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Phil Heath
— Bodybuilder —
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Heath in October 2012
Personal info
Nickname The Gift
The Next Big Thing
Born (1979-12-18) December 18, 1979 (age 37)
Seattle, Washington, U.S.
Height 5 ft 9 in (175 cm)[1]
Professional career
Pro-debut 2006 Colorado Pro Championships,
Best win Mr. Olympia 2011–Present,
Predecessor Jay Cutler
Active Yes

Phillip Jerrod "Phil" Heath (born December 18, 1979)[2] is an American IFBB professional bodybuilder and the current Mr. Olympia. He is a six-time Mr. Olympia winner, having placed 1st in the competition every year from 2011 to 2016. His 2016 Mr. Olympia win tied him with Dorian Yates for the fourth all-time number of wins behind Lee Haney (8), Ronnie Coleman (8), and Arnold Schwarzenegger (7).

Early life[edit]

Heath was born and raised in Seattle, Washington. He attended Rainier Beach High School, where he played shooting guard on the varsity basketball team. He attended the University of Denver in Denver, Colorado on a full athletic scholarship, double-majoring in information technology and business administration while playing shooting guard for Denver's Division I basketball team.

Bodybuilding career[edit]

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.[3] 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 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 to become the first novice to place in the top three since Flex Wheeler in 1993. He was a favorite for the 2009 Mr. Olympia title,[citation needed] 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 his rear lat spread Heath defeated Cutler and became Mr. Olympia for 2011. Heath has defended the title of Mr Olympia consecutively five times since then. In 2014, Heath secured the title of Mr. Olympia by defeating Kai Greene and Dexter Jackson, respectively. In 2016, he won his 6th Mr. Olympia title, tying him with Dorian Yates for fourth all-time behind Lee Haney (8), Ronnie Coleman (8), and Arnold Schwarzenegger (7).

Heath has been featured in many fitness and magazine articles, and has also appeared on the cover of Flex. He has released five bodybuilding DVDs: The Gift, The Gift Unwrapped, Journey to the Olympia, Becoming the Number 13, and Operation Sandow. These were directed by Jonathan McFarlane and released by Bodybranded Films.

Other ventures[edit]

Gifted Athletics & Gifted Nutrition[edit]

Heath owns a fitness apparel company called Gifted Athletics, a name derived from his nickname, "The Gift". In addition to running this successful apparel venture, in July 2014, Heath partnered with Joey Firestone[who?] to create Gifted Nutrition. In creating his own supplement company while holding the Mr. Olympia title, Heath became the first professional bodybuilder to head up his own sports nutrition company while still competing.[4][5]

Professional wrestling[edit]

On October 20, 2013, during the countdown to TNA's Bound for Glory pre-show, Heath accompanied The BroMans (Jessie Godderz and Robbie E) to the ring for their tag team gauntlet match, which they won; later in the night, he accompanied them to their TNA World Tag Team Championship match against Gunner and James Storm. After the match, Heath celebrated their title victory with them in the ring and backstage during an interview.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Heath resides in Wheat Ridge, Colorado, where he trains at Armbrust Pro Gym. On June 23, 2007, he married Jennie Laxson. They divorced in 2015.

Competitive history[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Phil Heath". Retrieved 27 July 2014. 
  2. ^ - About Phillip Heath
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  4. ^ "Phil "The Gift" Heath Launches Gifted Nutrition". Flex Online. Retrieved 23 July 2014.  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)
  5. ^ "Gifted Nutrition". Retrieved 23 July 2014. 
  6. ^ "TNA Bound for Glory 2013 Results". 

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