Dave Draper


Bodybuilding as we know it today began some sixty years ago when men like John Grimek and Steve Reeves lifted weights in preparation for the first Mr. America title in the late 30's. The famed Muscle Beach emerged in Santa Monica, California in the 40's. And, as I recollect, it was in the mellow mid-50's when I lifted my first set of barbells. Little did I know the reps and sets, moans and groans that lay before me.

I went on to win the Mr. America title in 1965 and the Mr. Universe in '66. In 1970, after winning the Mr. World in Columbus, Ohio, I sensed a sifting of the gears in bodybuilding and stepped out of competition. The sport took off like a rocket to the moon, soaring into the 80's with ever increasing momentum.

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  • Weight Training And Hormones - The Amazing Connection!

    Hormones are a busy bunch. From testosterone to cortisol there is a constant battle going on which should, at the very least, be understandable to the average person. Here is some information about hormones for you the average reader.

  • The Basics Of Good Nutrition!

    Good nutrition, like good training, is simple - learn the basics and practice them consistently. We have on our hands a zillion ways to diet, feed ourselves and live our lives for fitness. Let's clear the air and put some things in order.

  • The Age Spectrum!

    What youth didn't do for you, you must do now... pick up the pieces and put them together. That's why today you stand beyond the door and on the gym floor. Say goodbye to the child, but be sure to take the kid with you.

  • Learning From Dave Draper's Mistakes!

    Dave Draped teamed up with Learnfrommymistakes.com to create a great article on how to not make the mistakes that Dave did!

  • Mass From The Past: Dave Draper's Secrets For Absolute Arm Development

    His phenomenal biceps, triceps and forearm development ranks among the greatest of all time. Learn his secrets to mass, shape and cuts!

  • The Art Of Posing!

    In the late 1960's and early 70's, posing wasn't poetic and beautiful. We weren't body sculptors then. We were more like deckhands slamming through our most massive poses.

  • Draper's Dungeon!

    It was a legendary time of bodybuilding history, and eight-week period in 1970, when, at Joe Gold's original gym in Santa Monica, these men shared their training energy.