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Who Is Dave Draper

Updated on January 14, 2014


According to Dave Draper "There wasn't a whole bunch of encouragement or inspiration from a society which considered you either stupid or egotistical and probably a sissy."

In California, Draper initially trained at a gym many called "The Dungeon", which he described as "a large, awful space dug out of the ground on the corner of 4th and Broadway, and later at the original Gold's Gym. Training partners included Frank Zane, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Franco Columbu, and Mike Katz.

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1962 Mr. New Jersey

1965 IFBB Mr. America Tall Class & Overall, 1st

1966 IFBB Mr. Universe Tall Class & Overall, 1st

1967 Mr. Olympia 4th

1970 AAU Mr. World 3rd

1970 IFBB Mr. World Tall & Overall, 1st

1970 NABBA Mr. Universe Tall, 3rd

Dave Draper playing with Bull Worker

Dave Draper playing with Bull Worker
Dave Draper playing with Bull Worker

Dave Draper on Workout Repititions

High Reps - Low Reps - what is the answer Dave?

"High reps can be good for trimming, conditioning, pumping or treating injuries. They can be also excessive and boring.

Medium reps fit all purposes.

Low reps are generally used for bulking and increasing power, but can be also an injury risk.

That's why I like to mix the reps - to get the benefits and rewards of all three.

Carry on God's speed dd"

Dave Draper on Exercise Class

Starting Womens Exercise Class Dave, Any Suggestions

"Depending on the group size and their receptiveness, you might encourage them to warm-up, gain focus and add to their conditioning and learning by doing five minutes of crunches and bent-leg leg raises –1 set of maximum crunches (10 -15 reps), plus 1 set max leg raises (10-15 reps). Repeat if popular.

With dumbbells you can do standing or seated curls and alternate curls for biceps, and lying and overhead dumbbell triceps extensions for triceps. Modified floor pushups are a good triceps exercise, which includes shoulder, chest and back muscle engagement as well.

Consider starting with two sets of 10-12 reps of any four exercise (standing biceps curl, seated alternate curl / overhead triceps extension, lying stiffarm pullover - the straight-arm version of lying tri ext.), in that order.

Development depends on consistency in training and intensity in training. Only with these disciplines will progress be made.

Progress from light to heavy as equipment allows. Keep focused on the work and muscles involved, keep a smart pace to keep interest and energy and warmth high. DD"

This sounds like good advice for anyone Man or Woman.


>> Who's Been Sleeping in My Bed? (1963) (uncredited)

>> Lord Love a Duck (1966) as Billy Gibbons

>> Three on a Couch (1966) (uncredited)

>> Walk Don't Run (1966) (uncredited) as Swedish athlete

>> Don't Make Waves (1967) as Harry Hollard

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Brother Iron, Sister Steel is a private journey into bodybuilding as only Dave Draper, former Mr. America, Mr. Universe and Mr. World, can tell it. Training techniques, exercise descriptions and nutritional strategies form the book's foundation, but what glues this book together are Dave's personal experiences and insights, humor and candidness, all of which speak to the heart and soul. The delight in the iron work, the play of the steel and the redefined motivation will have you striving forward to reach your fitness and training goals. Further your iron journeyor take your first stepsas you find yourself caught up in the style and rhythm that are Draper's alone. You'll see the lessons of Brother Iron, Sister Steel hit home as your training enthusiasm abounds. In your next match with the weights you'll see the work of your muscles with new clarity under the guidance of Dave's insight.

Your Body Revival: Weight Loss Straight Talk
Your Body Revival: Weight Loss Straight Talk

Your Body Revival is packed with simple, straight-talking encouragement, inspiration and motivation for permanent weight loss. Here Draper provides a common sense guide to building muscle and fitness -- packed with motivation and enthusiasm.


A sensation when it was released in 1968, this John Cassavetes film earned Oscar nominations for actors Seymour Cassel and Lynn Carlin. Improvised and shot in an edgy, hand-held fashion, the film examines the disintegration of the marriage of a couple in mid-life doldrums. Each seeks solace elsewhere: husband John Marley with prostitute Gena Rowlands, wife Carlin with a free spirit played by Cassel. But neither finds anything approaching the fulfillment they feel is missing from the marriage. Indeed, in Cassavetes's probe of raw emotions, these people discover that, just maybe, the problem lies not with their spouse but with themselves. You need to be a fan of Cassavetes's loose, actor-friendly style to appreciate this intriguing but sometimes rambling drama. --Marshall Fine



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      FitSteph 8 years ago

      Wow what a great hub! If anyone is looking for weight training tips, this is one of my favorite health & fitness sites. It lets you track food, workouts, and calories!

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Really please to see this lens about Dave! He is an enduring star...

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      My bad! I was thinking of Mike Dayton.....They look kind of similar maybe....

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      I remember Dave Draper breaking handcuffs in a video presentation of him during the first "World's Strongest Man" contest back in the seventies. Ever since then I thought it would be extremely cool to be able to break handcuffs! I saw it done one other time when one of the "God Squad," or, whatever their name was, broke handcuffs. The "God Squad" is a group of muscle men who do feats of strength inspired by religion.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      i wanna be just like him

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      Nara White Owl 9 years ago

      Dave Draper is looking good!!!!!!!!!!