Frank Zane was one of the best built people of his era. Even to this day he maintains a physique many people would be jealous of. If you see him walking around you might think, “That guy is in pretty good shape,” but it is when the shirt comes off and you see his proportions that the greatness of his body is more evident.
He doesn’t have a cartoon look to him. Instead Zane has a timeless physique that focuses on line, proportion, and muscularity. He has the type of body people stop and go, “I wish I looked like that,” instead of, “How does he scratch his back?” Zane’s look is purposeful. He always trained for an aesthetic and pleasing look.
Now he trains people using the Zane Experience to teach his methods and ideology.
The Zane Experience
The Zane Experience is a group of principle he uses to help better the training experience. There are useful to anyone who is looking to achieve more out of their workouts.
- Learn to Feel the Set – There is a quality, almost Zen-like when you get into a set. You should have 100% focus on that set and nothing else. Learning to feel the muscle as it works and then having your mind listening to your body as it works. Some people complain they can’t feel a target muscle working in an exercise but you should feel the target muscle working with every set.
- Focus on Quality – Why waste time? Each set that is done should have a purpose. If it is a warm-up set then warm-up. If it is a work set then it should be to until you cannot lift anymore regardless of the rep count.
- Proper Range of Motion – A full range of motion is the best trick known to fully develop muscles. But, sometimes you might use a partial range to focus on a particular area. If your inner chest needs more work then reps should focus on the range of motion that causes them to work the hardest to increase development.
- Mental Imagery – Look at yourself in the mirror and honestly assess how you appear. Use this image to adjust your training to help focus on weak points and make them strengths. Don’t kid yourself, be honest and then do what needs to be done.
- Appreciate It – When you do a good job in the gym and have success in molding your body take the time to appreciate it and enjoy a job well done. Don’t always worry about what needs to be done next. If you don’t stop and smell the roses then what was the point of the trip?
- Continuity – Regarding the gym and fitness it pays to take the long run. Your body will serve you for the rest of your life so train it and take care of it so it can take care of you. Plan on working hard and making consistent changes each year to build the body you want and you will get there.