019. Dave Draper: The Blond Bomber
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The Lost Blond Bomber Podcast
Well, Randy and I did promise one more podcast for 2015 and just when we were checking our schedules to do a recording in order to keep that promise, I found one of our early productions that somehow got lost in the cracks.
Since this was one of our earlier recordings before Randy came closer to the mic, he is a little difficult to hear at times, so apologies for that. The good news is that you can hear me loud and clear. 😉 Randy’s initial reaction was to scrap it until he listened to the show and realized the content.
It concerns one of his favorite bodybuilders, Dave Draper and an interview Dave gave back in 2004. This interview reflected Dave’s philosophy on training that resonated so well with both of us. I think you will enjoy this look at bodybuilding’s original media star.
00:32 Tamas mentioned that this episode concerns one of his favorite bodybuilders, Dave Draper and an interview Dave gave back in 2004. This interview reflected Dave’s philosophy on training that resonated so well to both of them.
02:00 Tamas read a quote from Dave Draper: “The experience of the `60s was matchless and is palpable today. Sunshine, blue sky, ocean air, Muscle Beach simplicity, Mr. America innocence. Hollywood and Hollyweird. Zabo, Joe Gold, Gironda, Scott and Howorth, the originals and their protégés. There was no line in the sand. Bodybuilding was like a child sitting at the water’s edge, delighted and splashing. No one took it seriously. It’ll just go away, they said. The `60s rolled on. Vietnam, dope, politics, journalism, drugs, greed, power and evil emerged. The world got smaller. Then, as the decade faded to gray, the child got up and walked away”.
05:59 Randy mentioned that Dave was the face of Weider bodybuilding until the end of the 60s.
07:01 Tamas mentioned that there was a TV show, the E True Hollywood story on the Dave, it’s a whole biography of Dave for an hour.
08:23 Tamas read another quote of Dave Draper:
“Science is for scientists. I don’t regard weight training any more of a science than the ordinary act of growing from infanthood to adulthood. You naturally gather and assimilate information from your environment and apply it in a positive direction — crawling and growing up, squats and curls. You practice it, organize it, observe and expand it, improve it and grow. The more I intellectualized, the less I understood my training. The more I questioned what I did, the less confident I was. The more I researched, the more tedious the act became. “Do it,” is my credo. That doesn’t work, do it again… another way.”
09:20 In relation to the quote of Dave, Randy added that sometimes you just got to listen to yourself and not all the experts out there. Sometimes you just have to simplify things.
09:57 Tamas added that sometimes we over think things and it turns you into this “paralysis by analysis”.
11:27 Tamas asked Randy about how Dave Draper has something to do with Randy’s inspiration to pick up a barbell.
17:40 Tamas summarized, the takeaway is, if you are ever questioning the number of reps, the number of sets, the weights, diffraction this, diffraction that, just think about Dave’s words of JUST DOING IT, feeling it and try not to complicate it too much because that will take the fun out of it.
I was unable to find the E True Hollywood Story episode on YouTube but I did discover it was Season 5 Episode 29.
Dave Draper, in my mind, “The Best.”