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Dinosaur Training: Lost Secrets of Strength and Development Paperback – 2004

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Brooks D. Kubik; 4th edition (2004)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001L9N1MI
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.8 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,743,757 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Brooks Kubik is a five-time national bench press champion who is known to weight training and weightlifting enthusiasts around the world as the author of Dinosaur Training: Lost Secrets of Strength and Development, an international best seller that has been called "the bible of strength training." He also has authored Strength, Muscle and Power, a book that teaches how to develop exactly what it says in the title; Gray Hair and Black Iron, the world's first book about serious training for older lifters; Dinosaur Bodyweight Training, Dinosaur Dumbbell Training, and Chalk and Sweat: Dinosaur Training Workouts for Beginners, Intermediates, and Advanced Lifters. He also has written Knife, Fork, Muscle, a book that covers sensible diet and nutrition for life-long strength and health.

In January 2015, Brooks launched his first e-book in the Kindle bookstore: Dinosaur Training Secrets, Vol. 1, Exercises, Workouts and Training Programs. It is the first in a series of books updating and expanding on his earlier writing. It quickly became a top 10 best-seller in its category.

In addition to writing books and courses, Brooks also publishes The Dinosaur Files, a quarterly journal covering strength training, muscle building, weight training, physical culture, diet and nutrition, and Iron Game history.

In addition to his "how to do it" books, Brooks has written a series of novels covering the legendary champions of the York Barbell Club, and weightlifting and bodybuilding in the United States in the 1930's and 1940's. To date, the series includes five novels: Legacy of Iron; Legacy of Iron 2: Clouds of War; Legacy of Iron 3: The 1,000 Pound Total; Legacy of Iron 4: York Goes to War!: and Legacy of Iron 5: Barbells in the Pacific.

Brooks also has written Black Iron: The John Davis Story, a biography of weightlifting champion John Davis, a two-time Olympic gold medal winner and six-time World champion, who was quite literally the strongest man in the world during his championship years - and who today is almost forgotten, even by his countrymen.

Brooks lives in Louisville, Kentucky with his wife, Trudi. At close to 60-years old, he still trains hard and heavy on Olympic weightlifting in his garage gym. When he's not working on new Dinosaur Training projects, or hitting the iron out in the garage, he likes to squeeze in some work on his backyard vegetable garden.

Be sure to visit Brooks' website at and sign up for his daily email messages, training tips, and updates on new books and other projects.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mike VINE VOICE on October 14, 2009
Format: Paperback
I bought this book after hearing about it via word of mouth. Dear God, is it great if you're interested in strength training.

I tried lifting weights the bodybuilding style according to Arnold's book. Didn't do it for me, even though I know some folks are into that. I always found it incredibly boring and could never find the time. A few years later, I got into a car accident and found myself down about 30 lbs. I was 6'2", 160lbs and honestly looked and felt like a junkie. I was physically weak and had massive strength deficits.

It was time to look into exercising again. I really wanted strength, and didn't care much about looking pretty, which is what bodybuilding is mostly about (even though I didn't really realize it until this book). Kubick gives you a strength routine based on his extensive studies of old time strongmen, classic weightlifters (rather than bodybuilders) and his own experience.

It's all about lifting heavy, grip strength, compound joint exercises, and abbreviated training. Personally, I started to find lifting doable, and even fun. The book itself is well-written and funny. Kubick has an awesome grasp of the history of strength athletes that I never really knew about as well as anatomy and even some great quotes from literature to open some of the chapters.

Thanks to this strength routine, taken together with yoga (give it a shot if you have mobility or flexibility or joint difficulty), I went from having difficulty walking to today - benching 225 and preparing for a physical for a paramilitary career. I'm not deluding myself into thinking that I'm Ronnie Coleman or anything, but this has made a big difference in my life. Exercise helps me stay centered too, so it's important I have a routine that works for me.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Thomas M. Seay on February 24, 2010
Format: Paperback
We live in a society that values image over reality. One might expect this message in a tract on sociology but, oddly enough, it is the core theory of Brook Kubik's weightlifting book, "Dinosaur Training". Having read it, I feel like a veil of illusion has been lifted from my eyes. The core theory is this: People in gyms, the so-called "bodybuilders", are building the apperance of strength, not strength itself. In his book, Kubik urges us to break with that pattern and get back to building real strength in the fashion of "old time" weightlifters like Arthur Saxon. The book is as much a manifesto as training manual.

Kubik regularly pokes fun of those who visit the gym for the EXCLUSIVE purpose of looking "buff, pumped, sculpted or toned".
In fact, his mockery is so humorous that I laughed out loud many times during my reading of "Dinosaur Training". Thinking of the book yesterday while at the gym, I could not keep a straight face as I saw the buff "bikini boys" and "butt-thonged godesses" know, the typical denizens of the present-day gym world.
Social critique and humor aside, this book will get you wildly excited to start "STRENGTH" training. Better not read it late at night, or you will be in your garage doing deadlifts at midnight! Furthermore, it not only motivates you but gives you the knowledge that you need to build that strength: the lifts, the schedules, the routines.

Kubik emphasizes that the equipment and routines that you need to build real strength are SIMPLE, as opposed to the worthless, complex bodybuilding systems that now blight the gyms of America.
The good news is that simple hardwork over a period of time with basic lifts -bench press, deadlifts, squat-performed with progressively heavy weights are all you need to build real strength. Read this book. The only reason you will want to put it down is to get started on your training!
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Heath D. Watts on March 22, 2009
Format: Paperback
Dinosaur Training is an excellent book that is written in an easy to read, entertaining style. In the book, Brooks talks about the importance of using heavy, basic exercises, developing grip strength, and working hard. It is a very productive alternative to most training methods. The book is available at: [...]
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