Gray Hair and Black Iron

Secrets of Successful Strength Training for Older Lifters

Brooks D. Kubik

Kubik 3-2Generally speaking, training information has been marketed towards the younger man, those in their teens, twenties and thirty somethings.

For the last sixty years, most magazine articles have been written with the young man in mind. I think you understand what I mean. The authors talk about gaining muscular bodyweight, building big arms, etc.

Those that start to get “a little long in the tooth” have been, for the most part, generally ignored.

That’s of course, until now…

This information is for the serious…not the curious seasoned athlete who prefers to train with heavy black iron.

My good friend Brooks Kubik has written a block buster book for those who have been overlooked in the world of strength.

This is what he has to say: Peary Rader, the founder of Iron Man magazine, and the magazine’s editor for 50 years, used to call the over-40 trainee ‘the forgotten man.’ He used the term because virtually all of the articles published over the past 100 years in the ‘muscle magazines’ have been aimed at teenagers and young men.”

A Long Time In Coming

You may not know it, but the head dinosaur has just past the 50 year mark and is still pushing, pulling and tugging at the heavy black iron. Therefore, he understands the needs of the seasoned trainee. His training methods have had to evolve along with his age. Fortunately, he has put to paper those tried and true training methods that he has found to have really worked for him and will work for those trainees that share some of the same problems that naturally occur with middle age.

Remember, this is the same man who was a Five Time National Bench Pressing Champion in Drug Tested Competition!

The same man who literally knocked the weightlifting world on its ear with the best seller, Dinosaur Training, that has gone into countless editions and has sold world wide for over 16 years!

Well, this same man is now offering over 40 years of weight training experience ear marked specifically for those that are getting a little gray.

Dinosaur Training for the Dinosaurs…Indeed!

This is the only book available on the market that addresses the specific training issues of the older strength athlete.

1. Freedom from pain.

2. Maintaining flexibility.

3. Stamina in everyday life.

4. Minimizing body fat.

There comes a time when all that really matters is life long good health and functional strength.

In addition, unless you are very careful, father time will be handing you your joints in a brown paper bag!

For those that are and those that will be.

Written specifically for lifters who love the black iron and who train at home in their basement, cellar, garage, back yard, etc. But please bear in mind…these same training principles can be applied to the equipment found in commercial gyms.

All you need is adjustable, plate loading, barbells and dumbbells.

Table of Contents

Foreword by William F. Hinbern
Why I Wrote this Book

Chapter 1 – Recovery and Recuperation for Older Lifters

Chapter 2 – Shorter is Better: Abbreaviated Training for Older Lifters

Chapter 3 – Sets and Reps for Older Lifters

Chapter 4 – More Straight Talk on Sets and Reps for Older Lifters

Chapter 5 – Training Frequency for Older Lifters

Chapter 6 – The Best Exercises for Older Lifters, Part One

Chapter 7 – The Best Exercises for Older Lifters, Part Two

Chapter 8 – The Role of Auxiliary Exercises

Chapter 9 – Unsafe at Any Age – Exercises to Avoid

Chapter 10 – How Heavy Should You Train

Chapter 11 – Simple Cycling Systems for Older Lifters

Chapter 12 – Sets, Reps, Weight and the Stabilizing Principle

Chapter 13 – How to Warm-Up Properly

Chapter 14 – “Bury Me Big!”

Chapter 15 – Cardo Training for Older Lifters

Chapter 16 – More Cardio Training Ideas

Chapter 17 – Ten Training Programs for Older Lifters Who Use Athletic Style Exercises

Chapter 18 – Ten Basic Strength Training Programs for Older Lifters

Chapter 19 – Ten Total Body Workouts for Older Lifters

Chapter 20 – Ten Circuit-Training Programs for Older Lifters

Chapter 21 – Ten Ultra-Abbreviated Programs for Older Lifters

Chapter 22 – Gut Check Time

Chapter 23 – Core Training for Older Lifters

Chapter 24 – Protecting Your Joints

Chapter 25 – The Wrap-Up

About the Author

Over 50 Different Training Programs
Specifically Designed for the Mature Lifter

“GRAY HAIR AND BLACK IRON” will teach you:

How to build strength and power at any age

How to protect your joints

How to maintain athletic fitness

How to preserve your vitality

How to increase your energy

How to train for life-long health and fitness

How to build and maintain muscle mass

How to stay lean and hard

How to avoid overtraining

How to train with maximum efficiency

How to design age-appropriate strength training programs

How to combine cardio training and strength training

How to get great results at any age

And much, much more!

