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      Itís difficult to hear that this year might be Flex Lewisí last year competing in 212. Now, he didnít completely give insight into whatís next, but many are saying retirement isnít in the picture. This could really only mean one thing Ė Flex is looking to make the move into the open division.

      Opinions have been tossed around in the industry with these rumors, yet it seems the mass monster from Wales is just sitting there with a smirk on his face. This year Flex is going for his 7th consecutive 212 Olympia title. Thatís one heck of an accolade hanging over his head. But, maybe, just maybe, Flex is getting the itch to see what else he can bring to the sport by allowing his body to continue to grow?

      TAPPING OUT

      Each year Flex Lewis has to diet down to meet the requirements of the 212 division to walk on stage and maintain his crown. Yet, that process isnít exactly simple when you are as big and freaky as Flex is. While only 5í 5Ē, Lewis in the off-season gets to around 240 pounds. His body wants to grow, but Flex needs to pull back on the reigns just to be able to diet down enough to weigh 212 or less. Not exactly easy.
      Flexís potential in 212 is tapped out. Thereís nothing left in the division that he feels he has to prove. I mean, letís face it, no one has taken his crown in six years. Not only that, but the more size he puts on, the harder it will be for him to get down to 212 just to compete and hold onto his title.
      He could be getting tired of the 212 division too. Heís been having his hand raised each year in Vegas and while a win is a win, thereís gotta be more you would think. Maybe itís a financial thing? We all know there is a drastic difference in how much the various divisions make when compared to the open division. And it does make sense as the open bodybuilders are the main attraction. Nonetheless, Flex could see dollar signs and that could be a contributing factor to the potential move.

      DONíT LISTEN TO THE NOISE

      Flex is not one to hold back and stay quiet when he is challenged, yet, thatís exactly what he has been doing when open competitors are voicing their opinions that Flex canít hang with the open crew. In my opinion, he might not be competition to the top 5 open bodybuilders at the Olympia, but everyone else better be worried and willing to push their bodies to the limit to keep Flex from stomping on them.
      I think if Flex can have a solid off-season following this yearís Olympia, he could do some serious damage in the open. Iím sure there are others who would disagree, and that would make for a great conversation, but outside of the top 5, Iím not really impressed with anyone elseís physique.
      With the physique that Flex has currently, I think he could place within the top 10 at the current Mr. Olympia competition. Give him a productive off-season where he can work his way into the upper 200ís and he could be a true threat to many of the open competitors at any competition.

      PLOT TWIST

      Iím going to play somewhat of a devilís advocate here. There are a few competitors who could give Flex a run for his money at this years Olympia. I highly doubt anyone will beat Flex, but if they do, then what?
      I have a hard time believing anyone will beat Flex this year. Heís the reigning champ, no one has stopped him in six years (even though a few were close), but at the same time, anything can happen. Flex could be focusing stressing so much on the fact that itís his final 212 Olympia that his body holds water, or he could come in flat, whatever the case may be Ė it could happen and he could lose.
      Should that happen, I canít see Flex riding off into the 212 sunset without being on top of the sport and division. I can only assume, but I believe he would come back another year to regain his title and THEN ride off into the sunset.

      BUSINESSMAN FLEX

      While only 34 currently, Flex has his hands in a few businesses currently. Maybe he sticks it out on the stage for a few more years before hanging up his posing trunks? But at the end of the day, itís not like we wonít be seeing or hearing from Flex after his competitions days have come to an end.
      All in all, Iím a huge fan of Flex Lewis. I hope he gets his seventh title, moves into the open and dominates. At this stage, the 212 is kind of holding back his true growth potential. Only time will tell what happens, but I, for one, will definitely be paying close attention.

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      they have been saying he is moving to the open for like the last 3-4 years and he hasnt. i doubt he will either
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      Itís difficult to hear that this year might be Flex Lewisí last year competing in 212. Now, he didnít completely give insight into whatís next, but many are saying retirement isnít in the picture. This could really only mean one thing Ė Flex is looking to make the move into the open division.

