7x Mr. Olympia Phil Heath shares his ‘off season’ bodybuilding training cycle


Phil Heath is a seven-time Mr. Olympia Men’s Open Division champion. He retired from competition in 2020, but that hasn’t stopped him from pumping iron and making sure to maintain his physique.

Since he is not preparing for any competition, his bodybuilding cycle has changed. However, his cycle had to be such that it allowed him to maintain his detailed muscles as well as the incredible size he built.

Recently, there were rumors that Heath would soon return to Mr. Olympia, but these were put down by Jay Cutler. Nevertheless, the physique that Heath has retained will never be an obstacle if he wants to return to the stage.

During a YouTube video, Heath explained what his off-season bodybuilding cycle is and what medications he uses during this time.

“Do, DHEA, Prednisolone, I do my Dihexa in the morning with a little T3 because my thyroid was low. Also, BPC 157, Thymosin beta 4, now, TB 500, they took it off the market, so I have to do this. Once in a while I run a little HCG, and then what else, oh, Tesamorelin and Ipamorelin at night.”

He continued:

“It’s more of a GH Serotone. So it gives me that answer, but there’s something I’ve noticed since we were talking about growth. Growth puts a lot of water on when it’s not, at the beginning.”

It goes without saying that every bodybuilder has their own cycle. More often than not, the industry discusses the effects of a minimal and intense cycle.

Some bodybuilders like Arnold Schwarzenegger, Chris Bumstead, Tom Platz and others have often talked about how a minimal cycle of a two compound cycle gives the best results (according to them).

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Phil Heath gives his opinion on Peptides

During the same YouTube video, the bodybuilding legend talked about his experience with peptides and the advice he has for anyone using them:

“With peptides, one thing that I’ve noticed – because I’ve never really been into it as a Pro other than growth – is that as far as these drugs go, it takes about two or three months to see some effects.”

He continued:

“So the average person is like, ‘I want to see it tomorrow’, no man. You’re going to see results after a month. The second month you’ll see more and the third month and beyond you’ll see a ton.

Phil Heath has some great advice for anyone who decides to get into the bodybuilding cycle, whether in season or off season.

He thought it wasn’t something a bodybuilder should do, but it had become a protocol over the years.

“It’s to put you on a path where you can take this for as long as you want without harm. It’s not like you have to stop cycle after cycle some of these drugs. That’s really the protocol in right now,” Heath said. “And glutathione injections. It’s so important, especially in today’s society, to just try to keep your immune system up.

Currently, it is unclear whether he wants to return to Mr. Olympia anytime soon. The two bodybuilders with more titles than him are Lee Haney and Ronnie Coleman. Heath would have to bring a physique never seen before to claim his eighth Mr. Olympia title.

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