Dave Draper

Background

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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Articles

  • Spring Training - High Intensity Intervals.

    If you have been sitting on the couch for the last 20 years then you will probably not want to start exercising in this fashion. HIIT seems to have proven itself as an efficient method of getting cardio in during the day. Read on for more.

  • What Makes A Good Gym?

    There are many gyms in this world that you can workout in. I would like to share some experiences and thoughts about several of them.

  • Stop Smoking For Better Health!

    Do you smoke? Does it really make you feel good? Today I am going to share with you some of my feelings about smoking and a plea for everyone to just stop.

  • 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.

  • You Win, You Lose, You Crawl!

    Seldom do I drag myself to the gym unwillingly. That's all behind me and has been for a long, long time. Today, I roll out the ole Harley, run a cloth over the chrome, crack the pipes and let'er rip.

  • Slumpbusters: Get Out Of Your Plateau!

    As these sticking points plague all of us frequently, we are wise to press on with our prescribed workout, giving it plenty of time to work. Those who endure these apparent voids - plateaus - have heart; they carry on to grow in both muscle and

  • Workout Q & A!

    Find out the best way to start your beginning weight lifting and cardio program, the best time to perform aerobic activity, how to get a flat stomach and much more!

  • How To Choose Your Gym!

    Each gym has its own personality largely based on its ownership and operating team, the neighborhood in which it resides and, subsequently, the folks it attracts. Like a mate, there's a gym for everybody.

  • The Blond Bomber Talks Bodybuilding!

    Talking with Dave Draper is getting an inside personal history of a sport that progressed from basements and garages to center stage!

  • Where Do You Want To Go?

    Goal setting has been researched, tested, evaluated and turned inside out. Man, by nature, is goal-oriented and has spent the past two decades writing books, articles and courses on the subject.

  • 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.

  • Mail Call: Questions To Dave Answered!

    This week I've decided to pick a few email questions that represent the perplexities of a wide range of us insistent airborne. I'll condense the note to save time and assure privacy, yet give you a feel for the person and his or her dilemma.

  • Breaking The Mold!

    Break your plateaus! Here is a Draper Diversion you are permitted to enjoy from time to time. It's not exactly a box of chocolates, but then it's not sardine and onion pie either.

  • 2003 Arnold Classic Overview!

    Here is my rundown of the my extended Arnold weekend, five days packed with odd experiences and memorable moments of every color, shape and size.

  • Not Your Average Joe!

    We're not elite and we're not exclusive, but we are certainly not average or typical. Somewhere along our struggle and play we were struck with our presence and decided to improve our self inside and out.

  • Just Another Arnold Spectacular!

    The experiences go on and on and they are priceless. And we were just one little stir of energy amid the roiling sea. You've gotta see it to believe it. Oh! Jay Cutler won again.

  • Another Week Older, Again!

    Training can and should be a treat, a highly regarded undertaking, a thrill, a commendable robust challenge, a cool and courageous endeavor, a productive diversion, a favored sport of action and purpose, and a fulfilling release.

  • 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.

  • Thoughts Of Dedication And Desire!

    There are things I could do other than work out with the weights within the gym walls -- more appealing and exciting, perhaps -- yet to the gym I am bound. Why?

  • Pure Exercise: The Exotics Of Form, Focus, And Pace!

    I cautioned you early on that I shoot from the hip; be ready to duck. Your head and heart are in the right place, the menu is in order and the work is about to begin!

  • Stand & Be Strong!

    Learn that no one is perfect and why some choose to quit rather than train to succeed!

  • 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!

  • Scientific Diets? Do You Need Them?

    I believe that a well-balanced diet and good supplementation can be realized instinctively. Learn why scientific diets don't work for me!

  • Just Another Workout!

    Workouts are tough, both physically and mentally, and it's essential to value each and every training session. Therein lies the apprehension.

  • Tight Nutrition And Hard-Hitting Workouts!

    On your mark... dial in the nutrition and prepare to be poured into the angular and defining mold. There are compromises to accept and sacrifices to make.

  • 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.

  • Total Body Training With Antagonistic Supersets!

    It was built to be used, and its function is in its systemic movement - different muscle groups working together in a coordinated fashion - rather than separately in clumsy, isolated motion.

  • Exceptions To The Rule!

    The iron you lift shrinks in size yet moves with increasing difficulty as its weight is compounded by its echo from across the vast gym floor; a flea on a big dog's back.

  • Plateaus: Fact Or Fiction?

    I personally believe that plateaus or sticking points are the abominations of un-seasoned muscle builders, whose patience and understanding have not wholly developed...

  • The Secret Is There Is No Secret!

    Are you a B type, neither lazy nor irresponsible, who can't seem to make it to the gym (or the garage) on a regular basis. You have a long list of reasons why you can't and some of them are even pretty good. It is this larger half to whom I speak.

  • Training Past 40!

    If you've been training since your teens or 20s and you're now over 40 you know, of course, you're hooked. You can't let go. But then conventional wisdom slaps you in the face and tells you you're in for a change in your training and expectations.

  • Overcoming Stress: Learn From One Of The Greatest Of All Time

    Dave Draper has won Mr. America, Mr. Universe and Mr. World! Learn his training tips and how he deals with stress the right way!

  • Watching Dave Draper!

    This year I was able to see Dave Draper go through a workout and I would like to tell you about it.

  • The Business Of Brawn!

    Dave Draper's body is his business. His physique, once familiar in the movies, has flexed all over the world. Yet his name is not a household word.

  • Why Do You Have All Those Muscles?

    Do you wonder what bodybuilders use their muscles for, besides for looks. Dave Draper has cleared this up for all of us and telling us why!

  • On Target With Dave Draper!

    How come it was Dave Draper achieving such an unusual feat? Because he's recognized as a major figure in the sport of bodybuilding and he's now firmly back in action in the iron scene after a prolonged absence of almost 15 years.

  • 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.

  • Training Partner Blues!

    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.

  • Cycling Your Carbs To Maximize Fat Loss

    One very effective way to maximize fat loss is through a method called carbohydrate cycling.

  • Bodybuilders Anonymous!

    There are 10 steps we must consider if we are to overcome this malady and put our training in good order. Let's work together, one day at a time.

  • Iron Rules - Gym-etiquette!

    To make a muscle look good, you need only train it in isolation, but to make it work efficiently in useful, everyday activities, it must work synergistically with other muscle groups.

  • Body Thrust!

    To make a muscle look good, you need only train it in isolation, but to make it work efficiently in useful, everyday activities, it must work synergistically with other muscle groups.

  • The Arm Forum!

    Legendary bodybuilder Dave Draper is letting bodybuilding.com republish some of his greatest articles. Learn from one of the greatest bodybuilders in the world!

  • A Bit Of Draper Bodybuilding History!

    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.