Lee Haney is arguably the best pro bodybuilder of all time. With his 8 straight Olympia victories only being matched by Ronnie Coleman, it’s hard to argue against that. In this video Lee Haney will tell you about his training philosophy, as well as how to train and eat like a bodybuilder.
With competitors who stay engaged with their fans constantly posting progress pictures, Phil Heath decides not to post and talk, by posting and talking. I know, the irony of it.
Is there an issue with competitors posting progress pictures and talking about their plans or goals for the Olympia? I don’t think so. It’s called building the hype and it keeps fans engaged and interested to see what the outcome of the Olympia will be.
Who’s going to show up to the Olympia? Who’s going to make the most improvements? Will Phil Heath win? Will big Ramy win his first Olympia? You get what I’m saying. Just like with any other sporting event, the anticipation is very important. If no knows who’s competing or how the competitors is looking, then how will fans get excited about a competition if they have no idea what the final product may look like.
With the success of teams like the New England Patriots and the San Antonio Spurs, people tend to want to follow their example. Which is we don’t talk, we just show up and deliver. Let your play do the talking for you. This is all good, for those sports. But when you are trying to grow a fan base and maybe eventually become “main stream” you have to constantly be engaged with the fans. Because this will eventually recruit more and more fans. This why I actually enjoy the trash talk, the progress pictures and the discussions on who will win. At the end of the day this is entertainment, and the trash talk and discussions are entertaining. Every other Olympia champion has been entertaining(well except for Jay Cutler, see the connection) so why try to reinvent the wheel.
Yes, training and nutrition is the most important part of competing as a bodybuilder as an amateur. But when you are a pro, you have to that while keeping the your fans and other bodybuilding fans engaged. Lighten up
Flex Lewis will cross over to Men’s Open Bodybuilding
Since the creation of the IFBB 212 bodybuilding division, Flex Lewis has proven that he is the best 212 bodybuilder on the planet. While maintain his quality while steadily improving on the quality that gave him the ability to dominate the 212 division. Flex Lewis has stated that this year’s Olympia would be his last as a 212 competitor.
When I first heard this announcement, I thought Flex Lewis was actually going to retire. I was way off. According to Neil Hill(Flex Lewis’s Coach), after the 2018 Mr. Olympia, he will be back in 2020 as a men’s open bodybuilding. Neil posted on his instagram after Flex Lewis announced on his Instagram that he was retiring from the 212 division. On his post:
“So 2018 will be Flex Lewis last year competing as a 212lb Athlete. He’s defended that tile from day one where he became the first ever 212lb @mrolympiallc . He’s endlessly traveled the world competing in different 212lb shows, and he’s also traveled the world relentlessly giving back to All the Fans, Athletes, Promotors and sport as a whole.
Yes this will be his last 212lb outing come September in Las Vegas, but he WILL be back at some point as a New reformed Open class bodybuilder at some point. maybe 2020, but whenever it maybe you will see a new level of quality size and muscle that will allow him to finally be competitive in the open class division.
Evolution is what life is about…”
In bodybuilding where so much emphasis is placed on mass, Flex Lewis is a very if not the most complete bodybuilder, obviously with six straight 212 Olympia titles. There has only been a few competitors in IFBB history that have been able to have winning streaks in major competition, and he is one of them. I believe that Flex Lewis can stand next to, if not beat many open bodybuilders. Especially with taking 2019 off, he can probably put on a lot of quality size while maintaining his aesthetics. 2020 is going to be an interesting year. What are your thoughts on Flex Lewis crossing over?