“Doing the Same Thing Is Boring”: Bodybuilding God of Aesthetics Reveals a Simple Trick to Make Ab Workouts More Interesting

Published 06/02/2023, 10:19 AM EDT

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Frank Zane will always be remembered for his famous stomach volume pose for eternity by the bodybuilding community. The 3x Mr.Olympia’s mid-section is what rookie bodybuilders aspire for. However, such well-defined abs are a result of a strenuous ab workout routine. Yet again the Father of Aesthetics has some advice for his followers who are into an ab routine.

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In his recent Instagram post, The Chemist revealed a way to keep the ab workouts more interesting, unlike regular monotonous exercises which become boring after a while.

Frank Zanes take on Ab-aerobics

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The Hall of Famer took extra time to focus on developing his aesthetic abs. He used to perform an abs session after his regular workout, per Physical Culture Study and never used to miss his ab workout. He would do 400 or more reps in total for abs and the number used to increase well up to 1000 reps a day prior to a competition.

So, the advice on abs is coming from a legend who had trained for several hours to build the most desired midsection by bodybuilders. In the post, he opined that stationary aerobics are boring as they require fitness enthusiasts to repeat the same thing. To strengthen his point he cited examples like exercises involving stair-climber, treadmill, and stationary bike.

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The 3x Mr.Universe reveals Ab-aerobics is an alternative to such mundane workouts. “Ab-aerobics is the answer to getting positive results from ab work and aerobics. It not only saves time but also keeps your training more interesting,” he suggested. Zane was inspired by a fellow bodybuilder for developing a well-defined midsection.

The Chemist was inspired by Irvin Koszewski

According to Simply Shredded, Frank Zane was influenced by Irvin ‘Zabo’ Koszewski after watching him train at Venice’s Gold’s Gym and picked up ab training. “In the late ’60s, Zabo Koszewski was there and he had the best abs and I figured, Well, I’ll try it,” Zane confessed. 

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He was intrigued by the bodybuilder’s Roman chair situps for 500 reps and 500 reps of leg raises. Zane henceforth included Roman-chair situps, Leg raises, crunches, or hanging knee-ups for upper abs and seated twists for obliques.

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Now in the eighties, the aesthetically pleasing bodybuilder listens to his body and doesn’t lifts weights anymore. The walking on treadmill found a place on the list of his exercises for older people. Frank Zane’s chronicles from his bodybuilding days are always a huge asset for the bodybuilding community. Now, the abs exercise routine is added to the list.

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Etha Bindu Rani

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Etha Bindu Rani is an American sportswriter at EssentiallySports. Being a fitness enthusiast, she considers Ronnie Coleman and Chris Bumstead as her inspirations. Apart from that, Etha is passionate about writing.
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