Evolution of Bodybuilding

Phil Heath


SNAG-0064_03Phillip “Phil” Jerrod Heath (born December 18, 1979 in Seattle, Washington, he is the current 3x Mr. Olympia.
Phillip Heath grew up in Seattle, WA and attended Rainier Beach High School, where he played guard on the varsity basketball team.

One of his former high school teammates, Jamal Crawford, currently plays for the Los Angeles Clippers. Heath attended the University of Denver on a full athletic scholarship. While at Denver, Heath double-majored in IT and Business Administration and played guard for Denver’s Division I basketball team.

It was not until 2002 that Phil Heath pursued bodybuilding. His hard work paid off in 2005 when he won the overall title at the NPC (National Physique Committee) USA Championships, earning the right to compete as an IFBB Pro. “The Gift” immediately made a splash in the IFBB, winning his first two pro events in 2006, The Colorado Pro Championships and The New York Pro Championship.

Phil-Heath-posingIn 2007, Heath placed fifth at the Arnold Classic, although fans and critics had him as high as third place. Nonetheless, he qualified to compete in the 2007 Mr. Olympia contest. Heath, however, decided not to compete at the contest, stating that he needed more time to improve in order to be competitive.

This proved to be a good decision as Heath ended up winning the 2008 Iron Man show and placed second to Dexter Jackson at the 2008 Arnold Classic. In his 2008 Mr. Olympia debut, Heath finished third, becoming the first rookie to place in the top three since Flex Wheeler in 1993.

phil_heathA day before the Friday pre-judging for the 2009 Mr. Olympia competition, Phil caught a stomach virus which caused him to come in to the first day 10 pounds lighter than planned. He was a heavy favorite for the 2009 Mr. Olympia title, but ended up taking fifth. In 2010, he took second place at the Mr. Olympia contest when Jay Cutler won his final title.

In 2011, Heath became Mr. Olympia when he defeated Cutler. In 2010, Cutler had a better glute spread than Heath, but in 2011 Heath improved his glute spread, which was the deciding factor for his win. In both 2012 and this year’s Mr Olympia, Heath successfully defended his Mr. Olympia title against Kai Greene, making him a three time Mr Olympia winner. Phil Heath also went on to win the 2013 Arnold Classic Europe.

Heath has been featured in many fitness and magazine articles, including being featured on the cover of FLEX magazine. Heath currently resides in Denver, Colorado, and trains at Armbrust Pro Gym in Wheat Ridge, Colorado. Phil has released four bodybuilding DVDs: “The Gift”, “The Gift Unwrapped”, “Journey to the Olympia” and Becoming Number 13. The latter three films are by Bodybranded Films and director Johnathan McFarlane.

Bodybuilding titles
2003 Northern Colorado State, Novice, Light-Heavyweight 1st and overall
2003 NPC Colorado State, Light-Heavyweight, 1st
2004 NPC Colorado State, Heavyweight, 1st and Overall
2005 NPC Junior Nationals, HeavyWeight, 1st and  Overallphil-heath1
2005 NPC USA Championships, HeavyWeight, 1st and Overall
2006 Colorado Pro Championships, 1st
2006 New York Pro Championship, 1st
2006 BBC Classic, 1st
2007 Arnold Classic, 5th
2008 IFBB Iron Man, 1st
2008 Arnold Classic, 2nd
2008 Mr. Olympia, 3rd
2009 Mr. Olympia, 5th
2010 Arnold Classic, 2nd
2010 Mr. Olympia, 2nd
2011 Mr. Olympia, 1st
2011 Sheru Classic, 1st
2012 Mr. Olympia, 1st
2012 Sheru Classic, 1st
2013 Mr. Olympia, 1st
2013 Arnold Classic Europe, 1st
2014 Mr. Olympia, 1st
2015 Mr. Olympia 1st
2016 Mr. Olympia 1st

Official website: www.phillipheath.com

 

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