Seven-time 212 Olympia champion Flex Lewis has formally retired from aggressive bodybuilding. In a current video, Flex gave an in-depth rationalization for his choice to step away, abandoning his dream of turning into the primary athlete to win an Olympia title within the 212 division and Males’s Open.
Flex Lewis has lengthy established his title among the many finest 212 rivals to ever grace the stage. He holds the excellence of getting received 212 Olympia a complete of seven occasions consecutively. He secured a lifetime invitation to compete at Mr. Olympia annually within the 212 division because of simply one among his victories. However, hypothesis grew as many followers started to query if Flex would make the potential transfer into Males’s Open bodybuilding.
Earlier this 12 months, Chief Olympia Officer Dan Solomon left the door open when discussing the odds of Flex receiving a special invitation to compete at this 12 months’s Mr. Olympia in Males’s Open. Whereas all indicators pointed in that course, it seems Flex is resolute in his choice to step away from bodybuilding.
Flex Lewis: ‘It’s Time for Me to Dangle Up My Posing Trunks’
In a current podcast on YouTube, Flex Lewis displays on the elements liable for his choice to retire professionally from bodybuilding.
“I simply need to open this door and to allow you to guys know. That is going to be a really open, sincere, weak, in lots of circumstances podcast in any and each episode. This one particularly, I simply need to let everybody know, for me, I’ve had a problem with my urge for food my entire profession, whilst a 212 man. No matter was in entrance of me, would type of suffice, however switching from the 212 to going to the Open class was… exhausting.” Flex Lewis shared.
Flex retired from the game of bodybuilding for a large number of causes however revealed his potential to eat grew to become compromised. In accordance with the bodybuilding legend, he would get up every day with nausea and dry heaving.
“A group of issues, of why I’ve made this choice. I simply need to get into that proper and simply offer you guys a visible. For the final (pauses) six months, in all probability extra. I might say it began off with a pair a occasions per week to then, each single day. No days off. I’d get up with nausea, dry heaving. I’d prepare, change my meals types, modified my frequency of meals, I didn’t eat for the primary couple hours.
I attempted the whole lot. I pulled out this, I put in that, I imply everyone had a bit of recommendation and also you hone in on the smallest issues. ‘Oh it’s gotta be this’ please, and you set a lot inventory into one thing, and when that doesn’t repay, you’re left with that very same feeling each single day. I don’t care what you say, when you’re nauseas each single day, it rubs off on whoever it’s round you.
There isn’t a approach you possibly can divide how you’re feeling and also you’re vitality and what’s round you. I’m round lots of people out and in of sports activities. Picture coming to the gymnasium and I might inform her, ‘oh babe, I really feel so nauseas, I actually really feel so nauseas’, however I bought this meet and I simply needed to faux it till I made it. Flex continued. One of many issues is now, I’ve truly been altering up my weight loss program within the final eight weeks, I’m down 25-lbs and let me inform you one thing, I really feel unbelievable.”
After downsizing by 25-lbs and admitting to feeling more healthy, Flex is shifting on from bodybuilding. He not too long ago made a brand new addition to his household however struggled immensely along with his choice to step away from the game he’s been mastering since he was 19 years outdated.
“Now with the brand new addition that’s coming, it’s all type of put perspective on issues. One of many the reason why we’re right here is to speak in regards to the subsequent chapters, that is one among them. (A chapter) One I need to be current for. One of many the reason why I’m doing my announcement right this moment. I’ve considered many various methods on how I need to ship this as a result of it’s one thing I’ve been doing since I used to be 19.”
Given the rising variety of deaths affecting the game of bodybuilding, many from the group have been vocal in highlighting the dangers of the sport and the use of PEDs. Regardless of the dangers, Flex is grateful for what the game has introduced him.
“And there’s no very easy approach to this, but it surely’s time, bodybuilding has served me very properly, it’s opened some superb doorways for me, but it surely’s time for me to hold up my posing trunks. It’s been a tremendous run. One which’s I’m very blessed to say I’ve achieved extra issues than I ever thought or imagined that I put forth to do. As I’m surrounded by you guys, who’ve seen many, many titles received, and lots of issues achieved off stage. As I’m sitting right here with all these titles that I received world wide, with out getting emotional. You type of know. I do know. It is a choice that I made myself.”
