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Three times Mr. Olympia Frank Zane, 64, making a comeback?

Frank Zane won Mr. Olympia 1977, -78 and -79. In December 2006 he peaked and shot some new photos. In his monthly newsletter Frank tells us that he’s found it harder and harder to get in really good shape the older he gets. The latest diet and training program he used is outlined in the Winter issue of Franks own Building the Body Quarterly Magazine/Newsletter:

I was able to get in my best shape in over a decade and this Winter issue describes all the details of my workouts, diet, and motivation along with photos of the condition I achieved by the middle of December 2006. You may want to subscribe if you don’t already.

Most of all I proved to myself that age is no barrier to physical improvement and I intend to be in even better shape in 2007. One thing I did learn is that as you get older you have to allow more time to get in shape. I did everything possible to reach peak condition, dieting, training two even three times a day, 1000 reps of abdominal work daily, and eventually 1 and a half hours of aerobics a day.

Three times Mr. Olympia Frank Zane, 64, making a comeback?

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January 16, 2007 - Posted by | Bodybuilding, Diet, Exercise, Frank Zane, Inspirational, Mr. Olympia


  1. Ola,

    this is a very cool Pic!

    It is a fake or Real?

    Frank Zane was and is a great Bodybuilder!


    Comment by Oscar | January 29, 2007 | Reply

  2. I think the picture is half fake. Frank’s shoulders and arms seem to be way out of proportion with his chest, and lower body. If his arms and shoulders were smaller I would believe it.

    Comment by Jim | February 15, 2007 | Reply

  3. This picture is undoubtedly real. Frank Zane is an amazing bodybuilder, and works out as hard as a 20 year old-taking many natural supplements. I have no doubt that this is a real picture

    Comment by Wes | March 20, 2007 | Reply

  4. No, of course it isn’t fake; Frank Zane lives in populated San Diego and would be humiliated by those who see him all the time. He is truly amazing! He has always been a genius and, while I’ve read some harsh criticism concerning his demeanor, I have never believed it! I’ve spoken to him over and over, and he has ALWAYS been very friendly, and very calm. He’s an outstanding teacher. His writings from the past Muscle Builder, Muscle & Fitness, and MuscleMag articles, were always inspiring. He’ll never do it (because he doesn’t have to) but I would love to see him compete in ’08 and compete against his 1970s competitors Robby Robinson, Danny Padilla, etc. They are in excellent shape as well. Imagine if Arnold and Franco made comebacks? Bet your entire estate that such a contest would exceed the last 20 Mr Olympias in popularity!!!

    Comment by Kevin Chouinard | March 24, 2007 | Reply

  5. Wow ! Frank Zane is a living testament to the phrase “living well is the best revenge”.

    Of course, the photo is real. Zane’s an honest man. He’s been known and well-respected in the business for over 40 years. He doesn’t need to “photo-shop” an image to make him look more in shape than he is.

    Never mind what the people of San Diego would think if he were seen around the city “out-of-shape”. He wouldn’t fake it to impress anyone. He doesn’t need to.

    The photo looks “unreal” because so many of us have a negative picture of what an oldr man should look like.

    Too many of us are prejuiced against older people. Too many of us think that 50 plus means…heading to the grave… Out-of-Shape.

    When I’m 60, which is in just three years, I’m gonna look and feel the best I can.

    Because Frank Zane inspires me as much now as he did when I was 16 years old!

    Comment by Gary Thomas Keating | March 29, 2007 | Reply

  6. I think that is not a fake. His mental, his spirit and his physical attraction is in a great kondition. Frank is the greatest bodybuilder in the world. Congratulation to frank for demostrate this body for all of the world. It`s for me and many of the rest in the world a very good motivation.

    Comment by Ralf Opiol | April 28, 2007 | Reply

  7. this guy is 4 real….and so is the picture…..i watched him sincs i was a little boy….at the age of ten….the early take care of you frank….

    Comment by holger maennel | May 3, 2007 | Reply

  8. definitely not fake! Frank Zane is the man! I bought one of his books and I definitely recommend them, lot’s of good information.

