September 20, 2014
Prelims: 10:30 a.m.
Finals: 7 p.m.
Las Vegas, NV
Flex Lewis has won both contests since the IFBB raised the Olympia 202 threshold to 212 pounds. He aims to never lose, but perfection isn't easy. He looks fit in the high 220s year-round as he travels the world, makes appearances, and honors contractual obligations.
In the final weeks before the world's greatest bodybuilding competition, he must cut down to qualify. "I've never come in not in shape, nor will I ever not be in shape on stage," Lewis says. "I stay humble. I stay driven. This is what I strive to do. I want to be the best bodybuilder in the world."
His body is leaned down to reveal unreal mass packed on such a light frame. His training partner, Yumon Eaton, was blown away by the change from week 5 to week 4. "I saw him pose last week, but I saw him today, maybe four days later and he looks like a completely different person. He's bigger, harder, fuller, and leaner than I have ever seen him before."
The pressure is on, but this year Flex is injury-free and brimming with confidence. Let the field beware: "I thrive on pressure," Lewis says. "The day you become complacent or you become less driven is the day you're going to lose."