Heath won the 2008 Iron Man show and placed second to Dexter Jackson at the 2008 Arnold Classic. In his 2008 Mr. Olympia debut, Heath finished third to become the first novice to place in the top three since Flex Wheeler in 1993. He was a favorite for the 2009 Mr. Olympia title, [ citation needed ] but a stomach virus caused him to arrive 6 lbs lighter than planned on the first day, and this resulted in his taking fifth place in the competition. In 2010, he took second place at the Mr. Olympia contest when Jay Cutler won his final title, but after improving his rear lat spread Heath defeated Cutler and became Mr. Olympia for 2011. Heath has defended the title of Mr Olympia consecutively six times since then. In 2014, Heath secured the title of Mr. Olympia by defeating Kai Greene and Dexter Jackson , respectively. In 2017, he won his 7th Mr. Olympia title, tying him with Arnold Schwarzenegger for third all-time behind Lee Haney (8) and Ronnie Coleman (8).
To begin the program, utilize light weights and focus on technique. Ensure your form for every exercise is proper. Slowly increase the weight lifted, as you become more familiar with the PUSH, PULL, LEGS technique. To ensure you are utilizing the correct weight load for your fitness level, consider the following: when you wake up the next day, you should be slightly sore. If your muscles are sore throughout the day, your weight load needs to be decreased. If you wake up the next day and are not sore, then increase the weight load. Generally, the percentage of decrease or increase is 10-20% of the current weight so as to gradually build or decrease your weight load.