Despite Once Working Up to 1000 Reps a Day, 80 YO Veteran Opens Up on a ‘Most Neglected Factor’ That Bodybuilders Miss Out On

Published 05/23/2023, 2:31 AM EDT

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Bodybuilding has long been associated with intense training sessions, grueling workouts, and unwavering dedication. Nowadays, bodybuilders place a significant emphasis on these aspects, often neglecting other factors that contribute to overall development. However, one legendary figure in the bodybuilding community has emerged with a unique perspective.

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The 3x Mr. Olympia, we know Frank Zane for his aesthetic physique and intense workout regime. However, despite once working up to an astounding 1000 reps a day, Zane recently challenged conventional notions of training. He opened up about one of the most crucial aspects to maintain balance in bodybuilding. 

The 80-year-old veteran bodybuilder recently took to Instagram to share an eye-opening message that has created a buzz. 

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Frank Zane highlights the importance of relaxing

In his Instagram post, Zane shared a striking image of himself during his prime, displaying his incredibly defined physique. Contrary to what one might expect, Zane’s caption did not focus solely on his physical achievements. Instead, he directed attention to the significance of deep relaxation in the pursuit of optimal health and well-being.

He stated that bodybuilders often overlook the importance of allowing the body and mind to rest and recover fully. While exercise is undoubtedly crucial for building strength and muscle mass, neglecting recovery can have detrimental effects on the body and overall performance. 

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Zane emphasized that proper sleep is one of the most crucial factors in achieving a balanced lifestyle and is essential for sustaining long-term success in bodybuilding. “I tack on another one or two hours to this during the night and then do a deep relaxation technique for one half to one full hour during the afternoon or early evening.”, he wrote in the caption. However, this is not the first time that the God of aesthetics has given crucial insights into achieving an overall developed physique. 

Zane’s approach to fat loss

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Last month, 3x Mr. Olympia shared a unique way to approach fat loss. The legendary bodybuilder emphasized the importance of hunger and maintaining a balance proportion of meals to maintain the calorie deficit. “When you are hungry it’s a sign that your body is beginning to burn the fat from its largest storage area.” he wrote in the caption. 

Zane also advised the fans to avoid having one large meal. Instead, the veteran recommended having smaller portions of meals regularly throughout the day. This approach not only helps manage hunger, but it can also prevent overeating and reduce the risk of consuming excess calories.

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As the fitness industry continues to evolve, Zane’s advice can prove to be a major game changer in influencing bodybuilders and fitness enthusiasts to consider the broader aspects of training beyond the confines of the gym. What do you make of his emphasis on relaxation? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Shivam Sharma

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Shivam Sharma is a sports writer at EssentiallySports, specializing in American sports. Holding a Bachelor's degree in Journalism, Shivam has previously worked as a writer and show host for a reputable entertainment brand. He has covered over 13 sports covered in his EssentiallySports journey.
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