Bodybuilding legend Frank Zane still lifts dumbbells at 79


These days he might not be as famous as Arnold Schwarzenegger, but Frank Zane is in the pantheon of bodybuilding greats – and in a recent video the now 79-year-old shows he works out. always so regularly. Take a look for yourself below:

A triple Mr. Olympia, Zane naturally looks a little different from his heyday of the late 1970s, but has proven on his Instagram that his knowledge and dedication to staying in shape remains as strong as ever.

A recent clip shows Zane performing one of his favorite bicep exercises; a variation on the incline curl, performed face down on the incline bench.

“It puts the strain on your biceps all the way up, so you let the dumbbells hang down, then you curl up, stop at the top and come down slowly,” he explains in the video, while performing the movement.

He adds, “You want to develop a rhythm when you do them; it’s the rhythm that counts.

Zane goes on to say that the exercise is great for achieving maximum bicep contraction, and advises doing sets of 10 reps, commenting that after just six loops he starts to feel the tension.

And his fans are clearly in awe – with people amazed that he’s still doing his thing in his eighth decade.

Credit: Instagram / therealfrankzane

“Mans 79 and still kickin,” one user wrote.

Another added: “The man. The legend. Frank Zane”.

A third said: “A way to keep pumping Frank !! The inspiration for everyone never stops !!”

This isn’t the only video Zane has posted on his Instagram, and it’s clear he’s still in great shape.

In the 1970s, Zane revolutionized bodybuilding by moving away from focusing on mass – that is, being really, really tall – to more definition.

Credit: Instagram / therealfrankzane
Credit: Instagram / therealfrankzane

Training with lighter weights early in his career, he eventually switched to heavier weights in order to win his three Mr. Olympia titles between 1977 and 1979.

Nonetheless, he was known for his slim build and his chiseled rather than large physique, even when he won these titles.

He eventually retired after the 1983 Mr. Olympia and – alongside his many titles – has the distinction of being one of three men to beat Schwarzenegger in a bodybuilding competition as well as being one of the lightest Mr. Olympia winners in history.

Zane’s accomplishments led him to be inducted into the IFBB Hall of Fame in 1999 and he recently started shooting a feature film about his life with filmmaker Alex Ardenti.


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