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Brother Iron, Sister Steel: A Bodybuilder's Book

4.14  ·  Rating Details ·  102 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
Brother Iron, Sister Steel is a private journey into bodybuilding as only Dave Draper, former Mr. America, Mr. Universe and Mr. World, can tell it. Training techniques, exercise descriptions and nutritional strategies form the book's foundation, but what glues this book together are Dave's personal experiences and insights, humor and candidness, all of which speak to the h ...more
Paperback, 335 pages
Published January 1st 2001 by On Target Publications
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Christopher Maguire
Jul 08, 2009 Christopher Maguire rated it it was amazing
What a silly and fun book. If you're into overbuilt guys reminiscing about the good old days of pumping iron.
Mar 12, 2013 Ed rated it it was amazing
I've made the comment before that Dave Draper is like the Jack Kerouac of the weight-lifting set. The comparison stands; Mr. Draper's work is wonderfully informal in tone, and pulls you along with a flowing, almost poetic stream-of-consciousness style writing. It's a smooth, easy read that puts a smile on your face.

The subject jumps from his thoughts on bodybuilding and weightlifting in general, to the growth of the sport, life lessons, bodybuilding philosophy and techniques, and his memories of
Andy Nieradko
Feb 26, 2012 Andy Nieradko rated it it was amazing
If you love lifting weights, you'll love Dave Draper's book. You may, however like me, find yourself over-training whenever you pick it up. Draper had an astonishing physique back in the days before, and after Arnold came to America. He won a bunch of titles. If you ever saw The Beverly Hillbillies episode where they tried to find the perfect man for Ellie May Clampett, you saw Dave. He was the bodybuilder that did a posing routine for Granny, and she got all upset because he was "swollen up wit ...more
C. P.
Jan 21, 2014 C. P. rated it it was amazing
Good morning, friend, and get outta bed,
Run ‘round the block, you’ve got fat to shed.

Push that iron and lift that steel,
Who you are is how you feel.

Exercise is life’s surprise,
Within its hold longevity lies.

We’re not to say, “Some other time,”
To procrastinate is a sad human crime.

Consider the loss in vitality and desire,
As the body fails and systems misfire.

Sets times reps with focus and pace,
Intensity with sweat should you embrace.

This isn’t a hardship, a pain to resist,
It’s the thing of life u
Jaroslav Tuček
Mar 19, 2016 Jaroslav Tuček rated it liked it
Interesting anecdotes, forgettable training information. That's not to say I did not enjoy the book, just that I wish Draper had written a full-fledged memoir instead. He's one of the more fascinating figures of the iron game and certainly has tales to tell - no reason for him to squander space talking about pro-traning routines that are available in abundance elsewhere, and would not work for an average person anyway.
Frank J
Oct 10, 2013 Frank J rated it it was amazing
This is probably one of the best, most informative bodybuilding books out there.

Dave Draper, a legendary old school bodybuilder, is not only genetically gifted, he's quite an author....

Mr Draper talks to you as though you're sitting next to him, and he's schooling you on the world of Bodybuilding.

Highly Recommend!
Chase Parsley
Jun 08, 2013 Chase Parsley rated it really liked it
Draper is a bit of a weird guy - reclusive, unorthodox, etc. But he knows his weightlifting. Draper sees through all of the b.s. in the fitness industry, and expresses this very skillfully in this book. Unfortunately, Draper's long section about the types of exercises is a bit much, especially since there are no accompanied illustrations. Despite this, it is a gem of read.
Jan 28, 2008 Michael rated it it was amazing
Shelves: training, nonfiction
Lots of great biographical stuff. Cool pictures from the golden age. Training info was of limited utility to me, but at least it does add another voice saying that there are no secrets. Hit the weights, eat, sleep.
Jun 14, 2013 Brenda rated it it was amazing
Very informative and encouraging. I highlighted several sentences. Holding on to this book for the rest of my life.
Jun 21, 2010 Dan rated it it was amazing
The best bodybuilding book I've read in a while. Mr. Draper is very intelligent and witty. He has a fantastic sense of humor (at least to me). I hope he writes more!
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