Irvin “Zabo” Koszewski (b. 1924 – d. 2009) was an American professional bodybuilder. Zabo served the United States in WWII in New Guinea where he contracted dengue fever and malaria. He brought back side effects, which he suffered with off and on his whole life. He also suffered with PTSD.
Despite being handicapped he won the bodybuilding titles Mr. Los Angeles (1953) and Mr. California (1954)!
Zabo started working out in his early teens. He had a hernia and it was never surgically treated. He started doing core exercises and and lifting weights. He was an all star athlete in high school – wrestling, track, swimming and football. Eventually repairing his own hernia through exercise.
John Balik of Iron Man magazine recalled that “he had a 10-pack of abs when everyone else had a six-pack.
Training Routine (MONDAY – WEDNESDAY – FRIDAY APPROXIMATE TIME-3½ hours)
|Legs and back||Sets||Reps|
|Stiff Leg Deadlift||4||10|
|Decline Dumbell Press||–||10|
|Criss-cross on overhead pulleys||–||10|
Note: These exercises are done for 1 set in above sequence, 7 times around.
|Rows on Pulley||7||10|
|Pull Downs Behind Neck on Pulley||7||10|
|One Arm Reverse Laterals on Pulley||7||10 each arm|
Training Routine (TUESDAY-THURSDAY APPROXIMATE TIME-2½ hours)
|Seated Dumbell Presses||7||10|
|Flys with dumbells||–||–|
|Seated Press behind Neck||7||10|
Note: He alternated Seated Dumbell Presses with Flys
|Incline Curls Alternate||–||–|
|Tricep Press Downs on Pulley||–||–|
Note: He alternated both exercises with 20 x 10 reps
All 5 day schedule of workouts are preceded by:
|Sit ups||500 reps No stopping|
|Leg Raise||500 reps no stopping|
SUNDAY-He does what he feels like doing in his training. He calls this his “Goof off Day.” His training is done in the early afternoon at Gold’s gym and needless to say he trains very fast.
Much swimming in the blue Pacific and running on the beach is done as a further part of his exercise program.
picture from Lydia Tack’s archive (w. permission)
Reference about Zabo’s WW2; Lydia Tack (zabo’s wife)
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