Phil Heath

Phillip Jerrod Heath (born December 18, 1979) is an American IFBB professional bodybuilder. He is a seven-time Mr. Olympia winner, having won the competition every year from 2011 to 2017. His latest victory tied him with Arnold Schwarzenegger for the joint-second number of all-time Mr. Olympia wins, behind Lee Haney and Ronnie Coleman, who are joint-first with eight wins each.

Phil Heath
Bodybuilder
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Heath in October 2012
Personal info
NicknameThe Gift
The Next Big Thing
Born (1979-12-18) December 18, 1979 (age 40)
Seattle, Washington, U.S.
Height5 ft 9 in (175 cm)[1]
WeightContest: 240 lb (109 kg)
Off-season: 275 lb (125 kg)[1]
Professional career
Pro-debut
  • Colorado Pro Championships
  • 2006
Best win
  • Mr. Olympia
  • 2011–2017
PredecessorJay Cutler
SuccessorShawn Rhoden
ActiveYes

Early lifeEdit

Phillip Jerrod Heath was born in Seattle, Washington,[2] on December 18, 1979.[3] He attended Rainier Beach High School in Seattle, where he was team captain and shooting guard on the varsity basketball team.[2] He attended the University of Denver on an athletic scholarship, majoring in business administration while playing shooting guard for the university's Division I basketball team.[2][4]

Bodybuilding careerEdit

Heath entered bodybuilding in 2002. In 2005, he won the overall title at the NPC (National Physique Committee) USA Championships, earning the right to compete as an IFBB Pro. He won his first two IFBB professional events the following year: The Colorado Pro Championships and The New York Pro Championship. In 2007, Heath placed fifth at the Arnold Classic.[5] Although he still qualified to compete in the 2007 Mr. Olympia contest, Heath, nevertheless, decided not to enter the contest, stating that he needed additional time to improve his form.

Heath won 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 to become the first novice to place in the top three since Flex Wheeler in 1993. He claimed the fifth position at the 2009 Mr. Olympia title and second place at the 2010 event. He gained the crown in 2011. Heath defended the title of Mr Olympia consecutively six times since then until 2018 when he placed second to Shawn Rhoden.

Professional wrestlingEdit

During the countdown to TNA's Bound for Glory pre-show on October 20, 2013, Heath accompanied The BroMans (Jessie Godderz and Robbie E) to the ring for their tag team gauntlet match, which they won; later in the night, he accompanied them to their TNA World Tag Team Championship match against Gunner and James Storm. After the match, he celebrated their title victory with them in the ring and backstage during an interview.[6]

Competitive historyEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Phil Heath". bodybuildingpro.com. Retrieved July 27, 2014.
  2. ^ a b c "Phillip Heath". denverpioneers.com. Retrieved April 3, 2018.
  3. ^ phillipheath.com - About Phillip Heath Archived 2011-11-21 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Branch, John (October 28, 2016). "No One Is Looking at This Headline". The New York Times. Retrieved April 3, 2018. got a Division I basketball scholarship at the University of Denver. He majored in business and averaged 1.3 points over four seasons.
  5. ^ http://contest.bodybuilding.com/results/1484
  6. ^ "TNA Bound for Glory 2013 Results".

External linksEdit

Mr. Olympia
Preceded by:
Jay Cutler
Succeeded by:
Shawn Rhoden