Bodybuilder Frank Zane, 79, shared his dumbbell curl technique


Frank Zane, the bodybuilding legend who has won the Mr. Olympia competition no less than three times (in a row), has authored several books on the principles of strength and muscle building since his retirement. Most recently, he shared the benefits of his experience and knowledge with a whole new audience of fitness enthusiasts via Instagram.

Zane, 79, regularly posts short videos of himself demonstrating classic weight lifting movements and explaining the why and how of his technique. In the last clip, Zane does another strength training – the one-arm barbell curl.

“The dumbbell is good because you can overpronate or supinate when you do it,” he says. “So you start with the dumbbell held in a neutral grip by your side, and as you curl it up, you twist it outward and rotate it upward, which flexes the bicep. , you can lean forward a little bit. “

Zane recommends performing the bicep curls in sets of 8-10 reps in order to get a decent push-up. And he seems to get the seal of approval from his training buddy, the Staffordshire bull terrier Polo. However, Zane’s technique differs slightly from what might be considered the “standard” approach.

“Zane definitely makes you supine late on the move,” explains Men’s health fitness director Ebenezer Samuel CSCS. “I try to supine people when the forearm is parallel to the floor, because that’s when the forearm lever faces the most mechanical challenge.”

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