A Physical Culturist's Greatest Enemy!

Hail to the Dinosaurs!

Bradley J. Steiner said it very well:

"Distraction is a physical culturist's
greatest enemy."

I read those words more than 40 years
ago, when Steiner was the most popular
author appearing in Peary Rader's old
Iron Man magazine - and they've stuck
with me ever since.

Steiner always emphasized the need to
concentrate when you are training.

He wanted you to train with pin-point,

He wanted you to block out the rest of
the world - and to go deep inside what
Bill Pearl later called "the Inner Universe."

He wanted you to reach the point where
the gym could catch on fire and you
wouldn't notice until you finished your

For that reason, Steiner viewed anything
that made it difficult to concentrate as a
problem. That's why he believed that
distraction was your greatest enemy.

And unfortunately, most gyms are full of

1. A loud, blaring radio.

2. A loud. blaring television.

3. Loud, blaring music.

4. Cell phones.

5. Other gym members - who talk,
chatter, hog the equipment, interrupt
you in the middle of a set, ask questions,
tell you you're doing something wrong,

It's a long list. I could go on and on with

That's why so many Dinos prefer to train
at home. It's quiet. There are no distractions.
They can concentrate on their training.

But even Dinos who train in commercial
gyms can get a good, productive workout -
IF they can concentrate!

Steiner also wrote about how to develop
your powers of concentration. It isn't some-
thing you either have or don't have. The
ability to concentrate on your training is an
acquired skill. It's something you learn.

I teach a seven-step program to develop
your powers of concentration to the their
maximum. It works pretty darn well.

It's available in a CD titled "Unleash Your
Inner Strength: The Seven Keys to

Now, the art of concentration may sound
like esoteric mumbo-jumbo - but it's a
critical skill for anyone who is trying to
develop his strength, power, skill and
lifting ability. All champions in all sports
have mastered the art of concentration -
as have all highly skilled martial artists.

Just look at video of a lifting champion before
a record-setting lift. The intensity, focus, and
concentration is off the charts.

As Steiner always said, imagine what
would happen if you brought THAT kind
of focus to each and every workout!

The other day, I found a bag of the Seven
Keys to Concventration CD hidden away in
a corner. I want you to listen to it, so I'm
giving them away as special bonuses with
any order of one of our hard-copy books
or courses (or one of our DVDs).

If you want one of the Seven Keys to
Concentration CD's, just place an order for
any hard-copy book or course of your
choice (or a DVD) and in the special
instructions section of the on-line order
form, ask me to include a copy of the
Seven Keys CD. We'll throw it into the
envelope when we fill your order.

This is a special, limited time offer, and
when the CD's are gone, the offer ends.
So if you want one, step up and take

And always remember - when you train,

Yours in strength,

Brooks Kubik

P.S. My books, courses, and DVD's are
right here at Dino Headquarters:


Remember, the offer of a free CD is only
available if you order a hard-copy book or
course (or a DVD). It's not available with
our PDF or Kindle products.

The Secret of World Class Strength and Power

Hail to the Dinosaurs!

(Note: We have a nice little bonus for you
this week - see P.S. 2 below for details.
But first, read the email and learn one
of the most important secrets of strength

One of our longtime Dinos sent me some
incredibly rare copies of an old newsletter
from 1950. It includes the following note
from Tommy Kono. I think this was taken
from a letter that Tommy wrote to the
editor of the newsletter - or perhaps it
was from a conversation they had.

The interesting thing is that this was
written BEFORE Tommy has won a U.S.
Senior National title, a World weightlifting
championship or an Olympic Gold Medal -
so this is when he was standing on the
door to greatness.

And more than anything else, this gives
you an insight into what made him one
of the greatest weightlifters of all time:

I've learned that it isn't so much the
muscle size that makes a lifter a heavy-
weight, but how he thinks.

I could outpress [Mr. America and Mr.
Universe winner, Steve Reeves] even
when my arms measured more than
three full inches less than his.

Why can't I outpress [Russian champion
Grigori] Novak and all the rest?

Simply because I have not "talked" my
subconcsious mind into it.

For instance, if the World's record in
the Press for a light-weight was 500
lbs., I'm sure I would be pressing, and
for that matter practically everyone,
about 300 lbs. and not think much
about it.

It is only as one approaches the world's
record or some fabulously sounding
figures that they assume it is hard.
Naturally it is hard, but when you
think it is impossible to surpass the
record then you immediately set up
a barrier in your mind causing you to
hit a standstill.

This is one of my theories, and so far
it has worked fine.

Wow - powerful stuff, indeed!

And that's how the mind of a champion
works. And how you can program your
mind for championship performance.

