Phil Heath has proven to be the number one and even Lee Haney or Ronnie Coleman can’t beat him. But is he able to become the greatest bodybuilder ever?
His fans believe that Heath created a kind of physique necessary for bodybuilding.
Not a secret that in the early 2000’s the game of sizes was huge. At that time, Markus Ruhl won a great NOC against Bob Cicherillo who was, by the way, very aesthetic, streamlined, and symmetrical.
People seemed to adore these huge guys, from Ronnie to Nasser in 2003.
Even Jay Cutler started to shrink his size. Phil Heath, when entering the stage, set the tone. Of course, there have been close contests. Anyone could win, but Heath had always reigned victorious.
Phil will have to join Coleman and Haney in case he wins this year. The question is whether he wants to join them?
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This moment is the moment of why I train, sacrifice, literally go into my darkest most fiercest place to become my best and be the best in the world. Throughout my life I have embraced being above average but more importantly I was always willing to compete at the highest level. It didn’t matter if it was basketball, running track or even playing cards, board games or video games I always wanted to be number 1! Everyone talks about being their best and that is awesome, but what about when the odds are against you and no one is there to help? Do you sit there waiting or do you complain and make excuses? Oh or do you blame those who are really achieving what you want for your own shortcomings? These are aspects I have understood very early on in my life growing up in a household where my parents both worked 50-60hrs a week so that I could have a better future. I had no brothers or sisters around to push me or to tell me to do this or that as it was always me wanting to be the best student, athlete, friend and also Son. I am Mr Olympia we all know this, but what I had to do to get here required a mindset which didn’t allow vacations, complaining, mediocrity, self pity, resentment toward others and the list goes on. What I did manage was to create a mind that would prepare for things no one thought was possible from being only 5’7 as a senior in high school earning a division 1 scholarship to graduating from a great university, to transitioning into a sport like bodybuilding which no basketball player would ever think of doing. I challenged myself throughout and I want you all to do the same. Don’t sell yourself short by being average. Be better each day. Learn to accept shortcomings as lessons which can lead to greatness if and only if you decide to never replicate that same process. I’m just under 9wks from the Olympia and I must say that this one means more than anyone could imagine. Remember when I said after my first two I was going for ten and people laughed, mocked and called me names??? Well I’m at 7 and now getting serious so let’s see how it unfolds. #PhilHeath #7xmrolympia #BeWell #BeYourself #DontSettleForAverage #bemisunderstood #itsOkToStandOut #BeYou
The three champions are similar in their uninterrupted reigns. But it doesn’t mean they haven’t faced dangerous challengers. Lee Labrada was really formidable for Haney and Cutler almost toppled Coleman in 2001. Heath, in turn, has faced Shawn “Flexatron” Rhoden and Kai Greene.As a result, none of the champions was ever beaten. Their wins were uninterrupted and continuous. It’s unlikely to change in 2018.
History even shows that Coleman didn’t change anything suggesting Victor Martinez be the next Mr.Olympia. If Greene could never beat Heath, no one else is probably able to do that. Heath is unstoppable and remains the best.
There are not so many challenges between Cutler and Coleman, but Heath’s kingship was really challenging. This champion was the first to deal with social media since becoming a winner. In 2007, Heath defeated Gustavo Badell at the Ironman Pro, and it was obvious he will be a major champion in professional bodybuilding. Since everyone lives in the world of their phones now, people attention is attracted to Heath round the clock. He doesn’t only get his fans’ admiration, but also lots of critics from haters. Do you know anyone who would adore dealing with haters?
The question is whether Heath joins the ranks of Coleman and Haney, and, actually, whether he breaks their records. If he does, will he make history?
We all will have a chance to check it this weekend at the 2018 IFBB Pro League Olympia.