After a profession of excellence, James “Flex” Lewis — winner of seven 212 Olympia titles — is retiring from aggressive bodybuilding. On May 13, 2022, the 38-year-old Lewis introduced the information within the first episode of his podcast, Straight Outta the Lair. Not quickly after, Mr. Olympia President, Dan Solomon, confirmed the reveal in a publish on his Instagram profile. 

Lewis makes the official announcement beginning at 22:10 within the video beneath:

“[Bodybuilding’s] been something I’ve been doing since I was 19,” Lewis says on the podcast. “There’s really no easy way to say this, but it’s time. Bodybuilding has served me very well. It’s opened amazing doors for me. It’s time for me to hang up my posing trunks. It’s been an amazing road. One that I’ve been very blessed to say I’ve accomplished more things than I ever imagined.”

A Living Legend

Lewis has been a aggressive bodybuilder for almost twenty years in some capability. According to Muscle Memory, Lewis made his skilled bodybuilding debut throughout the 2003 International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness (IFBB) British Championships. At fairly the beginning of a profession, he captured first place whereas that includes within the Juniors division.

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From there, Lewis’ profession would quickly snowball into one thing unimaginable.

In 2007, Lewis notched his Pro Card whereas successful the general British title. Later, he debuted on the 2008 IFBB Europa Supershow, the place he received first place within the Lightweight division. After a couple of makes an attempt over the following few years, Lewis would win his first-ever 212 Olympia title in 2012. That yr additionally noticed the champion bodybuilder “flex” on his competitors and take dwelling victories within the prestigious IFBB British Grand Prix and IFBB Prague Pro. 

At his peak, Lewis was a prime fixture within the Lightweight bodybuilding scene. Even because it shifted from 202 to an eventual official 212 classification, it appeared as if Lewis by no means misplaced any steam. A run of seven consecutive 212 Olympia titles (2012-2018) is proof as a lot of his distinctive achievements. 

Here are a few of Lewis’ extra notable profession outcomes:

James “Flex” Lewis | Notable Career Results

  • IFBB Olympia Champion (212) — 2012-2018
  • IFBB Prague Pro Champion (212) — 2012-2014
  • 2014 IFBB Arnold Classic Champion (212)
  • 2014 IFBB San Marino Pro Champion (212)
  • IFBB Korean Grand Prix Champion (212) — 2014-2017

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Into The Sunset

In 2018, Lewis introduced his intentions to compete within the Men’s Open division. He would take the whole 2019 season off to construct mass however ultimately needed to withdraw from the 2020 Mr. Olympia due to an undisclosed damage. The yr 2021 was to mark his return, however then he and his spouse positioned their deal with the incoming beginning of their youngster. 

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Lewis didn’t talk about his plans for his particular person future now that his aggressive bodybuilding profession is over. Considering the announcement continues to be contemporary, it’s comprehensible. That mentioned, he appeared to put a variety of weight on the game’s rising stars to thrive for years to come back.

In different phrases, Lewis needs to assist go away skilled bodybuilding in a greater place than he discovered it. 

“As an athlete, a champion, there’s a lot more work for me to do off-stage to help athletes be represented,” Lewis says. “To do what they don’t really want to do, and that’s get health checks. And, also, open more doors for these athletes in various different divisions and with various different sponsorship opportunities. My work is not done, and it will never be done. It is just done on-stage.”

Featured picture: @flex_lewis on Instagram