“Far From…Genetically Gifted”: Despite Disadvantages, 64 YO IFBB Pro Once Revealed the Ultimate Secret to Getting Shredded

Published 06/05/2023, 11:59 PM EDT

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Of all the physiques that would be remembered for conditioning, Francis Benfatto’s heydays physique would find a place among the top. Unlike the mass monsters of that time, the French bodybuilder’s focus was always on aesthetics and symmetry. Though retired from the competitive era in 1993 due to pectoral injury, the IFBB pro bodybuilder returned to the stage in 2006 after 13 years of gap.

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In the throwback post he shared on Instagram, Benfatto revealed the secrets to his well-conditioned physique that is aspired by many bodybuilders to date. He even shares his routine that helped him to pursue his passion for bodybuilding for over 40 years.

Francis Benfatto’s passion helped him to train hard to overcome the odds. 

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The 64-year-old bodybuilder appreciates the compliments such as a great physique and symmetry that comes his way, but he is not really okay with comments relating to good genetics. He doesn’t believe in genetics, but in two words, “persistance and consistency.” 

Mr. France of 1982 further adds that there is no effort and sacrifice when it comes to training for competitions. “Hey, no, I’m not doing any effort or any sacrifice. 🤯💣 Please, let me explain. I do what I love, what I like, it’s my passion,” he explains. He is grateful for every day of lifting weights at the gym and calls it a pleasure.

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He confessed in the post that the physique of his younger days, as he pens, “far from to be call “genetically gifted.”” Then he went on to reveal the secret of his Greek god-like framework. “I worked my a*$ off to reach some symmetry, some growth, to create the illusion, the essence, the art of #bodybuilding.” He even gave his fans an insight into his daily training routine. 

The French bodybuilder’s training regime

The day starts at 3:30 A.M for the bodybuilder. The first thing he would do after waking up is to sit on the bed and visualize the workouts he would do in the day. The training regime would kick off by 5:00 A.M. followed by a power walking at 7:00 A.M. He would end it by acing a posing session before his breakfast at 8:00 A.M.

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This routine helped him for decades to become spiritually, physically, and mentally stronger. “No, I am not “genetically gifted” as many of you think. I really worked to get there and overcome all my weak points,” is the truth he believes in firmly.

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This discipline and grit contributed to his comeback as a 48-year-old to compete in the IFBB Australian Grand Prix. Not just participated, but he stood in 6th place in the competition. He still trains hard as a sexagenarian and helps his clients to build a physique that resembles his.

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Etha Bindu Rani

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Etha Bindu Rani is an American sportswriter at EssentiallySports. Being a fitness enthusiast, she considers Ronnie Coleman and Chris Bumstead as her inspirations. Apart from that, Etha is passionate about writing.
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Simar Singh Wadhwa

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