Training - Bodybuilding - Nutrition - Motivation
Arnold is Running for Governor of California August 18, 2003
you ever in all your life seen so much attention toward one person
and one event? Arnold and the California recall are the eye of a
nationwide hurricane and the colossal energy, bombers, is whirling
across our skies. An AP writer, the SF Chronicle and Inside Edition
have discovered my secluded whereabouts amid the redwood forests
of the Pacific-Northwest and have sought my thoughts on Arnold’s
credibility. Are they digging in the rough or what? I just got off
the phone with ABC. More probing. Tomorrow morning the Santa Cruz
Sentinel, the hometown newspaper, wants a word or two.
exhausted trying to think of intelligent things to say. No one showed
much interest in Arnie’s favorite pre-contest killer arm routine
or his menu for gaining muscle mass in the off-season. The interviewers
asked about his strategy. Yeah, right. Like I’m gonna tell
‘em. I hesitated at first, not wanting to reveal any cards
the man holds close to his vest. They could see my apprehension
and pressed on aggressively. I figure he’s going to win anyway,
so I told them about his secret carbo-loading methods and the jars
of dill pickles he eats the last days before competing and the light-weight,
high-rep backstage pumping routine he performs in his favorite torn
Jockey shorts, as he repeats the mantra, “I’m going
to pump you up” loudly in German. All they said was, “Really.”
I was in LA by request of the folks producing Inside Edition. They
interviewed me as I leaned on a rack of barbells at Joe Gold’s
World Gym in Marina Del Rey. I had hoped for a polished mahogany
conference table with state officials gathered around me in suits
to match the one I had purchased at K-Mart the night before especially
for the occasion. The bearded, long-haired 20-year-old director
in cutoff jeans said the sweaty T-shirt I was wearing was fine,
“Let’s roll.” I said, “I could use a glass
of water, my mouth is all gummy.” He said, “We’re
haven’t seen the end product but you can see the gummy interview
with me on Inside Edition later this week. Chances are I’ll
look blotchy and slightly desperate as I answer mindless questions
built for Lego toy collectors. 30 minutes of film for three seconds
of airtime. Swell.
the way; I haven’t spoken to anyone who didn’t support
the guy. Simply amazing.
politics. Here are a few answers to a few questions from the friendly
skies of IronOnline. Zoom. Zoom.
lift hard and party hard with my friends. What I mean by that is
I lift 5-6 times a week hard, but I drink heavily 1-3 times a week
as well. I know it can’t be good for my training, as you said
one of the things you most regret is drinking alcohol when you were
younger. However, I do like to hit the bottle. I would like to know
some of the effects of drinking and weightlifting, how it hurts
me and what it actually does to my body. Or if there are any special
alcohol drinks that may be better than vodka or beer for me. Any
information or personal experiences you have on this would be greatly
not a doctor who can tell you in detail the degenerative affects
of excessive alcohol in the bloodstream from over-consumption; I
hope it’s sufficient to say that alcohol, a basic ingredient
in appropriate minuscule amounts, is basically poisonous when disproportionately
present. It is generally toxic to the entire system, exhausting
its antioxidants, attacking the stores of B vitamins, straining
the immune system and overworking the kidneys, liver and other organs
and glands on down the line. Staying healthy is impossible, though
muscle and strength will strive to improve for a limited period
in spite of the mistreatment. The monstrous damage is done beneath
the skin amid the organs and their vital functions. This is to say
nothing of the damage it does to the brain and central nervous system,
the mental processes and the emotions. Dependency to a greater or
lesser degree is certain.
is wasted, manhood destroyed and a long and successful future is
compromised. Few are successful at forewarning or convincing another
person of the damage or potential strife of excessive drinking.
Seems one must discover the problems on one’s own, sooner
or later, and fix them if it’s not too late and if he or she
cutting back as you grow older and wiser, and as you envision the
joy of carrying a strong and muscular body, the fulfillment of training,
the inspiration of a healthy and disciplined lifestyle. In every
way eat right and exercise and rest, take high dosages of B-complex,
C and E and other antioxidants and drink a lot more water. Fortify
yourself. You may outgrow one of the nation’s pitiful shames.
The longer you indulge, the more difficult it will be to stop and
the less likely you will.
made me dumb.
about it and thank God for the iron and the will to lift it... Dave
51 years old, I am in recovery from anorexia, a lifelong disorder.
I am also a runner and I am working out with free weights. Since
I still don't eat as well as I should, I would like to know how
this affects my developing muscles. I’m 5'4" and approximately
you give me any suggestions on how to begin to add healthy foods
to my diet, while trying not to gain fat weight? I tend to save
most of my food for nighttime. I eat soy bars and soy protein powder.
Dinner usually consists of chicken and if I eat an egg white during
the day I’m pretty lucky.
this may not sound like recovery, my lowest weight was 55 pounds
and I usually hovered around 70-85. I was quite emaciated. I am
sure there must be others like me out there. I would so appreciate
some help with this.
Yours in strength, Miss Slightly
have both a frightening and inspiring story to tell. 60-70 pounds
at 5' 4'' is inconceivable; 118 is enviable.
current guesstimate is thrilling and you could add five pounds of
muscle if you wanted by slowly increasing your food intake throughout
Be sure to eat breakfast. A protein shake is a favorite solution
for you as a busy, light eater to begin the day, assuring you of
energy and muscle-building ingredients from the starting block.
Without early feeding your body will seek its own precious muscle
as fuel. You’re in control; this is not smart or necessary.
