As a seven-time Mr. Olympia winner, Phil Heath cemented his name among the best in bodybuilding. In a recent video shared on YouTube, Heath led influencer Will Tennyson through a demanding arm workout and offered step-by-step posing instructions.
“I’m going to show you how you can get a pushup in those arms,” Phil Heath told Tennyson.
Although he hasn’t competed since 2020, Phil Heath still maintains an incredible physique. Many have speculated about his possible return to the sport, however, those hopes were put on the back burner after Phil announced he would be commentating for the upcoming 2022 Mr. Olympia contest.
Heath has been an open book since stepping away from the stage. Back in August, the decorated pro opened up about the bike he rides when not competing. It remains unclear if he will ever return and seek an eighth Sandow trophy. When his coach, Hany Rambod, was asked if Phil was able to re-enter as Mr. Olympia, he said nothing was impossible but said it would be very difficult.
Will Tennyson is a fitness influencer who creates engaging content on YouTube. He has amassed over 1.42 million followers on the platform. In one of his latest videos, he joined bodybuilder great Phil Heath for a tough arm workout and detailed posing routine.
Before starting the arm workout, Tennyson measures Phil Heath’s biceps, which total 21 inches. He also measured his forearms at 15.5.
Phil Heath and Will Tennyson Arm Workout List
Note: Representatives were unclear based on the images provided in the video.
Phil Heath shared some thoughts before we begin.
“Biceps. Typically the triceps is about a third of the right arm. So we want to start with that. The tempo isn’t going to be like – even after a count it bounces. We’re going to control the weight. We’re going to work eccentric muscles.
The way I was able to win multiple Olympias and even before that I was very successful [was because] I wanted to have more growth; I wanted to master every pin. Otherwise, what, you’re going to form some very bad habits,” says Phil Heath.
Cable Triceps Pushdown (over/under grip)
For the first exercise, Heath offers some practical advice.
“Arms about 90 degrees to the right. Let him come here for a bit, I don’t want to make sure I’m leaning. I want to keep my back tight. Lower back tight and chest up and I make sure I can hit that speed,” says Heath.
Will asks Phil why he likes to do certain exercises while lifting one leg in the air.
“Yeah. It’s just to add more difficulty levels to keep my heart tight,” Heath explained.
Alternate bicep curls with dumbbells
When asked if Heath used rep ranges or failures, he replied the following:
“It’s more important to just put your arm down. I don’t set a standard for how many reps it takes to warm up. I just want to know that I am [ready]. I can put in a number like 15, 20 reps, a few sets of those – but that’s when you need to focus on yourself. Looking at others all the time, comparing yourself to others…will keep you from doing your own job.
Heath performed alternating dumbbell curls and suggested not to “force the progression too quickly.”
“It’s what fortifies my physique, so when I go to competition I can destroy any man. How can I do if I don’t do it perfectly. In pursuit of perfection. I know I am not perfect.”
Dumbbell Skull Crusher
Moving on to the barbell skull crushers, Heath reflected on what his opponents thought of him during his competition.
“They knew when I was ready – it was whooping competition.”
Phil suggests “pressing up instead of forward” with barbell skull crushers.
Heath and Tennyson then practice focus loops. Phil recommended that they stand up during this exercise.
“Watch my wrist.
“Oh, it’s like a forearm curl,” Will says.
“You’re gonna feel it all here [points to bicep]. When your [wrist isn’t there] This is not the case. Move it here, and it activates this [biceps] a little different. And if I have to learn some body English because it’s a bit heavy, I can’t do that. Here’s the problem with that: if you start doing too many reps like that, you get that instead of a quality rep. »
“If you cheat, you don’t master it,” says Heath.
Before finishing the workout, Phil says to always try to “make your last set better than the first.”
Heath’s posing lesson
Phil gives Tennyson some tips for posing before wrapping up.
“So let’s hit a back lat spread. It was a relaxed back, I want an extended back,” Heath asked.
They proceed to some of the most muscular crabbing poses – one of Heath’s strongest during his time in the spotlight.
“So you’re not the widest guy, you’re very narrow. What I see right now is that you are quite dominant. You worked a little so that’s good. We need more work on the delta. We need more deltoids and more chest, upper chest. We need more upper chest.
Heath says many active competitors perform the relaxed forward pose incorrectly. He says to puff out your chest, turn your shoulder a bit, and press your right arm into your shoulder.
“See how your chest feathered at the top,” Heath said.
Heath explains the importance of backstrokes.
“I want them to see everything. Then when I’m static they’re like ‘oh my god’. Back shots are so important. If you don’t have a back forget it man you’re gonna be exposed “Don’t hold your breath when doing these poses because you’ll pass out.”
After posing together, they decided to wrap the video. It’s obvious that even when Phil isn’t competing, he still brings a lot of energy to his training sessions.
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When it comes to training or posing, Phil Heath pays attention to the finer details. He is not concerned with the number of repetitions rather than the quality of each movement. At the end of the routine, Tennyson and Heath walked away with a huge arm pump.