No matter how much the world progresses in the field of bodybuilding and fitness, lessons learned from the golden era of bodybuilding are priceless. One such personality who still is known to have the best-looking bodies ever in the history of bodybuilding is Frank Zane and we all love him. He’s the man whom we call ‘The King Of Aesthetics
No matter how much the world progresses in the field of bodybuilding and fitness, lessons learned from the golden era of bodybuilding are priceless. One such personality who still is known to have the best-looking bodies ever in the history of bodybuilding is Frank Zane and we all love him. He’s the man whom we call ‘The King Of Aesthetics’ and you’ll be awestruck with his well-sculpted body and an ideal male physique.
Well, if you are too curious to have shredded physique AF, the envy of aesthetics, Frank Zane has some great tips for you to build an awe-inspiring physique and not waste your time with bullshit stuff at the gym or in the kitchen.
Bodybuilding Tips From Frank Zane
Not to mention, even when Zane was going through his peak years he never gained more than 200 pounds and also won three Mr. Olympia’s, one of which was snatched from Arnold Schwarzenegger.
The modern bodybuilding concepts tend to focus more on bulking in a blink of an eye but Zane has something unique for you. Even at 75 years of age, he has the physique that will attract the chicks at the beach.
While genetics are always a factor to consider but there is something more to add to your knowledge. Here’s what exactly Zane has to advise you.
1. Creating The Perfect Illusion
Zane says, “Most of the people never talk about is the bodybuilder symmetry. There isn’t anything like pure upper and lower body symmetry. It’s actually proportion. Bodybuilders should actually learn to present themselves so that it’s not obvious either left or right side of the body is close to being symmetrical or even.”
He further added, “I try to focus more on my strong side and avoid the side poses as much as I could. People would always say that I’m very symmetrical.”
2. No Magic Pill
People are just not patient to understand that it actually takes the work to be something. It’s actually annoying, especially when you are a top-level athlete and people approaching you with a ridiculous mentality of knowing your secret to aesthetics or asking for a workout regimen that will suddenly transform them.
Everything works if you put in the time and hard work. Though I do advise people about the right but expecting to tell something out of the blue that will overnight turn them is something I hate.
3. Ahead Of Time
If you already don’t know, Frank Zane consumed huge amounts of amino acids on daily basis. These usually include tryptophan and arginine and most of the people really didn’t know about these. Not only that, Zane was a great supporter of low-carb diet, which is nowadays a trend.
However, he believes that when it comes to nutrition, there is nothing radically unique today as compared to the past days. Only the amino acids have advanced. He added, “I’ve used a supplement for years which was equal to a mix of egg whites and whey protein. I always used it as a quick meal substitute whenever I’m in a hurry.”
4. Motivation & Optimism
The reason most of the people lose motivation is the lack of ‘true’ feedback on their progress and all the time they are in a delusion of being stuck at a point. Not only that, people also tend to overthink about what lacks in their physique and how terrible they look. Though focusing on your drawbacks during the first phase of training can help but in the long run, it will be a cause of lack of motivation.
If you are the one whose motivation comes from awareness of all the things you hate about your body, Zane says,
You’ll always be unhappy and will go backwards. Things will get much worse.
So, how to stay motivated?
Zane says, “The best to become motivated and stay focused is through success. It’s such a powerful attitude shift that will push you hard in the right direction.”
5. Zane’s Favorite Training Split
To prevent the shoulder injury, Zane recommends not to train the upper body two days in a row. Zane adds, “You’ll get away with it when you’re young, but it will eventually get you.” And believe me, it will.
Though if we go back in time, Zane actually suffered injuries just because he trained excessively heavy before a competition. So, he figured out the perfect training split which was:
- Day one: Upper body pulling movements.
- Day two: Only legs.
- Day Three: Pushing exercises.
Zane also said, “You should do this on a train, rest, train, rest format.” Also, he had stressed a lot on stretching before training your body parts as this part is often neglected by many.
Nowadays, Zane trains twice a week in which he works on upper body one day and legs on the other.