Phil Heath is the new Mr Olympia, the most prestigious title in competitive bodybuilding. Only thirteen men have won this title, and now Phil joins the club. I’ve followed his progress for years, and I’m sure he will be a great champion and a great face for the sport. I caught a live stream of the Mr Olympia contest, and this was no political decision. Phil was the better guy, and that’s all you really need to say.
Phil has a lot of critics among the bodybuilding community. He’s “narrow,” and has “arms too big for his body.” But I don’t believe bodybuilding is about having no weaknesses, it’s having pluses that outweigh your weaknesses. Something else I keep hearing (mostly on Getbig, a notoriously troll-filled bodybuilding forum that is infested with Haterade drinkers) is how he’s “all drugs,” and would weigh 180lbs if he was natural. Now that’s a very good point but WHO CARES.
The only thing that bugs me about Phil is that, well, he seems less than honest sometimes. There was a thing on the bb.com forums where he said something about how he’s not on insulin (a drug that every competitive bodybuilder since the 1990s has used). But I suppose he considers himself the sport’s representative now, and if he has to lie to improve bodybuilding’s (rather suspect) reputation, that’s something he’s willing to do.
The whole sport is full of liars, really. Arnold himself once said that he stopped taking steroids after he retired from bodybuilding, when it’s obvious to anyone with a knowledge of human muscle limits that he was still on drugs at least until the Conan movies in the mid 1980s (and possibly later).
Oh well. As Benito Mussolini once said, “don’t hate the playa, hate the game.”