Frank Zane’s chiseled physique is still considered near perfection today, etched muscle that seemed attainable.
He wasn’t from the gargoyle school of bodybuilding, so you rarely saw him hit a “crab” most muscular pose. This photo is about as close as he came to that.
Zane won the Mr. Olympia in 1977, ’78, and ’79 weighing around 190 at 5’9”. Seemed attainable, not inhuman or Jurassic.
That’s because the secret to Frank Zane’s chiseled physique was crisp definition with etched proportion.
He’s one of the bodybuilders who taught us that when you’re ripped, you look bigger than what the scale says.
In other words, if you want to look more massive than you really are, drop some fat. How?
You want to do it at a slow and methodical pace so you retain your muscle. Too fast and you starve away mass.
We’ve had lots of tips here on how to go about it, but if you want it all in one place, grab X-treme Lean.
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Till next time, train hard—and smart—for BIG results.
—Steve Holman and Jonathan Lawson
The “New” Perfect Physique
You’ve probably believed that women go crazy over huge muscles. You’ve probably even aspired to look like Arnold at some point.
The picture of the perfect physique seems to have changed over the years…
There were several years when it seemed women preferred a leaner and smaller physique like Brad Pitt’s in Fight Club.
Luckily, that seems to have just been a fad, and a more muscular look has become more desired again. Not pro bodybuilder big, but something in between with good muscularity and chiseled detail…
Alain Gonzales refers to it as the “Athletic-Aesthetic” physique, and women go wild over it.
Check out Alain’s 12-week program here: