Felipe Franco

With a chiseled body and the IFBB Pro status, Felipe Franco is one of Brazilian’s most respected bodybuilders.

He went from being a 17-year old gym ‘newbie’ to reaching the top of his craft, thanks to his patience and willingness to learn through trial and error.

Extremely motivated to be the best he can, both on and off the stage, Felipe sets an example with his one-of-a-kind mindset and work ethic.


Felipe Franco posing shirtless in nature

Athlete Statistics

Full Name: Felipe Franco
WeightHeightAgeDate of Birth
185 - 195lbs (83.9 - 88.5kg)5'11" (180cm)37May 17, 1982
NationalityProfessionAlias
BrazilianPhysical Education Professor, IFBB Athlete, Entrepreneurfefrancooficial
Era
2010
Weight185 - 195lbs (83.9 - 88.5kg)
Height5'11" (180cm)
Age37
Date of BirthMay 17, 1982
NationalityBrazilian
ProfessionPhysical Education Professor, IFBB Athlete, Entrepreneur
Aliasfefrancooficial
Era2010


Felipe Franco posing shirtless in a black and white picture

Accomplishments

  • Pro Bodybuilder
  • Personal Trainer
  • Physical Education Teacher

Bodybuilding Shows

2014

  • Prestige Crystal Cup Pro, IFBB Men’s Physique Class, 2nd place
  • Dallas Pro & Wheelchair Pro, Men’s Physique Class, 4th place
  • Mr. Olympia, IFBB Men’s Physique, 15th place

2015

  • Arnold Sports Festival, IFBB Men’s Physique, 11th place
  • San Jose Pro, IFBB Men’s Physique, 5th place

2016

  • IFBB New York Pro, Men’s Physique, 10th place
  • Puerto Rico Pro, IFBB Men’s Physique, 2nd place
  • Europa Dallas, IFBB Men’s Physique, 1st place
  • Mr. Olympia, IFBB Men’s Physique, 15th place

2017

  • Europa Dallas, IFBB Men’s Physique, 8th place

2018

  • Los Angeles Grand Prix, IFBB Men’s Physique, 1st place

Felipe Franco flexing his back during a bodybuilding competition

Biography

Interest in Training

Felipe Franco is a highly accomplished bodybuilder from Brazil. His love for the lifting sport emerged when Franco was 17, just before he enrolled in college to study physical education.

As his knowledge of bodybuilding progressed, so did Felipe’s results in the gym – he became one of the most ripped guys at his college.


Felipe Franco posing in a grey tank top in the gym


College Years

During college, Felipe kept a student’s mindset not just in the classroom, but also with his approach to training and nutrition. He learned all there is to learn about bodybuilding.

One thing led to the next, and Felipe decided to pursue the sport full-time as soon as he would finish college.

Contests

After graduation, Felipe threw himself into the world of competitive bodybuilding.

After ‘testing the waters’ in his first couple of contests, his hunger for trophies increased as he set out to win the famed Pro Card.


Felipe Franco's bodybuilding transformation before-after

Felipe Franco before and after.


Felipe Franco Today

Through years of hard work and determination, Felipe won his Pro status, as well as the recognition and respect from other athletes.

He now competes in the biggest shows around the world. In some of these contests, Felipe beat all of his opponents and took the champion title. These shows include:

  • 2016 Europa Dallas, IFBB Men’s Physique, 1st place
  • 2018 Los Angeles Grand Prix, IFBB Men’s Physique, 1st place

Despite his ‘meteoric’ rise to the top, Franco stays hungry for even more success. He applies this mentality to all areas of his career, including bodybuilding, personal training, and entrepreneurship.


Felipe Franco flexing his huge arms and shoulders in a white tank top

Training

Dynamic Training

Felipe’s training is dynamic and ever-changing. Unlike other pro athletes, he doesn’t stick to a set routine but rather goes by the ‘feeling’.

With this approach, he keeps his body in a constant state of confusion.

Since his muscles never adapt to a particular routine, they are continuously forced to grow stronger.

Two Rest Days

Felipe trains 5 days per week in the gym, taking the weekends off.

However, he’ll add a Saturday workout on the days where he wants to focus on his weaker muscle groups.

Felipe’s Week of Training

  • Monday: Chest, Shoulders, Triceps, and Abs
  • Tuesday: Legs, Calves
  • Wednesday: Back, Rear Delts, Biceps
  • Thursday: Chest and Triceps
  • Friday: Legs
  • Saturday: A muscle group of choice
  • Sunday: Rest

Felipe Franco taking a selfie of his muscular back in a bathroom

Nutrition

Staying Shredded

In order to keep his ripped look, Felipe Franco stays in a caloric deficit or maintenance. This means he eats the same amount, or fewer calories than his body expends every day.

As for his food choice, Felipe doesn’t cut out any food group, such as carbs or fats. But certain foods are always off limits, including french fries, cheeseburgers, and refined sugars.

He advises replacing these foods with healthy alternatives, such as avocados, nuts, and olive oil. He also advises eating carbs that have a low glycemic index – including sweet potatoes and brown rice.


Felipe Franco flexing his bulging and ripped abs


Felipe Franco flexing his massive and ripped legs

What we can learn from Felipe Franco

Felipe Franco is someone who doesn’t find it hard to wake up early, eat healthy foods, and train hard multiple times per week. It’s his lifestyle and he enjoys every minute of it.

With the same attitude, you too can accomplish any fitness goal – whether that’s building more muscle, or getting that six-pack you’ve always wanted.

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