This five-time Mr. Olympia champion didn’t have original ambitions to become the man known as “The Gift.” As a teenager, Phil Heath dreamed of a professional career in the NBA. In fact, he received a full athletic scholarship to the University of Denver, but scored only 86 points over four seasons. It wasn’t until 2002 that Heath switched gears and focused on his physique. He’s been competing (and dominating) for 13 years. Over his extensive career, he’s placed 1st in his category 16 times and is the first professional bodybuilder to form his own supplement company while still competing. On top of that, Phil is the owner of Gifted Athletics apparel.
Interesting fact: During competition, Phil was asked to record his typical food intake in a single day. The results were six egg whites, 1 cup cream of wheat, 8oz top round steak, 2 cups white rice, broccoli, 8oz chicken breast, 2 cups brown rice, asparagus, 60g protein/150g carbohydrate shake, another 8 oz top round steak, 1 ½ cups white rice with spinach and a final helping of an 8oz tilapia filet with broccoli…Who’s hungry?