Our man, Flex Lewis, does it again at the 2015 Olympia 212 Showdown. As the undisputed champion four years in a row, Flex is making history as the first man to win more than three consecutive 212 Olympia titles. He stands up there with Frank Zane and Franco Columbu, and is building a legacy.
I am humbled, proud, and honored to call myself the 212 Champion again. Furthermore, beating the record of two LEGENDS that have set it before me Frank Zane & Franco Columbo… What!!!
Weighing himself in the morning of competition at the Olympia in his hotel room, Flex came in at 212.2, but he wasn’t worried. That’s exactly where he wanted to be. He has his prep down to such a science, he knew that as soon as it was time to step on stage, he’d be bang on target.
This win this weekend isn’t just for me, my family, my wife, my coach, and my team. Its for YOU the fans also. Giving what you give me to push harder in the gym, the messages, tweets, Facebook, IGs, taking YOUR time to type something, pushes me. I love you guys thank you, thank you, thank you!!! This is for all the #flextraordinary people who refuse to be ordinary!!!
Though Flex says he doesn’t really have an offseason, he keeps his weight at 230-235 when he’s not competing. Then about 15 weeks out from the Olympia, he’ll lock himself away in his Flextraordinary gym and step up his game.
What Does A 212 Champion Eat In A Day?
Earlier this year, Flex discovered that he has several allergies to certain foods and substances, which meant re-thinking his entire meal prep. Not an easy thing to do, considering his failsafe diet hasn’t changed much since he first started competing 12 years ago. But he knew it was time to change his diet, as the pain he was suffering during prep was continually getting worse, and it was beginning to affect his posing on stage.
Now he follows a gluten-free diet, and avoids some of the bodybuilding staples like egg whites, white rice, oats, white potatoes, Splenda and that all-time, low-calorie favorite seasoning – mustard. Even some proteins were restricted like tuna, tilapia, lamb and veal. Now his protein sources mainly include turkey, chicken, salmon and beef. Instead of rice, he now eats quinoa, couscous and wild rice.
So this year instead of heading to his favorite Italian restaurant in Las Vegas after the show to re-load, it looks like he’ll be sticking to sushi!
Flex Lewis Breakfast
- 3 whole eggs (omega 3)
- Extra Lean Beef
- Greens smoothie
- Cereal (corn-based, no wheat)
Total Meals 5-6 A Day
- Protein: chicken, turkey, salmon, or beef
- Carb: quinoa or wild rice
- Protein bar (no chocolate, i.e., no milk)
- Healthy chips
Because of these dietary changes, Flex noticed during his prep this year that certain areas of his body were not showing the way they had in previous years. While he had no problem with making weight, he found some muscles were not as dry as in previous years. However, a few refinements to his diet and prep, and he was exactly where he wanted to be – in first place!
Besides food, Flex swears by his supplementation regimen. He told us:
I’m a big believer in food first and supplements second. Supplements are a huge benefit. If you take them out of the equation, you’ll have to eat huge servings and more often, and that kind of bulk just slows you down. When you break down your muscle and build it up again, supplements help with the recovery, the sports side of things and the long-term health benefits.
As a BSN sponsored athlete, his favourite pre-workout supplement is N.O.-XPLODE. During his workout he’ll sip on a shake that is a mix of protein, carbs and BCAAs. For post-workout, he’ll have the same shake again but will add some creatine and glutamine to the mix. This year, working with his coach and mentor, Neil Hill, he’s been trying a new product – a carb former from BSN that his body is responding well to with great gains.
My dream when I came to the U.S. was to be known as one the best. People see results not sacrifice, which is why I pride myself more than anyone on having this title, knowing what I sacrificed for this. Traveling around the world with the sport thanks to the IFBB Pro League has given me opportunities to give back to the fans, meet new ones, and convert the stereotype. It’s all about giving back.
So what’s next for the reigning 212 Champ? First, there will be a good chunk of time dedicated to rest and recovery. Then the Flextraordinary gym will open its doors for the last time this year on October 17-18 for the next Project Flex. Hope to see you there.
From everyone here at Fitmark Bags, Congratulations, Flex!
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The Fitmark Team