Yours in strength,

Brooks Kubik

P.S. I cover many more secrets of old-
school training and championship
mindpower in Dinosaur Training. If
you don't have a copy, grab it today:


P.S. 2. Since mindpower is on my mind
(no pun intended), I'm going to give you
a chance to grab a great little bonus.

Order a hard-copy edition of any book or
course from me this week, and in the
special instructions section of the on-line
order form, ask me to send you a free
mindpower CD.

The CD is titled"Unleash Your Inner
Strength: The Seven Keys to Concentration."

This offer is good this week only, and only
while supplies of the CD last - so step
up and take action.

You can find the hard-copy editions of
my books and courses right here:


Remember, you have to order a hard-
copy book or course (or a DVD) to get
the bonus. It's not available with our
Kindle and PDF products.

P.S. 3. Thought for the Day: "Strength
begins in your imagination and in your
mind." - Brooks Kubik


A Final Message from Tommy Kono

Hail to the Dinosaurs!

You've probably heard the news by now.

Weightlifting champion Tommy Kono
passed away on April 24 at the age
of 85.

Tommy Kono may have been the greatest
weightlifter of all time. He won six World
championships, two Olympic gold medals
and a silver medal in his last Olympics.

He was the only weightlifter in history to
set official world records in FOUR
different weight classes: 148, 165,
181 and 198 pounds.

He also won the Mr. Universe title four

Tommy Kono was a tireless spokesman
for the sport of weightlifting. He traveled
the world promoting the sport, and gave
freely of his time and knowledge to help
teach and inspire others.

Like so many others, I consider Tommy
Kono to have been a friend, mentor, and
teacher. He shared many nuggets of Iron
Game history with me - and I'll share
them with you in future emails and in
The Dinosaur Files newsletter.

When I learned that Tommy was ill,
I asked the Dinosaur Nation to send
cards and letters to me so that I could
forward them on to him. You responded
with overwhelming support. We sent
half a dozen big bundles of cards, notes
and letters to Tommy.

One of them was from a Dinosaur who
remembers seeing Tommy Kono training
at the local YMCA when he was a kid.
Later, when he began training, our
Dino realized who it was that he had
seen - and what it meant to be training
with the same barbells and dumbbells
that Tommy Kono once used.

I'm sure the cards and letters were
appreciated. So THANK YOU to all the
Dinos who helped support that effort.

About one month ago, I received a
letter from Tommy. It was a short note,
typed, and he probably sent the same
note to all of his friends around the
world. He had MANY friends - far
more than most people. It was
part of his magic.

Let me share Tommy Kono's final
message with you.

Tommy began by apologizing for not
having responded to earlier written
communications from his friends.

He explained that he was dying of
liver disease and related complications.

He concluded by saying something very
important for all of us:

We all develop health problems in the
end.  After all, life is for the living so
enjoy the journey while you can!

Thank you for your friendship throughout
the years.

Aloha and Best Wishes,

Tommy T. Kono

And now Tommy Kono is gone - but not
- not ever - forgotten.

Join me in  moment of silence, and honor
the memory of this remarkable man.

Yours in strength,

Brooks Kubik


Reg Park's First Three Gyms

Hail to the Dinosaurs!

Two quick notes, and then we'll talk

1. Dinosaur Radio

John Wood and I are doing a little podcast
called Dinosaur Radio. The first episode
covers the March issue of The Dinosaur
Files. You can find it here:


We'll do more of these, and I'll post the
links as we do them. Hope you enjoy the
first episode - shoot me an email and
let me know how you like it!

2. The April Dinosaur Files

We're finishing up the April issue of the
Dinosaur Files newsletter. Be looking for
it soon! It's another great issue, with tons
of great training tips - including some very
important advice for older Dinos.

3. Reg Park's First Three Gyms

Last week we revealed the Mystery Man.
It was Reg Park - the famous three-time
Mr. Universe who played Hercules in the
movies and who was the strongest and
most massively muscular bodybuilder
in the world in the 1950's.

A number of you guessed who it was -
but the FIRST person to get the correct
answer was Tom Whittingham.

Congratulations, Tom! You win a free
copy of Legacy of Iron. Shoot me an
email with your mailing address and
we'll get it on out to you.

But back to Reg Park.

Do you know where Park trained when
he was building his world-famous

Get this . . .

Park started training with a friend who
somehow or other had a barbell set.

They trained in a neighbor's house, in
a room with a bare, wooden floor. They
felt lucky because they didn't have to
train outside!

I don't know who the neighbor was,
but he or she deserves a place in
Iron Game history.

That was Reg Park's first gym: a barbell
set and a room to use it in.

Park then spent a few years in the Army,
and had almost no training time at all.
There were no weights in the military
back then.

