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James "Flex" LewisChampion Bodybuilder
- Llanelli, Wales
- November 15, 1983
- 7x 1st Place: Olympia 212
- 1st Place: 2014 Arnold Classic 212
Hailing from Wales, James “Flex” Lewis developed an interest in bodybuilding at the age of 12 after coming across a book about champion bodybuilder Tom Platz. Inspired, he began training at home with a simple pair of weights. As a teenager, he graduated to a gym setting as part of his rugby training.
In fact, it was the rugby pitch, not the bodybuilding stage, where “Flex” earned his nickname for his ability to slip would-be tacklers.
Lewis soon crossed paths with a local bodybuilder who recognized his potential and offered to help him train. A year later, Lewis took the first place trophy at the 2003 EFBB Jr. Mr. Wales competition.
Over the next four years, Lewis dominated the U.K. amateur bodybuilding scene, eventually reaching professional status with a win at the 2007 British Nationals. Between 2008 and 2011, he established himself as a force in international competition with wins across the United States and Europe.
One year later, Lewis took first place honors in the newly created Olympia 212 lbs. Division, a title he would hold through 2018. During this period, he also scored first-place finishes across a range of 212 lbs. competitions, including the prestigious IFBB Arnold Classic – an event named for his childhood hero, Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Today, the 212 division’s G.O.A.T. has his sights set on winning the Mr. Olympia Open competition, where there is no maximum weight for competitors.