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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  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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.