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Frank Zane

Updated on January 14, 2014


Frank Zane is a three-time Mr. Olympia (1977 to 1979).

Frank Zane's reign represented a shift of emphasis from mass to aesthetics. Zane's proportionate physique featured the thinnest waistline of all the Mr. Olympias with his wide shoulders making for a distinctive V-taper.

Standing 5'9" Frank Zane had a competitive weight of 180 pounds. Zane is one of only three people who have beaten Arnold Schwarzenegger in a bodybuilding contest and one of the very few Mr. Olympias under 200 pounds.

Frank has written many books about bodybuilding. He received the Arnold Schwarzenegger lifetime achievement award at the 2003 Arnold Classic for his dedication and long-time support of the sport.



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Frank Zane has a very impressive list of Bodybuilding Competitions that he entered during his great career.

1961 Mr. Pennsylvania 17th

1962 Mr. Keystone 1st

1963 Mr. Keystone 2nd

1965 Mr. Sunshine State 1st

1965 IFBB Mr. Universe Medium 1st

1966 IFBB Mr. America Medium 1st

1967 IFBB Mr. America Medium 1st

1967 IFBB Mr. Universe Tall 3rd

1968 IFBB Mr. America Medium 1st & Overall

1968 Mr. Universe Short 1st & Overall

1970 Amateur Mr. Universe Winner

1971 NABBA Pro Mr. Universe Short 1st

1972 Pro Mr. Universe Short 1st & Overall

1972 Mr. Olympia 4th

1974 Mr. Olympia 2nd

1976 Mr. Olympia 2nd

1977 Mr. Olympia 1st

1978 Mr. Olympia 1st

1979 Mr. Olympia 1st

1980 Mr. Olympia 3rd

1982 Mr. Olympia 2nd

1983 Mr. Olympia 4th

Frank Zane on Bodybuilding

Besides the health issue, whats wrong with steroid use by bodybuilders?

"When the winners of top competitions like Mr. Olympia and the Arnold Classic have more classical, proportionate, non-freaky bodies then the public will be more accepting of the sport.

The winners always set the standard in all endeavors, especially in a visual art form like bodybuilding. So when winners look more pleasing, bodybuilding will get more media publicity, and the sport will grow in popularity. My goal is education on how to build the classic proportionate physique.

"The circus has become the side show in bodybuilding competitions""

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Frank Zane on Building The Proportionate Body

Frank I want to develop the classic bodybuilder look, any suggestions?

"So if you want to develop an aesthetic proportionate body without freaky size simply take your time and don't resort to steroid abuse.

There are many ways to optimize your body's own testosterone, growth hormone, and thyroid secretion without using illegal unnatural substances. Supplements such as DHEA, (good idea to take saw palmetto berry oil to support the prostate gland in men) melatonin, growth hormone releasing amino acids in free form, (L-tyrosine is a precursor for thyroid hormone) getting enough sleep, learning the relaxation response, and the right kind of weight training go a long way to help build a great body.

"DHEA and melatonin are natural hormones available over the counter""

Frank Zane Videos

Here is Frank Zane immortalized in video's from many different sources.

Frank Zane and Teenagers Building Muscle

Frank can a Teenager Build Muscle Mass?

"A teenage boy trying to build up his muscles generally has little problem doing so, especially if he eats right and works out with proper supervision, and expends the needed focus and effort. Continuing this regimen, a young man in his 20s can build and maintain a classic physique. Something begins to happen in our 30s or 40s and although we continue to do what we did before, the results are no longer the same. The average guy can get discouraged and let himself go to pot, or he can educate himself and do what is necessary to live better longer.

"Expending more effort in exercise does not necessarily yield more results"

A young person does not need hormonal replacement to help build his physique.

