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#BBGOAT: Phil Heath vs. Flex Lewis

The #BBGOAT (BodyBuilding Greatest of All Time) is MAXS.COM.AU’s knockout competition to determine who the fans think is the greatest bodybuilder of all time. We started with our top 16 of the Greatest Bodybuilders of all time and now we’re asking YOU to do the hard work – that is, narrow it down to one. Set up in much the same way as a tennis tournament, each week you’ll see head-to-head match-ups, with the winner of those progressing to the next round to square off with their next challenger. From 16, we’ll go to 8, to 4, and ultimately our final. So cast your VOTE and decide just who is the greatest bodybuilder in history!

We’re talking Coleman vs. Columbo; Phil vs. Flex, Arnie vs. Jay – It’s time for the fans to have their say! You’ll be able to cast your vote below.

Round 1 continues with Phil Heath vs. Flex Lewis.

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Flex Lewis

  • Nickname: “Flex”
  • Born: November 15, 1983
  • Height: 5’5″ (166cm)
  • Weight 212lb (96kg) (Contest), 240lb (108kg) (Off-Season)
  • Pro Debut: EFBB Jr. Mr. Wales 2003
  • Predecessor: n/a
  • Successor: n/a

By The Numbers: Pro Comps: 69 | 1st Places: 28 | 2nd Places: 2 | 3rd Places: 1 | Arnold Classic Wins: 1 | Mr. Olympia Wins: 0.

James ‘Flex’ Lewis’ love for bodybuilding started at age 12 when he came across a book on Tom Platz. It was Platz’s legs that blew away Lewis, front to back, side to side. From that day on he remembers always wanting to have huge legs.

Lewis first stepped into the gym at age 15 and that was his start in power lifting. It wasn’t until a local bodybuilder approached him at the gym that he began seriously training under him. A year later, at age 19 Lewis entered his first show, winning the teens Wales, and from there going on to win the British After. establishing himself as a force to be reckoned with on stage in the UK, Lewis headed to the U.S. where he trained at Gold’s Venice and Milos Sarcev’s Kolosseum Gym. As a five-time winner of Mr. Olympia 212, Lewis is recognized as possessing the world’s greatest 212 physique.

As for the nickname, it didn’t come from lifting, it came from Rugby — being flexible to get out of tackles. Having had the moniker since he was 6 years old, it seemingly fit that Flex was meant to be a bodybuilder.

Phil Heath

  • Nickname: The Gift
  • Born: December 18, 1979
  • Height: 5’9″ (175cm)
  • Pro Debut: 2006 Colorado Pro Championships
  • Best Win: Mr. Olympia 2011–2016
  • Predecessor: Jay Cutler
  • Successor: n/a

By The Numbers: Pro Comps: 23 | 1st Places: 17 | 2nd Places: 3 | 3rd Places: 1 | Arnold Classic Wins: 1 | Mr. Olympia Wins: 6.

Phil Heath entered the world of bodybuilding in 2002 and by 2005, he won the overall title at the NPC USA Championships, earning the right to compete as an IFBB Pro. The following year Heath took out his first show as a pro at The Colorado Pro Championships and then backed it up with the The New York Pro Championship.

In 2007, Heath placed fifth at the Arnold Classic. 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 and in his 2008 Mr. Olympia debut, finished third to become the first novice to place in the top three since Flex Wheeler in 1993. In 2009 a stomach virus set Phil back in his preparation causing him to come in lighter and finish in 5th place at the MrO. In 2010, he took second place to Jay Cutler, but in 2011 Phil beat Jay to take his first Olympia crown which he has since defended and In 2016 he won his 6th Mr. Olympia title. Tying him with Dorian Yates for fourth all-time behind Lee Haney, Ronnie Coleman, and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

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