I’ve seen this discussed many times over the last several years, with Phil Heath winning his (now 7) Olympia titles. If we were to compare the different Mr. Olympias, and we all have our favorites, and rank (judge?) them solely on how many titles they’ve won, Phil is way out in front with Arnold, Ronnie and Haney…
Think about that for a moment,… Phil Heath having more titles than Dorian, the guy who kept the best bodybuilders of arguably the most impressive decade in the sport at bay over and over again. Phil having more titles than Jay Cutler, the guy who fought his way from the bottom of the Olympia line up to being a multiple runner up to Big Ron (arguably the most dominant Mr. O ever) before actually beating him, winning a few, losing in '06 (he was waaaaay off), and then being the first and only winner to ever lose his title and then regain it in arguably his greatest condition ever.
That’s not to say he’s not a deserving winner. He is. Sure he has structural flaws, but at a certain level, the eventual winner is sometimes simply the competitor with the least weak points. The constant knock against Phil seems to be one of the competition not really being all that tough compared with what other Mr. Olympias faced.
Dorian fought Wheeler, Levrone, Dillet, Sonbaty, Clairemont, Taylor… Haney fought Gaspari, Christian, Labrada, Strydom … While Heath really only had real competition in Kai, who seemed unable to match Phil’s conditioning, and despite making a spectacle of himself, was pretty piss poor at hitting his mandatory poses to make the most of his strengths.
So,… is it Phil’s fault no one else is a real challenge to him? Is his habit of getting into pissing matches with his haters on social media hurting his reputation as the “greatest bodybuilder in the world?”