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Brother Iron, Sister Steel: A Bodybuilder's Book [Paperback]

Dave Draper
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Book Description

January 2001 1931046654 978-1931046657
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 journey—or take your first steps—as 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.

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"Solidly affirming... Entertaining, even philosophical. ...Fun, informative, and (I have to say it) brawny..." -- Fearless Reviews, November, 2000

Marvelous new book... for average folks who want to put weight lifting in their lives. -- Eric Schoeck, KUSP, National Public Radio station

Powerfully good writer... part exercise strategy, part memoir, part motivational training guide... Manages to be highly entertaining on all counts. -- Tai Moses, Metro Magazine

Simply the best book on training. Bar none. I'll never need another bodybuilding book again. -- Douglas Malcolm,

This book is an inspiration... one of the best iron sport related books I have ever read. -- Dr. Ken Leistner

You'll get hooked on "Brother Iron, Sister Steel." In every word, Draper leaves the mark of his genius. -- Julian Schmidt, Flex Magazine

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Thousands of people were charged by the heroic photos of Dave that were plastered through magazines of every genre in the 1960s and 70s, and today email messages clog Draper's inbox as people, now in their 40s and 50s, write to express their appreciation to him for his influence on their life of fitness. On Target Publications is happy to present this offering to share that experience with today's readers.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Poet of Steel May 6 2004
Fact is, Draper is the best writer on bodybuilding in print. I don't mean he sprays all kinds of technical (sometimes useful) prose around like more research based writers (though he seems to be current in lifting theory); what he does do is write for the soul of the lifter. Weights for weights sake. The simple, tender but direct, conversations one needs to hear to grow as a person on the gym floor, inside and out, are in this book.
He's funny, yes, and remarkably charming. But at their core the essays in this book are poetic. They clang with the passion of someone who holds belief in a religion or knows an unknown disease cure; they are deeply personal. There are no references to a study done last year on the T levels of ten football players at some college, just to the experiences of one guy who has lifted for 40 years without stopping, East Coast to Muscle Beach to Mr. A and Mr. U to a gym on the California coast; Draper lifts because he has to, he says so all the time; you know what, me too. And I just started.
If you're looking for everything you need to know to begin lifting, you may not find it in this book (Draper writes in more technical depth elsewhere). But you will find a friendly voice every lifter deserves to hear. You will find the heart of lifting, where instead of obsessing over which prohormone stack or what starch has the lowest g.i., you simply stroll your butt to the gym, warm up and find the squat rack and start blasting (or bombing); the sweat stark reality of the squat rack. That's Draper.
If anything, his weekly email posts (found via his web site) show his writing maturing. Skillful word choice, eloquent but casual phrasing, the rhythm in the langauge, even its sound... (yeah, I confess now, I teach English for a living).
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5.0 out of 5 stars On target with the BLONDE BOMBER! May 28 2003
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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 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.
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For those of us who spent our misbegotten adolescences in the dusky YMCAs and Boys' Club gyms chasing the elusive muscles of Steve "Hercules" Reeves and Gordon "Tarzan" Scott, the name of Dave Draper (the blond bomber) strikes a mental chord synonymous with California, alluring sexpots, and gigantic muscles. After all, he gazed out at us from endless Muscle magazine covers, the original beach Adonis, the daunting and awe-inspiring realization of our fondest daydreams. Yet, as our ideal Draper also reminded us all that with progressive weight-training, or working out, we could, with enough time and effort, vastly improve our physical beings and in the process transform our own idea of who we are. Now, thirty-five years later we stumble on this book only to discover what a wonderful writer he happens to be!
Here he reminds us of just how good a role model we would-be muscleheads chose so long ago, as he demonstrates his wisdom, good humor, and keen intelligence in explicating with class, verve and thorny personal experiences what it really means to live a life of physical culture, and how attractive that can be in a time of such uncertainty and superficial culture. And he knows of from where he speaks, for Draper, like Reeves and Scott, also appeared in a number of films, most notably with Tony Curtis and the late Sharon Tate in a offbeat Southern California beach comedy called "Don't Make Waves". His huge presence stole the film away from his co-stars.
Indeed, his own presence and personality shine through the typical '60s Hollywood treatment of any given bodybuilder as a naïve, self-absorbed, and narcissistic nonentity.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Brother Iron, Sister Steel
I haven't read it, it was a gift for my boyfriend. He's enjoyed it very much and would recommend it.
Published 11 months ago by ANABELA
5.0 out of 5 stars Sage Advice from The Blonde Bomber
This book is filled with good nutritional advice and workout strategies by one of the long time stalwarts of bodybuilding. Read more
Published on Jan. 26 2004 by deceased
5.0 out of 5 stars A superior guide for the common man and woman!
I have actually read this book several times. Although books such as the Ironman Encyclopedia and Schwarzenegger's Encyclopedia hold significantly more bodybuilding-related content... Read more
Published on June 16 2002 by Gopi Rajaseharan
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Sense from one of the First Greats
Mr Draper has written a book that has a lot of good common sense advise. This book would be excellent for a person who want to understand the ideas behind bodybuilding from one of... Read more
Published on April 4 2002 by I. Nieves
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully Written...
Draper's passion for the iron game shows on every page of this book. Part autobiography, part iron game philosophy, and part how-to manual, this book does a good job of covering... Read more
Published on March 18 2002 by David K. Studenick
2.0 out of 5 stars I was disapointed
I bought this book because I read where Poliquin suggested it. Nothing new in the workouts. Dave definately likes to write. I was hoping for inspiration and motivation. Read more
Published on Feb. 22 2002 by Chris
5.0 out of 5 stars Tells it like it is!
Dave Draper knows what he is talking about. He goes back to the old school approach of hard work and common sense to build a great physique. Read more
Published on Jan. 7 2002 by "thundermeetsl"
5.0 out of 5 stars The Mind, Muscle, & Spirit Connected at Last....
The quest for muscle and strength is not an easy journey for a man or woman of any age. I am a female in my twenties whose training life owes much to Dave Draper and the iron... Read more
Published on Dec 29 2001 by Stella C. Juarez
5.0 out of 5 stars Motivational and Honest
I've been weight training for over 20 years. After a while all the bodybuilding books seem to have been written by the same person, and have the same advice. Not this one. Read more
Published on Nov. 28 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars Dave Draper is my favorite bodybuilder of all time.
I've read this book cover to cover about 5 times.
Dave has a no nonsenese, no filler, writing style
that is candid and to the point. Read more
Published on Nov. 22 2001 by Russell Rockefeller
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