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IFBB PRO FRANCIS BENFATTO COMTEMPLATES HIS COURSE BACK TO COMPETITIVE BODYBUILDING



Posted in: Articles by ProSource, Andrew Oye's Pro Muscle Report, Gossip
By Andrew Oye | Nov 1, 2010



IFBB PRO image The Item: Legends Update/Career Updates

The Scoop: Athlete to Andrew: Legendary for his classically proportioned physique, IFBB Pro Francis Benfatto is pondering his path back to the competitive bodybuilding stage. I recently conducted an in-depth interview with Benfatto for MUSCLE INK Magazine. In the feature article titled, "IFBB Pro Francis Benfatto: The Master of Mass With Class," the ageless, 52-year-old physique icon shared thoughts on his career history, his A.R.T System of training, and overall bodybuilding philosophies.

Born in Casablanca, Morocco with French roots, Benfatto was scouted by Joe Weider back in the '80s. "Mr. Joe Weider approached me and offered me this unique opportunity to become a pro bodybuilder," Benfatto recounts. "Becoming a pro was my dream, and the cherry on the cake was that this special offer came from no one than Joe himself who was the icon of bodybuilding. Back then, I only knew Joe as the man who popularized bodybuilding with his team of champions through his publications, I also knew Joe as the creator of the Olympia, the most prestigious pro competition."

The "So What?": The man they call "The Sphinx" went on to carve out a place for himself as one of the sports best physiques and posers. After this buzzed-about comeback at the 2006 Australian Grand Prix, I interviewed Benfatto for "The Art of War," my series on Physique Performance Art and Presentation in Competitive Bodybuilding.

"I sincerely believe that I have done the best ever comeback in bodybuilding after 14 years of retirement from competition," Benfatto states, as he contemplates his next move in his comeback story. "I'm highly motivated but I haven't decided yet which competitions I will enter in 2011 to qualify for the Olympia 202 Showdown. I would like to reach a level of development and conditioning that will let me tackle the best Olympia 202 contenders."

The 5'6", 190-pound, Cape Town resident has been warming up for his return to the contest stage by performing exhibitions at large events like the FIBO POWER, while promoting his company Benfatto Nutrition.

Andrew Oye's verdict: I have little doubt that if the 202 Division (which made its debut at the 2008 Olympia) had been instituted in Francis Benfatto's heyday, he would already have several Olympia trophies on his mantel. But will current judging standards reward the veteran's classic form against contemporary IFBB Pro League athletes? We'll see.

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