Franklin is ready to move on after his challenging decision.
Before the annual Olympia begins, there is a small spate of last-minute surprise withdrawals. One of the bodybuilders who surprisingly bowed out of the 2022 iteration was Classic Physique competitor Logan “The Texas Oak” Franklin. Perhaps best known for his men’s physical victories at the 2020 New York Pro and the 2018 Tampa Pro, Franklin looks to be trying to make it a ninth Olympia since 2020. Instead, the athlete had to make a disappointing exit from his potential second place finish. A chance at bodybuilding’s highest award.
At the time of interview on January 31, 2023 Muscle growthFranklin discussed After his tough decision to withdraw from the 2022 Olympia. Although the athlete did not specifically reveal why he decided not to compete, he maintained that he is already ready to look forward and try to make 2023 another productive year in his career.
After crossing the finish line of a full competitive year, Franklin shared that she was understandably shaken by her choice. Being close to high-level athletic endeavors but ultimately not participating is hard on any competitive personality.
This made Franklin emotional.
“It sucked. The whole ordeal was so frustrating. Franklin said. “I cried for three days after that. I couldn’t help but cry, thinking about a whole year’s worth of work. … Putting in all that work and all that effort, creating a routine that I was so excited to present and how I felt about my progress leading up to the show. I was very disappointed and had to make that decision. But to move forward in life we have to make very tough decisions.
Along with grumbling about who might compete in the upcoming 2023 Arnold Classic, Franklin made it clear that his next competitive appearance will not be in Columbus, OH. It seems to be spinning too fast after his recent ventures, which won’t allow him to recover as much as he would like.
“The Arnold [Classic] It’s so close, I need to take a break,” Franklin explained. “I’ve only trained four times in the last five to six weeks. Going to Arnold was never in the cards for me. Having a full year I need to allow my body to rest. I’m not one of these guys that just keeps showing up and doing this for years and years and years. It’s how you drive your body and you eventually fall. I want long life.
As for what’s ahead in the long run, Franklin noted His training routine for the time being is that he now trains himself. He had previously worked with experienced coaches such as Milos Sarchev. Franklin explained that the route keeps him “betting on himself” as he works toward his competition return at the 2023 Texas Pro on August 19, 2023 in Irving, TX. For this Texas native, who is just short of a claimed pageant title in 2021, there may not be a better place to showcase his hard work and grit once again.
This is the first step in his big ambitions this year.
“I plan to win  Texas pro,” Franklin said. “It’s right here, not in my hometown but in my home state, in Dallas. I missed that show by one point in 2021, so it’s a great show to get back there and get some redemption. The  11 weeks after the Olympia Texas Pro, and then I’m done  On November 20, Hawaii Prof. That’s going to be two weeks after the Mr. Olympia, so I can basically prepare for those three shows and knock them out, bam-bam.
Some athletes may take longer to recalibrate and figure out what’s next after stopping their professional plans. Because such decisions usually carry a ton of weight and can weigh heavily on the mind. For Franklin, it looks like he’s already healthily compartmentalized from what happened and is now ready to shine on stage once again.
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