No Limits, Only Plateaus
By Logan Franklin

Q: You said something in a recent Instagram post that resonated: ďThere are no limits, only plateaus.Ē Can you explain what that means to you?

A: To me itís all about always finding ways to improve. I borrowed it from a famous Bruce Lee quote:

ďIf you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.Ē

It fits well into my thinking, and itís really the mindset of a champion. Never allow yourself to get to a point where you donít think you can get any better in whatever aspect of your career or personal life that applies. There is always room for improvement. In the military, I learned that you can always do better. That crosses over into all areas of life. Have a ďnever quitĒ attitude, and whenever you go for something, really go for it with everything youíve got. A plateau is just somewhere you are stuck at, and you need to figure out how to get past it. Write down all the factors that could go into reaching that goal, and then decide you will get one percent better at them every day. It wonít be long until those compound and you have the life you wanted for yourself. You can become the person you were always meant to be. Thatís important, because I truly believe we are all capable of being great at something.

Do Vacuums All Year

Q: I am ready to start incorporating vacuums into my program to get my midsection as small and tight as possible. Do you have a certain protocol you follow, as in how often you do them, and how many ďsetsĒ and so on?

A: One thing I want to start off by saying for anyone who needs to hear it is that these should be done all year, not just during prep. I do them all year. If youíre just starting out, the best time to practice your vacuums is in the morning on an empty stomach. You can do them bent over a counter or lying on your back with your knees up and feet scooted toward your butt. Once you get control and learn how to do a proper vacuum, you can start doing them later in the day when youíve had a few meals, but not just after eating, obviously. You probably wonít be able to pull the vacuum in as far as when you first wake up, but itís good to learn that control with meals in your system too. What I like to do is slow my breathing and heart rate down by relaxing for a bit, then pull the vacuum and hold it as long as I can. At that point I let it out, take one deep breath, and repeat as many times as I can. It builds endurance because a vacuum is really just sucking your stomach in and holding your breath at the same time.

Classic: a Physique That Flows

Q: My goal is to compete in Classic Physique by fall of 2023 at latest, which gives me plenty of time to work on anything that needs improving. Do you feel there are any specific body parts or muscle groups that I should emphasize more if I want to succeed in that division?

A: Itís almost impossible to answer this question properly without seeing your physique. Some people would just say to build wider shoulders and lats so you can have a more dramatic V-taper. When I think of Classic, itís not about having any one dominant body part that stands out. I think about a physique that flows. The proportions need to be correct and every muscle group needs to be developed in proportion and balance to all the others. To be the best Classic Physique artist you can be, I would suggest you pose often and really strive to look at yourself objectively. Ask which muscle groups need to be better and which ones are already very good. Once you figure out what your lagging body parts are, target them first in your workouts. Eventually when you bring that area or areas up, you might find you need to work on overall size. Generally speaking, the best amateurs and pros in Classic tend to be at or very close to their weight limit, which is typically how much size you would need to be competitive. Itís not about just being big of course, but itís still bodybuilding and you do need to have a certain amount of size. Being perfectly balanced and symmetrical wonít take you very far in competition if that means all your muscles are small!

Find Your Passion, Son

Q: Your son Reece is still very young, but Iím curious about whether you would want him following in your footsteps in two areas. One, would you be on board with him joining the military? And two, what if he wanted to be a pro bodybuilder?

A: I want him to find his passion, whether thatís following in my footsteps or doing something completely different. Itís his life. If he decides he wants to pursue a career in physique competition, I would help him as much as possible. Iím not sure about the military. It was going in a weird, overly politically correct direction when I was getting out eight years ago. In my opinion, the military is one of the greatest experiences for a young man. It helps you learn discipline and camaraderie, along with teamwork. I honestly have a brotherhood with the men I served with that I canít find to this day. I have very few civilian friends. Itís a different type of bond thatís hard to find outside of the military. But to sum up, whatever my son decides to do and he is passionate about doing, I will support him. Thatís my boy!

Instagram @logan_franklin
YouTube: Logan Franklin

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No Limits, Only Plateaus


By Logan Franklin



Q: You said something in a recent Instagram post that resonated: ďThere are no limits, only plateaus.Ē Can you explain what that means to you?





