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Fabulously Fit Forever Expanded Paperback – June 10, 1998
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Fabulously Fit Forever Expanded (revised 2nd edition) is a detailed instructional exercise guide for men and women of all ages and fitness levels. But it is more than a book about lifting weights, stretching, and aerobics. Frank gives intimate details of his personal struggles which led him to the pinnacle of competitive bodybuilding and then beyond it into an exploration of mind/body interaction. You will learn how to use motivation, stress reduction, visualization, and deep relaxation techniques along with sensible nutrition to slow down the aging process, improve sleep, prevent and heal injuries, and enhance sexuality.
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Frank is in his sixties now and he still looks great. He has continued a life of body development. Unlike the flabby Arnold, Frank has a body to die for. Other older guys like Dave Draper and Clarence Bass still look beautiful too and I admire them greatly. They prove there is no reason older people should look like crap. (Many young people look like crap too. So you youngsters, take heed.)
This book is not a hard core bodybuilding book. Frank is into Zen and some other meditation methods. While I practice Zen myself and appreciate most of what he has to say, some of it is a bit far out even in my view.
But that doesn't take away from the beauty of the book. I was hoping it would deal a bit more with age and the needs of the aging body. I think Bass does this a bit more and I know Draper does. (Draper has an excellent newsletter for older bodybuilders.)
But Zane is a beautiful, spiritual man and he deals with the whole body. He does show some of the great exercises and gives instructions. He also tells us what works in all age groups. Since he was in his fifties when he wrote this, I expect he would add a good deal more now.
There are lots of pictures in the book. They're mixed from his teenage years to later years. His wife is also included but we only see her when she was young. She was a bit too skinny for my taste in the female body. I think women should also be muscular if possible.
I also found something about which I must warn you. In the nutrition area he advises women wanting to lose weight to take in less than 1000 calories. DON'T BELIEVE IT! This is not good advice. Frankly, it made me wonder about some of his other advice. No wonder his wife looked so skinny.
But otherwise I enjoyed the book. It's worth a read. Just don't expect a hard core bodybuilding book and if you are offended by discussion of meditation and things of that nature, you might want to find another book because this one if full of that.
I highly recommend the books of Draper and Bass to you older guys and gals.
The publication clearly showed multifaceted bodybuilding is; reaching different dimensions for people with different needs. If there was one thing that Zane achieved in the publication, it was the fact that he shatterd the stereotype of bodybuilding as a "youthful" sport.
The workout routines are marvalous, and I have incorporated many of Zane's exercises into my current routine. As a bodybuilder for 20 years, Fabulously Fit Forever still teaches valuable lessons to the "veterans" in the field. This is especially true when it comes to injuries and nutrition.
Zane's philosophy is excellent, and one could tell a Buddhist influence in Zane. Though many readers may not embrace the philosophical aspects of the publication, Zane clearly showed the power of the mind in relation to the sport. As a psychologist, Zane clearly applied his academic knowledge to something empirical.
If you are looking for bodybuilding hype, this is not the book for you. In terms of substance, it truly brings essence to the sport of bodybuilding. Zane is an excellent example of an intellectual bodybuilder.
I would recommend Fabulously Fit Forever to anyone without reservation.
This is an intelligent book, written by an intelligent man for the intelligent person interested in bodybuilding as character formation and character completion. I congratulate Zane on his book.
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