to California, and stopped in at a great big
gym in Santa Monica, near Muscle Beach.
No, it wasn't Gold's Gym -- this was long before
the Gold's Gym era.
It was a big gym owned and operated by Vic Tanny.
Huge place. Tons of equipment. Lots of members.
And many of the members spent their time standing
in one of two lines, waiting to do pump sets of two
1. Bench presses
2. Lat machine pull-downs
That was their workout.
Endless sets of bench presses and endless sets of lat
No leg work. No deadlifts. No overhead pressing. No
Just endless sets of pec-pumps and lat-blasting.
Hoffman looked around, and over in a far corner, he
saw an older man training by himself with a barbell.
He was doing one of the York training courses. And
he was getting a complete, top to bottom, total body
workout. With lots of leg and back and overhead work.
Hoffman didn't know it, and he'd shudder to realize it,
but that was a turning point in the history of Physical
The young guys doing the pec-pumps and the lat-blasting
were the wave of the future. That's what weight training
in the USA turned into.
The old guy in the corner -- the guy standing on his feet
and training with a barbell -- the guy doing the presses,
squats, cleans, snatches, deadlifts, and rowing -- was a
relic of old-time lifting. He was old-fashioned and out
of date even in the 1940's.
Except now, there are plenty of people training the way
the old guy was training.
They're called Dinosaurs -- and if you're reading this
message, that's what you are.
And do you know what -- it's YOU, not the muscle pumpers,
that are the wave of the future.
As always, thanks for reading, and have a great day. If
you train today, make it a good one!
Yours in strength,
P.S. That old-timer in the corner of the gym would have
loved everything we have at the Dinosaur Training
bookstore -- and so will you! Take a look:
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