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Dinosaur Training: Lost Secrets of Strength and Development Paperback – August 1, 2006


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Brooks D. Kubik; 5th edition (August 1, 2006)
  • ASIN: B0006RAMBO
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.7 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #868,953 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I've loaned this book to a number of friends.
Book Barbarian
It is a manual on how to become very strong through old fashioned weight training methods that emphasize hard work, heavy weights, and drug-free training.
Todd E. Lewis
The book: As my title suggests, DT is the best book on training I have ever read.
Joseph P. Nicholson

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By R. Bauer on June 2, 2013
The information in this book has never gone out of style. The problem is, the Planet Fitness's of the world, who "don't judge here", would throw people out for trying the techniques contained in this book. The book stresses hard work, brief routines with adequate rest, using basic weightlifting movements, all designed to build strength and size, and they all work. One has to look at the strong men competitors today as well as the great bodybuilders and power lifters of the past like John Grimek, Tommy Kono and Steve Reeves to see that they work.

For anyone to say these methods are outdated is fooling themselves. The key to growth still remains lifting weights that are heavy enough to stimulate muscle growth, then add more weight when that weight becomes too easy. That is the formula now as it was then.

But the reason why I give this book three stars is because I don't like the authors' attitude. His attitude is "my way is best. If you do not train like me, or as strong as me, then you are not a man like me." He has appointed himself to be the epitome of what a man should be because he can lift some heavy weights. More power to him, but how strong you are is not the definition of what a man is or isn't. If he were a REAL man, he would have left the name calling and bullying of those whose training methods differ from his, out of the book. There are clear digs in here towards the Vince Girondas, Joe Weiders and Robert Kennedys of the world. He even takes a swipe at Arnold Schwarzenegger. He also takes an unnamed dig at Steve Reeves...who counts among his favorite exercises the hack squat and cable work. Yet Reeves could still do one arm chins, press a 140 lbs. woman over his head with one arm, and lift a 200 lbs. man off the floor with his teeth.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By R. John Legerdemain on July 23, 2008
In writing Dinosaur Training, Brooks Kubik has blessed us with the finest strength training book written in more than thirty years, and one of the greatest and most inspirational strength training books of all time. If you want to learn the real, no-nonsense secrets to building true, functional strength that will last a lifetime, each page of Dinosaur Training is packed with those secrets. No gimmicks here, just hard work and how to do it the right and most productive way.

Kubik is no armchair authority. A former world record holder in the bench press, he is a lifetime drug-free lifter and athlete who practices the tried-and-true, old-school strength-building methods he details in Dinosaur Training. Today, past the half-century mark in age, Kubik is far stronger and fitter than the vast majority of much younger athletic men, a living testimony of Dinosaur Training's effectiveness.

In conclusion, I give Dinosaur Training my highest recommendation, and I strongly urge you to do yourself a special favor and purchase a copy. It will be the best strength-training investment you will ever make.
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful By MJ van der Pas on September 24, 2005
Some people don't seem to realize that this book is still available, although not at amazon.

Go get it!

It is an inspirational book written for people who care about good health, dinosaur strength and who want to achieve their fitness goals the natural way. I mean without roids!

Be aware though that this is not a quick fix. It will take you up to 10 years to attain the strength of a mammoth, but it will be worth it.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Todd E. Lewis on February 7, 2013
I bought Dinosaur Training several years ago. For me it has become the blueprint for my weight training, both in terms of workouts and philosophy. Do NOT buy this book if you:

(1) want to develop a body like Arnold (or whoever is the most popular bodybuilder these days)
(2) just want to maintain your shape
(3) want to get in shape
(4) want to learn how to lift weights
(5) want to do Cross Fit
(6) want to develop big arms and a buff look

This book is seriously hard core strength training. It is a manual on how to become very strong through old fashioned weight training methods that emphasize hard work, heavy weights, and drug-free training.

It makes no claim to being a book for beginners, and it does not explain how to do the various lifts--you should already know that before you read the book. (Get Mark Rippetoe's Starting Strength if you are a beginner.)

What the book does do is emphasize the importance of hard work and determination. By discussing pre-drug era strongmen and their achievements it puts into perspective what it means to be strong. It gives you alternative approaches to weight training including the 5 x 5 program, 20 rep squat death sets, and the use of low rep (especially heavy singles)lifting. It emphasizes the importance of building strength through such techniques as the use of thick bars, grip work, lifting awkward objects, use of the power rack, etc. And it gives you sample programs on how to bring the various elements together in a workout.

He invites the reader to become a Dinosaur. If that's not what you want, then don't waste your time or money with this book. But if you seriously want to be strong and are willing to work for it, there is no better book out there.
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