“May Get Hurt Trying to Help You”: 7X Mr. Olympia Phil Heath Discloses Why He Didn’t Spot a High Schooler for All the Right Reasons

Published 02/06/2024, 10:07 AM EST

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Phil Heath, the seven-time Mr. Olympia, recently shared a gym encounter that goes beyond lifting weights, emphasizing the importance of training smart and staying safe.

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Heath took to his Instagram and shared an update about his health also he recounted an interaction with a young gym-goer who sought his spot during a chest workout. Heath, recovering from illness alongside his wife Sherie, graciously declined, opting instead to engage the young enthusiast in a conversation about the ‘why’ behind his workout choices.

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In the Instagram post, the dream killer said that when he asked the young enthusiasts a few questions, “he didn’t really have the answers.” Further, the high schooler admitted that he just couldn’t do it. And he was going to completely rely on Heath to lift the weights. However, Heath gently declined, “I can’t do that, man, because I actually may get hurt trying to help you.”

 

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Instead, the bodybuilding icon suggests the individual to “lower the weight and see where it goes?” The young man listened, showcasing the wisdom in his approach. For Heath, it’s about pouring wisdom and encouragement into others, creating moments of connection that matter most in the gym.

According to Heath’s Instagram post caption, training is not just about personal joy but also witnessing others push their limits, creating incredible energy that fills the gym. His journey in bodybuilding has become an unforgettable legacy, and his deepest desire is to share the lessons he’s learned with everyone.

As he mentioned, “Neither Rome nor a Mr. Olympia physique was sculpted overnight,” he emphasizes the need to embrace the journey. Moreover, learn continuously, and exercise with patience and precision. This isn’t just about the gym; it’s a philosophy applicable to life itself.

Heath urges people to embrace the journey

His advice on acknowledging the impact of every piece of knowledge shared urges everyone to chase their “MAX” potential, be it in the gym, relationships, or business, to reflect on the guiding principles toward excellence. Write them down, visualize success, and then, with all your heart, go after it.

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In a world full of information and distractions, Heath’s call to train smart and with sheer dedication resonates with many. “Don’t do anything freaking stupid,” he suggests considering the attraction of supplements and rock music. Love what you’re doing, stay safe, and, most importantly, have fun.

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Heath’s gym wisdom transcends the typical fitness discourse. It’s a call to prioritize safety, embrace the journey, and strive for excellence in every aspect of life. So, as you hit the gym or chase your maximum potential, remember his words – train smart, stay safe, and go after your goals with unwavering determination.

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Arpita Shrivastava

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Hi, I'm Arpita Shrivastava, a fitness and bodybuilding writer at EssentiallySports. When I started college, my fascination shifted to combat sports and I began training for Judo. I did it for two years until an injury compelled me to step away from the mat.
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