A new documentary will shed light on some of the lesser known aspects of bodybuilding legend Phil Heath’s life.
Winning the coveted Mr. Olympia title is the biggest competitive achievement of a bodybuilder’s career. Most professionals pursue the career with a singular goal of becoming an Olympia champion. Thousands of men have spent their careers trying to win the Olympia gold in the 59-year history of the competition. Less than 20 have succeeded in achieving the goal.
Winning the title once can cement the bodybuilder’s place in history. Phil Heath is one of the people that far exceeded this achievement. The 43-year-old became Mr. Olympia seven consecutive times from 2011 to 2017. This is the record for second most Mr. Olympia titles won by an individual, tied with Arnold Schwarzenegger. Ronnie Coleman and Lee Haney are the only bodybuilders that hold more wins (eight each).
In the era of bodybuilding when size had become the most important criterion to make it big, Phil Heath dominated the Men’s Open division with excellent proportions, aesthetics, and superb conditioning.
It took an entire generation of bodybuilders to dethrone ‘The Gift’ and the late Shawn Rhoden became the giant slayer when he took down Heath at the 2018 Olympia. Although Phil Heath has not officially retired from the sport, the chances of his return to the competitive stage are slim at the moment.
New documentary to reveal the lesser known aspects of Phil Heath’s life
Reaching the pinnacle of any profession comes with lifelong commitment and countless sacrifices that most people are not willing to make. Phil Heath never wavered from his commitment to bodybuilding and a large portion of his journey is still under the veil.
A new documentary produced by Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson will shed light on Phil Heath’s professional struggles and a dark phase of his career. The documentary is titled ‘Breaking Olympia: The Phil Heath Story will capture the highs and lows of Heath’s bodybuilding career.
It captures testimonies of several prominent bodybuilders of his era like Jay Cutler, Ronnie, Coleman, Kai Greene and Dexter Jackson, to name a few.
The narration in the trailer comes across as a gripping tale and reaches the biggest point of intrigue when the 7-time Mr. Olympia reveals his feelings after suffering a career altering injury. He said:
“I wanted to kill myself! But I thought if I made a comeback, what would that look like?”
He says in the concluding portion of the video:
“I ain’t dead, I ain’t dying, I’m good. I’m still standing. I still have the fire. It’s do or die! It’s war!”
Watch the full documentary trailer below, courtesy of Phil Heath’s personal Instagram account:
Phil Heath is one of the greatest bodybuilders of all time and a gripping tale of his journey through the extremely difficult sport of bodybuilding will certainly help create more awareness about the hardships the competitors endure. The documentary will be released in early 2024. So ‘The Gift’ fans will have to wait a bit more.