Frank Zane was born in Kingston, Pennsylvania USA, on 28 June 1942, so under the zodiac sign of Cancer and holding American nationality – he is popular for his career of a bodybuilder, while he is also an author. Frank might no longer be competing, but he is still exercising, and is still an icon of bodybuilding.
Early Life and Education
Frank hasn’t shared any details regarding his parents, as he never wanted them to be subjected to media attention – he hasn’t talked about his siblings either, but it’s known that he has three sisters.
Frank was very interested in football and basketball until he turned 15, and came across his first bodybuilding magazine. He liked the physique of the men he saw, and thought how he might as well look like that – this led to him starting going to the gym. It took him two years to get from 130lbs (59kgs) to 160lbs (72kgs), and to shape his figure the way he wanted it to look.
He was one of the best students in his high school, but it’s rumored that girls loved him because of his muscles, however, it is not known whether or not he dated any of them – after he matriculated, he enrolled at Wilkes University, Pennsylvania, and graduated in 1964 with a bachelor’s degree in science.
As math was his stronger side, Frank spent the next 13 years teaching math and chemistry, but became interested in psychology, and so enroll at California State University – he got his bachelor’s degree in psychology in 1977. However, that wasn’t enough for him, and he received his master’s degree in experimental psychology in 1990.
Career of a Bodybuilder
Frank is popular for becoming Mr. Olympia three consecutive times. in 1977, ‘78 and ‘79, and his physique is believed to be one of the best in the history of bodybuilding. He had the second thinnest waistline out of all the people competing at Mr. Olympia, and got his nickname ‘The Chemist’ because he had a degree in chemistry, and was using a lot of supplements and amino acids which was not usual for that period.
Unfortunately for Frank, after winning his three Mr. Olympia titles, he was involved is a serious accident which nearly cost him his life. He lost a big part of his muscle mass which meant he was no longer one of the best US bodybuilders, and was overthrown by the popular actor and bodybuilder Arnold Schwarzenegger. Frank had previously won against Arnoldt, which makes him one of three people who have managed to do that, and held the titles of Mr. America, Mr. Universe, and Mr. Olympia during his career, however, things changed after his accident.
When he had to stop competing, Frank and his wife decided to open their own bodybuilding center called “Zane Haven” – it is located in Palm Springs in California, and is a place for all those people who want to work on their physique. As the years passed, Frank renamed his center to “Zane Experience”, and founded the Zane Gallery in Laguna Beach in California – the gallery consists only of bodybuilding art. The inspiration for the gallery came from his wife Christine who is an artist and a bodybuilder. Frank is also running a website on which he sells his books, supplements, and items necessary for exercising.
Frank was inducted into the Joe Weider Hall of Fame in 1994, and has also become a writer throughout the years. His “Frank Zane Newsletter” is focused on everything you need to know about bodybuilding, while he has also written numerous books including his first “The Zane Way to a Beautiful Body” in 1979 and his last “Zane Bodybuilding Manual” in 2018.
In 2003, Frank won the Arnold Schwarzenegger Lifetime Achievement Award, and in 2011 acted in the “Challenging Impossibility” documentary. He has also appeared in movies “Hart to Hart” shot in 1979, “The Infinite Power Workout” in 1997, and “See Arnold Run” in 2005.
Love Life and Relationships
Frank is a very secretive person, who hasn’t shared much about his love life with the public, but being as popular as he is, some things are still known.
Frank married his other half Christine back in 1967 – Christine is an artist who enjoys to paint, and actually started selling her paintings while she was still in high school. Frank and Christine met for the first time in September 1966 in Florida, when she was in her junior year, while Frank was a high school teacher which Christine’s sister Pat was attending. Pat invited Frank to their house and Christine was amazed by his physique – she soon began going to the gym as well, as she wanted to shape her figure.
Christine became as passionate about bodybuilding as Frank, and went on to win every competition she attended in Florida before going for the Miss Americana held in 1967, which she won as well. They exchanged their wedding vows shortly afterwards, and decided to move to Southern California. Although they have been together for numerous years now, they don’t have any kids.
Hobbies and Other Interests
Frank has had numerous interests throughout the years, while most of these are in one way or another connected to sports and exercising.
Frank is a great archer, and was teaching archery during his 20s. He loves all the summer sports, and is an avid swimmer – his wife is to be credited with the birth of his love towards summer sports, as well as for his passion for art.
He enjoys spending his free time outdoors, and will always choose nature including woods and mountains over crowded cities – for a period of his time, he was only exercising outdoors, and had his own small outdoors gym. He was a bit of a traveler while in his 30s, and traveled across the entire US, while he’s also visited Europe on several occasions, as many competitions were held there.
Frank has been passionate about music ever since he was a kid, and grew up listening to Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra.
Appearance and Net Worth
Frank is currently 77 years old. He has short black hair and brown eyes, is 5ft 9ins (1.75m) tall, and weighs around 185lbs (91kgs). Frank has chest size 52ins (1.32m), waist size 29ins (0.74m), thighs size 26ins (0.66m), and calves size 16.5ins (0.42m).
According to authoritative sources, Frank’s current net worth is estimated to be more than $1 million, and is still rising thanks to numerous things he is working on.
Social Media Presence
Even though Frank is a bit old fashioned, he has decided to try and keep up with the modern age, and is active on several popular social media platforms.
Frank launched his Twitter account in January 2010, and has gathered more than 5,500 followers, and tweeted nearly 440 times. His Instagram account is currently followed by more than 160,000 people, while he has uploaded nearly 380 pictures onto it – Frank is running a Facebook page as well, which currently counts more than 50,000 fans.