Flex Discusses the Issue of Sustaining 212 Dominance and Making ready for Transfer to Males’s Open
After analyzing a number of the contributing elements resulting in his retirement, Flex mentioned the problem of competing within the 212 division.
“I’ve by no means abused my physique in bodybuilding, I’ve by no means gone the acute route. I’ve had a fuc**n weight reduce to make and that’s what individuals don’t perceive. Me coming down from 230-lbs and I used to be as lean as I can in low season 220-lbs after which to 212-lbs was very, very tough. I nonetheless made it. Neil Hill is an absolute magician. A person of many abilities. We’ve had digestion points all all through my life.”
Regardless of his reign of terror within the 212 division throughout his prime, Flex remembers how tough the load reduce was.
“This isn’t me shitting on the game. That is one thing that I’ve needed to undergo with for plenty of years however to be the perfect, that was my mentality. That is how you bought to really feel. That is what you’ve bought to undergo. To step on that stage for that second of gratification and to carry that trophy as much as say you’re the finest, after which the very subsequent 12 months, rediscover you’re why within the 212 due to the load reduce and due to the whole lot that was happening was very, very tough, that’s why I used to be excited to do that Open class.
If anybody is pissed off it’s fu***n say it’s me. I needed to see myself up on that stage greater than anyone. I needed to have my hand raised and be the primary ever champ champ, but it surely’s not going to occur, and I’m okay about it.”
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Following the announcement, Dan Solomon took to social media revealing an emotional telephone name he had with Flex. Ultimately, Dan was pleased with Flex’s choice to step away from a sport so near his coronary heart, wishing him the perfect of luck within the subsequent chapter of life.
Flex Lewis Competitors Historical past
- 2018 Mr. Olympia Weekend Bodybuilding: IFBB Professional 212 – 1st Place
- 2017 Mr. Olympia Weekend Bodybuilding: IFBB Professional 212 – 1st Place
- 2016 Mr. Olympia Weekend Bodybuilding: IFBB Professional 212 – 1st Place
- 2015 Mr. Olympia Weekend Bodybuilding: IFBB Professional 212 – 1st Place
- 2015 IFBB Professional 212 – 1st Place
- 2014 IFBB San Marino Professional: IFBB Professional 212 – 1st Place
- 2014 EVL’s Prague Professional 212 Bodybuilding: IFBB Professional 212 – 1st Place
- 2014 IFBB Korea Grand Prix 212: IFBB Professional 212 – 1st Place
- 2014 Mr. Olympia Weekend Bodybuilding: IFBB Professional 212 – 1st Place
- 2014 IFBB Arnold Sports activities Pageant: IFBB Professional 212 – 1st Place
- 2013 EVL’s Prague Professional 212 Bodybuilding: IFBB Professional 212 – 1st Place
- 2013 Mr. Olympia Weekend Bodybuilding: IFBB Professional 212 – 1st Place
- 2012 EVL’s Prague Professional 212 Bodybuilding: IFBB Professional 212 – 1st Place
- 2012 British Grand Prix 212 Bodybuilding: IFBB Professional 212 – 1st Place
- 2012 Mr. Olympia Weekend Bodybuilding: IFBB Professional 212 – 1st Place
- 2011 Arnold Traditional Europe Males’s Bodybuilding: Professional Males – fifth Place
- 2011 Mr. Olympia Weekend Males 202: Open – 2nd Place
- 2011 New York Professional Championships Males’s 202: Males’s 202 Class – 2nd Place
- 2011 Mr. Europe Grand Prix Males’s Open: Males’s Open Record – third Place
- 2011 IFBB British Grand Prix Males’s 202: Males’s 202 Record – 1st Place
- 2009 IFBB Atlantic Metropolis Professional 202 Division – 1st Place
- 2009 IFBB 202 Problem (Mr. Olympia) 202 Division – fifth Place
- 2008 Europa Professional Total Division – seventh Place
- 2008 Europa Professional 202 Division – 1st Place
- 2008 Tampa Professional Open Division – seventh Place
Lewis was decided to make a Males’s Open debut at 2022 Mr. Olympia however plenty of points bought in the best way. After making his retirement official, Lewis is having fun with a more healthy life at a lighter weight.