Ric Drasin


Former Professional Wrestler known as 'The Equalizer' AWF Champion wrestled for AWA, NWA, CCW, WWF, GCW, PWA and many more.

He was Arnold Schwarzenegger's training partner in the early 1970's at Gold's Gym in Venice. Ric also designed the famous Gold's Gym and World Gym T-Shirt logos in 1973 that you see around today.

He was the Demi-Hulk 'middle hulk' on the Incredible Hulk TV series and has been seen in numerous TV commercials, Films and Print Ads and also has his own reality series in development.

Ric owns and operates the AWF 'American Wrestling Federation' pro wrestling school in Sherman Oaks, CA and helps others reach their goals in Pro Wrestling along with building their character, self-esteem and mind-body, coordination. He also developed the Security Kat self defense key chain device (www.securitykat.com) and is an accomplished guitarist having had a recording contract with Capital Records. Along with that he also does tattooing, web design, animation, silk screening and airbrushing.

Over the years Ric has written many articles for Joe Weider's Muscle & Fitness as well as Flex magazines and a few others. He also has trained celebrities such as Erik Estrada, Jeff Goldblum, Chuck Negron (3 Dog Night) Daniel Baldwin and Gene Simmons.




  • 15 Things That Made Arnold Schwarzenegger Great

    With all of his diverse triumphs, it feels like Arnold is five or six men wrapped up into one. Here are the secrets of his unprecedented success, as recalled by his former training partner Ric Drasin!

  • The Man Behind Two Meccas

    Legendary Gold’s Gym was founded by a man named Joe Gold. Yep, everyone knows that. But you might be surprised to learn that Joe Gold’s masterpiece of a gym went by a different name…

  • Over Training Back In The Day.

    If a little was good, then more was better. Makes sense in a way, but the body doesn't respond that way and at 65 you simply can't do that. Here's a little background on what I did and a sample workout program.

  • Big Muscles And The Big Screen: Bodybuilders In Film.

    Years before I started training, I would watch movies and see people like Steve Reeves and wonder how they got that way and got into movies. Here's more as I step back so you can see where many got their start.

  • From Fan To Famous – My Bodybuilding Journey.

    When I was around 12 and saw my first issue of Muscle Builder Magazine. I read articles to see how guys built muscle... Former professional wrestler Ric Drasin describes what led to his incredible success.

  • Adventures With Arnold – Girls, Gigs, And Breaking Mom's Recliner.

    Training with Arnold was one thing, but hanging with him was something else. Here's a trip down memory lane with the Austrian Oak.

  • Where Schools Fail: Kids Improve Fitness Through Wrestling!

    I found that words from the mouth of a pro wrestler means a lot to these kids? It's not all about beating people up. Pro wrestling is so much more than that. Here are a few key points.

  • How Dedication And Commitment Can Help You Achieve Your Goals!

    Have you had an injury and struggled to get back to the gym? Read Ric Drasin's story about how dedication to his ideal physique has kept him fired up for more than 40 years!

  • The Golden Era: Diet And Supplements From The Glory Days Of Bodybuilding!

    Back in the Golden Era of Bodybuilding, supplements were slim and eating was mostly real foods. But how did the Pros still get massive muscle gains? Re-live the Muscle Beach memories and discover secrets from the glory days of Bodybuilding below!

  • Bodybuilding, The Early Years: 'The Equalizer' Reveals Rise To Success!

    It all started when I was about 12 and saw my first issue of Muscle Builder Magazine. I kept reading these articles... Former professional wrestler Ric Drasin shares accounts of what led to his incredible success. Learn more.

  • How Bodybuilding & Fitness Popularity Increased Through Movies!

    Years before I started training, I would watch movies and see people like Steve Reeves and wonder how they got that way and got into movies. Here's a blast from the past for you to see where many got their start.

  • Training With Arnold Schwarzenegger, The Austrian Oak!

    In 1970 I first met Arnold in the parking lot of Bill Pearl's gym in Inglewood, CA. Here's my reflection on what it was like training with the Austrian Oak!