Like I mentioned in my last blog post, this year's been a little crazy for bodybuilding. On September 29th, Phil Heath who is a bodybuilder and the 2017 Mr. Olympia winner underwent surgery to repair two hernia's that he had in his abdomen. There was one above his belly button that was two inches wide where his upper intestines are, and one in his lower intestines which was an umbilical hernia that was torn so bad that it left a 3 inch hole and approximately 4 inches of his intestines hanging out of the hole.
Yikes, that must've been extremely painful. The doctors fixed both hernia's and apparently the lower intestinal hernia was life threatening. What's interesting is Phil had both hernia's before he won the Olympia. So that means that he trained hard, and had to stuff down all of the food that's necessary to maintain his body mass all while he had a hernia.
What a lot of people don't realize is that top bodybuilders often train and compete with bad injuries, hernia's, illnesses and still win. Not only do they have to train hard and eat with laser focus, but they can have setbacks and obstacles that can make it even harder to move forward.
Hats off to Phil Heath for competing in the condition that he did, and I hope that he has a speedy recovery.