Mr Olympia Phil Heath Say’s… Don’t Just Train Them, Maintain Them!


Phil Heath has won the Mr Olympia 4 times, this is just 3 less than the undisputed greatest Arnold Schwarzenegger at 7, and half way to defeating King Coleman and Lee Haney on 8. Despite Ronnie Coleman needing major hip surgery last year, generally all of the above guys maintained a good bill of health, you simply have to if you want to survive the amount of training needed to win multiple Olympia’s!

In a recent issue of Flex Magazine, Phil Heath explains how as you mature as a bodybuilder, you eventually realise the importance of a warm- up. Speaking specifically on shoulders (deltoids) he explains how as a 22 year old you can get away with doing one light set, and then jumping straight into a heavy set of 6- 8 reps with no complication. However he uses the phrase ‘don’t just train ‘em, maintain ‘em’ which underlines the importance of looking after your joints nutritionally and during exercise.

A balanced diet of protein, carbs and healthy fats are the base, but in the UK our general dietary consumption of oily fish and consequently polyunsaturated fatty acids are low, meaning it may pay to consume a regular omega oil such as Optimum Health Omega Oil Blend and Reflex Nutrition Omega 3.



Flex Magazine, (2015). Phil Heath, don’t just train em, maintain em.

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Job Role Qualified Dietitian and Sports Nutritionist Qualifications BSc (Hons) Sports Science | BSc (Hons) Dietetics Tom has always participated in sport both recreationally and competitively which led to an unquenchable thirst for information on anything health, nutrition and fitness. After leaving school Tom went on to play for a football academy during which time he studied Sport and Exercise Science. From here he went on to study a BSc (Hons) Sport Science at UEA followed by his second BSc (Hons) degree, this time at the University of Hertfordshire studying Dietetics. Tom has worked in the fitness, educational and clinical nutrition industry starting out at David Lloyd Health and Leisure Clubs. He then went on to work as a Dietitian (RD) in the NHS, during which time he conducted clinics for healthy eating, weight loss and weight gain, as well as specialised consultations on Diabetes, IBS and Coeliac disease to name a few. He has vast amounts of experience at devising diet plans and supplement regimens, as well as working in the community with schools and competitive athletes. As Head Nutritionist and Supplement expert at Discount Supplements Tom is here to provide current and evidence based health and nutrition information to help you reach your health and fitness goals!
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