by Craig Titus
Talk may be cheap, but there’s nothing cheap about the talk if it’s fact…and fact is, when Ronnie Coleman stated “I’d have destroyed Phil( Heath) in my day,” that’s a fact plain and simple. When Ronnie was in his prime, it was Ronnie and then the rest of us, period. It’s very easy for a magazine to publish a photo of Ronnie Coleman and Phil Heath next to each other for a comparison shot using a pose giving fans the impression Phil’s some how on the same playing field as Coleman in his prime.
Listen people, there’s no doubt Phil Heath is a deserving Mr. Olympia but he’s no Ronnie Coleman. Competed in the 280s and 290’s and Phil competes in the 240’s. Now if you’re thinking weight of the athlete isn’t significant, you’re very much wrong if both competitors are in shape, both competitors possess full muscle bellies and both bodybuilders have small waste’s creating a exaggerated V-taper…Ronnie and Phil possess all these attributes…Ronnie Coleman was a friggin Silverback Gorilla, Phil Heath is the younger Silverback carrying Coleman’s gym bag. Quit it already, Ronnie was a fuckin beast! Everything about Ronnie in his prime was awe inspiring…he was a freak of god danm nature. Not to mention Ronnie was one of the strongest bodybuilders if not the strongest bodybuilder ever to compete in the IFBB! People Listen, everyone has their favorite bodybuilders but to compare Coleman in his prime to current Mr. Olympia Phil Heath is a little ridiculous!! Phil Heath is Colman minus 50lbs. of Muscle!! No Comparison! And for the record, Phil Heath is surely not unbeatable as Ronnie once was. As a matter a fact, don’t be at all surprised if 4 time Mr. Olympia once again take the Sandow at this year’s Olympia, With Chad Nicholls now working in Cutlers Corner, this may just be the biggest and best Jay ever to walk on stage. And let’s not forget about Kia Greene, Heath certainly didn’t annihilate Kia at last year’s Mr. Olympia. Point is, Heath is most definitely beatable and Ronnie Coleman is his prime was unbeatable…period. I have to admit, I’m honestly a little excited as to what Chad Nicholls has in stored for Jay in his Olympia prep? One thing’s for certain, the chemical warfare will be second to none. I have the distinct feeling that Cutler will be the fullest, biggest and hardest he’s ever been to date. On another note…I’ve said before and I’ll say it again. “Dexter Jackson is a bad mother F-%#@r!” Just as I predicted, he’s once again won the Arnold Classic and more then likely now has his sights on another Sandow. By the way, Dexter who placed 1st, Tony Freeman who Placed 5th and Johnnie Jackson who placed 4th this year’s Arnold Classic are all in their 40s A Pro Bodybuilder in his 40s in most case is just skimming the surface of his potential. The proof is in the pudding and the FIBBs pudding is full of top 6 bodybuilders in their 40s. For the record, I would love nothing more then to see Branch Warren and Johnnie Jackson take the two top spots at this year’s Olympia! Jackson and Warren truly epitomize what bodybuilding is all about hard nose old school training leaving nothing in the gym when the work-outs finished. These two athlete’s I personally know first hand the benefits of having Chad Nicholls handle your contest prep going into a show. The guy knows exactly what he’s talking about. Nicholls is extremely confident in his ability to transform a competitors physique from good to great and great to unforgettably magnificent!! Just like Chad stated…Phil and Hany better put on their big-boy panties because Jay’s going to make five Sandows…no doubt!
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Craig Michael Titus was born in Wyandotte, Michigan on Jan 14, 1967. The eldest of Michael and Sandra Titus’ three children. In high school, Craig wrestled for his school team at 132lbs. After graduation, decided to put on some muscle via weight training. When Craig graduated from high school he was 5’6″ and 140lbs. By the age of 21, he was 5’9″ and 185lbs. Once he started weight training and seeing results, he was hooked. Craig’s first bodybuilding show was the 1988 Houston Bodybuilding Championships in which he won the Men’s Open middleweight class and the overall title.
2002 Mr. Olympia – 11th
2002 Night of Champions XIV – 5th
2002 Southwest Pro – 7th
2001 British Grand Prix – 9th
2001 Mr. Olympia – 12th
2001 Arnold Classic – 6th
2001 SAN FRANCISCO GRAND PRIX – 2nd
2001 IRONMAN PRO INVITATIONAL – 5th
2000 Toronto Pro – 1st
2000 Arnold Classic – 10th
2000 Night of Champions – 11th
2000 Ironman Pro Invitational – 8th
1996 NPC USA Championships — 1st Heavyweight and Overall
1995 NPC USA Championships — 2nd Heavyweight
1994 NPC National Championships — 2nd Heavyweight
1994 NPC USA Championships — 2nd Heavyweight
1993 NPC USA Championships — 4th Heavyweight
1991 NPC Ironman/Ironmaiden — Overall
1990 NPC Tournament of Champions — 3rd Heavyweight
1990 NPC Western Cup — Overall
1989 NPC Houston Bodybuilding Championships — Overall