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Honoring the Past. Respecting the Present. Building the Future. THIS is Bodybuilding!
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Size. 
Sergio Olivia Sr. and Arnold Schwarzenegger were the two most massive bodybuilders of the 60’s and 70’s weighing 230-240 at about 5’9” and 235-246 at 6’1.75” respectively. Their arms and chests were huge! When the 5’9” 190 pound Frank Zane won the Olympia for 3 consecutive years in the late 70’s people called it a New Day for Aesthetics Over Mass! By the mid-80’s @lee_haney_official became the largest Mr. Olympia to date at 5’11.5” and 243-253 pounds. He won the title 8 years in a row. Next came @thedorianyates at 242-268 pounds on stage at 5’10.5”! He won 6 consecutive years. Next was the gentleman pictured above, @ronniecoleman8 who weighed anywhere from just under 250 to almost 300 pounds on stage at 5’11”. He’s still the biggest man to ever win the Olympia. @jaycutler wasn’t far behind at 5’9” and 254-270 pounds on stage.
10 years ago, Dexter Jackson became @mrolympia08. The word was out. The IFBB was going in a different direction! Gone was the age of the Mass Monster! This was the age of aesthetics! The IFBB had clearly made the shift away from size and towards aesthetic and razor sharp, Blade-like, abs!
Jay Cutler won the title back in 2009 and people shut up about the “new direction” at that point. Jay won again in 2010, but in 2011 he lost the title to @philheath ... at about 5’9.5” and 237 pounds. Phil won the title 7 years in a row at 237-249 pounds.
In 2018 the aesthetic Shawn @flexatronrhoden won the Olympia with abs at least as good as 2008 Dexter.
And here’s the talk again. The New Direction.
Shows are, or at least should be, awarded to the person with the best combination of Mass, Conditioning, Symmetry, Proportions, Balance and Flow. Everyone has these qualities in different ratios. The person whom judges deem the most impressive physique based on these qualities, judged over 8 mandatory poses and quarter turns is declared the Champion.
Sometimes that Bodybuilder’s greatest strength is Size. Sometimes it’s Conditioning. Sometimes it’s Symmetry, etc.
It’s not the biggest nor the most aesthetically pleasing who wins.
It’s whom the judges believe to be the BEST who wins.
As it should be.
In an ideal world.
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Size. Sergio Olivia Sr. and Arnold Schwarzenegger were the two most massive bodybuilders of the 60’s and 70’s weighing 230-240 at about 5’9” and 235-246 at 6’1.75” respectively. Their arms and chests were huge! When the 5’9” 190 poun

PART THREE OF THREE 
To get my opinions on the comparisons and the Top 2 placings of the 2018 Mr. Olympia:
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Now back to pix and posts about any show other than the 2018 Olympia. Won’t be mentioned again until the 2nd Annual @this_is_bodybuilding Year End Awards coming up sometime post American Thanksgiving.
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PART THREE OF THREE To get my opinions on the comparisons and the Top 2 placings of the 2018 Mr. Olympia: 1. Go to my bio 2. Click on the link. 3. Watch the video (complete with typo reading “Michael Bryson Presnets” 🤦‍️ 4. “LIKE” th

PART TWO OF THREE...at least. 
Before I continue I want to say how hilarious it is to run a page with nearly 400K followers. I get bitched at by dudes who want me to “get over it” and stop posting pix of Phil & @flexatronrhoden...I get bitched at by dudes wanting to hear my opinion on their placings (which I have NOT done here in Instagram yet, BTW)...and I get bitched at by dudes who even SNIFF that my opinions might not be the same as theirs. The price you pay with so many bitches in the world. That said...mostly I get overwhelmed by positivity in comments and in DMs. Luckily it balances out. For all of you positive people, God bless! And for any unsatisfied customers who feel they’re not getting their money’s worth  —————— These pix of @philheath were all taken by @jeffbinns at the Prejudging of the 2018 Mr. Olympia.
As soon as Phil Heath hit the stage I noticed that his midsection was definitely better looking than last year. The belly button was popped back in and his midsection was tight. The abs still weren’t as pretty as 2011, but after double hernia surgery less than a year before...well, he was much improved from 2017. Throughout his solo posing he controlled his midsection. His Front Double Biceps Pose was better than it’s been for years. He was shredded and dry. Though he was a bit flat, flat for Phil is rounder than most people’s full! He looked great in all his poses and his Back was clearly the best of the Night.
As comparisons went on it was obvious that the judges had Shawn and Phil in the Top 2. They stayed center and next to each other all weekend long.
Part 3 will take us through the Mandatory poses.
#philheath #7X #mrolympia #bodybuilder #bodybuilding #bethebiggerperson #thisisbodybuilding
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PART TWO OF THREE...at least. Before I continue I want to say how hilarious it is to run a page with nearly 400K followers. I get bitched at by dudes who want me to “get over it” and stop posting pix of Phil & @flexatronrhoden...i get bitched at

