Phile Heath is one of the best known bodybuilders of all time. Tied with the “Austrian Oak”, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Phil Heath is also a 7x Mr. Olympia champion, there is no doubt he has made a name for himself.
Full Name: Phil Heath
|Weight||Height||Date Of Birth|
|245-255 lbs lbs.||5’9’’||12/18/1979|
|Men’s Open||2000, 2010||American|
Phil Heath Biography
Phil Heath is an IFBB-certified pro bodybuilder and one of the most well known Mr. Olympia winners of all time, thanks to his reign as the champ as well as his famed rivalry with Kai Greene. Phil was painted as a “villain” type of character throughout his competitive reign, as many disliked his cocky attitude and thought it was a bad look for the sport. Phil also had genetics that seemed to be almost perfect for bodybuilding, with muscle insertions and symmetry that was simply unmatched. However, bodybuilding was not always the career path of choice.
Born and raised in Seattle, WA, Heath is a natural-born athlete who played basketball on his high school’s varsity team. After earning a prestigious athletic scholarship to the University of Denver, Heath double-majored in Information Technology and Business Administration while playing point guard for the Pioneers. He credits his time spent playing Division 1-A Men’s basketball with shaping his identity and approach to bodybuilding. It was also during this time that he earned his nickname “The Gift,” referring to his innate talent for all things sports and athletics, not to mention even as a college athlete, Phil’s genetics for bodybuilding showed through.
After graduating college in 2002, Heath was inspired to push his athleticism to even greater heights. He was immediately attracted to the intensity and competitiveness of professional bodybuilding and began pursuing a career as a professional in late 2002. He won his first NPC title in 2003 and began competing as an IFBB professional the year of 2005. In order to further refine his craft he joined a hardcore gym in 2003 where he trained under former Mr. Olympia, Jay Cutler and succeeding in increasing his mass to 215 lbs with only 6% body fat.
Heath has won 7 Mr. Olympia titles overall and he had hoped to break the current record set by Ronnie Coleman and Lee Haney. These hopes were slightly derailed when he lost the 2018 Mr. Olympia to the late Shawn Rhoden. The following year Phil took off and did not compete, and the same went for 2019. There were conflicting rumors claiming he would compete in 2020, but he would perhaps compete in Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s Athleticon event. Ultimately, we did get a glimpse of Phil back on the Olympia stage in 2020, but we have not seen Phil back on the professional bodybuilding stage since then, though there have been plenty of rumors of his return.
Seemingly having fun hyping up the fans, Phil Heath and Kai Greene both hinted that they would perhaps battle again on stage in some capacity in 2021. Though that seemed to fall through, as neither of them had stepped on stage.
Phil Heath has quite the extensive competition history, so let’s take a look.
- 2003 Northern Colorado State, Novice – Light-Heavyweight 1st place and overall
- 2003 NPC Colorado State – Light-Heavyweight 1st place
- 2004 NPC Colorado State, Heavyweight – 1st place and Overall
- 2005 NPC Junior Nationals, Heavyweight – 1st place and Overall
- 2005 NPC USA Championships, Heavyweight – 1st place and Overall
- 2006 Colorado Pro Championships – 1st place
- 2006 New York Pro Championship – 1st place
- 2007 Arnold Classic – 5th place
- 2008 IFBB Iron Man – 1st
- 2008 Arnold Classic – 2nd place
- 2008 Mr. Olympia – 3rd place
- 2009 Mr. Olympia – 5th place
- 2010 Arnold Classic – 2nd place
- 2010 Mr. Olympia – 2nd place
- 2011 Mr. Olympia – 1st place
- 2011 Sheru Classic – 1st place
- 2012 Mr. Olympia – 1st place
- 2012 Sheru Classic – 1st place
- 2013 Mr. Olympia – 1st place
- 2013 Arnold Classic Europe – 1st place
- 2014 Mr. Olympia – 1st place
- 2015 Mr. Olympia – 1st place
- 2016 Mr. Olympia – 1st place
- 2017 Mr. Olympia – 1st place
- 2018 Mr. Olympia – 2nd place
- 2020 Mr. Olympia – 3rd place
Now for the fun stuff, Phil Heath’s training regimen. You do not get to look like that by training without the utmost intensity, and that is exactly what Phil does. He utilizes high volume sets, typically in the 10-12 rep range, but he is pushing some heavy weight.
Let’s look at his workouts.
Monday – Legs For Days
|Stiff Legged Deadlifts||3||10|
|Lying Leg Curls||3||10|
|Seated Leg Curls||3||12|
|Standing Calf Raises||3||12|
|Seated Calf Raises||3||12|
Tuesday – Chest & Triceps For Serious Pushing Strength
|Dumbbell Incline Press||3||10|
|Dumbbell Incline Fly||3||10|
|Hammer Strength Bench Press||3||8|
|Close-Grip Bench Press||3||10|
|Lying Triceps Extensions||3||12|
Wednesday – REST
Thursday – Back & Biceps For Pulling Power
|Bent Over Rows||3||8|
|One-Arm Dumbbell Rows||3||12|
|Straight Arm Pulldowns||3||10|
|Standing EZ-Bar Curls||3||10|
Friday – Shoulders & Traps For Added Physique Gains
The Diet of Phil Heath
When it comes to packing on muscle mass, dropping body fat and getting ripped, or whatever you are aiming to do, diet is just as important as the actual lifting itself is. Diet aids in the recovery process, and it essentially what forces the muscles to grow back bigger and stronger. Typically, the diet will be different for an “off-season” vs. contest prep.
Let’s take a look at Phil’s off-season diet.
Phil Heath’s Off-Season Diet
- 12 oz. chicken
- 1 cup of egg whites
- 1 cup of cream of rice
- 12 oz. 94% ground beef
- 2 cups of white rice
- 12 oz. beef tenderloin
- 8 oz. whole-wheat pasta
- Pre-Workout supplement
- Post-Workout protein shake
- 6-8 oz. beef tenderloin
- 10 oz. white potato
- 12 oz. chicken
- 1 cup of spinach
- 12 oz. of 94% ground beef
- 1 cup of broccoli
- 2 tbsp. of almond butter
- Whey protein isolate
Phil Heath Wrap Up
Overall, Phil Heath is “The Gift”. From his athletic abilities in college, to his perfect bodybuilding genetics and hard working mindset that have enabled him to become who he is. While we have not seen him on stage in a few years, the name “Phil Heath” is one that will forever live in infamy in the fitness world.
Do you think Phil Heath will return to bodybuilding?
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