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Frank Zane: Mind, Body, Spirit Paperback – December 28, 1997
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In his 5th book, Zane presents a pioneering blend of workout information and personal growth psychology. It is so many things in one book--from Frank's meticulously kept diaries dating back to the beginning of his 40 year training career. It is difficult to describe in a single sentence except to say it takes bodybuilding to new heights. Frank Zane: Mind, Body, Spirit is essential reading for beginners as well as advanced bodybuilders of all ages.
About the Author
Frank Zane at age 57 is in better shape than people half his age and has won Mr. America, Mr. World, Mr. Universe 3 times, Mr. Olympia 3 times (bodybuilding's highest award). He hold bachelor's degrees in education and psychology and a master's degree in psychology, was awarded a U.S. patent for his Leg Blaster exerciser and teaches people how to train correctly with weights in his Zane Experience program in San Diego. Zane is the author of 5 books on exercise and nutrition and publishes a quarterly newsletter.
Top customer reviews
He even influenced Arnold (no last name necessary) when he beat Arnold in the Mr. Universe. After that Arnold started focusing more on shape and definition rather than pure mass. Arnold speaks to this himself in his autobiography "Education Of A Bodybuilder".
This book is very interesting because you get to see the type of training Zane did. It's interesting the way he changes his training throughout the year so that he's not always doing the same level of intensity. While I know that most bodybuilders change their cycles of training, the dramatic difference in Zane's training was striking, and quite surprising to me. He obviously really knows how to get the most out of whatever weight he used, because often the poundages aren't very high (in some of the training cycles, though he goes considerably heavier in others) but obviously his intensity and mind-muscle connection is very refined.
Scattered throughout the book is some of Zane's poetry. While it's clear that it's a very individual, personal style of writing and perhaps not everyone's idea of what poetry is (or even whether it belongs in a book like this), I respect that he was willing to share that side of himself. Frank Zane apparently has always been cut from a different cloth than what most people think of when they hear the word bodybuilder. He definitely was (and is) definitely not a musclehead and but rather a highly educated and intellectual human being. I've also never heard anyone in any interview or article say anything other than what a gentleman Frank Zane is and has always been.
Frank also has a very spiritual approach to life (and bodybuilding) which is expressed throughout the book, no doubt from his practice of Yoga. He reminds me of Yogi/Bodybuilder (one time Mr. America) Walt Baptiste (Father of famous Yoga Teacher Baron Baptiste).
I would have liked some more autobiographical information about Frank, his background, what made him get into bodybuilding etc. But that isn't the purpose of this book.
If you're a fan of Frank Zane and would like to get insights into his approach to training then this book can really be an eye opener.
I wish that the IFBB would start to promote physiques like Zanes rather than the freaks that are now reigning bodybuilding.
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