If ever there was a “perfect” bodybuilder, in regard to aesthetics and symmetry it was Frank Zane. Every body part was in perfect balance to the others. And every part was flawless. He looked as if he were chiseled from stone. Cut, defined and always razor sharp. His was the classic physique that any man would admire and any woman would desire. It wasn’t “freaky.’ It was pretty. And at a time when bodybuilding was attempting to gain a broader audience, he was the idea representation of physical perfection to the general public.
Frank wasn’t the biggest bodybuilder you’ll ever see. In fact, when he first won the Mr. Olympia crown in 1977 he weighed just 190 pounds at 5’ 10”. (And 4% bodyfat , before the discovery of clenbuterol). If someone were to go on a message board with those stats he’d be derided for being too small! But in Frank’s day it was more about muscle quality than quantity. Sheer size for the sake of size was actually shunned. Shape was what ruled and a small waist was the most impressive attribute to the contest judges at the time. The goal was to look, not like a monster, but a god. And Frank Zane got it as close as one can get it.
As with all assumptions about what compounds anyone used, it’s essentially conjecture. We can speculate what they preferred based on the end result but results vary as much from genetics, training protocol and diet than it does from drugs. But in Frank’s case we know a few things. He was affectionately known as “The Chemist” due to his methodical and analytical approach to enhancement. Frank was also the forerunner of the use of two compounds that were not well known to most bodybuilders at the time. One was T4. Franks realized that the thyroid was the body’s furnace and it forced to burn more fuel a hyped up thyroid resulted in the body using body fat for energy.
Frank’s old school approach to training consisted of high volume with little rest in-between sets. As it got closer to contest time the reps got higher and the rests got shorter, all in an effort to create more pump and burn more fat. Apparently, it worked.
Another “secret” of some of the top bodybuilders on the Venice beach crowd such as Frank, Arnold, Sergio and Chuck Sipes was the use of “injectable amino acids.” This was essentially a form of purified collagen protein. By injecting in directly into the bloodstream there was no digestive process and the body utilized all of the aminos. This resulted in extraordinarily rapid gains. The only thing comparable today would be super plasma protein, which also requires no digestion since the peptides are already in the molecular structure that is present in the bloodstream, therefore it’s immediately recognized. This equates to “instant muscle” and it probably the most overlooked advantage to increased gains than any other substance besides steroids themselves.
Zane was also a big believer in supplements. Unfortunately, what was available at the time was limited and crude -- substances like desiccated liver, “one a day” vitamins, brewers yeast and bone marrow. The more progressive guys eschewed the soy protein and used the Blair milk and egg protein powder. Colostrum from veterinarian supply houses was also on the list. ANYTHING that could possibly grow more muscle!
As for actual steroids, this is probably close to what Frank used. Keep in mind, the dosages may seem low and there are a few reasons for that. First of all, the notion of using dosages far beyond what recommended by a doctor was just not done. (Remember, steroids were legal and prescribed at the time). Also, most of the gains were obtained though years of hard-core training. The drugs were just the “finishing touch” before competitions. And probably most significant is the fact that they were pharm grade substances. And I don’t mean pharm grade like “really good” UGL. This was the real shit made by American pharmaceutical companies and the quality was demonstrably superior to what is available through most sources today. Cleaner, purer, safer and stronger. When people say so and so source makes pharm grade, more often than not they don’t know what they’re talking about. There is no comparison.
The Frank Zane Steroid Cycle. VERY simple 8-week cycle!
Weeks 1-8: One 100mgs ampoule of Primobolan a day. (Good luck finding real Primo these days. If you do get a good UG source expect to increase the dosage by an extra 200 mgs a week).
Weeks 1-2: D-bol kick start (Yes, D-bol was a mainstay with most guys. Nothing puts on mass quicker. It also increased appetite, which was desirable in the beginning of a cycle. It wasn’t until later that the dieting became intense).
Weeks 2-6: 25 mgs of Winstrol a day (A comparable UG dose would be double that).
Weeks 4-8: 25mcgs of Synthroid a day.
Weeks 1-8: Daily injections of amino acid serum. (The best substitute for this would be GEAR. It is the only product to contain super plasma serum and to work in a similar manner to injectable amino acids).
It’s also fair to say that Frank would have loved N2GUARD. They didn’t have that kind of protection at the time and that’s another reason orals were kept to a minimum. He probably would have loved Masteron too but it wasn’t around yet! Can you imagine if it was?! Geez, how diced could the guy get?!
Believe it or not, testosterone was not a popular drug at the time. It was considered harsh and bloating. Of course most “experts” will say that Zane and Arnold Schwarzenegger and Olivia used test because in their reality EVERYONE uses test. But that just was not so.
So there it is, simple, yet effective. The results will be lean and dry with minimum bloat. You won’t put on 30 pounds but that’s not the point. And as a reminder just look at some of those Frank Zane pics from when he was in the prime. Look that good first – then talk about needing to get bigger!