Phil Heath on Traveling Incognito and Staying Motivated

Shredding a face-melting solo—talk about heavy metal! Is there anything this Mr. Olympia can’t do?

 QUESTION 

Do people recognize you everywhere you go—or can you sometimes maintain a low profile?

 ANSWER 

There’s always at least one guy at the airport who points me out or someone in the hotel lobby or someone in the restaurant or someone on the street. I was in Mexico before Christmas for a much-needed vacation, and even when I’m out by the pool, there’s some guy taking his shirt off to show me he knows who I am.

 QUESTION 

How do you stay motivated in the 12 months between Olympias? 

 ANSWER 

Pretty much thinking about successes in the past and looking at pictures from my career going back to the start. Even though I won, I’m not satisfied that I presented the best I’m capable of. There’s always something to work for. I listen to my fans on social media, and I’m always working toward presenting something better. I have a great support network, too—that makes all the difference in the world. – FLEX

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