Classic Physique competitor Logan Franklin missed out on the 2022 Mr. Olympia contest right at the eleventh hour. In a recent video posted on YouTube, Franklin shared that he cried for three days after his last-minute withdrawal, plans for his comeback, and kicking off the new season without any coaches.
Franklin has established his status as one of the most promising contenders in the Classic Physique division, ruled by the dominant four-time Mr. Olympia champion Chris Bumstead. He started his professional career competing in the Men’s Physique class, winning gold at the 2017 IFBB Europa Dallas and 2018 IFBB Tampa Pro.
In 2019, he decided to make a switch to the Classic Physique category and placed third in his debut at the 2019 IFBB Tampa Pro. Franklin turned in an impressive performance at the 2020 New York Prom where he took the top prize home. The win earned him an invite to the Olympia competition. He managed to crack the top ten, getting the ninth spot in his maiden appearance.
Logan Franklin gave fans a look into his grueling back workout that he utilized to get ready for the inaugural edition of the Texas Pro in 2021. He narrowly missed out on the top prize to Robert Timms, finishing runner-up. He followed up with a third-place finish at the Arnold Sports Festival and a sensational win at the IFBB Shaw Ray Hawaiian Classic Pro.
He was working with renowned bodybuilding coach Milos Sarcev to get ready for the 2022 Mr. Olympia. A few months before the contest, he smashed a monstrous arm workout with Men’s Open competitor Regan Grimes under the guidance of Sarcev. He crushed another sleeve-busting arm workout some weeks later.
However, Franklin was forced to withdraw from the competition at the last minute due to health concerns.
Logan Franklin cried for 3 days after pulling out of 2022 Mr. Olympia
In a recent YouTube video, Logan Franklin shared that he was so disappointed with having to withdraw from 2022 Mr. Olympia that he cried for three days.
“It sucked. The whole ordeal was very disappointing,” said Franklin. “I cried for three days after it. I couldn’t stop crying, just all the work that goes in, thinking about a whole year’s worth… Just how I was feeling about my progress leading into the show. I was very disappointed and having to make that decision. But we have to make very hard decisions to move ahead in life.”
Franklin plans to return at the Texas Pro
“The Texas Oak” revealed that he intends to skip the upcoming 2023 Arnold Classic as he targets a comeback at the 2023 Texas Pro.
“Arnold is just too close. I need to take a break,” he said. “I actually have trained only four times in the last five to six weeks. Going to the Arnold just wasn’t in the cards for me. Having a full long year, I need to allow my body to rest. I want longevity.”
“I plan on winning the Texas Pro. It’s right here, not the home town but the home state in Dallas. I lost that show by one point back in 2021 so it would be a good show to go back there and get some redemption. The Olympia will be 11 weeks after the Texas Pro, and then I’ll be doing the Hawaii Pro Nov. 20, two weeks after the Mr. Olympia. I can just prep for those three shows and knock them out bam bam.”
Logan doesn’t think he peaked with any coach
Logan Franklin recently announced that he will now coach himself and no longer work with other mentors like many of the other top bodybuilders of the modern era. He opened up about the reasons for his change.
“Coaching is a very beneficial thing, especially for those getting into the sport and trying to figure out how to be on a diet and how to train properly, all this and that. I’ve been doing this for a good amount of time I think I can do this myself. I’m a little bit nervous, scared to do it but I know I can. I am experienced enough and capable so I’m ready for the challenge. It will ultimately make me become better at what I do. It’s just putting everything on myself,” he continued. “Betting on myself and that will force me to keep myself more accountable.”
“What I really needed a coach for was all the protocol stuff and getting my body to peak and peaking on show day but unfortunately I have to say that I still truly feel like I’ve never been peaked with any coach I worked with. I’ve been close. The closest I’d been was with Milos at the Arnold Classic but I’ve never truly stepped on stage and gone holy sh*t I’m full, shredded, and dry, and that everything is popping. I’ve never had that wow feeling on show day.”
Franklin will stay on the sidelines for the next few weeks to make sure he gives his body the rest it needs. He will return to action at the 2023 Texas Pro, scheduled for July 8.