The Lost Art: How To Achieve The Legendary Vacuum Pose

By February 13, 2016Tips & Tricks

Vacuum Pose - Frank Zane Posing

Out with the new and in with the old.

Seemingly, the new trend in bodybuilding is to return to the Golden Days where aesthetic physiques dominated the industry. Some of the faces that represented this generation included Dave Draper, Lou Ferrigno and most notably Arnold Schwarzenegger as they built physiques that replicated that to of a Roman God. A body that wasn’t too big yet defined and, of course, awed spectators that were fortunate enough to gaze at the works of art.

Another popular bodybuilder during this time was Frank Zane, a man who has been known to be at the forefront of what it means to be aesthetic, and remarkably still is even 40 odd years down the track. One significant pose Zane was renowned for was the Vacuum Pose where he would suck in his stomach to highlight his upper body, in particular, his chest, a pose that has seemingly gone extinct in the modern era.

However, fortunately, there are old-school guru’s such as Leroy Colbert, the former title holder of the 1953 Mr Eastern America and a man who lived and breathed the Golden Era, which has gone out of his way to post videos to pass on his knowledge the new generation. In this video, Colbert breaks down how to achieve the legendary Vacuum Pose. Which surprisingly is much easier than you might think, especially if you do this exercise consistently.

On the 20th of November 2015, Leroy Colbert passed away at 82. Remembered as the bodybuilder who first built 20” arms. May you rest in peace, sir.

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