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Phil Heath Biography

Phil Heath Biography

Phillip “Phil” Jerrod Heath (born December 18, 1979 in Seattle, Washington) is an American IFBB professional bodybuilder and Mr. Olympia winner.
Phil Heath grew up in Seattle, WA and attended Rainier Beach High School, where he played shooting 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 shooting guard for Denver’s Division I basketball team.

Bodybuilding career

Phil 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. 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 then 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, becoming the first novice to place in the top three since Flex Wheeler in 1993. He was a favorite for the 2009 Mr. Olympia title, but a stomach virus caused him to arrive 6 lbs lighter than planned on the first day, and this resulted in his taking fifth place in the competition. In 2010, he took second place at the Mr. Olympia contest when Jay Cutler won his final title, but after improving the following year Heath defeated Cutler and became Mr. Olympia for 2011. In 2012, Heath successfully defended his Mr. Olympia title against Kai Greene.

Heath has been featured in many fitness and magazine articles, and has also appeared 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 the Number 13. The latter three films were directed by Jonathan McFarlane and released by Bodybranded Films.

Competitive history

 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 Overall
 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