Transformation Profile: Mike FranklinTwitter: @Pop_shepski Instagram: @frank_tanklin Website:Website Category: Transformation Do you use a trainer? No
What Motivated You To Begin Training?
I was always the smallest, most frail and skinny kid out of everyone in high school. Even when I was 18 I was still only 120 pounds
If you have transformed yourself what do you attribute to arriving at your starting point:
I started doing general contracting, eating lots of chicken wings and drinking beer. So I finally started putting on weight for the first time ever. It was not a good kind of weight, but I was still happy. I ended up getting mono and losing a lot of the weight though. Once I recovered, I vowed never to be small again. That is how I decided to start lifting weights.
Tell us a little about your training philosophy:
Lift heavy with furious intensity. If you don’t have goosebumps, your adrenaline pumping and all of the other gym rats freaked out.. Then you are not ready to rip that new PR off the fucking ground. I will use music, watch clips from movies, think about crazy moments in my life to get that fire going before a lift
Tell us a little bit about your diet philosophy:
Please tell us about your competitive history and placings (if applicable):
PacMan mentality. Eat everything in your way
Tell us about some of your short and long term goals:
Body weight of 230-240. 630 deadlift 495 squat 405 flat bench
Who do you look to for motivation and why?
Elliot Hulse. His philosophical approach to strength is beyond anything that anyone else has ever even touched on.
What are some of the most difficult obstacles that you have had to overcome?
Being naturally scrawny with a thin bone structure and long limbs.
Tell us some of your pet peeves surrounding healthy life and the gym:
It bugs me a lot when small dudes come into the gym for the first time with no idea what they are doing. And instead of asking the veterans what exercises they should do, they decide to make up their own routines with the most $^*#^ up, ineffective and dangerous exercises that make no sense.
What is the number one piece of advice that you would give someone that looks to you for inspiration?
Don’t stop pushing yourself. Make every set count and stop goofing around
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