Flex Lewis is arguably the best non-open bodybuilder ever.
He hasn't competed even once in an open competition.
Things have turned around, as he is included in the 2020 Mr. Olympia lineup.
He was invited by Mr. Olympia management, and he accepted the invitation to compete in 2020, Mr. Olympia.
The news was made public by the chief Olympia officer Dan Solomon.
Dan Solomon posted on Social media platform Instagram and announced Flex Lewis's return to the competition.
He stated Flex Lewis's achievements in the post and described him as a potential inclusion to the 2020 Mr. Olympia lineup.
Dan Solomon mentioned that Flex Lewis is focused on becoming the 16th winner in the 56-year history of Mr. Olympia.
He has been a dominant force in the 212lb division and won seven consecutive Olympia Showdown titles.
His dominant stretch continued for 7 years from 2012-2018. He took a break from the competition in 2019, and now he is returning to the stage.
He retired from the division in 2018 but also indicated to compete in the Open category.
Being an Olympia champion, he can compete in the 212lb division of any competition.
People think he has to go through the qualification phase as he is changing his division, but that is not the case.
Flex Lewis told the media that he is training hard for Mr. Olympia contest.
After winning a record 7 consecutive titles in the Under 212lb division, followed by a year away from competition, Flex is now focused on becoming just the 16th winner in the 56 year history of the Mr. Olympia. “I spent a year away from the stage. The year off has given me the chance to prepare myself for the most intense contest prep of my life.” Flex continues, “It’s every bodybuilder’s dream to become Mr. Olympia. This process started the moment I walked off the stage at the 2018 Olympia. I am laser focused on competing against the best of the best this September in Vegas.” At just 36 years old, the Welsh Dragon is still in his competitive prime and fans have often wondered how the former 212 King might stack up next to the biggest and the best in the world. Chief Olympia Officer Dan Solomon adds, “The bodybuilding world has waited a long time for this. Flex is one of the most popular bodybuilders on the planet and we can’t wait to see what he looks like without the limitations of a weight restriction.”
He added that it is a dream to become Mr. Olympia for any bodybuilder, and so is his dream.
He said that the moment he walked off the stage at the 2018 Olympia, he was focused on competing against the best in Mr. Olympia's open.
His addition to the 2020 Mr. Olympia is exciting news for everyone, and it has brought a spark to the competition.
In 2019, so many big names like Phil Heath, Shawn Rhoden, and Big Ramy weren't part of Mr. Olympia, and it was a turnoff for the fans.
This year’s Mr. Olympia is becoming exciting with many big names in the lineup, including the current Mr. Olympia, Dexter Jackson, William Bonac, and few others.
Flex Lewis stated that it had been a struggle for him to keep himself under the 212lb weight, and if the opportunity is presented, he could compete in the 220lb.
But now, he is competing in the Open category.
Many other non-heavyweight bodybuilders have won the Mr. Olympia titles, and it won't be a surprise if he goes on to win the Mr. Olympia title in Las Vegas.
Few names who used to compete in the non-heavyweight divisions, including Franco Columbu, Frank Zane, Samir Bannout, also went on to win the Mr. Olympia title.
Also, check Keone Pearson making the 212 debuts.
Reda is an ACE Certified Nutritionist, Brazilian jiu-jitsu purple belt and bodybuilder with 11 years of experience. He's been published on many influential websites such as lifehack.org, Wealthy Gorilla, Good Men Project and more.