    Comment by nick | May 7, 2007 | Reply

  9. Frank Zane is still the king!! The living proof that age is no excuse.
    Keep on pumping!

    Comment by Reese | June 5, 2007 | Reply

  10. I recently listened to an interview with Joe Vitale and he spoke about how he went and trained with Frank at his home gym. Sure enough, I had a look and Frank offers various packages for training with him. I’m going to do his 3 day training package for $895 this fall when I’m in California for another event.

    Yep, thats a real picture of him.

    Comment by Rob | June 11, 2007 | Reply

  11. whoops… put in the wrong link on that last post

    Comment by Rob | June 11, 2007 | Reply

  12. All I can say is – awesome!! Frank Zane is a true legend and shows that you can achieve your best physique at any age. In his prime his physique was symmetry and proportion at it’s best, which is why I much prefer it to those of todays “mass monsters”. I am seriously considering travelling to California (from Australia) for a 3-day training session with Frank, it would be well worth the money. It would also be a great learning experience both physically and spiritually.

    Comment by Steve | June 12, 2007 | Reply

  13. I to think that it isn’t fake. It is a top-body for a 64 yeare old man. Hope he is still healthy!

    Comment by Derek | June 22, 2007 | Reply

  14. The photo is real, of course.Why an athlètes who’s training all over the life don’t be physical perfect…I’ll want like Frank at this age..

    Comment by David, France | July 2, 2007 | Reply

  15. Frank is a real champion. After the 80 mr olympia he gad sex with me and made me feel like the man I have always wanted to be. Keep it up frankie.

    Comment by jeff mic | July 16, 2007 | Reply

  16. The man is a legend and achieved naturally unlike these steroid taking guys.I salute him.

    Comment by Steve''The Awesome''O'Sullivan | August 6, 2007 | Reply

  17. This is a big fake picture!
    We better respect how he was.

    Comment by ron | August 18, 2007 | Reply


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  19. acho que todos devem comentar a mesma coisa, que “frank” é um exemplo de perfeccionismo.sabemos que na atualidade ele não teria o lugar devido de sua magestosa e inefável aparência.mas que fique claro que nos idos de sua carreira, ele foi e será sempre o melhor…

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  22. FRANK ZANE is a loser !!! his poses are so lame and he is a runt. That pic must be FAKE !!!

    Comment by Darren | November 8, 2007 | Reply

  23. Zane is still the best, he and your friend Arnold

    Comment by Pedro Velho | November 18, 2007 | Reply

  24. anyone who thinks this picture is fake is an idiot and knows absolutely nothing about bodybuilding. just because you are too lazy & stupid to get in shape doesnt mean everyone else is!

    Comment by Brian | February 20, 2008 | Reply

  25. I am 60 and I still go to the gym once a month and I look better than most of 20-year-olds so Imagine what Frank Zane can do working out 24-7.That picture is real,period.

    Comment by Rogers Henry | February 22, 2008 | Reply

  26. It’s real…I just got his new book with photos of him getting into his peak shape for 2007. He is pretty amazing and an inspiration to all of us old timers in the iron game..

    Comment by Mike | April 16, 2008 | Reply

  27. ilive in england and the first bodybuilding show i ever attended was in 1971 at the victoria palace theatre in london, it was the nabba mr universe,bill pearl notched up his fourth win that year beating sergio oliver butthe man that caught my eye that year was the great frank zane,never have i been so impressed with a bodybuilder in my life,i was hooked immediately and have been a great fan ever since.frank has the type of physique that cannot be faulted,everything is in the right proportion and nothing is either under or over developed,keep it up frank.

    Comment by ian belsham | June 25, 2008 | Reply

  28. I grew up during the bodybuiling craze of the 1970,s and 80,s. Frank Zane ,columbo,arnold,viator etc. I am 48 and he is a true inspiration. I have been working out with weights since I was 12 and now do powerlifting. Young kids today are clueless what real hard work is about. All they see is big bloated deformed bodybuilders now. Most of the bodybuilders in my time were more defined and stronger than today. Zane is what a true craftsmen can do with effort and willpower.

