The 212 champ does downtime his own way.  By Flex Lewis, five-time Olympia 212 showdown winner.

Q Were you able to relax after the 212 Olympia was over? Did you at least get a good night’s sleep after you won?

That’s a night when it’s a challenge to fall asleep, especially after you’ve won! There is a lot going on, on many levels, and all that excitement and energy doesn’t just vanish. And it’s inevitable that you start thinking about next year. It’s inevitable. After Olympia Weekend this year, I couldn’t relax – the following week I went to Seoul, Korea, to compete in the Korean Grand Prix, where I won, and then I made a guest-posing appearance at the NPC Greater New York Championships in the middle of October before I closed it down for the year.

Q My body always aches, old pains and new. Do I need to stop working out?

As a matter of fact, I woke up this morning, got out of bed, and I was bent over like a pregnant woman because my back hurt. Physical therapy is the best thing you can do for it. A couple of years ago, after my 2013–14 prep for the Olympia, I went into a clinic – my body was worked over. Physical therapy made all the difference in the world. That’s where I’m headed now, to see Dr Ruggiero. He’ll push everything back into place before I hit the gym for my morning workout.

As far as stopping your workouts, that’s another subject entirely. You need to understand your body and know how it responds and reacts to physical therapy and make the appropriate adjustments to your training. Some people might say that’s crazy, but I know that I’m going to be at the gym ready to give my all this afternoon.

Q Name three things you’re looking forward to in 2017.

I’m looking forward to spending more time in 2017 with my wife and daughter and my family and friends. I’m looking forward to continuing to work every day on my legacy, and, of course, I’m looking forward to defending my title.