T-Nation: How old are you, Dave, and when did you get started in bodybuilding? d

T-Nation: Has your mindset about weight training changed over the decades?

T-Nation: In a nutshell, give us your basic philosophy about training.

Draper:

T-Nation: Amen to that! What are your general thoughts on nutrition?

T-Nation: How does all this compare to when you were competing in the 1960's?

Draper:

T-Nation: How should a middle-aged or older weight trainer eat compared to his training partner in his 20's?

Draper:

T-Nation: That's often true. What are the most common dietary mistakes older athletes make?

T-Nation: As weight trainers age and their metabolisms change, how should they deal with it?

Draper:

T-Nation: Can any of the "typical" changes associated with aging be slowed down, stopped or changed?

T-Nation: Can't argue with that advice! Now, let's dig deeper into the topic of training. Take us through your basic workout program.

Draper:

T-Nation: Those are some lengthy workouts with a lot of sets. You're still training like that today?

T-Nation: Any training-related injuries?

T-Nation: How do you work around chronic pain or injury?

Draper:

T-Nation: Do you still consistently lift heavy? Is your definition of "heavy" different now than it was 20 years ago?

Draper:

T-Nation: Are rest days incorporated more often into your program than they used to be?

Draper:

T-Nation: How do you know when you need an additional day off?

Draper:

T-Nation: Very true! Are your rest periods between sets longer than they used to be?

T-Nation: What role should cardio play as weight trainers age?

T-Nation: What common mistakes do you see older trainees making in the gym?

T-Nation: What kind of supplements do you recommend?

T-Nation: Don't we all! Now, the baby boomers are the largest part of the population. They're going to live the longest, remain active for the most years, and demand the most activities. How does weight training play into this situation?

Draper:

T-Nation: Dave, you're 62, you don't currently do aerobics, and your body doesn't look all that much different through the years. The average guy is going to look at you and say, "Steroids!" Are you still using them?

Draper:

T-Nation: Some people reading this may think a few of your ideas about bodybuilding are dated. What would you say to them?

Draper:

T-Nation: Stubborn or not, we hope we look as good as you do at 62! Thanks for talking to us today!

You can find out more about Dave at his site, www.DaveDraper.com.