Frank Medrano – Can You Build His Physique Naturally?

Frank Medrano is among the popular bar athletes a.k.a. bodyweight training specialists on the Internet. He resides it the U.S. and has one of most shredded physiques you are likely to see. Everybody wants to be a proud owner of similar lean physique, attracting the attention of the whole neighborhood.

Frank Medrano made it happen, but can you follow his steps naturally without using anabolic steroids? Can you build similar body without pinning them glutes?

What do we have here?

Frank Medrano is 5’9″ – 175 cm and weighs about 160 lbs – 73 kg . According to our guide for natural bodybuilders which has been proven right many times, this is the about the maximum weight a 5’9″ male at 5% BF can have. In other words – the body of Frank Medrano is within the limits, and if you have favorable genetics you can build his mass naturally.

Shredded beast

What makes Frank Medrano’s physique so attractive are his low body fat levels. It’s not a surprise that people want to have similar shredded physique in the era of beer bellies. It just makes you feel like God among mortals.

However, can you be this shredded naturally. The answer is: Yes, you can. (not to be confused with Obama’s ‘Yes, we can.’ which played backwards sounds like ‘Thank you, Satan.’)

Contrary to popular belief naturals can get shredded beyond belief. Problem is, they can’t maintain any appreciable amount of mass while being 5% BF. That does not mean that you can’t look good as a natural – you just can’t be 200 lbs with abs at 5’10”.

Related article: Can You Achieve 5% Body Fat Without Steroids

Does Frank Medrano have the Photoshop look?

Yes and no. He does look out of this world in many photos, but for the most part does not jump out of the page as much as other, supposedly, natural bodybuilders. On top of that he does not have the typical 3D steroid delts which most of the enhanced fake natties bring to the stage.

In the photo below you can see that he does not look that impressive without digital editing, oil, tan and other tricks that make you appear larger than life.

Frank Medrano - Can You Build His Physique Naturally?

So, can I build a physique similar to the one Frank Medrano solely by doing bodyweight exercises?

Yes, you can, but your legs will remain somewhat on the smaller part. If that’s not a problem with you, we don’t see any issue.

However, you can also achieve similar look by lifting weights too. There is nothing magical about bodyweight exercises, although they allow you to save a lot of time and money because you don’t have to join a gym.

Related article: Building Big Arms With Bodyweight Exercises

What about his diet, should I be a vegan?

No, you don’t have to be a vegan in order to be shredded and lean. In fact, the fastest way to lose weight and get shredded is the low carb high fat diet. This method has been proven to work faster than anything and does not require you to be a vegan.

Being a vegan actually makes it harder to reach your goals as a bodybuilder because your food choice is too limited.

Related article: Eating Six Meals A Day To Get Ripped: SCAM or not?

So, can you be sure that Frank Medrano is 100% natural?

You can never be sure about that. We, obviously, can’t know whether Frank Merdrano is a 100% lifetime drug free athlete. However, we believe that similar physique can be achieved naturally – whether he did it that way or not remains a question to which only Frank Medrano himself knows the answer.

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  1. Bruno from Brazil

    Great post, agree 100%.

    I’m an ecto, vegan, bodyweight athlete like Frank Medrano.
    And I’m 5’9″ at 135lbs – but 8% BF.

    My body doesn’t look like his, but he clearly has more years of training, a better diet and different genetics.

    Judging from my personal experience, YES you can look like him as an ecto, vegan, bodyweight if you do everything right AND has genetics in your favor.

  2. Joe Daddy

    I can’t believe it was ever a question if Frank was natural or not. The dude is a vegan. He got that body on PB&J sandwiches, lentils, greens and fruit (I listened to an interview where he outlined his diet). Did you really think a health nut like Frank would use drugs? On a side note, I’m a vegan bar athlete myself and have noticed more energy and decreased body fat since switching to a vegan diet and calisthenics. It’s a glimpse at the new age of fitness. I think Frank is just ahead of the times.

  3. PV

    Hey! Frank medrano seems to have an average to relatively thin bone structure(wrists upto 7 inches), and is still 73kgs at a bodyfat percent that low. Don’t you think that athletes with relatively thicker bone structure(wrists 7.5 to 8 inches) at the same height can actually exceed the numbers presented in your guide for natural bodybuilders?

  4. Gary alikonis

    “Frank Medrano is 5’9″ – 175 cm and weighs about 160 lbs – 73 kg . According to our guide for natural bodybuilders which has been proven right many times, this is the about the maximum weight a 5’9″ male at 5% BF can have.” Did you mean minimum weight at 5’9 naturally? I am 5’9 195 lbs, I take no suppliments or do any drugs, I am probably about a 10% body fat, with what you said in that statement would mean it’s impossible to be my size naturally.

  5. delectric

    Could be natural though a lot of people are taking reduced dosages these days and claiming that to be natural.

    For me he is a little too vascular, though this could be natural too. The problem is most people don’t have pronounced veins even when very skinny.

    Still I agree the body can be built naturally though there still would be phases when body fat will be relatively high when building muscle.

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