Phil Heath: The Future of Bodybuilding

Before he became "The Gift," we predicted that Phil Heath would be the next big thing on the bodybuilding scene.

Phil Heath: The Future of Bodybuilding

Reason 3:  He's a Newbie

More impressive than his relative youth is the fact that Phil never even picked up a weight in earnest until he was 19. It was only when his coach at the University of Denver insisted that the point guard add some box-out strength that Phil began training in an organized fashion. While he was a middle-of-the-pack college b-baller, he showed world-class muscle-building ability. Within five months of his first bodybuilding workout, Phil had won his first bodybuilding title. That was only three years ago, which means the kid still has a lot of growing to do. Let's see what he looks like with a decade of lifting under his weight belt.

Reason 4: Been There, Done That

As a player for a Division 1 basketball team, Phil got his taste of the temptations that follow successful athletes from hotel to hotel. Bodybuilding is little different from team sports in that it has its fanatics, its groupies, its hangers-on. And while all have proven a distraction at one time or another to some very big names in the sport, Phil developed the skill-set required to handle the pressure at an age when most bodybuilders are the ones following their heroes around with pens and pads.

Reason 5: He'’s Lovin'’ It

To date, Phil has shown nothing but boundless enthusiasm for bodybuilding. He has made an awful lot of friends in an awfully short time and radiates good vibes when on public display. His combination of energy, affability and easy humor remind us of a guy who did pretty well in bodybuilding, then went on to make movies and govern a state.

Reason 6: He'’s Pretty

Square jaw. Piercing green eyes set against caramel skin. If nothing else, the kid will help fill contest seats with female behinds. Which will help fill contest seats with male behinds. See? We know what we're talking about.

Editor'’s Note: It seems that the pressure isn'’t getting to Phil just yet. He went on to win his first two pro shows -— The Colorado Pro and the New York Pro -— on back-to-back weekends in May. For more info on Phil, visit his official website: