Phil Heath, A.K.A “The Gift” is a six-time My Olympia champion from 2011 to 2016, including being crowned at the Mr Olympia’s 50th anniversary in 2014. He’s tied with Dorian Yates record, almost tied with Arnold Schwarzenegger’s 7-time record, and close to Ronnie Coleman’s 8 wins of the Mr. Olympia.
However, things weren’t easy for Phil’s life in the beginning, he often had to raise himself as his parents were busy working full-time jobs. This helped Phil to learn the skills necessary to work hard in life and keep moving forward towards his goals. This drive made him a formidable character in the bodybuilding world, and has gone on to see him become one of the greatest bodybuilders of all time. This is his story:
Weight 245 – 255lbs (111.1 – 115.7kg)
Height 5’9″ (175cm)
Year of Birth 1979
Alias The Gift, The Next Big Thing
Era 2000, 2010
2004 NPC Colorado State, Heavyweight, – 1st
2005 NPC Junior Nationals, Heavyweight – 1st
2005 NPC USA Championships, Heavyweight – 1st
2006 Colorado Pro Championships – 1st
2007 Arnold Classic – 5th
2008 (IFBB Iron Man – 1st)
(Arnold Classic – 2nd)
(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
“Sometimes, you just need to have your ass handed to you. That lights a fire under your butt.”
Born in Seattle Washington in December of 1979, Phil was an active and athletic child growing up. Heath’s parents were successful in their careers but often busy at times, leaving Phil to learn many basic life skills by himself. He learned to cook, train for basketball, and understand the value of hard work, driving home his philosophy toward life and training in his early years.
He attended Rainier Beach High School, showing a love for basketball from a young age, and eventually, he joined the school team. Phil quickly earned a full athletic scholarship to the University of Denver in Colorado, he continued playing basketball while majoring in business administration and IT.
While training for his basketball games, Heath became familiar with the weights room, and was inspired by the camaraderie and hard work that his friends showed in the gym. Deciding to join them, but still far from achieving a Pro bodybuilding career, Heath initially began weightlifting in order to improve his jumping power and presence on the basketball court.
As he progressed, Heath became tired of basketball, believing it didn’t hold the niche potential for greatness that he desired. He then decided to return to the weight room, which had become his refuge. Balancing three jobs, which were, web-development, bouncing at night clubs, and basketball academy training, Phil immersed himself in the culture of bodybuilding in his limited “free time”. This later made him play with the idea of creating a spectacular physique as his lifetime goal.
Heath began taking bodybuilding more seriously in 2002, where he took a job at his local gym, whilst learning as much as possible about nutrition, supplementation, and effective training strategies.
He credits this time as being the most formative years of his career as he read through crates of bodybuilding magazines, which all helped Phil to create his awesome physique. As well as working out on his own, he still worked out with his friends from time to time, and after training hard and heavy over the course of three years, Heath grew from 185lbs to 215lbs with 6% bodyfat.
Rise of a Champion
During 2003, and weighing a lean 192lbs, he took part in his first competition – The Rocky Mountain Northern Physique Committee where he
Proteins, Carbs, And Fats
Phil consumes plenty of protein, eating 20lb of chicken breast a week, alongside red meats (roughly 12oz a meal) and fish. His favorite carbs are sweet potatoes, and rolled oats, and despite brown rice being a bodybuilding favorite, Phil prefers the taste of white rice and claims that his fast metabolism allows it to work better for his body.
Phil has three sets of scales in his kitchen in order to weigh anything he needs to the exact measurement. He also supplements his vegetables with a vegetable powder in order to cover all of his mineral requirements.
He normally eats eight meals a day, and drinks two protein shakes per day to keep his energy levels high and protein synthesis consistent. Phil rarely lacks energy, even on days that he’s in the gym morning and evening. Phil also eats plenty of egg whites, yams, and tilapia for both his fish oil needs, and easily digestible protein. He also takes a premium multivitamin and a fat burner when he’s getting close to competitions.
What we can learn from Phil Heath
Phil Heath is an inspirational figure, and sure to go down in history as one of the greatest players in the sport due to his impressive titles and his 6 years reign at the top.
Being a mindful and dedicated representative of the sport, Phil Heath has inspired many to begin training, and taught us that with the right mind-set, anything is possible. He is a testament to the fact that the harder you work, the more you get.
What we can learn from Phil is the willingness to try, time and time again, until we achieve our initial goal. Also not to be afraid to go back to the drawing board to give something another shot. These traits are what make a true champion. With the same determination and drive, you too can achieve greatness just like Phil.Pages: