The Zane Way

Olympia legend Frank Zane talks about his strongest bodypart: his brain.

Courtesy of Weider Health & Fitness

Third from left, Zane adopts his trademark “relaxed” pose. 

So the stretching between sets helps you stay engaged?

That, plus it keeps you warmed up.

Consistency is obviously critical for success on any program. What does consistency mean to you?

To me, being consistent means being on a program and following it. This whole concept of changing your routine every month to something entirely different— the problem with that is you never get to be good at anything. If you want to get good at something, you have to do it a lot. The basis of learning is repetition. Do it over and over and over again. That’s what you do in the gym; we’re educating the muscles by doing a lot of sets and reps.

The way I see it, there are really two kinds of bodybuilding. One is “get big fast” and the other is “training for longevity”—and they’re just the opposite. Get big fast is what a lot of young people do, where they do anything it takes to get that way. Usually that kind of bodybuilding is short-lived, because they’re not motivated to stick with it. Training for longevity is where you basically commit to doing it for the rest of your life. And in the course of doing that, your goals and the way you train is going to change over time. That’s part of growing up. I’ve experienced both ways.


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