Bodybuilding legend Phil Heath conquered the Mr. Olympia seven times, and even though he’s been away from the stage, he hasn’t stopped pushing his body to the limits. In a recent Instagram reel published on October 19, 2023, Heath shared an impressive physique update, showing off fullness and a ripped midsection.
Heath was the last bodybuilder to hold the Mr. Olympia title for more than two years. His reign was validated by battles with Open icons such as Jay Cutler, Dexter Jackson, and Brandon Curry. However, what propelled Heath into the limelight was his personal rivalry with “The Predator” Kai Greene. To this day, fans and Olympia Owner Jake Wood regard their saga as one of the greatest.
We haven’t seen Phil Heath since 2020 Mr. Olympia where he finished third behind Curry and champion Mamdouh Elssbiay. Although “The Gift” hasn’t been competing, he remains a face of bodybuilding appearing in popular YouTube programs to discuss all aspects of the sport.
A comeback seemed imminent for the 43-year-old. He hinted at a return for a $1 million price tag but also said he would consider a contest outside of the Mr. Olympia. None of that has happened yet but Heath is now signed up to appear at 2023 Olympia as an analyst. With his latest physique update, fans are wondering if he could still hang with the best in the world.
Could Phil Heath Still Be A Title Threat on the Mr. Olympia Stage?
His mass, lines, and fullness would suggest as much, but for now, his audience will have to wait and see if Heath ever makes a big return.
“Another day, another 5 lbs up in weight 🤣Training with Mr. Panatta, eating Pasta, Pizza, and Gelato is doing me some good 🇮🇹 Italy hits different 💪🏽😤” Heath shared.
Heath has been open about his current nutrition and contest diets. While Heath used to operate under a 4,500-calorie plan to maintain enough bulk as an Open star, he says he’s ‘perfectly fine’ under 250 pounds now. Generally, Heath maintains a high level of protein daily with the same type of foods in lesser quantities.
Coach Milos Sarcev recently suggested Phil Heath is competing at the 2024 Arnold Classic next March. He elaborated on the idea in a discussion with Jay Cutler and Manager Matt on a Cutler Cast podcast. Sarcev wouldn’t confirm the rumor with certainty but said, “I suspect he might do it.”
With no apparent injuries and his health intact, Heath could plausibly return at the highest level. However, if he carried out a comeback on the Mr. Olympia stage and rejoined his former coach Hany Rambod, Heath would have to get through his teammates Hadi Choopan and Derek Lunsford for a shot at gold.