An Interview With Phil Heath On Life After Mr Olympia - When I first started bodybuilding I was working 2-3 jobs at the same time. I've worked in web development, as a bouncer, helping out kids at basketball academy training and many small jobs along the way. I ended up working primarily in the gym and then learning about supplements and stuff like that, which helped me a lot because in my spare time all I did was read magazines and books about training, so I really immersed myself into that at the time. Placing 2nd in 2010, I was able to see what it felt like to be one of the top 2 guys in the world. At the time, Ronnie Coleman was already retired and Jay Cutler was at the pinnacle of his career, so both those two guys got a lot of guest appearances. But they obviously couldn't go to all of them so their overflow came to me.
So even before Mr Olympia, I was already getting gigs related to it and after 2010, a lot of people wanted me to win. Now after winning, bodybuilding has become a full time gig for me. There are a lot more appearances, lots more global travel and I guess the biggest things that's changed is that I've seen my likeness grow more and more and people are paying more attention to what I have to talk about and what I'm doing. So it reminds me of putting my best foot forward, being true to myself and the fans and giving them as much of me as possible but also being selfish with my time so I can train and eat and be the bodybuilder that I am.
I always try to make sure I'm not being disingenuous and being a more genuine person. Now that I'm a role model myself, I've got to be mindful that a joke I make or the things I say or write may be taken the wrong way. But at the end of the day I have to realise that I can't please everyone and my true fans know my true intentions and I'm just being who I am. After becoming Mr Olympia, you realise more and more that you're not just representing yourself, you're representing the entire sport. Phil Heath - Mr Olympia & Nick Jones - World Bodybuilding Champion