Frank Zane

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Frank Zane
— Bodybuilder  —
Frank Zane.jpg
Personal info
NicknameThe Chemist
Born(1942-06-28) June 28, 1942 (age 71)
Kingston, Pennsylvania, United States
Height5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight
  • 185 lb (84 kg) (contest)
  • 200 lb (91 kg) (off-season)
Professional career
Pro-debut1961 Mr. Pennsylvania, 1961
Best winIFBB Mr. Olympia 1977-1979d, {{{bestwinyear}}}
PredecessorFranco Columbu
SuccessorArnold Schwarzenegger
ActiveRetired 1983
 
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Frank Zane
— Bodybuilder  —
Frank Zane.jpg
Personal info
NicknameThe Chemist
Born(1942-06-28) June 28, 1942 (age 71)
Kingston, Pennsylvania, United States
Height5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight
  • 185 lb (84 kg) (contest)
  • 200 lb (91 kg) (off-season)
Professional career
Pro-debut1961 Mr. Pennsylvania, 1961
Best winIFBB Mr. Olympia 1977-1979d, {{{bestwinyear}}}
PredecessorFranco Columbu
SuccessorArnold Schwarzenegger
ActiveRetired 1983

Frank Zane (born June 28, 1942 in Kingston, Pennsylvania) is an American former professional bodybuilder and teacher.

Biography[edit]

Education[edit]

Zane received a B.Sc (Bachelor of Science degree) in Education from Wilkes University in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania in 1964. For 13 years, he taught mathematics and chemistry while living in Florida and California. He also taught mathematics in Watchung Hills Regional High School, NJ, circa 1967 for two years. He also Later he earned a B.A. (Bachelor of Arts degree) in psychology from Cal State LA in 1977. Finally, he was awarded a Master's degree in Experimental Psychology from Cal State SB, California in 1990.

Bodybuilding career[edit]

Zane is a three-time Mr. Olympia (1977 to 1979). His reign represented a shift of emphasis from mass to aesthetics. Zane's proportionate physique featured the second thinnest waistline of all the Mr. Olympias (after Sergio Oliva), with his wide shoulders making for a distinctive V-taper. He stood at 5'9" and had a competition weight of 187-195 pounds when he won Mr Olympia (He weighed over 200 lbs when he competed in the 1960s). Zane is one of only three people who have beaten Arnold Schwarzenegger in a bodybuilding contest (1968 Mr. Universe in Miami, FL) and one of the very few Mr. Olympia winners under 200 pounds. Overall, he competed for over 20 years (retiring after the 1983 Mr Olympia contest) and won Mr America, Mr Universe, Mr World and Mr Olympia throughout his illustrious career.

He has written many courses and books about bodybuilding. In 1994, Zane was inducted into the 1st annual Joe Weider Hall of Fame. He received the Arnold Schwarzenegger lifetime achievement award at the 2003 Arnold Classic for his dedication and long-time support of the sport. He was given the nickname "The Chemist" due to his Bachelor of Science degree and, as he puts it: "Back in the day I took a lot of supplements and tons of amino acids. Still do. But back then it was pretty unusual. That's how I got the nickname The Chemist."[this quote needs a citation] There was also a perception that his nickname was given because he was very scientific in reaching his peak on the exact day of competition, year after year.

In 1985, Frank and his wife Christine owned and operated Zane Haven in Palm Springs, CA where they conducted one-on-one sessions with clients who wished to possess a symmetrical physique. Today, the Zanes live in San Diego, CA and his learning center is now called Zane Experience.

In 2005, Frank Zane played the IFBB Announcer and worked as the consulting producer in the movie "See Arnold Run." As of 2006, Zane currently runs his own website, appears at seminars and book signings. He still trains with weights at age 70.

In 2011 Frank Zane appeared in the documentary Challenging Impossibility (film) describing the weightlifting odyssey of spiritual teacher and peace advocate Sri Chinmoy. The film was an Official Selection of the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival. Frank was in attendance.

Bodybuilding titles[edit]

Competitive stats[edit]

Books by Frank Zane[edit]

Videos by Frank Zane[edit]

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Mr. Olympia
Preceded by:
Franco Columbu
First (1977)Succeeded by:
himself
Preceded by:
himself
Second (1978)Succeeded by:
himself
Preceded by:
himself
Third (1979)Succeeded by:
Arnold Schwarzenegger