Laree has turned into a taskmaster. She scowls as she stands before
the easel repeatedly tapping the pointer against the palm of her
hand. "Listen up. You're gonna be in Kansas City on Tuesday.
The following day it's St. Louis for two days... and over here,"
she stabs at the map on display, "en route to Chicago is Joliet...
Hey. Hey, Buster... pay attention." She cracks the pointer
down hard on my desk scaring me half to death. I'm caught drawing
figures of little stickmen lifting weights under palm trees on the
beach. Geez, Lareez.
I exaggerate. My sweetheart is working very hard and efficiently
setting up my book-signing appearances at bookstores across the
nation. A headset is attached to her ear and the chatter is incessant.
She sends out press kits with her left hand and flyers with her
right and is pursuing media coverage over the phone like a used
car salesman. She spins like a top selling a yoyo... HA --(Highly
We feel good about the book, its subject matter, content and title.
I believe it's an important book and the reviews, though few, have
been extraordinary. We love the cover, but it is more suitable for
a mystery novel (She Fled into the Setting Sun) than a book about
the exercise and nutritional needs of an ailing world. It's a stumbling
block that needs revision.
Enough about books, already.
By the way, the name of the book is "Your Body Revival, Weight
Loss Straight Talk" by Dave Draper. They wanted to know.
I received a call on the hotline from the authorities in Las Vegas.
They wanted to know if it was true Frank Zane and I were going to
appear together at Paradise Park on the outskirts of The Strip on
the October 19th. I was interrogated: What exactly would we be discussing,
would there be photo-ops and autographs and barbecued ribs. Once
I was certain of their authenticity, I said, "Yes, it's true,
we will be there to inform and to contribute, but for obvious reasons
I cannot divulge the details of our talks." There was a brief
yet noticeable silence over the phone line. "We may have a
security problem, sir," the caller said. "We might need
to beef up the police force and riot control in case things get
out of hand. Hate to bring in the National Guard."
I assured the man, a Major-somebody, that the crowd we expected
was a solid, bold and mighty group -- well trained and disciplined
-- who could easily handle any excitement that came their way. After
a time-consuming phone conference with a two-star in Washington,
I convinced the pair of officers that "a minimum of uniform
exposure and hands-off" would be the wisest treatment of the
situation. One helicopter and 10 plain-clothes would be sufficient,
Details are a nuisance.
I have a friend in Denmark who keeps me in check. For example, a
few months ago I casually remarked that I was approaching my 59th
birthday and was considering an alteration in my training to accommodate
the rise in years (how humble, I thought, unflappably considering
my age among my fellowship of bombers). My buddy from across the
sea quickly emailed and said he couldn't wait to see the changes
I planned to make, in detail, and exactly why I made them. He also
did the math and told me by the way I was going to be 60. Swell.
Another time in an article I spoke of the nifty gym Laree and I
had opened in Santa Cruz 15 years ago. "No, no, Dave, it was
14 years ago September 19th, 1989," said The House from Denmark
via an urgent email.
How about this one? I generously listed and itemized my typical
daily menu for one week in a report to the Bomber Squad and my buddy
-- surprise, surprise, an accountant by trade -- wrote back pointing
out my discrepancies in calories, protein, carbohydrates and fats.
He thought I might want to know. I wanna know what makes him tick.
We call Henrik "The House" because he's big. Last week
The House Mouth wrote again and explored my recent training revision
to accommodate my 60 years (60, as noted by the now-famous Danish
muscle-building historian), which works each body part twice a week
in a four-day routine. "This allows me more precious time to
recuperate," I said, "while getting the job done -- better."
Take a wild guess who wrote the following question:
"Could you please describe the split you use to get the job
done better, Dave?"
You all are correct. It's him, larger than ever, The Skyscraper.
I'm hesitant to speak; he or someone like him might somehow know
more than I do and contest me. I'll risk it -- with the courage
of NYC. I'll write fast and dazzle the readers, a thought a second
at the speed of light.
Now, what were we talking about? Speed, lights, New York... tall
buildings... yes... here goes.
I insist on training every body part twice a week. Training each
body part once a week is okay for someone who has attained decent
physical development over the years, knows his workouts and understands
his body. For those in their beginning phases of training and development,
I say this; "I wouldn't if I were you. A good farmer doesn't
feed his pigs on one day, horses on the next, chickens on Wednesday,
dogs toward the end of the week and the goat when he gets around
to him, does he? Dern! What kinda farmer are you?"
It is no secret I contend volume training is the best all-round
training principle for natural male and female muscle builders of
all ages, training every muscle group twice a week. This year I
decided to trade one day of training for a day of rest, reducing
my workout schedule to four days a week with intensity and might.
My favorite split is three days on, one day off, one day on, two
days off. I superset in every combination throughout 80 percent
of my workout and I am ready to alter my routine according to mind
and body instincts at any time... No, I don't wander aimlessly.
I perform the basic moves and, persuaded by injury and age limitations,
improvise grooves and exercise modifications regularly for maximum
muscle involvement. Anyone watching me work out might think I got
instructions at Sears and Roebuck.
My training today is only slightly different than it was nearly
40 years ago when Mr. America and Mr. Universe stared me in the
eye. Though never a competing powerlifter, I always incorporated
heavy movements in my muscle-building routines for the fun and common
sense. It's the big weights that build the big muscles, right? They
present the big test, right? Piling on the plates is noisy, nasty
and cool, right? I handle heavy weights where I can and put aside
three or four days each month for some low-rep and single-rep attempts
with the squat and deadlift and some other odd-ball moves that challenge
the body, the system and the... um... no, not the ego... er... the
I strive for the focus and form that moderate-plus weights allow,
and the consistent intensity that is achievable without tearing
things loose. I go around injuries like a racecar driver weaving
his way through a pileup, yet treat them with respect because they
teach you the heart of the matter. Learn or burn.
