Battle for 2013 Mr. Olympia: Phil Heath's Training Plan

Phil Training Differently this year

Check out the February Issue of Flex Magazine and read about Phil Heath's Approach to the Upcoming 2013 Mr. Olympia.  Here is a short piece from the interview with Mr. Olympia:

Flex Magazine: This off-season, are you going to do anything differently now that Jay Cutler is coming back?

Phil Heath: I can’t wait to start my off-season prep; Jay coming back is a huge inspiration to train harder. This off-season, I am going to plan better. In the past, I would be traveling for appearances and skip meals or because of jet lag, skip a workout but now I am handling things much differently. Now, if I am scheduled to eat and am at an appearance, I need to learn to say, “Excuse me, I will be back in 15 minutes, I have to go eat.” In the past, I missed meals because I wanted to be there for all my fans, but I need to learn to stay on schedule. But my main goal is just to be denser onstage, and that comes with having more muscle maturity. I don’t have specific numbers weight-wise that I need to get up to in the off-season. I am not like all these bodybuilders who need to be 300 pounds in the off-season.

Bodybuilders get so fixated on weight, but when we diet down, we all lose some muscle. Look at Kai. He gets massive in the off-season, but he lost certain body parts when he dieted down. My metabolism is so fast that when I start dieting for a show, I get shredded, but tend to lose more muscle than I like. Last year and also for the 2011 Olympia prep, I was ready to compete at two weeks out. Hany is always making adjustments so that I don’t lose too much muscle going into the show. Training this year is going to be different as well. I used to train each body part once a week, and as everyone knows, I never trained my arms the entire year until about a month before the show. This year, I am training each body part twice a week, and I am training my arms once a week. Yes, I said that, “I am training my arms once a week.” I don’t think it’s going to throw off my proportions like ­everyone says.

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