    Comment by Robert Monica | July 4, 2008 | Reply

  29. I know Frank Zane. I met him in 1977 promoting the film Pumping Iron. The picture is the real deal, and so is he. One thing that I’ve often wondered though, is that after having been training since 1963, I keep running into people I have trained with over that time who still train with unmitigated intensity. “Why are we still doing this?” they ask me. Becasue we ENJOY it!

    Comment by Jim Ganley | August 17, 2008 | Reply


    Perfect Old Man
    Keep on going ZANE

    Comment by Khawar Shamim | September 6, 2008 | Reply

  31. Frank Zane was and still is one of the best physiques in bodybuilding. As a youth I was inspired by him to lift my first weights. Anyone that says that photo is not real has no idea what the will of true hard work and determination can transform. Frank Zane is an inspiration to us all. Just take a look at many of the bodybuilders that he competed against in the 80’s. How do they look now. Nothing like Frank Zane looks now.

    Comment by Pablo Zamora | October 1, 2008 | Reply

  32. I played football with Frank back in Edwardsville High School 1959. The picture is for real. I should have listened to Frank and did more bodybuilding instead of hanging out in the local hamburger joint. Keep going Frank, there is hope for us old timers.

    Comment by Jack Watkins | December 11, 2008 | Reply


    Comment by Roberto | January 9, 2009 | Reply

  34. Great article on Zane. Life long bodybuilding works.

    Comment by Frank Meyers | February 5, 2009 | Reply

  35. What can be said about a man who really epitomized what a man can look like at any age. Frank is still the best. This picture at 64 is incredible and would be the envy of a man half that age. Keep it up Frank, you have been a great inspiration! Thank you.

    Comment by Kent | February 14, 2009 | Reply

  36. I dunnooooooo…….. I’m a huge Zane fan. But the photo does look odd. His head looks disproportionately large for the body. His face seems much bigger in comparison to his left pec. That being said, I hope I am wrong. He could just measure smaller (in body) then in his hay day but because he is so well defined, we’re imaging that he must be (should be) huge.

    Comment by Tony Hawaii | February 19, 2009 | Reply

  37. lets be real, workout two three times a day, 1 1/2 hours cardio a day, he has no life,this is not normal, the pictures look like they may have been touched up, but either way, look your age, no/way are they real, and to train like he says he does, is not normal!!!

    Comment by justice | April 27, 2009 | Reply

  38. it is sooo obvious, the picture is a fake!!!
    he was and is a great bodybuilder, but these touched up photos are for fools to believe, Frank face it you give a bad name to fitness with these photos. Act your age. Remember Joe Weiders touched up photos!!

    Comment by justice | April 27, 2009 | Reply

  39. I was in the audience in Columbus at the ’77 Mr. O. Frank deserved to win, he had the most defined musculature and, in my opinion, had the perfect male physique. Not a “big” man, Frank, along with Steve Reeves, epitomized the classic image of what the male body should be. The fact that he has achieved this level of condition at age 64 and that his skin tone is as good as it is, is a tribute to the true bodybuilding lifestyle. I would suspect that Frank’s use of anabolics was limited, he seems to have suffered no ill effects. Recent pic’s of Frank and Christine are wonderful. Thanks, Zanes, for the years of effort and advice.

    Comment by TOM KAUKER | June 1, 2009 | Reply

  40. Mr.Zane was my jr high school teacher. He was a great guy then, back in the late 60’s and I hope he would still be a great guy now.

    Comment by valerie | August 10, 2009 | Reply

  41. Do I trhink it is a fake photo?

    A blind man on a galloping horse would say the same it is FAKE.

    Look at the body skin like a twenty year old, sorry it is just not feasable. If you can get the body in that shape, then do the face also.

    Comment by Clive Earby | August 13, 2009 | Reply

  42. It’s hard for me to imagine that anyone would believe that anyone of Frank’s caliber would fake a photo. For what gain? It would only serve to diminish his reputation, Frank’s been in the game way too long to take any kind of chance like that. If you look closely at photos of Frank from the ’70’s, you’ll discover that Frank’s structure is small, but perfectly proportioned, balanced and symmetrical. At 5′-9 1/2″ and 185 to `190 pounds, he was ripped and cut. His waist looked to be well below 30″ and his arm probably never exceeded 18″ or 18 1/2″. His physique was, is and alsways will be, un-paralleled. Face it, guys, Frank was always impressive and, though most of you wouldn’t admit it, he had one of the most classic and admired physiques of all time. Today’s hulking monsters really worry me. Today’s bodybuilding scene has, truly and sadly, turned into a side show, a circus act. No skin off my nose, I guess. They’re only killing themselves.

