No one is more qualified to discuss the heart and soul of what it takes to become a champion bodybuilder than Dave Draper.
I remember seeing Draper for the first in 1963 at the IFBB Mr. New Jersey contest which he won. What I saw was a big bulky guy that probably wouldn't go much further. Boy was I in for a surprise!
Two years later, Draper would win the IFBB Mr. America in a hotly contested event. He followed that with a win in the 1966 IFBB Mr. Universe. For whatever reason, Draper declined from entering the Mr. Olympia. In the shape he was in, he probably could have won.
1967 was a bad year for Draper. He got sick doing exhibitions in Mexico right before the Mr. Olympia. Oweing to the integrity of the guy, he competed anyway, although way out of shape.
In 1970, Draper would return placing third behind Arnold and Sergio Oliva in the AAU Mr. World in Columbus, Ohio. I was at that contest and in my opinion, Draper should have been second to Arnold. Oliva showed up smooth. Likewise, no way Draper should have lost to Reg Park in the NABBA Mr. Universe. In all due respect to Park, he was past his peak on that night. At his best....it would have been a different story.
Unfortunately, Draper dropped out of competition. What a shame. He surely would have become a Mr. Olympia had he stayed with it. But as Dave relates in his book, he had higher values.
Dave Draper had more heart and desire than probably any other champion bodybuilder other than Arnold. Perhaps it was training with Draper in the late 60's and 1970 that laid the foundation in Arnold for what he eventually became???
This book, Brother Iron Sister Steel is a must read for any serious bodybuilder. It contains the heart and soul of a champion bodybuilder who has done it, not just an author who writes about.
As a bodybulder from the 60's, I am excited to see legends like Draper writing books. It is rare that we can look inside the mind of a real champion.