As a young guy Phil Heath looked like an atletic teen, playing from 1998 - 2002 basketball at his College and earning 86 points.
After his degree in 2002 he was employed to managed the supplement store at Bally Total Fitness in Denver. In the summer of that year he visited the Colorado State Bodybuilding Championships. At this time, he never thought about competing on stage:
"You're not going to get me up there in a banana hammock,"
In Fall 2002 he visited the Rocky Mountain Championships, where Masters Olympia Winner Claude Groulx did a guest appearance. Claude was know for his sharp, crispy look, which also impressed the young Phil Heath.
The two talked a while and Claude advise the young Phil to just try it and go an stage.
A half year later Phil Heath competed at the Northern Colorado Championships and won.
Gaststar that days was Jay Cutler, who came from his second Arnold Classic win and was in charge for his first Mr. Olympia title.
Jay saw the great potential of the young guy. The two became friends - and business partners. Jay helped Phil to get sponsor, got him to India and e might advise him still.
Its irony of destiny that this young guy dethroned Jay in 2011
Phil Heath Competition History
- 2003 Northern Colorado State, Novice, Light-Heavyweight 1st and overall
- 2003 NPC Colorado State, Light-Heavyweight, 1st
- 2004 NPC Colorado State, Heavyweight, 1st and Overall
- 2005 NPC Junior Nationals, HeavyWeight, 1st and Overall
- 2005 NPC USA Championships, HeavyWeight, 1st and Overall
- 2006 Colorado Pro Championships, 1st
- 2006 New York Pro Championship, 1st
- 2007 Arnold Classic, 5th
- 2008 IFBB Iron Man, 1st
- 2008 Arnold Classic, 2nd
- 2008 Mr. Olympia, 3rd
- 2009 Mr. Olympia, 5th
- 2010 Arnold Classic, 2nd
- 2010 Mr. Olympia, 2nd
- 2011 Mr. Olympia, 1st
- 2011 Sheru Classic, 1st
- 2012 Mr. Olympia, 1st