    Comment by Tom Kauker | August 21, 2009 | Reply

  43. I am back into training at the age of 64 and being completely retired I now have the time to put myself back in shape.

    Frank is surely a person to look up to for all of us young or senior. The problem of tody in training is the young will not listen to the older guys. I see much too often guys at the gym trying to lift weights that are too much for them and there is no proper form in the lifting and as all should know by now this causes injuries and no gain.

    Comment by bob todd | October 25, 2009 | Reply

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  45. hi there. after all these years of watching body builders,and many competitions, i think the body of frank zane from his olympia wins of the late 60,s is still one of the finest most balanced physiques i have ever seen.sure some guys are twice his weight and size,but never twice as good.i am 53 years old and have just started body building.of all the woderfull images of body builders on the web and magazines that are available today, i have choses a photo of frank zane,s 69 olympic win as my source of insperation. if you don,t have a goal,how can you achieve anything. cheers,dave

    Comment by dave wilkinson | October 16, 2010 | Reply

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  47. la foto es real, tenia tiempos de no verlo, por cierto ¿que edad tiene en esa foto?

    Comment by ernesto | June 26, 2011 | Reply

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  49. Wow…anyone who thinks this is a fake is such a fool…

    Comment by johnny | February 8, 2012 | Reply

  50. Franke zane has goo d cut n he look musculer @65 age n i m fan of franke zane,
    thats y this pix is real

    Comment by iqbal katariya | May 5, 2012 | Reply

  51. Why is everyone so negative? Stupidity I am guessing.

    Comment by Peter Landau | July 27, 2012 | Reply

  52. Also, Zane is the greatest of all time.

    Comment by Peter Landau | July 27, 2012 | Reply

  53. As much as I have always been a fan of Frank Zane, and thought that his physique was the best of the best, I find it really hard to believe that this photo has not been touched and retouched. To see photos of Frank in his late 50’s, you see a man who has been a once great bodybuilder, but one on whom age is beginning to show. He looks still very muscular, and for a man in his late 50’s, bigger than average, but stringy. Frank was never a really big bodybuilder, and when his weght dropped below 185, he could look “stringy”. As we age, it is extremely hard to retain muscle, let alone build on what we have. In the picture in question, Zane looks to have the physique of a 30 year old. His upper body in fact looks bigger than his biggest competitve body. I’m sorry, but the delts and upper arms are beyond what you might find in any other Zane photo. Frank Zane would not allow a bodypart, any bodypart to become so disproprotionate as what is displayed in this photo, And so I must conclude that someone, for whatever reason, has retouched the photo.

    Comment by c. r. aiello | August 8, 2012 | Reply

  54. Another thing, and this relates to one of Zane’s poses, the “vacuum”. No top pro bodybuilder today can do that pose. Most of the guys in Zane’s time could. The best physiques, right up until Lee Haney, all presented themselves with a concave midsection. Even Haney, at his size, could suck his belly in to almost nothing. Today they look great from the front, but don’t dare turn sideways, their bellies protrude beyond their pecs. Dorian Yates ushered in the era of the “Big Belly”, and the era of the aesthetic bodybuilder was ushered out the door. And what is all this talk about “symmetry”? They always refer to the smaller, more ripped guys as more symmetrical. Symmetry has absolutley nothing to do with it. Ask Frank Zane. I am 60 years, and started buying bodybuilding magazines when I was 13 or 14, started lifting at 14, competed and won at 56. Today I no longer buy the magazines becaus I cannot stand how the look of todays bodybuilders. Ben Weiders dream of bodybuilding becoming an Olympic sport is just that, a dream. Hell, we can’t even get on TV anymore.

    Comment by c. r. aiello | November 14, 2012 | Reply

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