PART ONE OF THREE...at least.
These pix were taken of Shawn @flexatronrhoden by @jeffbinns at Prejudging for the 2018 Mr. Olympia. 
I had predicted Shawn would place around 4th. Well, truth is I initially was going to predict a 6th place finish for Shawn. This was based on his 5th place finish from last year and the fact that he was dealing with bleeding ulcers in February of this year. I was not expecting the 43 year old to be able to bounce back as well as he did. But something changed for me once I saw his interview with Jay Cutler leading up to the show. Though I didn’t agree with a lot of what Shawn had to say, there was no denying that something was different. A mind shift was evident. So I predicted he would do better than last year.
As soon as I saw him hit the stage it was clear he was in the shape of his life, at least as good as 2016 when he placed 2nd. As he went through his poses I thought he was probably the most conditioned I’d ever seen him. While he lacked a bit of pop, and his arms seemed down in size, he was definitely shredded. I knew he was going to be a 3 guy even before most of the other guys had posed. As judging went on it was clear the judges had him in the Top 2 with the 7X and reigning Champion @philheath. While I thought it was closer than in 2016, which most agree was a dominating win by Phil, I still had Phil winning after Prejudging. ...to be continued.
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PART ONE OF THREE...at least. These pix were taken of Shawn @flexatronrhoden by @jeffbinns at Prejudging for the 2018 Mr. Olympia. I had predicted Shawn would place around 4th. Well, truth is I initially was going to predict a 6th place finish for S

PLEASE READ AND SWIPE  Many of you may have friends and/or family who have been effected by the recent disaster of Hurricane Michael. My good friend Alyssa @the_classicalqueen Kiessling and her family, friends and City have been devastated. There is a GoFundMe account set up to help her and you can get to that account through a link in her bio. Or you can choose to give to her PayPal account which is up above in this post. 
Many of you follow her here on Instagram and may have followed her path to becoming an IFBB Pro League Women’s Physique Competitor. That was quite a journey with lots of challenges along the way which she faced and overcame. Now she and her folks face challenges that put Life’s real struggles into perspective.
If you can, please lend them a hand. Whatever you choose to give will help. And if you don’t donate here...please donate something, somewhere to someone devastated by this disaster. Time, money...prayer. It makes a difference and is the right thing to do.

I thank you all for your consideration.
Alyssa, we love you. We got you.
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PLEASE READ AND SWIPE Many of you may have friends and/or family who have been effected by the recent disaster of Hurricane Michael. My good friend Alyssa @the_classicalqueen Kiessling and her family, friends and City have been devastated. There is

Here’s a clip of @philheath’s posing routine from the 2017 Mr. Olympia. This is NOT a high quality video, shot by my friend @fahim_salehi with his cellphone off of the large screen at the Orleans Arena...but the high quality of the physique is clearly evident! Look at the muscle fibers moving! Now imagine what this conditioning looked like in person!
#philheath #7X #mrolympia #bodybuilder #bodybuilding #bethebiggerperson #thisisbodybuilding
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Here’s a clip of @philheath ’s posing routine from the 2017 Mr. Olympia. This is NOT a high quality video, shot by my friend @fahim_salehi with his cellphone off of the large screen at the Orleans Arena...but the high quality of the physique is cl

Here are 4 shots by my artistic friend @w_wittmannphoto of @philheath on stage winning the 2017 Mr. Olympia. His conditioning was crazy. Every muscle fiber was visible! And his routine on Saturday night was a tour de force!!! I will post a clip from that routine tomorrow morning before I go into talking about the 2018 Mr. Olympia as I wrap up my 2018 Olympia Top 2 Week!
CLICK ON THE LINK IN MY BIO TO SEE MY YOUTUBE VIDEO ABOUT THE 2018 OLYMPIA TOP 2 RIGHT NOW!!!!!! And freaking subscribe.
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#philheath #7X #mrolympia #bodybuilder #bodybuilding #bethebiggerperson #thisisbodybuilding
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Here are 4 shots by my artistic friend @w_wittmannphoto of @philheath on stage winning the 2017 Mr. Olympia. His conditioning was crazy. Every muscle fiber was visible! And his routine on Saturday night was a tour de force!!! I will post a clip from

