Will Phil Heath Be the Last Man Standing at the 2018 Olympia?
The 2018 Olympia is already right around the corner and will be home to one of the most competitive lineups in the history of the sport.
The world’s best bodybuilders are ready to face off for a chance at winning bodybuilding's ultimate title – which has only been held by 13 men in 54 years.
Phil Heath is the reigning champion and is currently tied with Arnold Schwarzenegger for the second most Olympia wins in history – they each have seven.
Winning an eight title would tie him with Lee Haney and Ronnie Coleman for the most Olympia wins, ever.
Phil has claimed that his ultimate goal is winning a record-breaking ten consecutive titles.
If he manages to pull off the win this year, it would put him one step closer to becoming the most decorated bodybuilder in Olympia history.
It's safe to say that Phil is more fired up than ever. The 7-time champ is leaving no stone unturned as he strives to be the last man standing on bodybuilding's ultimate stage, come September 15th.
Can anyone stop him? Here’s what we think.
The Toughest Lineup in the History of the Sport
Every year, the Olympia lineup continuously becomes more competitive; as both up-and-coming and veteran bodybuilders strive to win the ultimate title.
As talented as these athletes are, none of them have been able to take the crown from the current champ. Some experts believe that this year won’t be any different.
Although Phil Heath may be the man to beat, we personally believe that the 2018 Olympia title isn't his just yet.
The title will be awarded to the best bodybuilder of the night. And, it’s impossible to know for sure how things are going to play out.
With that being said, there are a few athletes in particular that have gained a lot of momentum going into the show.
Some fans believe that these guys have the ability to take the crown from Phil this year and I can see why. Here's who they are.
Mamdouh Elssbiay –better known as Big Ramy- has been the fan favorite going into the last five Mr. Olympias.
Ramy is wide, massive, and has all the tools to become the best bodybuilder in the world. Sadly, he has always fallen short of unlocking his true potential.
The massive bodybuilder –who weights nearly 300lbs on stage- achieved his best placing at the 2017 Mr. Olympia; where he placed second.
His second-place finish came in a relatively controversial manner. A lot of fans had him beating Phil and were upset with the final result.
Strengths: It’s not hard to see why he’s called Big Ramy; he’s definitely one of the biggest bodybuilders of all time. His biggest strengths are his size and width.
Weaknesses: Ramy has always struggled with finding a proper balance between conditioning and fullness. He’s always either full and a bit unconditioned or conditioned and flat. His back is good but lacks the necessary density to overshadow Phil’s in the back double bicep.
Prediction: If Ramy improved his back and manages to nail the conditioning -while maintaining fullness- he will be pushing Phil for the title.
Like Ramy, Roelly Winklaar is a truly a unique type of bodybuilder. Even though he’s not as tall; pound for pound, Roelly is arguably just as big as Ramy.
Known for having some of the best arms in bodybuilding – Roelly’s crazy muscularity and fullness make him a very dangerous competitor.
Rolley has definitely been overlooked the last few years; placing worse than he should have. I feel like this year, he will definitely be fighting for a spot among the top three.
Strengths: Roelly is wide, massive, full, and the definition of freaky. You truly won’t find a more muscular bodybuilder than him.
Weaknesses: His biggest downfall has always been the conditioning. Roelly hasn’t managed to peak perfectly for the Olympia. His back –although wide- could also be thicker.
Prediction: If Roelly added more mass to his back and comes in completely shredded – he will undoubtedly be in the running for the Sandow.
William Bonac seemingly came out of nowhere and started making waves in the world of bodybuilding by winning some of the biggest shows in the sport.
Last year –at the 2017 Olympia- he placed third against Big Ramy and Phil Heath. This year, he won the prestigious Arnold Classic USA.
His muscularity, cartoonish muscle bellies, and insane density make him a serious threat for the Olympia title.
Strengths: Every single muscle group on William’s physique is developed to perfection. He doesn’t have a single weak body part that needs improvement.
Weaknesses: William’s only weakness is his structure. He’s just not as tall or wide as the other competitors.
Prediction: Some people had him winning some poses against Phil and Ramy last year. If he comes in a bit bigger and just as conditioned – he will be a serious threat for Phil.
Dexter Jackson won the Mr. Olympia in 2008, against one of the greatest bodybuilders of all time – Jay Cutler. Dexter's physique is as perfect as they come and he’s always in top shape.
The Blade is known for his signature lines, proportions, and conditioning. He’s never been the biggest competitor on stage, but that hasn’t stopped him from the being the best bodybuilder in the world.
Dexter is one of the most decorated bodybuilders in the history of the sport. Counting him out would be a big mistake.
Strengths: Dexter’s physique is a piece of art that looks like it’s been carved out of stone. His symmetry, conditioning, and muscle bellies are some of the best ever.
Weaknesses: Dexter doesn’t really have any weaknesses so to speak – with the exception of being outsized by a few competitors.
Prediction: A lot of people seem to forget that Dexter pushed Phil back at the 2015 Olympia and almost won. I predict that he’ll be in the first callout, and if others slip, will be in the running for the win.
It’s crazy to think that just a few years ago fans were harshly criticizing Brandon’s untapped potential – claiming that he had the genetics to be the best in the world.
The Prodigy –as he’s called- made a radical lifestyle change and moved to Kuwait; where he’s drastically improved his physique.
Last year, he was overlooked and placed unfairly at the Olympia. It seems like he has gotten considerably bigger and better since then – which makes him a dark horse going into the show.
Strengths: Brandon’s biggest strengths are his full muscle bellies, out of this world proportions, and crazy aesthetics.
Weaknesses: The only glaring weakness that we can see in Brandon’s physique is leg size. If he brought them up –which appears to be the case- he will be a frontrunner at the Olympia.
Prediction: I predict that Brandon will be making top five and possibly be fighting for a spot within the top three. For this to happen, he has to be better and more conditioned than last year.
You guys didn't seriously believe that we forgot about Shawn Rhoden, right? Shawn is one of the most genetically-gifted bodybuilders in the history of the sport.
Compared to Flex Wheeler on several occasions; Shawn's physique is both beautiful and monstrous at the same time.
Since 2012, Shawn has consistently placed in the top four at the Olympia and is, therefore, one of Phil's biggest threats.
This year, in particular, Shawn promises to step on stage looking his best ever, as he looks to defeat the 7-time champion.
Strengths: Shawn's insane taper, small waist, crazy width, and full muscle bellies will be unrivaled by anyone on that Olympia stage.
Weaknesses: His back is very wide but it has lacked the necessary thickness to beat Phil on the back double biceps pose. His arms could also be better and he's suffered from distention in the past.
Prediction: Shawn will definitely be in the top three this year and might even win the whole thing. Judging from his progress pictures/videos on social media, he's going to come in tight and shredded.
The original question was if anyone could stop Phil Heath from winning the 2018 Olympia. The answer is yes. Although, it’s impossible to say for sure if it’s actually going to happen.
Phil is massive, he has no weak body parts, and his conditioning is always perfect. His only criticism over the years has been stomach distention – which he seems to have fixed.
Phil has already defeated (almost) every single competitor that made this year's Olympia roster and that’s why he’s a seven-time champ.
Every bodybuilder is beatable on a certain day – history has shown us that. So, will this be the year that Phil Heath’s reign finally comes to an end? I’m not too sure.
Predictions and bodybuilding just don't mix. All we can do -as fans- is wait and watch the best bodybuilders in the world face off.
Let’s not forget that 18 men qualified for the Olympia; each and every one of them earning the right to compete for the title.
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