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“Today they all want endorsements”: 3X Mr. Olympia Frank Zane once pointed out that bodybuilders aren’t hardworking anymore unlike his days

Frank Zane, with his aesthetic and symmetry, was truly the perfect bodybuilder. The perfect balance of all parts of the body made him look like a Greek god. In his time, every man and woman admired his classic physique.

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Born in 1942, Frank Zane is a retired author and professional bodybuilder. The three-time Mr. Olympia was inducted into the IFBB Hall of Fame in 1999. They counted Zane among the greatest bodybuilders in bodybuilding history.

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Frank Zane had a full-time job while preparing for his professional debut

Zane was only 14 when he started training. It is said that Zane lived prone to violence. So he wanted to build his body to defend himself. While training to become an accomplished bodybuilder, Zane worked as a full-time teacher.

In an interview with JuicedMuscle.com in 2017, Zane revealed that when he won his first Mr. Olympia title, he was also a teacher. Franc saidAfter graduating from college, I taught for 13 years. It allowed me to train hard in the summers. Believe it or not, when I won the Olympia I was teaching full time.

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In Zane’s day, it was not uncommon for bodybuilders to have a side job. Most bodybuilders of this era had side jobs to help fund their training and diets. On that note, Zane commented on the difference between bodybuilders then and bodybuilders now. He said, “And today, they all want sponsorships. What is a sponsorship? We didn’t have that, we just had to work.

What is a sponsorship?

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To put it simply, sponsorship is the act of supporting a person, event or organization in cash or kind. In return, the sponsor receives recognition through promotion. The entity providing the support is the sponsor. Sponsorship works differently depending on the domain. Sponsorship can include monetary benefits such as a cash prize for reaching a milestone or fixed compensation; or temporary benefits, such as goods and services. Often it includes both.

For sports, sponsorship deals work differently for different sports or athletes. For example, a swimmer might be sponsored by a brand that specializes in making swimwear, while an athlete might get one from an energy drink or shoe brand. Similarly, for bodybuilders, this can be through free supplements, apparel, and/or memberships; or in the form of annual monetary packages. The structure of the agreement depends on the profitability of the athlete.

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