In 1996 I went back to the past – and in 1997 I went back to the future.In 1996 I published Dinosaur Training: Lost Secrets of Strength and Development. I think of that as going back to the past because the book covers so many of the training methods used by old-time strongmen and weightlifters.
In 1997, a funny thing called the Internet started to take off – and I set up a website to help spread the word about old-school Dino-style strength training. Websites were brand new, high-tech stuff back then, so promoting old-school training on a website was definitely a case of old and new – which is why I think of it as going back to the future.
The original Dinosaur Training website even included a discussion forum. I began posting short articles in the forum, which was a kind of blogging before anyone ever thought of the term. The articles turned out to be very popular, and readers asked me to put them together into a book. So I pulled 110 of my favorite articles from the forum and repackaged them in a book.
I called it The Dinosaur Strength Training Notebook. That was a tip of the hat to Harry Paschall, one of my favorite Iron Game authors. Back in the early 1950’s, Harry did a series of three little books titled Bosco’s Strength Training Notebook, Vols 1, 2 and 3. (Harry was both a writer and an artist, and Bosco was a larger-than-life carton character that Harry created. The two had all sorts of adventures together, and Harry often referred to himself as Bosco.)
The Dinosaur Strength Training Notebook was a big hit, and I sold the little monster for many years. But it’s been out of print and unavailable for a long time. Not long ago, a friend suggested that I bring the Strength training Notebook back in a Kindle edition so that everyone who missed the little monster the first time around would have a chance to read and learn from it.
That sounded like a great idea, so I pulled out the manuscript, dusted it off, and began working on an updated, revised, and expanded edition.
I’ve decided to follow Harry Paschall’s example and break the original Strength Training Notebook into a couple of volumes. In fact, I like the title, and I’m going to do a continuing series of volumes. Volumes 1 and 2 will include updated, revised and expanded versions of the articles in the original Strength Training Notebook, and then we’ll continue with other material in Vol. 3 and subsequent volumes. I have a lot of fun articles and a ton of great training ideas to share with you.
I hope you enjoy this volume and the others in the series (don’t worry, they’ll be coming soon), and I wish you the best of success in your training.
Yours in strength,