Strong Arm Tactics

How Flex Lewis turned his arms from a weakness to a strength
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It wasn’t always like this. When I first met 20-year-old Flex Lewis in the autumn of 2004, the Welsh Dragon was undefeated in physique contests in his native United Kingdom. But all the focus was on his pro-caliber legs (those calves!) and pleasing structure. His arms were his most glaring weakness. Cut to the autumn of 2012 when he won his first Olympia 212 Showdown title. His biceps and triceps had completed their improbable journey from debilitating weakness to pose-winning strength. In fact, they were so large that he rarely trained them in 2013 on his way to his repeat Olympia 212 Showdown victory.

Flex Lewis turned 30 on Nov. 15. People still talk about his calves. But they’re no longer all people talk about. Because he so often flexes his arms in photos for fans, they now garner much of the attention. If observers remember him when he first burst onto the bodybuilding scene nine years ago in the March 2005 pages of FLEX, they surely wonder how the Welsh Dragon could’ve transformed his weakness into a strength and what he does to maintain arm superiority.

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