A pioneer of oregon bodybuilding

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A Personal Trainer

Between 1960 and 2015, Cecil Phillips worked as a Personal trainer, massage therapist, and physical therapist at Oakway Fitness, the YMCA, Downtown Athletic Center, and Nautilus in Eugene, Oregon.  He also was a fitness equipment creator, with a patent on a range of motion device for the knee joint and a compression elbow sleeve.  Cecil enjoyed assisting others with their personal fitness goals along with motivating others to become their best.  He instructed Olympic lifting, Powerlifting, and Bodybuilding clients at the highest levels.

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A Fitness Enthusiast

Cecil competed as a bodybuilder in the late 1950s through the early 1970s.  He won the best bodybuilder title at the 1962 World's Fair in Seattle, Wa.  He was Mr. Oregon in 1958 and won his masters division in 1972.  He sported a 350lb power clean, 405lb bench press, and 315lb barbell pullover as his most impressive lifts during his career. His most prized award was his "Best Back" trophy, that he received in his masters bodybuilding career.

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A Mentor

Cecil coached and worked with many athletes, both young and old, inspiring them to pursue their fitness goals and was always able to keep humor in his demeanor.  He helped many people throughout his life achieve physical success and longevity.  Besides weight lifting, Cecil also enjoyed fishing and archery as his major passions.


Cecil E. Phillips July 31, 1929 - September 2, 2017

Cecil E. Phillips, of  Eugene, passed away on September 2, 2017 at the age of 88 from  respiratory failure due to COPD.