An Interview With Phil Heath On the Road to Becoming Mr Olympia - Being a basketballer prior to getting into bodybuilding, while I knew bodybuilding existed and that it was a lot of hard work, it was never really in my goals to become Mr Olympia before bodybuilding. My goals have always been about being the best I can be, regardless of any sport or endeavour, but after I won my first ever pro contest at the Colorado Pro back in 2006 and then the New York Pro the week after, I started to realise that wow, I could possibly do some major damage in the higher ranks of bodybuilding. Especially since winning two pro shows on back to back weekends hasn't been done since I think 1984. However, after placing 5th in the '07 Arnold Classic, I didn't set my sights too high as I realised I still have a lot of work to do. I knew there was a high likability that I could become Mr Olympia, it was just a matter of time. And for me, it was never about if I could win it, it was about when.
It was really after '07 that i started to set a clear goal. After placing 3rd at my first Mr Olympia in 2008, I realised that I was one of the top 3 in the world and set my sights solely on becoming the champion. After only placing 5th in the following Mr Olympia and then coming back in 2010 with second place finishes at both the Arnold Classic and Mr Olympia, that's when I really started to believe that this was going to happen and I had to restructure my mindset to say that it wasn't about second place anymore, it wasn't about anything but winning.
At that time, Jay Cutler was the current champ and I obviously respect him quite a bit, but I quickly realised that I was always going to have that friendship and that it had nothing to do with him that I had to solely focus about being a champion. It was about me wowing the judges so that they would pick me. Phil Heath - Mr Olympia & Nick Jones - World Bodybuilding Champion