Plateaus come and go like moods and I hold fast, waiting patiently
for better days around the corner. Overtraining has the smell of
fish; it stinks but it's not always bad. I push it in the gym, accentuate
the rest, check stress at the door and feed the beast extra portions
of protein, fats, carbohydrates and micronutrients. If that doesn't
work, I back off the level of training input, rearrange my workout
scheme or take some time off. I don't last more than five days in
a passive mode... I get hives.
"You're stalling, Draper. What's the outline of the big four-day
split? Spit it out or it's Danish pastry for you," said Henrik,
The Towering One. And he used to be such a nice boy.
I start with the midsection.
My midsection routine constitutes my aerobic input, 20 minutes of
intense crunches, leg raises and rope tucks, hyperextensions, lightweight
deadlifts or hanging leg-ups in some riveting non-stop combination.
Aerobics at work, I call it, double-duty aerobics.
Certainly, standard cardio activities play an important role in
the exercise plan of many athletes, musclebuilders and fitness buffs.
I presently hold them in reserve.
DAY 1 -- FOREARMS, BIS and TRIS
Barbell wrist curls (5 sets x15-20 reps)
Reverse wrist curls (5x10-12)
Dumbbell thumbs-up curl (5x10,8,8,6,6)
Overhead pulley triceps extension (back toward apparatus and leaning
forward in a staggered-leg position, pulley extending from behind
the head and forward).
Upon completion of 12-15 reps, turn around and force out 6-8 reps
standard pulley pushdown. (5x maximum reps)
Standing bent bar power curl (5x6-8)
Lying triceps or seated triceps extension (5x10-12)
Low incline dumbbell curl (4x10,8,6,6) -- one end of bench raised
Machine dips (4x12-15)
An interesting word or two at this juncture: As one day of training
has been removed from my workweek and a day for recuperation added,
I have intensified each of my four workouts (force, focus and thoughtfulness)
due to an overall increase in energy and desire. This timely alteration
appears to have afforded more worthwhile and enjoyable input in
DAY TWO -- CHEST, SHOULDERS and BACK
Steep barbell front press -- free bar preferably (5x15-warmup, 12,10,8,6,6)
I use the Smith Press due to a shoulder limitation -- anyone who
knocks this movement as being inferior has yet to see a sunrise
Wide grip pulldowns (5x12,10,8,8,6)
Dumbbell incline press (5x10,10,8,8,6)
Seated lat row (5x15,12,10,8,6)
Lying sidearm lateral raises -- left to right, back and forth (5x8-12)
One arm bentover dumbbell row -- left to right, back and forth (5x12,10,8,6,6)
Cable crossovers for pecs (5x10-12)
DAY 3 -- LEGS
Leg extensions (5x15,12,12,10,8)
Calf raise (5x12-20)
Leg curl (5x10-12)
Calf raise (5x12-20)
Squats (5x15,12,10, 8,6)
Stiffarm dumbbell pullover (5x12,10,8,8,6)
This completes three hard workouts three days in a row, typically
Monday through Wednesday. They are subject to minor changes to suit
the flow of the tide and moon risings; for example, thoughtful exercise
substitutions or swapping shoulder day with leg day should upper
body be fatigued.
I prepare myself for the outlay of energy and attention; I'm devoted
during my time in the gym and don't toss myself around the streets
when I'm not. Not everyone wants or needs to train with the dedication
I and many other iron and muscle enthusiasts apply. Go at your own
pace to satisfy your own concepts of training, needs and possibilities.
The point is, keep going... attentive and learning and growing.
Your menu should be simple and always settled within smart margins.
Neither let go of the weights nor let your diet get out of hand.
It only gets better. Hang on.
As we all have noted, while exercising one muscle group specifically,
we are also engaging peripherally and often substantially other
nearby areas. Hence, the above program intentionally cross-trains
muscle groups adding to their load saturation.
The slugfest below calls for a buildup to heavier weights to prod
the system. It includes a selection of basic movements, some with
an odd twist that will work the entire body to assure twice-per-week
body part training.
DAY 4 -- THE HEAVY METAL AMALGAMATION
Deadlifts -- done for 5 to 7 sets for either exercise repetitions
of 12, 10s and 8s or for low reps and singles or an occasional PR.
Lotsa complete leg work here.
Barbell row (5x10,10,8,8,6) -- More complete leg work plus bis.
Set aside power days throughout the month for lower reps.
Thick bar bench press -- narrow grip (5x8-10 therapy reps) -- Front
delts, pecs, tris.
Reverse grip thick bar curl (5x6-8) -- Biceps, grip, forearm.
Thick bar pullover and press (5x6-8) -- Upper torso, triceps.
Dumbbell shrugs (5x 10-15) -- Ttraps, grip,bis.
Short farmer walks (over there and back)
Day 4 workout to be followed by two days off.
This is a free day with the accent on favorite movements that don't
have a regular place in my workouts. They either present aggravating
physical problems with frequent practice or are slow and laborious
or experimental in effect and payoff. However, the random exertion
for the day is novel, exhilarating and rewarding. Someone might
just come up to me and say, "You're having fun, aren't ya?"
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