A: To me itís all about always finding ways to improve. I borrowed it from a famous Bruce Lee quote:





ďIf you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.Ē





It fits well into my thinking, and itís really the mindset of a champion. Never allow yourself to get to a point where you donít think you can get any better in whatever aspect of your career or personal life that applies. There is always room for improvement. In the military, I learned that you can always do better. That crosses over into all areas of life. Have a ďnever quitĒ attitude, and whenever you go for something, really go for it with everything youíve got. A plateau is just somewhere you are stuck at, and you need to figure out how to get past it. Write down all the factors that could go into reaching that goal, and then decide you will get one percent better at them every day. It wonít be long until those compound and you have the life you wanted for yourself. You can become the person you were always meant to be. Thatís important, because I truly believe we are all capable of being great at something.





Do Vacuums All Year





Q: I am ready to start incorporating vacuums into my program to get my midsection as small and tight as possible. Do you have a certain protocol you follow, as in how often you do them, and how many ďsetsĒ and so on?





A: One thing I want to start off by saying for anyone who needs to hear it is that these should be done all year, not just during prep. I do them all year. If youíre just starting out, the best time to practice your vacuums is in the morning on an empty stomach. You can do them bent over a counter or lying on your back with your knees up and feet scooted toward your butt. Once you get control and learn how to do a proper vacuum, you can start doing them later in the day when youíve had a few meals, but not just after eating, obviously. You probably wonít be able to pull the vacuum in as far as when you first wake up, but itís good to learn that control with meals in your system too. What I like to do is slow my breathing and heart rate down by relaxing for a bit, then pull the vacuum and hold it as long as I can. At that point I let it out, take one deep breath, and repeat as many times as I can. It builds endurance because a vacuum is really just sucking your stomach in and holding your breath at the same time.





Classic: a Physique That Flows





Q: My goal is to compete in Classic Physique by fall of 2023 at latest, which gives me plenty of time to work on anything that needs improving. Do you feel there are any specific body parts or muscle groups that I should emphasize more if I want to succeed in that division?





A: Itís almost impossible to answer this question properly without seeing your physique. Some people would just say to build wider shoulders and lats so you can have a more dramatic V-taper. When I think of Classic, itís not about having any one dominant body part that stands out. I think about a physique that flows. The proportions need to be correct and every muscle group needs to be developed in proportion and balance to all the others. To be the best Classic Physique artist you can be, I would suggest you pose often and really strive to look at yourself objectively. Ask which muscle groups need to be better and which ones are already very good. Once you figure out what your lagging body parts are, target them first in your workouts. Eventually when you bring that area or areas up, you might find you need to work on overall size. Generally speaking, the best amateurs and pros in Classic tend to be at or very close to their weight limit, which is typically how much size you would need to be competitive. Itís not about just being big of course, but itís still bodybuilding and you do need to have a certain amount of size. Being perfectly balanced and symmetrical wonít take you very far in competition if that means all your muscles are small!





Find Your Passion, Son





Q: Your son Reece is still very young, but Iím curious about whether you would want him following in your footsteps in two areas. One, would you be on board with him joining the military? And two, what if he wanted to be a pro bodybuilder?





A: I want him to find his passion, whether thatís following in my footsteps or doing something completely different. Itís his life. If he decides he wants to pursue a career in physique competition, I would help him as much as possible. Iím not sure about the military. It was going in a weird, overly politically correct direction when I was getting out eight years ago. In my opinion, the military is one of the greatest experiences for a young man. It helps you learn discipline and camaraderie, along with teamwork. I honestly have a brotherhood with the men I served with that I canít find to this day. I have very few civilian friends. Itís a different type of bond thatís hard to find outside of the military. But to sum up, whatever my son decides to do and he is passionate about doing, I will support him. Thatís my boy!





Instagram @logan_franklin


YouTube: Logan Franklin





Loganís GAT SportStack





GAT PUMPTROPICô


Mega-Pumps and Laser Focus





FLEXXô EAAs


Advanced Essential Amino Acids





NITRAFLEXģ


Advanced Pre-workout








For more information, visit gatsport.com


Instagram @gatsupplements






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