After he got out of the Army, Park trained
in the backyard of his parents' house. He
used a homemade chinning bar and a
second hand barbell set. He kept the
barbell under a tarp to keep it dry.

Park trained outdoors in the winter -
sometimes wearing three sweat suits
to stay warm!

And that was Reg Park's second gym.

Gradually, Park assembled a little more
equipment: a fixed incline bench, a flat
bench, squat stands, and a plate-loading
lat machine.

He eventually moved all of it into a one
car garage located behind a shopping

And that was Reg Park's third gym.

None of those gyms were very fancy.
None of them had much in the way of
equipment. In fact, they were downright

And yet, those three humble gyms helped
build the greatest bodybuilder of his era.

There's a lesson here - and it's pretty
obvious what it is!

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 more inspiring stories about the
old-time champions - and for more details
on how to get it done with old-school training
methods and basic equipment, grab this:


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


P.S. 3. Thought for the Day: "A great gym
doesn't have to be fancy and it doesn't
need a lot of equipment." - Brooks Kubik


Check Out Dinosaur Radio!

Hail to the Dinosaurs!

John Wood and I are doing a little podcast
show called DINOSAUR RADIO.

We just released the first episode.

It covers the March issue of The Dinosaur
Files - what's in it, why it's important, and
how it continues some themes from previous
issues of The Dinosaur Files.

Go here to listen to DINOSAUR RADIO:


Hope you enjoy the show!

Yours in strength,

Brooks Kubik

Why Reg Park Matters

Hail to the Dinosaurs!

As I mentioned in yesterday's email, the
Mystery Man was none other than three
time Mr. Universe, Reg Park.

Yes, Reg Park started his training career
at age 17, pressing a 40 pound barbell.

In other words, he had a lot of room for

By way of contrast, John Davis pressed
170 pounds the first time he ever touched
a barbell - at age 15.

And yet, Park went on to become one of
the strongest men in the world - and the
top bodybuilder of his era - and the second
man in history (after Doug Hepburn) to
bench press 500 pounds.

Now, some will argue that Reg Park had
great genetics for bodybuilding and for
strength training - and that's true.

But it's also true that Park's genetics
did NOT make him strong. His training

Park's genetics let him press a mere
40 pounds - which is less than the
weight of an unloaded Olympic barbell.

But with plenty of hard training, he
pushed that number to 300 or more

You see, when you start, you never know
where you're going to finish.

And that's why it's important to roll up
your sleeves and get started.

You may surprise yourself.

Reg Park did.

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. They call Dinosaur Training "the Bible
of Strength Training." Grab a copy and see


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


P.S. 3. Thought for the Day: "Step one is
to start. Step two is to continue. Step three
is to repeat step two long enough to
show some serious results." - Brooks


Revealed - The Mystery man!

Hail to the Dinosaurs!

Back on March 23 I shot out an email
message asking you to identify THE

And many of you gave it a try.

I sent the same email yesterday, so
you could go over the clues one more

Who WAS the future powerhouse who
began his training career at age 17
with weights like 40 pounds in the
press and curl, and 60 pounds in
the floor press?

And just as importantly, why is it
important? What does it mean to
you? What's the takeaway?

You had many, many guesses.

Many of you thought it was John

Others thought it was Doug Hepburn.

Some thought it was Peary Rader.

And quite a few thought it was Tommy

A few of you guessed that it was me.

Some thought it was Bob Hoffman.

Or Bill Hinbern.

Or John Davis.

And at least one reader guessed each
one of the following men:

Steve Reeves

Tony Terlazzo

Brad Steiner

Jack LaLanne

Eugene Sandow

Louis Cyr

Alan Calvert

Bill Hinbern

Sig Klein

Paul Anderson

Milo of Crotonia

But 11 of you got the right answer.

You knew exactly who I was talking

It was Reg Park.

And I'll give you the names every Dino
who knew the correct answer - and the
FIRST Dino to send in the correct answer -
in tomorrow's email.

And then we'll start to drill a little bit
deeper on this - and look at WHY it's
important that Reg Park, the three-time
Mr. Universe winner who was the most
massive bodybuilder of his generation,
began his career using weights so light
that my maiden aunt Matilda could have
given him a run for his money.

Stay tuned - you won't want to miss this.

Yours in strength,

Brooks Kubik

P.S. Yes, Reg Park was a beginner once - and
like all beginners, he needed to get started the
right way. That's why I cover not one, not two,
not three, but 10 different training programs for
beginners in CHALK AND SWEAT. Go here to grab
the little monster:


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


P.S. 3. Thought for the Day: "Where you start is
of historical interest - but where you finish is what
really matters." - Brooks Kubik