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Phil Heath Talks About His Latest Win

Q&A with The Gift on capturing his 6th Sandow title.

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You were 246 pounds onstage at the Olympia this year, up five pounds from 2015. Do you go up from here in weight, like, say, to 250?

We could have hit that number this year if we wanted to. I could have been more 3-D and even been 252, but maybe I wouldn’t have been as hard or as dry. I think next year 250 to 252 is in reach. Hany [Rambod] and I learned a lot this time around. I think it’s very possible to hit that number, but I don’t think it’s necessary. I can’t just get bigger at the risk of losing balance.

"IT’S FUN KNOWING THAT IF I TRAIN HARD AND HEAVY, I CAN GET THAT GRAINY LOOK AND NOT HAVE TO KILL MYSELF WITH THE DIET."

What’s next? Rinse and repeat and do it all over again for 2017? Or is there going to be a new game plan for next year?

Hany and I spoke about a game plan, and we’re really trying to fine-tune it already going into next year. But Ronnie Coleman told us this: “You have to go hard. You have to take advantage of the genetics and the area that you’re in. You’re able to build dense muscle and all this other stuff, but if you can’t maximize it because of your work ethic, you may still win, but you’ll have regrets.” I’m really just taking advantage of the muscle maturity I have at this point. It’s fun. It’s fun knowing that if I train hard and heavy, I can get that grainy look and not have to kill myself with the diet. Here’s some history for you: No Mr. Olympia has ever really peaked twice in back-to-back years. Maybe Ronnie in ’98 and ’99, but that was it. So that’s my goal, to peak for the remainder of my career. – FLEX

 

 

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