The fact that you are reading this means that you are no doubt familiar with the name Brooks Kubik — his modern classic Dinosaur Training has inspired thousands of trainees to get serious about building size and strength using methods that you just don’t see in gyms these days.
Dinosaur Training was written in 1994 and 1995 and was finally published in 1996, keep in mind that Brooks Kubik was still writing many MANY strength articles for various publications before, during and after that time period… But it would be a Herculean feat to get to all all of them… at least, until now.
You know how many modern strength training books will advise you to do things like “make sure to squeeze the bicep during your last set of 20 lb dumbbell concentration curls” or “for the best results, do your lifting with one foot on a Swiss ball” yeah, Strength, Muscle and Power by Brooks Kubik ain’t like that all all.
In SMP you’ll instead find info on the kind of training that used to go on back in the days when people weren’t afraid to lift heavy. I’m talking about serious training for serious people. Have a look at some of the topics you’ll read about in its pages:
- The exact workout schedule — sets, reps, specific days of the week and order of exercises — that enabled the author, Brooks Kubik, to build his bench press to over 400 pounds (at a bodyweight of only 189 pounds)
- The unique “grip” that Brooks used for pulldowns which places the biceps in the strongest position and which hits the back musculature with the greatest possible efficiency
- The number of warm-up sets Brooks used for his bench press workouts
- The mental “trick” that Brooks learned from a World and Olympic champion weight lifter which allow you to lift at least 10% (or or greater) weight in just about any lift
- How Brooks finishes up his Tuesday and Thursday workouts
- Brooks’ favorite bar for building upper arm strength and the very specific way he likes to perform his reps for big gains
- The relative best assistance exercises for building bench press power – one you can do in any gym in the land
- Power rack training for advanced gains – How to use the single most important piece of equipment in any gym or any program… one that can do more than any food supplement ever sold or any other training system ever devised
- Two of the standards which can determine whether or not you should start doing rack work — and the type of lifts and lifters that would be better off skipping rack work altogether
- Sets and reps for power rack training — and one of the most important things to AVOID doing&when training in a rack
- How to break your reps down into three distinct ranges of movement — and the reasons why this technique is so incredibly effective
- Six different power rack training systems and a list of the very best exercises to do in the rack
- The specific details of a three-day power rack training program
- How to utilize the little-known technique of “Intensity Cycling” to prolong your progress
- Nutrition advice for power rack trainees
- How to address the unique problems of advanced training techniques, with discussions on the programs of Reg Park and Doug Hepburn
- Why training frequency — and getting it right — is super-important for advanced trainees
- Sets and reps for Brooks Kubik’s curling workout
- Four-Week, Eight-Week and two Twelve-week intensity cycling training programs to use as you see fit
- Coming up with sensible training goals
- The most effective exercises for lower body, upper back, chest, shoulders, arms, abdominals and the neck
- A few notes on the incredible importance of rest, recuperation, training frequency and training cycles for advanced lifters
- An eight-exercise Beginner’s program and three more weekly training programs for serious gains
- When to change an exercise and when to stick with it
- Rest-Pause Training – a blast from the past from Peary Rader…what is called “the system they bring in when all others fail”
- A basic Rest-Pause training program and how to combine Rest-Pause training with the 1-1/2 system
- How to combine conventional reps and rest-pause reps into a super-effective workout
- How to combine rest-pause training with heavy negatives and isometric work
- The Ten Commandments of Body-Part specialization training plus arm, shoulder, chest and back, and leg specialization programs– once you know these you’ll need a whole new wardrobe
- Ten pieces of advice straight from Peary Rader’s old Ironman Magazines
- In praise of Cellar Dwellers; Ten reasons why you’ll get better results when training alone in your garage or basement than at a typical gym
- The forgotten keys to development from the training programs of the 30’s, 40’s and 50’s – and why they aren’t for sissies
- How to orient your training when you have a lagging lift or bodyparts
- How to train with limited time and/or limited equipment
- A selection of five ‘Simple’ training programs for building massive muscular size and Herculean strength
- The article that caught the eye of the Master Blaster, Joe Weider, and which was read by several million bodybuilders around the world
- Legendary words of encouragement from Arthur Saxon, Bob Hoffman, Mark Berry and Harry Paschall
- The (literal) ups and downs of barrel lifting and keg lifting for building unusual upper-body strength … something that no other piece of equipment can match
- Barrel lifting for developing a terrific grip and powerful forearms
- The story of Arthur Saxon’s unique “challenge” weights, many of which you can revisit a century later to test yourself against the immortals
- Eight different and unique “Finishers” to end your workout on a strong note
- One of the little-known secrets of strength training for ultimate forearm development
- Six reasons why you should add the one-hand deadlift to your current program
- Vacation training on an island gym with improvised equipment
- A look at Hermann Goerner’s Deadlift Variations; several different grips build different kinds of strength
- “Barbell Basics” – a look back at collected training wisdom from the last hundred years
The afore-mentioned lists are just the details which stood out to us but Strength, Muscle and Power is the kind of book in which you will find something new every time you open it.
The articles in Strength, Muscle and Power originally appeared in Hard Gainer Magazine, MILO: A Journal for Serious Strength Athletes and The Iron Master (among others.)
Even if you are lucky enough to have copies of all the original sources, in Strength, Muscle and Power, Brooks has added new commentary in each article to give further details and insight… what worked… what doesn’t… what he would have done differently… other things to be aware of… which makes the information in these articles that much more effective, especially in the hands of someone willing to put it to good use…
Strength, Muscle and Power is a trade paperback, with a full color glossy cover. The book consists of 356 pages and 29 chapters covering the topics shown above. There are many workouts listed but there are no images.
Whether you are a fan of the writing of Brooks Kubik, Dinosaur Training,or Old-School lifting, Strength, Muscle and Power is an relative must-have for your personal strength library.
IMPORTANT: We are down to less than one case left of Strength, Muscle, and Power and once copies are gone, it will not be reprinted. We strongly urge you to get a copy now while they are still available.