Still Training at 81, 3X Mr. Olympia Legend Shares Ultimate Bodybuilding Tool for Longevity

Published 02/08/2024, 12:30 AM EST

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Three-time Mr. Olympia champion Frank Zane isn’t just reminiscing about his glory days; he’s busy dishing out the secret sauce for a long and healthy life. The buzz he created on social media wasn’t about a new supplement or a groundbreaking exercise routine. No, it’s something simpler yet profound: – Time Symmetry.

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Now, you might be scratching your head, wondering, “Time Symmetry,” What on earth is that? Well, hold on to your dumbbells because it’s not your usual fitness jargon. Zane explains it as the art of treating every moment as equally special. In his world, there’s no ‘perfect’ time; every moment is a golden opportunity.

 The ultimate bodybuilding tool—time symmetry: Frank Zane

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Zane’s wisdom revolves around syncing up with time symmetry. It’s not about dwelling on the past or daydreaming about the future; it’s about being smack in the present, soaking in the essence of now.

 

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The former Mr. Universe explained in his Instagram post caption, “Time Symmetry. What’s that? It says there are no special moments in time, one moment is as good as any other. In terms of bodybuilding, the goal for longevity is to adhere to time symmetry as closely as possible throughout one’s life. It’s about staying in the present moment and conserving energy.”

So, instead of chasing fleeting moments or waiting for the stars to align, Zane advocates staying grounded. It’s not about exhausting yourself in the pursuit of an ideal moment; it’s about conserving that precious energy. In the realm of longevity, it’s the adherence to time symmetry that becomes the ultimate bodybuilding tool. Previously, the God of Aesthetics talked in his Instagram post about a philosophy that revolves around “the power of minimal training.” This concept emphasizes quality over quantity.

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Instead of spending endless hours in the gym, he advocates for a rational routine that simplifies the workout process and unlocks potential growth. The 81-year-old highlights the significance of focusing on what matters, reducing sets, and maximizing each repetition with intent.

This approach, rooted in decades of experience, ensures each rep is purposeful. Zane believes in quality over quantity, asserting, “I’m more motivated with less to do.” Rest is crucial, aligning with scientific evidence for muscle gains. To prevent soreness, he suggests lighter weights, rubber cables, stretching, and deliberate, slow movements. Unlike high-intensity trends, Zane promotes efficient 45-minute sessions for optimal growth and recovery.

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According to Zane, every curl, squat, and drop of sweat contributes to the symphony of a well-lived life. The hack to longevity isn’t hidden in complicated routines or expensive supplements; it lies in embracing the simplicity of Time Symmetry and adopting a minimal training approach.

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Arpita Shrivastava

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Hi, I'm Arpita Shrivastava, a fitness and bodybuilding writer at EssentiallySports. When I started college, my fascination shifted to combat sports and I began training for Judo. I did it for two years until an injury compelled me to step away from the mat.
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