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Benfatto Training Competition-Prep Coaching

Ready for your next big sports game, contest, match, meet, tournament, or championship? Complete the Benfatto Training Assessment Profile to hire a coach. Consultations by ACCSELerator Andrew Oye.

COACH: Francis Benfatto

CREDENTIALS: IFBB Pro Bodybuilding Champion, Mr. Olympia Contender, Benfatto Nutrition CEO, Premier Lifestyle Coach, PPM Training Method Creator

SPECIALTIES: Bodybuilding Coaching, Lifestyle  Coaching, Posing Coaching

COACH: Rene Meme


CREDENTIALS: IFBB National Team France Coach, Preparatory Institute of Physical Education & Sports), National Patent Sports Instructor, MACS 7 Training Method Creator


SPECIALTIES: Bodybuilding Coaching, Sports-Specific  Coaching, Physical Coaching

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CLIENT: Jason Statler, Classic Bodybuilding Division Competitor

I have always been interested in the aesthetic, beautiful physiques of the 1980s and 1990s bodybuilders like Francis Benfatto. So, in my training, I have always pursued what I believe to be the ideal -- a mix of size, symmetry, density and posing ability.


Francis Benfatto always represented the symmetry, the aesthetic, the beauty, the flowing proportions that characterized that era of bodybuilding. And Francis is admired today by many people coming up in the sport.  

When I was selecting a contest-prep coach, I looked at who I really respected and admired in the sport of bodybuilding, and Francis Benfatto's name was on the top of the list. Through a stroke of luck, I sent him an email, and he was really receptive to the idea. We started working together, and he has been training me using his PPM method, or Progressive Performance Methodology, which is his very unique training style.

In the most basic terms, Francis' method of training, the PPM, is a combination of time-under-tension with elements of progressive-overload training incorporated into it. To make this training effective, you need to focus on all of the elements of the movement...You focus on the precise implementation of all those pieces of the puzzle to complete your movement.


Before I started doing this training, I had always done a lot of different exercises and tried to hit different angles. But this PPM method emphasizes precise movements and taking each set to positive failure.


When I am closer to a contest, I have less energy and fewer expendable calories, so I really need to execute one exercise properly and [max out] on that one exercise. Earlier in my prep, when the calories are a bit higher and my body is not as stressed due to cardio, I can incorporate more movements, but I still need to focus on maximizing each individual movement. If you find that you're unable to complete additional exercises with the precise form then it is better to focus on one exercise and use proper execution.  


I recommend Francis Benfatto as a prep coach. I have come a long way using the PPM, and I believe it is going to pay dividends for the future.

CLIENT: Morgan Aste, Strongman Competitor

Super-Heavyweight Bodybuilding Division Competitor

With a background in several sports (including Muay Thai, boxing and judo), Morgan Aste began lifting at 16 years old,


Aste's remarkable strength gains led him to compete in his first bodybuilding contest at 20. At that time, the 195-pound athlete met trainer René Même, creator of the MACS 7 Training Method.


Même, who had coach former French Champion Francis Benfatto for his Mr. Olympia contests and his notable professional comeback to the IFBB Pro League stage, took on Morgan Aste and coached him to a victory at the 2014 IFBB French Championships.


"MACS 7 is based on the interaction between various modes of muscular contractions and different training techniques,” Aste says. “It allows for short muscle-building sessions without overloading the skeletal system.”

In Andrew Oye's Pro-Muscle Report Pro Athletes Roundup, Andrew noted that Aste opted to participate in strongman contests to prove bodybuilders could succeed in strength sports (like bodybuilders IFBB Pro Franco Columbu, IFBB Pro Tom Platz, IFBB Pro Johnnie Jackson, IFBB Pro Stan Efferding and IFBB Pro Andy Haman, who are also powerlifters). Meanwhile, 5-time WSM World's Strongest Man Mariusz Pudzianowski possessed a bodybuilder's physique but never made it to a bodybuilding stage (he opted for KSW MMA instead). Aste has done what bodybuilding journalist Andrew Oye thought Pudzianowski might attempt. Eventually, WSM competitor Hugo Girard and strongman/wrestler IFBB Pro Jon Andersen went from the strongman arena to compete in physique sports.  

Aste holds the French record for a single log-press rep (170 kg/374.786 lbs), and impressed in the Atlas stone lift and truck pull. But, with his sights set on professional bodybuilding and Rene Meme's coaching to guide him, the massive, 6'3" 350-pound Aste -- a.k.a. “The Big Rock” (since WWE Champion Pro Wrester Dwayne Johnson already had "The Rock" label) -- wants to develop the discipline to work on his symmetry and proportion to complement his mass.

He lists his main inspirations as 7-time Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Arnold Schwarzenegger and 8-time Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Ronnie Coleman, who he calls "one of the greatest bodybuilders of all time.” Aste says he values humility and respect, and he has referred to the human body's potential for muscular development as “magic.” Andrew Oye says, "If Meme continues to work his magic on Morgan, the "Big Rock" will continue to make his mark on the worlds of muscle and strength."

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Strongman + Bodybuilder Morgan Aste, Francis' mother, Coach Rene Meme, IFBB Pro Francis Benfatto

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