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Foundation of Fame: Brooks Kubik and Charles R. Poliquin Common Ground

What do Brooks Kubik of Dinosaur Training fame and Charles R. Poliquin, the Strength Sensei, have in common?

The answer may surprise you.  It may surprise a lot of people.  That’s because there are only three people in the entire world who know about it.  One of them has known if for almost 40 years.  The other two just learned it a few days ago.

So it’s a tough question.  We doubt you’re going to be able to guess it, but go ahead and try.

Go on – take a guess.

“Both men teach and write about effective, real world strength training and muscle building.”

That’s true, but it’s not the answer.

“Both men have been training for almost their entire lives – and they’re still training hard and heavy today, even though each is well past the half-century mark.”

That’s also true – but it’s also NOT the answer.

“Both men have studied the training methods of the great old-time strongmen, weightlifters and bodybuilders of the past – and have updated those methods for modern trainees.”

That’s true, as well – and although it’s not the answer, it’s very close.  You’re definitely getting warmer.

Here’s the answer.

Forty-three years ago, a teenage Brooks Kubik saw an advertisement in Peary Rader’s old Iron Man magazine.

The ad was for a training course written by three-time Mr. Universe, Reg Park.  For those who may not know it, Reg Park was the most massively developed bodybuilder of the 1950’s.  He was also one of the strongest men of the era.

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Get this – bodybuilder Reg Park was the second man in history to bench press 500 pounds. The first man to break the 500-pound barrier was the Canadian Hercules, Doug Hepburn, who also happened to win the World Weightlifting Championship in 1953.  So Park was as strong as the strongest weightlifters of his generation – and that’s pretty amazing for a man who concentrated on bodybuilding.

Of course, Reg Park’s idea of bodybuilding was a little different than the “spot me, bro” stuff you see in so many modern gyms.

Park trained hard and heavy.  In addition to that 500-pound bench press, he worked up to a 600-pound full squat, a 700-pound deadlift, barbell bent-over rowing doe sets and reps with 350 pounds, and a 300-pound press behind neck.

We could tell you much more about Reg Park, but here’s an easy way to summarize the impact of this amazing bodybuilder and strongman:

arnoldReg Park was Arnold Schwarzenegger’s boyhood hero.

That’s right.

When Arnold began training, he wanted to look like Reg Park.

That should tell you something about Reg Park.

But let’s go back to Brooks.

He saw the ad for the Reg Park course, sat down, and addressed an envelope to the man who was selling it. Then enclosed a check for the price of the course, and a short note asking that it be shipped as soon as possible.

He put a stamp on the envelope, and ran down the block to drop it into the nearest mailbox.

When the course arrived a week later, he tore open the envelope, sat down, and read it cover to cover.  And then he read it again.

It taught him so many things he didn’t know about effective training.  The link between strength and muscle mass.  The best exercises.  The muscle mass builders that Reg Park used.  The strength movements.  Sets and reps. The 5 x 5 system.  The mental aspects of strength training.  It was all there – and for a 15-year old kid, it was literally life-changing.  It set him on the path that became his life’s work.  And yes, you can trace the roots of his entire training philosophy to that wonderful course.

And here’s where it gets very interesting . . .

A couple of years later, a teenager named Charles R. Poliquin saw an advertisement in Peary Rader’s old Iron Man magazine.

It was an ad for the very same training course by Reg Park.

Charles sat down, addressed an envelope to the man who was selling the course, scribbled an envelope, enclosed a check to cover the cost of the course – and included a short note asking that the course be shipped as soon as possible.

He put a stamp on the envelope and ran down the block to drop the letter in the nearest mailbox.

When the course arrived a week later, he tore open the envelope, sat down, and read it cover to cover.  And then he read it again.

It taught him so many things he didn’t know about effective training – and yes, by now you can probably guess what they were, and how they shaped his training philosophy.

The man who sold those Reg Park courses to the teenage Brooks and the teenage Charles was none other than Bill Hinbern, who is possibly the most famous collectors of rare Iron Game books, courses, magazines and other memorabilia in the entire world.  And at the time, he was the North American distributor for the Reg Park courses.

Bill Hinbern has been selling modern reprint editions of wonderful old books and courses for over 40 years – and Brooks and Charles were two of his very first customers!

What’s more, they both have bought virtually everything Bill has to offer.  Their book shelves are lined with Bill Hinbern’s books and courses.  And each of them still has the Reg Park training course that started it all.

The Reg Park training courses cover general bodybuilding, chest specialization, arm specialization, strength and bulk training, power training, the secret of the multi-set system, the science of dumbbell training and power training.

Christmas Gift Idea for Meathead

In the last few weeks we have been emails asking in many forms like of what can I give my weight training fan meathead soulmate for Christmas?

Park-Hercules-2Personally, I am a big fan of giving the gift of learning, especially when the information given has survived the test of time. Reg Park was Arnold’s idol and training mentor, Arnold credits on showing how to build calves in record time for instance.

Mr. Park produced some great training courses decades ago. His writing were part ol all the training influences I have had. I remember as a teenager getting a postal money order, posting it, and after weeks of anticipation devoured the material. Since I did not read or speak English at the time, it took a while to fully comprehend it.

I suggest you buy all the package offered. Classic info that yields results: http://superstrengthtraining.com/reg-park

Note that there’s a special package offer if you order all seven courses together.

“I’ve been buying books and courses from Bill Hinbern for over 40 years.  He’s a true gentleman, and a credit to the Iron Game.  His books and courses are must-have reading for all students of strength training, bodybuilding and physical culture.”

Brooks Kubik

author of Dinosaur Training: Lost Secrets of Strength and Development

www.brookskubik.com