I'd add a top quality vitamin and mineral for system efficiency
Recognize the fact that you must eat throughout the day for your
health and vitality and muscle repair, and prepare yourself for
additional feedings at the most desirable or doable times; that
is, when you are willing and able or when feeding is most efficient.
Courage and good sense must become your companions. Discipline is
the jewel you'll add to your treasure as you seek healthy muscle
Add essential fatty acids (EFAs) to your diet for heart and vascular
health, cellular quality, joint function and energy. Add fish to
your diet for muscle-building protein and the valuable oils they
No junk and sugar, of course, but gain your carbs from life-giving
salads and other fresh vegetables, particularly of the cruciferous
variety, for vitamins, minerals, phyto-nutrients and roughage.
Adding a top quality whey protein powder to your menu will enhance
your health and wellbeing and contribute to your efforts to gain
solid body weight. This single ingredient mixed in juice, milk or
water can become quick, enjoyable, fulfilling, easy-to-prepare,
easy-to-consume mini-meals throughout the day. I highly recommend
whey over soy for efficiency and absorbability and health. Bomber
Blend is a supreme choice.
If eating red meat is not off the charts, consider including steak
throughout your weekly menu. Red meat is the best solid weight and
strength builder in the opinion of most strength athletes.
Working with free weights is part of the prescription for gaining
high-performance muscle mass, bone density, hormonal balance and
improved metabolism. It will serve you well in your sports and recreation
and add to your vitally functioning, happy and independent years.
barbells and dumbbells are fun and training is fulfilling. See the
davedraper.com website for tips, hints and motivation and routines
that are enjoyable and profitable for you.
Great muscle-building snacks or meals: cottage cheese and tuna,
cottage cheese and favorite fruit, yogurt and nuts, cream and premium
raw fertile eggs ala Rocky, Bomber Blend protein shakes with peanut
butter, sardines or canned tuna and water.
As a runner, more carbs should be consumed to accommodate long arduous
runs. As a 51-year-old muscle builder with weight-gaining goals,
I'd do enough running for the heart and lungs and save the rest
of you for the wonders of weight training.
this helps. God's speed... Dave
sure you don’t remember me but we met a long time ago at a
Phoenix powerlifting championship. Well, the reason I’m writing
is I am a world champion powerlifter and I have a 13-year-old boy
and I don’t know if he is eating the right protein. I come
from the old school of egg protein and new to this whey stuff. I
retired after the 1990 Worlds and I’m kind of out of the loop
with protein and vitamins. I thought you might know something to
help my son. He is about two years behind in physical growth according
to doctors; his bones they say are too far apart. He is extremely
strong for his age 13 and weight 90 lbs. Any advice is greatly appreciated.
make all the difference in the world if you can get your guy to
eat five or six meals regularly from breakfast to a pre-bedtime
snack of high protein. Start by adding one extra meal to his regular
eating schedule, a breakfast or pre-bedtime meal. Consider protein
from meat, fish, poultry and eggs and dairy products, plus carbs
from fresh vegetables (especially cruciferous vegetables) and fruit,
the added fat from an essential fatty acid supplement and vitamins
and minerals from a high quality source.
him away from sugar and junk food. Killer! This diet is for you
and all your loved ones. Whey and milk protein are great in a shake
with milk, a banana and ice as one or two of those daily meals I’ve
recommend (breakfast or pre-workout or bedtime meal).
encourage heavy weight training on bench or any particular movement
at this stage of his life, as it will likely provoke damage to joints
and discouragement to the spirits. Give him tough training with
intensity and form to enhance his structure and his understanding
of smart training.
I have a protein, Bomber Blend, that can't be beat for taste, absorbability,
quality of ingredients, price and popularity for general energy
and tissue repair. Our vitamins and minerals, Super Spectrim, are
the best in my opinion. Not a sales pitch... for the record and
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The old school is the good school. There are good routines listed
on the davedraper.com for building the young ever-ready body or
check out Brother Iron Sister Steel at your library, local book
store or online. Full of tips, hints and motivation for all ages...
kids and their dads. Dave
a quick question for you regarding your opinion on cardio and weights.
Some coaches seem to nay-say doing cardio after swinging the iron
collective reasoning is you miss some 30-minute window for anabolism
etc, and that I should go home and drink my Bomber Blend, eat some
food, be nice to the missus, etc. What do you think, Dave? Do you
have any opinion on weights/cardio as a package deal?
admit frequently that I don't spend a lot of time in dedicated cardio
activity. During the years when training with Arnold, Zane and Columbo,
no one did any aerobic training, period. I achieve my heart and
lung activity through the tough training on the floor with the weights
and save the aerobic for getting in particularly good, lean shape
or when injured, slightly sick or backing off intentionally. In
brief, aerobic exercise is on hold -- on the sidelines -- always.
deadlifting, supersetting and continual forward motion and intensity
in my training provide plenty of lung and heart work. I save my
time, energy and spirits for the iron.
cardio is part of your training scheme (meets your needs and goals,
good), do it first to warm up and rev up only. Save intense and
lengthy aerobic training for alternate days or a second workout
later in the same day (advanced training technique). Logic tells
me that specific aerobic activity upon completion of a workout intrudes
upon muscle recuperation and repair. I agree with the coaches. Feed
yourself after your hard iron work and slow down.
to hear from you... carry on. DD
to the conclusion of this week’s newsletter. You are a true
bomber. You persevered. Apply such discipline and dedication to
your training and your goals will be surely realized.
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