In fact, introducing excessive hormones can actually prematurely shut down the very hormonal systems they're meant to supplement. The human body has been genetically programmed to secrete just the right balance of hormones needed, helping us grow and reproduce just fine, thank you.. Having done that, however, hormone levels, including human growth hormone (hGH) begin to decline, generally in our mid-30s, and as the hormone levels decline on the inside, classic symptoms of aging manifest themselves on the outside. We find it harder to maintain lean muscle mass and harder to build up, we begin to lose skin tone and elasticity, and find ourselves more prone to injury. It gets harder to fight "middle age spread" and aches and pains seem more prevalent. In addition there is a diminution of sensory, cognitive, motor, and pulmonary functions, increased fat to muscle ratio, lessening of libido, erratic male erectile function, and, in both men and women, the greater possibility of the onset of osteoporosis. A generation ago we had to live with that. Now we don't!",

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Frank Zane Mind, Body, Spirit: The Personal Training Diaries
Frank Zane Mind, Body, Spirit: The Personal Training Diaries

Frank Zane: Mind, Body, Spirit is a kind of "Zen in the Art of Bodybuilding." It is both a practical training guide and an inspirational reader by a man who has won all of bodybuilding top titles (even winning over Schwarzenegger) in his 40 plus years of training. Hundreds of exercise programs, nutrition, psychology, dreams, meditation, motivation are distilled into a 365 day-by-day progressive format you can use to guide your training.



On 22 November, 2007 I learned that Reg Park died. He suffered from melanoma which had metasta-sized through his body. Bodybuilding has lost another great person. Reg had brought me to South Africa in 1978 for two weeks of posing exhibitions, seminars and workouts with him. I never met a kinder more generous person. I think of the Zen Koan, "I want to live forever, I must die." One less giants shoulders to stand on, I will keep training anyway, what else can one do? Reg did it.



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      Cindy Fahnestock-Schafer 

      6 years ago from Hedgesville, WV

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      6 years ago

      According to Arthur Jones, Zane's weight was closer to 165-170 range.

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      6 years ago

      With Human growth hormone you can make your body in shape. Buy HGH Injections and HGH Supplements

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      7 years ago

      Frank Zane was what the definition of bodybuilder is. His physique was complete.Exercise and Nutrition Tips

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      7 years ago

      OK, I have nothing against bodybuilding, but that picture is scary! I'm sorry, but men who have bodies like that scare me. Kudos to you out there if you enjoy bodybuilding and looking like that, but that's not for me.Austin Web Designer

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      8 years ago

      Wondering if he was using steroids. he doesn't look very huge in the video but he has pretty well shaped muscles

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      8 years ago

      I believe in what Zane says. Better to be proportional than freaky huge. Great Lens!!!

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      8 years ago

      Nice lens! I've personally found that protein supplements helped me lose weight and get toned up.

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      8 years ago

      Frank Zane was my inspiration when I was a teen. He was my favorite bodybuilder because his body while great looked to be achievable with hard work and commitment. Even guys like Franco Columbo, Tom Platz and so forth looked a bit freakish for the day. But, Frank looked like a sculpted Roman Gladiator.

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      9 years ago

      Growing up as a young teen,one of the first bodybuilders I saw in the muscle mags that really impressed me was FRANK ZANE.I said "I want to look like that some day!" And when I found out that we shared the same birthday-June 28-well,he was my bodybuilding idol!!! Many years latter,I still am impressed,I still am in awe!!! THANKS FRANK!!!!

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      9 years ago

      Really inspirational lens for anyone wanting to pack on some muscle, shows what can be achieved with the right diet, nutrition, workout and commitment.

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      9 years ago

      I agree with Giovanni. He has the physique I aspire to have. Professional bodybuilding might be more popular today if there were more men like Frank Zane instead of mass monsters. Love the lens!

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      9 years ago

      I wonder if Frank was buying anabolic steroids to build a body so great?

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      10 years ago

      Its a good lens and informative. Woman`s Fashion

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      10 years ago

      Nicely presented lens on Frank Zane, lot's of interesting info, feel free to participate in my brand new bodybuilding community.Blair Scott,Bodybuilding Diet and Nutrition

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      10 years ago

      Frank Zane is the epitomy of what we call a body builder. Without the use of anabolic steroids or growth hormones, Frank Zane was able to win body building's most coveted trophy. He was, is and always will be an inspiration to me and all the other iron brothers and sisters who toil on relentlessly day in and day out.

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      Nara White Owl 

      10 years ago

      Frank Zane was a great BODYBUILDING !!!!!!!!!!!


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