, FORK, MUSCLE:

http://brookskubik.com/dinosaur_nutrition.html

P.S. 3. Thought for the Day: "You build strength, muscle
and power rep by rep, set by set, pound by pound and
workout by workout." -- Brooks Kubik

Does Strength Training Re-Wire Your Brain?

Hail to the Dinosaurs!

Two quick notes, and then we'll talk training.

1. If you missed the announcement about my
new book, KNIFE, FORK, MUSCLE, go here
and read all about it:

http://brookskubik.com/dinosaur_nutrition.html

2. We're going to launch a new quarterly version
of the world-famous hard-copy Dinosaur Files
newsletter in October. Be looking for the
announcement and the order page soon.

If you'd like to submit an article or photo, or
purchase a classified ad in the Dinosaur Files,
please shoot me an email.

On the training front . . .

I would LOVE to see someone do some research
about the effect of serious strength training on
the human brain.

By "serious strength training," I'm talking about
the kind of training that requires deep, intense,
lost in the moment, total, complete, 100% focus.

It's precise, perfect and controlled.

It is a unity of mind and body.

It is meditation while exerting force against heavy
resistance.

Researchers have studied the effect of meditation
alone, and they've found that it can re-wire the
brain and the nervous system. It literally builds
your brain cells.

If 10 or 20 minutes of silent meditation can have
THAT much of an effect, imagine what 60 minutes
of concentrated focus with a barbell in your hands
can do for you!

By the way, this is one of the reasons why I always
emphasize the mental elements of training.

The mental elements of training are important
because they help you build more strength and
more muscle.

But they're also important because they help you
build more brain-power.

Have you ever heard the old expression "sharp as
a tack?"

Maybe it should have been "smart as a barbell."

Anyhow, it would make a great research project!

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

Yours in strength,

Brooks Kubik

P.S. Go here to reserve your copy of KNIFE, FORK,
MUSCLE during the big pre-publication special:

http://brookskubik.com/dinosaur_nutrition.html

P.S. 2. For more about the mental elements of strength
training, grab these:

a. Dinosaur Training: Lost Secrets of Strength and
Development

http://www.brookskubik.com/dinosaur_training.html

b. Dinosaur Bodyweight Training

http://www.brookskubik.com/dinosaur_bodyweight.html

c. Strength, Muscle and Power

http://www.brookskubik.com/strength_muscle_power.html

P.S. 3. Thought for the Day: "Use your brain to build your
brawn, and vice-versa." -- Brooks Kubik

The Squat Rack

Hail to the Dinosaurs!

We'll get to some training info in a second,
but first, if you missed last week's big
announcement, run over here and read
all about my new book, KNIFE, FORK,
MUSCLE and the big pre-publication
special for the little monster:

http://brookskubik.com/dinosaur_nutrition.html

We've been having a great response, and
I want to thank everyone who stepped up
to take action.

On the training front, here's a story with a very
important moral.

THE SQUAT RACK

Skinny guy walked into the gym and asked the
owner for the best supplement for gaining
muscle mass.

Gym owner pointed to the squat rack.

Skinny guy didn't get it, left the gym, and stayed
skinny.

Another skinny guy walked into the gym the next
day and asked the same question.

Gym owner gave him the same answer.

Second guy started squatting, got good at it, and
got big.

Moral of the story:

When the gym owner points to the squat rack, pay
attention.

Yours in strength,

Brooks Kubik

P.S. The squat rack is one of the keys to BIG GAINS
in strength, muscle and power. You can find more
keys to great workouts -- and great gains -- right
here:

http://www.brookskubik.com/dinosaur_training.html

P.S. 2. Don't forget to reserve your copy of KNIFE,
FORK, MUSCLE:

http://www.brookskubik.com/products.html

P.S. 3 Thought for the Day: "The only excuse for
bird-legs is being a bird." -- Brooks Kubik