Dave Draper A Glimpse in the Rear View

Dave Draper was a professional bodybuilder during the formative years of the mid-1960s through the early ’70s, a time commonly known as “The Golden Era.” In A Glimpse in the Rear View, using his joyous and insightful style, he tells the stories of those early days as only he can tell them.

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A Dave Draper Memoir Collection

by Dave Draper
Foreword by Dan John


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This is a compilation of Dave’s iron history articles

With his passion for training intact, Dave Draper takes a glimpse in his rear view to bring us the stories that make up the foundation of Golden Era bodybuilding. Dave’s unique writing style and spectacular insight allows us to feel like we were there, leaning against the dumbbell rack in Joe Gold’s gym in the morning, then soaking up the golden sun of Santa Monica in the afternoon.

In this collection of Dave Draper’s quirky memory columns, we get to sit next to the Blond Bomber as he weaves his tales from the East Coast to the West. Over 60 years under the iron surrounded by some of the world’s top bodybuilding personalities in gyms around the world provides a lot of fodder for an unusual wordsmith to mold into a most enjoyable book.

Dan John, author of 40 Years with a Whistle, writes:

A Glimpse in the Rear View puts us in the passenger seat as Dave Draper pulls away from Muscle Beach and from the stage of Mr. Universe. He takes us into the dungeon, brings us out to the movie set and lets us help open a gym with the Austrian Oak. He pulls the weight set from under the bed for us and leads us in sets of dips on kitchen chairs. We meet people from all over who love the iron. We bury some of them as time moves along, and others just fade from sight.

This isn’t once upon a time; these are real stories. Life can be sad. Life can be cruel. Dave protects us; he cushions us in his mighty arms.  ~ Dan John

A Dave Draper Bodybuilding Memoir

A Glimpse in the Rear View is 275 pages—with a foreword by Dan John, who adds,
“Dave is a master craftsman of body, wood and words.”

Dave Draper

Dave Draper is a former pro bodybuilding champion who now spends his time encouraging people to simply get to the gym and put in the work. Once called by a reviewer “The Pied Piper of Bodybuilding,” Dave is the author of six books and wrote his weekly article from 1999 to 2019, which you can find on his website, davedraper.com.

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Chapter List


Foreword, Dan John


  1. A Quick Glimpse in the Rear View
  2. As Fast as You Can, But Don’t Hurry
  3. The Only Way Is Up
  4. Vigorously and Without Doubt
  5. Where Do Little Girls Come From?
  6. Rehabbing Injuries: Superman, Super Girl and Me
  7. Muscles and Fitness: Today, Tomorrow and Forever
  8. Muscles, Time and Moving On
  9. About Us and the Things We Do
  10. Training: Love It or Hate It
  11. What You Did Is Who You Is
  12. Observations Worth Forgetting
  13. The Times They Are a Changin’
  14. Muscle Blasts from the Past
  15. Muscle Talk for the Humble
  16. Our Great Truth Test
  17. Lower the Anchor, Don’t Drop the Iron
  18. Windy Skies Lift Us Higher and Higher
  19. Ah, the Good Old Days
  20. Travels with the Secret Unknown Stranger in Disguise
  21. Where Were You in the Day?
  22. Draper Financials, Inc—Invest in Iron and Steel
  23. The Essential Nothingness of Weight Training
  24. Hey, Buddy—Got a Minute?
  25. Now and Then, Muscle and Might
  26. Attitude and Altitude—Higher and Higher
  27. A Day at the Beach on a Sunday Afternoon
  28. Muscle Building Made Simple
  29. Gravity, Iron, Force, Time, Space (GIFTS)
  30. Summertime, Summertime, Sum Sum Summertime
  31. To Twitter or Not to Twitter—Tweet Tweet
  32. Where Do We Go From Here?
  33. Musclehead Kaleidoscope Mind
  34. Sights and Sounds Free of Charge
  35. Pressing On
  36. Open Door, Enter Gym, Lift Hard, Exit Gym, Close Door
  37. Don’t Just Stand There, Go to the Gym
  38. A Toll-Free Bridge, Workout to Workout
  39. Pushing and Pulling in Concert
  40. Be Here Now, Then and Always
  41. The Home Is Where the Iron Is
  42. 360 Days to Get the Year Right
  43. Like I Said Before, We Press On
  44. The Bench Press Revisited
  45. Can I Go Now?
  46. Here Today, Gone Tomorrow, Never Forgotten
  47. Ain’t It Funny?
  48. Trash Disposal Technician
  49. Animal Rights for Muscleheads
  50. Me and the Mob
  51. Me and the Mob, the Grand Conclusion
  52. Seven Sons of Samson
  53. Guns, Girls and Lies
  54. Sanctuary for Social Misfits
  55. Plenty Enough
  56. Bust a Slump
  57. White Noise, Echoing Silence of Iron
  58. There’s No Turning Back, This is Serious Business
  59. The Last Lifter Standing
  60. It’s a Funny Thing
  61. Simplicity Made Simple: Push, Pull, Grunt, Grin
  62. Let’s Do More, Let’s Do It Again
  63. Rejoice and Be Glad
  64. Airborne
  65. Too Distracted to Have a Purpose
  66. Sliding into Summer
  67. Bent-Over Rows, Powerful Mass Builder
  68. The Dungeon, 1963
  69. Bomber Affordable Healthcare—Bombercare
  70. For the Ladies and Gentlemen in the Bleachers
  71. No Knuckle-Dragging Allowed
  72. Without Propellers or a Plan
  73. Iron Age Proverbs


The Dungeon, 1963

From the Gripper to the Dungeon

Who Benefits?

Anyone who enjoys reading about the history of bodybuilding, especially during the “Golden Era” days of the 1960s


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