Make The Most Of What You Were Given… Like The 3 Time Mr Olympia Frank Zane!


A recent article in FLEX magazine looked into one of the most iconic bodybuilders of all time, Frank Zane, and one of the main things to come out of the article was to not accept your boundaries. It may seem completely counterintuitive for England Rugby International George Ford to move from fly- half which demands speed, agility and technical prowess, to prop, a position that requires a player to have considerable physical stature. Similarly you wouldn’t expect to see an athlete of Floyd Mayweather’s stature try to gain weight to cut it with the heavyweights in a ring, this would go against his strengths (speed, agility, power). Well going against your initial, obvious strengths is exactly what the legend that is Frank Zane did when he decided to develop his naturally slight frame into an Olympia title worthy body. He was not built to stand on the same stage as 6’2’’ Arnold, or 6’5” Lou Ferrigno, but he made it his mission to do it anyway!

When you next plan your training regime, remember that people can and do step outside of the box, of what is expected of them. Accept no limits but remember to respect the gradual journey of reaching your goal. Frank Zane aka ‘The Chemist’ used technical knowhow, dedication, resilience and sheer genius to go against the hand he was dealt, and methodically sculpt his body into one of the greatest… there has ever been.




About the Author

Job Role Qualified Dietitian and Sports Nutritionist Qualifications BSc (Hons) Sports Science | BSc (Hons) Dietetics Tom has always participated in sport both recreationally and competitively which led to an unquenchable thirst for information on anything health, nutrition and fitness. After leaving school Tom went on to play for a football academy during which time he studied Sport and Exercise Science. From here he went on to study a BSc (Hons) Sport Science at UEA followed by his second BSc (Hons) degree, this time at the University of Hertfordshire studying Dietetics. Tom has worked in the fitness, educational and clinical nutrition industry starting out at David Lloyd Health and Leisure Clubs. He then went on to work as a Dietitian (RD) in the NHS, during which time he conducted clinics for healthy eating, weight loss and weight gain, as well as specialised consultations on Diabetes, IBS and Coeliac disease to name a few. He has vast amounts of experience at devising diet plans and supplement regimens, as well as working in the community with schools and competitive athletes. As Head Nutritionist and Supplement expert at Discount Supplements Tom is here to provide current and evidence based health and nutrition information to help you reach your health and fitness goals!
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