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Fabulously Fit Forever Expanded Paperback – October, 1997

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 340 pages
  • Publisher: Thunder's Mouth Press; Expanded edition (October 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1560251379
  • ISBN-13: 978-1560251378
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,354,758 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I found the routines in this book to be excellent in terms of exercise selection, technique, appropriate volume, frequency, aerobics, diet, etc. I wonder about the reviewer who said this book wasn't for the "hardcore bodybuilder"; sounds like that poor guy is more moved by mass monster pictures and hype than real content. Zane was and continues to be a pioneer in the bodybuilding world and is one of the few that can articulate his knowledge in this format. Three days after trying one of his workouts, that emphisize stretching between every set, I was still feeling that good pain that signals growth is in the making. His true mastery seems to be in exercise selection and order (his biceps exercise combinations are perfect). Not only that, but Zane outlines how bodybuilding interacts with psychological development, and outlines basic methods for using meditation to get the most out of bodybuilding and life. This from a reviewer who has read most of whats out there in bodybuilding literature, from Arnold to Mentzer, and now Zane. Zane is on par with Clarence Bass in his lack of hype and presentation of usable information; which is the highest complement I can give.
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Frank Zane has always been one of my favorite bodybuilders. He came from the golden era --- which happened to be my era --- when bodybuilders developed a beautiful body. The bodybuilders today look like freaks because they juice.

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.
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Fabulously Fit Forever is an excellent publication for any fitness conscious individual, regardless of age or gender. Zane clearly displayed his intellect and educational background in his explanations, giving the book an academic flavor. As a social psychologist, it was interesting how Zane incorporated Jungian Psycholgy into his outlook on bodybuilding. For someone familiar with Jungian Psychology, it was truly enlightening. One could also detect the influence of Freud in the publication.
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.
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Frank Zane (Mr. Olympia 1977-78-79) wrote a great book!
The book revolves around four major concepts: Exercise, Attitude, Rest and Nutrition. They are all equally important. No one should expect meaningful results excelling in one area and neglecting the others.
I found the book inspiring and extremely useful for people of all walks of life (both men and women) I understand the reviewers that states that this not a "hardcore bodybuilder" book. Zane was a pioneer athlete that focused his entire and remarkable career in getting a proportionate body versus a huge one. This is a holistic approach to the sport. Zane still train hard and looks impressive beyond his fifties. Nevertheless, advanced and extremely demanding techniques are also available.
I highly recommended this book if you want to be fit and healthy!
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