Flex Lewis announces retirement from bodybuilding

Flex Lewis has decided to “hang up his pose trunks” after a storied career.

Flex Lewis launched the first episode of its Straight out of the lair podcast on Friday morning. Joined by his wife, Ali, Lewis discussed many topics, including bodybuilding and his family’s move to Las Vegas. The seven-time Olympian champion has made a major announcement. Lewis revealed that he has decided to retire from bodybuilding.

Around 22 minutes into the podcast, which was shared on his YouTube page, Lewis begins to talk about the future and how it’s time for him to make this decision.

“I kind of thought about a lot of ways to do it because it’s something I’ve done since I was 19. There’s not really an easy way to say it, but It’s time.

Bodybuilding has served me very well. It opened incredible doors for me, but it’s time for me to hang up my pose trunks. It has been an incredible road. One, I’m very lucky to say that I’ve accomplished more, more things than I ever imagined.

“Without getting emotional, you sort of know. I know. It was a decision that I made myself… It was my decision and everyone supported it. There are several reasons why I am here.

Flex Lewis continues to discuss his decision and says he wants to be there for his family. Flex and Ali welcomed their second child last week. Lewis wants to be closer to his family moving forward.

“My son is on his way and I really want to be there. I really want to be there. My daughter is six years old right now. I’ve wasted a lot of years of her life being on the road, traveling, giving strength training priority. There’s no getting around it. Strength training has come first on many, many occasions. I just want to be there for the birth and just don’t want to have to watch the clock, eating and running at the gym.

The Career of Flex Lewis

Flex Lewis started training at a young age and developed a passion for fitness. At 16, Lewis entered the Junior Mr. Wales competition and placed first. In 2007 he turned professional after winning the NPC British Nationals. He started his career with nine straight wins before joining the IFBB league.

On his fourth show, Lewis earned his first win at the 2009 Atlanta City Pro. From that point on, Lewis has only finished outside the top three in a competition once. He began his seven-game winning streak at Olympia in 2012. Lewis picked up further victories during this time at big shows like the 2014 Arnold Classic and the 2014 Korean Grand Prix.

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Flex Lewis’ return to Olympia has been in the air until now. In 2020, Lewis received a special invite but was unable to compete due to injury. In 2021, Lewis did not compete, meaning he might have had to qualify if he were to return this year. Many thought he deserved a special invite, but it looked like he wouldn’t get one at the Men’s Open.

Now Flex Lewis has decided to call it a career and leave a long legendary legacy in bodybuilding. Lewis will now focus on his family, his gym and sharing his wisdom as one of, if not the best, 212 bodybuilders of all time.

Flex Lewis Competition History

  • Olympia 2018 – 1st place
  • Olympia 2017 – 1st place
  • Olympia 2016 – 1st place
  • Olympia 2015 – 1st place
  • 2014 IFBB San Marino Pro – 1st place
  • 2014 Prague Pro 212 EVL Bodybuilding – 1st place
  • 2014 IFBB Korea Grand Prix 212 – 1st place
  • 2014. Olympia – 1st place
  • 2014 IFBB Arnold Sports Festival – 1st Place
  • 2013 Prague Pro 212 EVL Bodybuilding – 1st place
  • 2013 Olympia – 1st place
  • 2012 Prague Pro 212 EVL Bodybuilding – 1st place
  • 2012 British Grand Prix 212 Bodybuilding – 1st place
  • 2012 Olympia – 1st place
  • 2011 Arnold Classic Europe Men’s Bodybuilding – 5th place
  • 2011 Olympia Men’s Bodybuilding – 2nd Place
  • 2011 New York Pro Championships Men’s 202 – 2nd place
  • 2011 Mr. Europe Grand Prix Men’s Bodybuilding – 3rd place
  • 2011 IFBB British Grand Prix Men’s 202 – 1st place
  • 2009 IFBB Atlantic City Pro 202 Division – 1st place
  • 2009 IFBB Mr. Olympia 202 Challenge – 5th Place
  • General Division Europa Pro 2008 – 7th place
  • 2008 Europa Pro 202 Division – 1st place
  • 2008 Tampa Pro Open Division – 7th place

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Teresa E. Burton