Holiday Eating /An Email From the Dinosaur

What’s up, party people. I want to start by saying I hope everyone had a safe holiday season and got some great training in as well as got the chance to chow down on some savory grub. I used this holiday season as a test for myself. I normally just forget about my diet, go all out and gain about 10 pounds from the egg nog and the deserts. This time I made a promise to myself to take it one day at a time through the holidays and stay as paleo/zone as possible. That’s kind of hard when you go out to eat in Bavaria, Germany and don’t speak a whole lot of the Deutsch. The Germans don’t like to change out sides either. They like to keep the meal the way it is on the menu. It gets down right frustrating sometime. Any time I went out, I aimed at 100 percent and probably got about 90. I made sure that I didn’t eat any grains or white potatoes and was a little lenient about the rest. I did go to a great Mongolian grill that allowed me to open up a little and go with tons of veggies and meats. They even had kangaroo and bison meat. I was able to chow down and not feel guilty.

I just wanted to put this out to you folks because it is an achievable goal to go to a restaurant and keep your diet in tact. Just make a pact with yourself that when you get there you will attempt a 100% meal. Change your sides out for veggies instead of potatoes and rice. Tell yourself you will not eat any of the complementary bread or tortilla chip. try to go with an olive oil or a vinaigrette for dressing , stay away from the pastas.  When you get your meal, pick out the surprise foods that you didn’t know you would get and give it to someone who doesn’t care about what there insides or outsides look like and when they make fun of you for it, tell them that at least you have the responsibility to control yourself from eating 5 plates of fried bananas and give them a nice complement on there stretch pants and let them know that you had to make a few new  notches inward on your belt. Remember that you have goals and remember what you have to do to achieve those goals.

                                                                               The Dinosaur Himself

I thought I’d share this email that I sent to the Dinosaur Man Brooks Kubik. I became interested in the Steinborn lift recently and was interested in the type of collars I would need to hold the plates on the bar. For you that don’t know what the Steinborn lift is, it is the original back squat done without a rack. You place the barbell up on one end, squat down while placing the bar on your back, knock out some squats and stand the bar back on its end again. Just from this description you may be able to tell that this could be a very dangerous lift for someone who gets overzealous with the weight on the bar. It seem that someone else agrees with me. Here is the following correspondence between myself and the D man.

Mr. Kubik,

             First, I would like to say that Dinosaur Training is one  
of the few books that I constantly reference for my training and for  
my team members that I train.This book inspired me to step out of  
the gym and train with nothing but heavy rocks for a one month  
period during the time I was stationed in Iraq. Before I read 
Dinosaur Training, I thought I was training hard. I knew from 
training on my own that there was a metal focus that was important 
to lifting heavy. I’ll tell you what though, I didn’t have a clue  

what mental focus or training hard meant until I read this book!! 

Thank you for writing this book and opening doors to another world 
for me.

     I have become intrigued by the Steinborn Lift. The idea that a  
human can lift huge amounts of weight by standing the bar on end,  
squatting down, positioning the bar on the back, standing up, 
squatting down and standing the bar on the other end is completely 
astounding. I was wondering what kind of clamps or collars you would 
recommend to hold the weight on the bar if I wanted to progress to a 
heavy weight in this lift.

 Thanks,
      

     Shawn

Shawn,

I’m glad you enjoyed DT and that your workouts “rocked” while you were 
overseas!

As for the Steinborn Lift — I would NOT try it. Bottom position 
squats in  a power rack are much better and safer.

The Steinborn lift is really tricky — and you are in a very 
vulnerable position when you squat down under the bar — very easy to 
twist a knee or your lower back/hip.

So i would leave this one to the history books — and as I mentioned, 
do the bottom position  squat.

Brooks

There you have it, folks. From the man himself. Funny thing, I had just order some custom-made bar protectors from John Beatty(Fatbastardbarbellco) to protect my bar when I do the Steinborn lift outside. I’m still going to do the Steinborn lift but now I’m just going to be extra, extra cautious. Let me know what you think about the Steinborn lift in the comments and if you think it’s dangerous or not. Until next time, eat clean(clean enough), train hard and stay safe.

Get over the razor’s edge,

             Shawn

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