This is Shawn @flexatronrhoden at the 2017 Olympia. He had a tremendously tough prep having broken his jaw at the start. He was taking his meals in through a straw in liquid form and somehow he managed to show up looking like, well...Shawn Rhoden! He was a little off on Friday night, but he and coach Chris @therealtechnician Aceto worked some magic and on Saturday he was magnificent! His conditioning was 100% spot on and there were noticeable improvements to his back. Though he was scored better on Saturday than he had been on Friday he was still scored 5th at Finals...I think he deserved better.
Tomorrow I will finish off the 2018 Mr. Olympia Top 2 Week by speaking on this year’s show and my thoughts on it. I really haven’t done that here yet. I encourage you all to click on the link in my Bio to see my YouTube video on the subject.
#shawnrhoden #mrolympia #bodybuilder #bodybuilding #bethebiggerperson #thisisbodybuilding
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This is Shawn @flexatronrhoden at the 2017 Olympia. He had a tremendously tough prep having broken his jaw at the start. He was taking his meals in through a straw in liquid form and somehow he managed to show up looking like, well...Shawn Rhoden! He

These 2 pix of @philheath are taken from the multiple page New York Times newspaper and online article written after his 2016 Mr. Olympia victory. I don’t believe there has been another Mr. Olympia to be featured in a multi page, color photo, article in the world’s most respected newspaper.
This year was one of his most dominant victories ever. He tied @thedorianyates that year with 6 consecutive Olympia wins. He was roughly 248-249 pounds of rock hard fullness. This year marked an upgrade in his already impressive leg development, and his back and arms which seemingly could not get any better somehow did just that! 
#philheath #7X #mrolympia #bodybuilder #bodybuilding #bethebiggerperson #thisisbodybuilding
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These 2 pix of @philheath are taken from the multiple page New York Times newspaper and online article written after his 2016 Mr. Olympia victory. I don’t believe there has been another Mr. Olympia to be featured in a multi page, color photo, artic

2016 was an amazing Olympia for Shawn @flexatronrhoden! He brought a great combination of aesthetic beauty with his great symmetry and flow along with good size and excellent conditioning. This marked his 5th consecutive year in the Top 5 and was his first time in the Top 2. To me this marked a very important moment in Shawn’s career and had he never won the Olympia he would have had to be considered one of his era’s very best! Now, 2 years and a Sandow Trophy later, that fact is absolutely irrefutable!
Photos by the talented @llterry of @bodygraphics_photography!
#shawnrhoden #mrolympia #bodybuilder #bodybuilding #bethebiggerperson #thisisbodybuilding
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2016 was an amazing Olympia for Shawn @flexatronrhoden ! He brought a great combination of aesthetic beauty with his great symmetry and flow along with good size and excellent conditioning. This marked his 5th consecutive year in the Top 5 and was his

Here are a series of photos from @greekbodybuilding of @philheath at the 2015 Mr. Olympia where he won his 5th consecutive Sandow Trophy. Some say he was flat here at Prejudging. IDK...I was there live and I thought he looked killer. He was devastatingly dominant on Saturday night for sure!
Tomorrow is the last day of Phil Heath/Shawn Rhoden Week. I realize that for some reason this week has made some people feel “some kinda way”...and I want you to know that I have seen the comments and your voices have been heard.
Sunday starts a SOLO Phil Heath Week. Seven posts a day, Seven days in a row of the Seven time Mr. Olympia! Get ready! It’s going to be AMAZING!!!!
#philheath #7X #mrolympia #bodybuilder #bodybuilding #bethebiggerperson #thisisbodybuilding —————————
Ok. I’m kidding, though it would serve some of you right, LOL! 
Seriously , though, the Phil/Shawn theme will continue into Sunday. Reason being that is my day off and I will be able to spend the time I want in wrapping it all up nicely.
The next series I will be doing will be the Top 10 Bodybuilding Rivalries of All Time. I hope you will enjoy it!
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Here are a series of photos from @greekbodybuilding of @philheath at the 2015 Mr. Olympia where he won his 5th consecutive Sandow Trophy. Some say he was flat here at Prejudging. IDK...I was there live and I thought he looked killer. He was devastati