Frank Whitmore is a young man who I happened to meet while training him at my workplace. After discovering his drive for fitness and his dedication to be one of the best up-and-coming natural bodybuilders in the state of Arkansas, I knew I had to hear his story about how bodybuilding reshaped his life (pun totally intended).
Why do you do what you do?
I do what I do because I strive to be the best. I refuse to let anybody outwork me. I also look at it as a way to feed me and my family. What’s not to love about that?
How do you work, or workout, I should say? What’s your mindset when you get ready to hit the gym?
I work out aiming to be better than I was the day before, even if it’s only by .01%. I’m always looking move forward, never backwards. I go into the gym with a cerebral but playful mindset, meaning I go there to have a superior workout as well as have fun doing it.
What is your background as it pertains to sports or bodybuilding?
I have a background in personal training, coaching, and men’s physique. I’ve been competing for a little over 2 years now and actual turned pro October of 2016. So if anyone out there needs help reaching their fitness goals, whether they’re near or far, I’m the guy to call on.
Who are some of your influences?
My influences come from some of the greatest bodybuilders in my opinion to ever walk the planet. AJ Ellison, Ulisses Jr., Kai Green, C.T. Fletcher, Sadik Hadzovic, Jeremy Buendia, and Arnold Schwarzenegger of course. Seriously I could list a whole page full. I also look upon bodybuilders that are in my inner circle as well, because they can relate to the things I’m going through from a bodybuilding standpoint.
What is the most important part of your process in achieving your goals, physically and mentally?
The most important part to me is staying consistent. Those who know me would tell you I stay stage ready year round. I don’t ever let my body fat percentage go over 8 percent. Instead of making huge gains in a short amount of time, I focus on making small increments week by week. Ultimately, creating the best and most naturally physique possible.
What role do you feel black people have in the bodybuilding world, and how would you like to see it change?
Most black people who I come across in the sport are either competitors or judges and not owners of the organization. I would love to see more Black promoters as well as owners in the business. I hope to be an owner and promoter myself one day and host my own body building shows.
What has been a pivotal experience in your journey? What you would call your “eye-opening moment”?
An eye opener for me was when I did my first Natural Bodybuilding show and receive my only Second place trophy. I learned that politics play a huge role the higher you get in the organization, and so does home field advantage. The judges flat-out told me I was the most conditioned on stage and had the best physique and posing and I still lost. It did teach me to HUMBLE myself that’s for sure. But in this sport you have to take the good with the bad. It’s all love!
As always, these are Q’s Super Seven! (Seven simple questions, and you can only pick one answer!)
- Red or Blue? Red
- Prince or Michael? Michael
- LeBron or Kobe? LeBron
- Tupac or Biggie? Tupac
- Ford or Chevy? Chevy
- Nike or Adidas? Adidas
- Did OJ do it? No, his son did.
Frank Whitmore is a professional bodybuilder and personal trainer in the Little Rock, Arkansas area. For training or other personal fitness questions, contact him via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow Frank on Instagram at @MrSymmetry or click here.