      Opinions have been tossed around in the industry with these rumors, yet it seems the mass monster from Wales is just sitting there with a smirk on his face. This year Flex is going for his 7th consecutive 212 Olympia title. Thatís one heck of an accolade hanging over his head. But, maybe, just maybe, Flex is getting the itch to see what else he can bring to the sport by allowing his body to continue to grow?

      TAPPING OUT

      Each year Flex Lewis has to diet down to meet the requirements of the 212 division to walk on stage and maintain his crown. Yet, that process isnít exactly simple when you are as big and freaky as Flex is. While only 5í 5Ē, Lewis in the off-season gets to around 240 pounds. His body wants to grow, but Flex needs to pull back on the reigns just to be able to diet down enough to weigh 212 or less. Not exactly easy.
      Flexís potential in 212 is tapped out. Thereís nothing left in the division that he feels he has to prove. I mean, letís face it, no one has taken his crown in six years. Not only that, but the more size he puts on, the harder it will be for him to get down to 212 just to compete and hold onto his title.
      He could be getting tired of the 212 division too. Heís been having his hand raised each year in Vegas and while a win is a win, thereís gotta be more you would think. Maybe itís a financial thing? We all know there is a drastic difference in how much the various divisions make when compared to the open division. And it does make sense as the open bodybuilders are the main attraction. Nonetheless, Flex could see dollar signs and that could be a contributing factor to the potential move.

      DONíT LISTEN TO THE NOISE

      Flex is not one to hold back and stay quiet when he is challenged, yet, thatís exactly what he has been doing when open competitors are voicing their opinions that Flex canít hang with the open crew. In my opinion, he might not be competition to the top 5 open bodybuilders at the Olympia, but everyone else better be worried and willing to push their bodies to the limit to keep Flex from stomping on them.
      I think if Flex can have a solid off-season following this yearís Olympia, he could do some serious damage in the open. Iím sure there are others who would disagree, and that would make for a great conversation, but outside of the top 5, Iím not really impressed with anyone elseís physique.
      With the physique that Flex has currently, I think he could place within the top 10 at the current Mr. Olympia competition. Give him a productive off-season where he can work his way into the upper 200ís and he could be a true threat to many of the open competitors at any competition.

      PLOT TWIST

      Iím going to play somewhat of a devilís advocate here. There are a few competitors who could give Flex a run for his money at this years Olympia. I highly doubt anyone will beat Flex, but if they do, then what?
      I have a hard time believing anyone will beat Flex this year. Heís the reigning champ, no one has stopped him in six years (even though a few were close), but at the same time, anything can happen. Flex could be focusing stressing so much on the fact that itís his final 212 Olympia that his body holds water, or he could come in flat, whatever the case may be Ė it could happen and he could lose.
      Should that happen, I canít see Flex riding off into the 212 sunset without being on top of the sport and division. I can only assume, but I believe he would come back another year to regain his title and THEN ride off into the sunset.

      BUSINESSMAN FLEX

      While only 34 currently, Flex has his hands in a few businesses currently. Maybe he sticks it out on the stage for a few more years before hanging up his posing trunks? But at the end of the day, itís not like we wonít be seeing or hearing from Flex after his competitions days have come to an end.
      All in all, Iím a huge fan of Flex Lewis. I hope he gets his seventh title, moves into the open and dominates. At this stage, the 212 is kind of holding back his true growth potential. Only time will tell what happens, but I, for one, will definitely be paying close attention.
      I doubt he could be competitive in thr open class. Definitely not win. Maybe a Shawn Ray tye, or Lee Labrada(although both were much better bidybuilders than Lewis) who takes 5th or so.
      Now thinking about it though Shawn Ray, at his best, Lewis would have had no chance in hell. I think Ray would actualky win the Olympia right now. There is no one competing now that would be a clear-cut favorite against him, at his best. I dontthink Rhoden could beat him. Maybe if Heath could get rid if tgegutbut not otherwise.
      Lewis is a great bodybuilder, definitly, he is just not among the best smaller bodybuilders ever.

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