Dave Draper Iron in My Hands Book

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Just when you think you’ve read all there is to read about lifting weights and building muscle, along comes another 80,000 words by Dave Draper echoing in the corners and hallways of the musclehead gym: schemes and routines and hints and tips with the intent to inform, encourage and entertain.

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Product Description

Dave Draper Bodybuilding Book—Latest Dave Draper Book

by Dave Draper
Foreword by Dan John

This is the second compilation of Dave’s most popular articles

Dave Draper writes:

Just when you think you’ve read all there is to read about lifting weights and building muscle, along comes another 80,000 words echoing in the corners and hallways of the musclehead gym: schemes and routines and hints and tips with the intent to inform, encourage and entertain.

The immediate message: See iron, lift iron.

The ultimate message: Train hard, eat right and be happy.

Don’t you just love simple? It’s one of the main reasons I chose the sport. No pitcher, no quarterback, no foul ball and no meddlesome referee. Just you and the iron and the rhythmic sounds of action, the grunts and groans and clanks and thuds.

You are your partner, your team, your biggest competitor and your best fan; muscle and might are your favorite goals, with a good pump and burn to accompany you along the way.

And none of it happens without moving a ton of weights, forging countless sets and reps, enduring a pile of aches and maybe some pain, and amassing a stack of stories to tell.

And speaking of stacks of stories to tell, pull up a bench and I’ll tell you a few.


“I open Iron in My Hands and get lost in the clanging of plates and a cloud of chalk. Whether you spent decades under the bar or just made a tentative acquaintance with it, Dave Draper’s powerful prose will make you reach for a gym bag. Wisdom, passion and great stories. It’s all there.”
~ Pavel Tsatsouline, author of Kettlebell Simple & Sinister

Audio book sample, narrated by Steven Oswalt

A Dave Draper Bodybuilding Book

Iron in My Hands is 73 chapters—a Dave Draper bodybuilding book, 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 four books and has been writing a weekly article since 1999, 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

Who Benefits?

Anyone who enjoys reading about training or needs motivation to get to the gym

5 reviews for Dave Draper Iron in My Hands Book

  1. Mark

    This is another great publication by an original iron master. Real trials and errors and realistic goal settings.

  2. Frank

    In Mr Draper’s newest book, he takes his legendary strength of the weight pile, and uses it on crafting words onto paper. To say Draper is just an author, is like saying Picasso was just a painter. His 50+ years in the iron game make this book a priceless gem of old school knowledge, tips, stories and solutions for your journey into Bodybuilding.
    Highly Recommend!

  3. Eric Beard

    Dave Draper provides pearls of wisdom, touches of philosophy and entertaining stories in this rich account of his training experience. Iron in My Hands as a quotable and enjoyable read. I recommend it to strength training enthusiasts and strength coaches alike.

  4. mike graham

    Dave combines years of experience with extraordinary insight and a joyful appreciation of the combination of fun and hard work to make this a great read and a warehouse of information for anyone looking to get stronger in muscle and brain.

  5. Kate (verified owner)

    Yet another joy to read…. Dan John nails it in the Intro- Dave is a poet.

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