In writing Symmetry, I discovered its broader meaning. I used to think symmetry as it applied to the human body simply meant your left side matches your right. It does although not exactly and this is called bilateral symmetry, same on each side. I disagreed how judges named round one the “symmetry” round. It was about more than just seeing if the left side matched the right, they were looking for something beyond that, it was more than a match game.
They were looking for balance, equal development of all bodyparts, overall impressiveness, fluid lines. No one area standing out overshadowing all others, not unbalanced development, not freaky but astounding in developement, all areas in proper size ratios so as to give the impression of balance aesthetics, beauty. I call this bodybuilding symmetry.
I discovered there were different kinds of symmetry beyond bilateral and bodybuilding symmetry. There was perfect symmetry, like a sphere which looks the same from every angle. There’s the quantum mechanics postulate of super symmetry meaning there’s an exact match for everything that exists somewhere out there in the vastness of the universe(s). It’s really far out. There’s time symmetry which I found fascinating. And most importantly is achieving in one’s lifetime internal/external symmetry through the process of mirroring. Learn how these symmetries apply to building your body in this unique fascinating book.
“Frank Zane’s new book Symmetry is a gift to the bodybuilding community. Details about diet, exercise, contest prep, and mental aspects are revealed as the compelling and entertaining story unfolds. The look behind the scene of early bodybuilding is intriguing, insightful and a little disturbing, learning what really happened during some of bodybuilding’s legendary contests of the past. Frank’s insights on training, diet and the mind push well beyond convention and take the reader to higher levels of bodybuilding and consciousness as a bodybuilder. This is a must read book for every fan of bodybuilding and fitness.”
Larry Kay, master trainer