With so many divisions in the IFBB Pro League now for both men and women, it’s not unusual at all for athletes to switch divisions. Classic Physique’s 2x Olympia champ, Breon Ansley, started his pro career as a 212 bodybuilder. Chris Bumstead and George Peterson were both bodybuilders before they put on the Classic trunks, and Henri-Pierre Ano had a brief but successful run in open bodybuilding before making the switch. It’s more common for bodybuilders to “come down” to Classic than it is for Men’s Physique pros to “move up,” adding the necessary size and learning now to showcase their physique in a series of mandatory poses rather than simple quarter-turn “model poses.” One man who did accomplish that and thrived in Classic was former MD cover man Arash Rahbar. Now, Logan Franklin has also turned in his board shorts. When I watched him win the Men’s Physique title at the Tampa Pro in 2018, I couldn’t help but thinking, “this guy would be better off in Classic.” Now he’s made his debut in that division. I spoke with him a couple of weeks afterward to see how the transition had been made, and his reflections on competing in Classic Physique for the first time.
Did you adjust your training and diet in any way after your final MPD show in early March to reflect any different needs to Classic Physique?
Honestly man, I didn’t really change much. I alway