Testimonials to


“Hi Bill, Brooks Kubik’s book, ‘Gray Hair and Black Iron,’ was just what the doctor ordered, I’ll be 50 this summer and still want to train hard.”
Chuck G., Carnegie, Pennsylvania

“Hi, seventy pages into ‘Gray Hair and Black Iron,’ excellent book. I am 51 so I will take the advise and slow down a little…”
Dan D., Ontario, Canada

“Hi Bill, I started lifting to get bigger and stronger and improve my sports performance. Now, 48 years later, my original barbell is still part of my home gym. I think Brooks Kubik’s ‘Gray Hair and Black Iron’ is the definitive work on training for us ‘old guys’.”
Ralph L., Wantagh, New York

“Bill, I just finished reading ‘Gray Hair Black Iron.’ And I will say applying it. I can’t thank you enough for recommending it. The advice such as laying off bench presses because of the shoulder stress was really helpful. Another bad gimmick invented in the 50’s. I am using one of the old Bob Hoffman routines and am enjoying and benefiting greatly. I am 64 years old and my muscle memory from over 40 years ago and the exercises are improving my body.”
Ray G., Garden City, New York

“Thanks Bill, ‘Gray Hair and Black Iron’ actually arrived recently. I placed an order as soon as it was available, as I enjoyed ‘Dinosaur Training’ so much, and the book arrived on my doorstep last week. As I had anticipated, it was a great read, Brooks arrived at many conclusions I have also after 33 years under the iron.”
Kevin D., Adelaide, Australia

“Bill, I’m reading Brooks Kubik’s book, ‘Gray Hair and Black Iron,’ terrific advice for guys like me who’re pushing 60.”
Ralph L., Wantagh, New York

“Bill: I just recieved the new Kubik book, ‘Gray Hair and Black Iron.’ FANTASTIC! Its great to have a book for us guys that still want to pound away despite our ‘advanced’ age! The great thing is that Brooks doesn’t cut us too much slack with the routines offered. As an example, I’m not going near that power/cardio routine on page 162 with a ten-foot pole. I have a wife and kids to consider! Even if you’re not an ‘old geezer’, definitely shell out the cash for this book, you won’t be disappointed. I think its a book for all ages especially if you want the right information in your early days of lifting. Read the book, the information is important if you want to lift for a lifetime. Well done Brooks, well done!”
Murray N., Manitoba, Canada

“A Happy New Year to you and yours too. Yes I know all about Brooks new book, ‘Gray Hair and Black Iron,’ in fact I am half way through it now, it is very good and Brooks is a brilliant writer. His book is a good read and full of good ideas and common sense suggestions which being in my 75th year I follow anyway. Some of the things he writes about are so obviously the things to do as you get older that it never occurred to me that some people have to be told to do it, but I suppose that common sense is not so common after all. I am now going to wrap up well and make my way through the snow to the shed at the bottom of my garden and get going on some of Brooks suggestions, especially the warm ups which I used to rush through, no wonder my knees ached afterwards.”
Kevin F., Manchester, Great Britain

“If you want to add years to your weight training career then this book will truly be an eye opener.”
Bill Hinbern, Farmington, Michigan

“I’m 61 and still training. I think ‘Gray Hair and Black Iron’ is the best book around for anyone over 50 who has been around the iron game for a while.”
Ralph L., Wantagh, New York

Yours for greater strength,

Bill Hinbern
Super Strength Training

This is a 6″ x 9″ softcover book with over 312 pages and 25 chapters!

“So don’t let your gray hair keep you from the black iron!”

Order your copy of Brooks Kubik’s exciting new book today!

Gray Hair and Black Iron

by Brooks Kubik

$ 34.95 + S&H

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Check out these other books by Brooks Kubik:

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Kubik 1-2
Dinosaur Training
Kubik 2-2
Knife, Fork, Muscle
Kubik 3-2
Gray Hair
and Black Iron
Kubik 4-2
Strength, Muscle
and Power
Kubik 5-2
Chalk and Sweat
Kubik 6-2
Black Iron:
The John Davis Story
Dinosaur Bodyweight Training
Dinosaur Dumbbell Training


You Won’t Want to Miss the Famous “Legacy of Iron” Series
by Brooks Kubik:

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Kubik 7-2
Legacy of Iron:
Vol. 1
A Novel
Kubik 8-2
Legacy of Iron:
Vol. 2
Clouds of War
Kubik 9-2
Legacy of Iron:
Vol. 3
The 1,000 Pound Total
Kubik 10-2
Legacy of Iron:
Vol. 4
York Goes to War!
Kubik 11-2
Legacy of Iron:
Vol. 5
Barbells in the Pacific

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