Magazine, November 1970
Property of Perry Rader
look forward to October in New York for many reasons. The weather
becomes cool and crisp and ideal for training. Training sessions
become more routine after the summer vacations are over, and we
usually are fortunate enough to have some of the world's top bodybuilders
at the gym because Weider's big contest is held in New York at this
time. This year I was able to see Dave Draper go through a workout
and I would like to tell you about it.
had seen many pictures of Draper through the years. The marked improvement
in his development was evident in these photographs but they didn't
do justice to one of the most unbelievable physical phenomenons
of our time. Draper certainly must rank as one of Bodybuilding's
all-time greats. This formerly over-bulked bodybuilder has transformed
himself (contrary to the claims of others who want the credit) through
hard work and strict attention to diet into what can only be termed
a muscular marve. His shape, size and definition (and make no mistake
about it - he has rock-hard definition) must be seen to be believed.
His outstanding parts (they are actually all great - including his
legs which don't show up as well in photographs as in person) are
his arms (well over 20 inches - with a peaked, split biceps), shoulders
night that I saw Dave train, he worked chest, shoulders and triceps.
He supersets (within the same part, not opposing parts) or trisets
everything. The weights he uses are moderate and might even be considered
light for someone of his obvious strength. For example, Draper is
capable of bench pressing well over 400 pounds but didn't use over
235 that night. Actually, I don't think he really is aware of what
poundage is on the bar. He works strictly by "feel" -
he uses what feels right to him and gives him the "pump"
in the area he is working. He concentrates very strongly on whatever
exercise he is doing and whichever part he is working. He does everything
worked his chest as follows. He supersetted bench presses with decline
dumbbell flyes for six sets of about 8-10 repetitions. Then he tri-setted
incline barbell presses, single dumbbell pullovers, and dips - with
six of these tri-sets. If you add that up you will see he did thirty
sets for his chest. This took him only about 45 minutes as he rested
only a minute or less after each super or tri-set.
shoulders, he supersetted behind the neck presses with side laterals
and then supersetted dumbbell presses with bent over laterals. Again,
he did about six sets of each superset. His deltoids became so pumped
that it looked as if you could lift him up by them.
worked his triceps with supersets of barbell tricep extensions (standing)
and dumbbell tricep extensions. Then he did supersets of lat machine
pushdowns and pulley extensions.
does from twenty to thirty sets per body part. He works at a very
fast pace but does each repetition slowly and strictly. He does
some abdominal work with each workout.
takes substantial quantities of supplements and took a great many
liver tablets after his workout. How does he maintain a strictly
high protien diet while traveling a great deal giving exhibitions
and entering contests? Well, one of the fellows at the gym went
to a nearby diner for dinner and happened to see Dave at the counter.
What was Draper having? A double order of scrambled eggs and a cheeseburger
- with NO BREAD, NO POTATOES - was his dinner.
Saturday night, Draper won Weider's Mr. World title. He didn't enter
the Olympia but I think he might take on Schwarzenegger again next
year. Dave seemed very unhappy about losing to Arnold in London
at the Mr. Universe contest. Can Draper beat Schwarzenegger? Remember
that everyone thought Sergio Oliva was unbeatable. Judging by what
Draper has accomplished in the last two or three years, I wouldn't
be surprised. Next year will tell that story. For now, all of the
guys here are training a little harder than before Dave Draper's
too brief but thrilling visit.