Kenneth Flex Wheeler

Kenneth Flex Wheeler is an American professional Bodybuilder once described by Arnold Schwarzenegger as one of the greatest he ever saw.

He won the Arnold Classic 4 times and competed in Mr. Olympia throughout the nineties, notoriously coming 2nd to both Dorian Yates in 1993, and then Ronnie Coleman in 1998, who would then go on to hold the title for 8 years in a row.

In 1999 he was diagnosed with a rare kidney disease and announced his retirement from bodybuilding in 2000.

Last year he had a comeback and competed in the Mr Olympia Classic Physique.

Chapters:
00:00 Trailer.
03:57 Brian’s thoughts on the episode.
05:57 Brian’s introduction.
07:05 Flex’ thoughts on London.
09:05 The darkness in young Kenneth’s life that led to his attempted suicide aged 12 years.
21:20 Kenneth believes his greatness comes from the Light not the darkness.
23:32 Kenneth’s outward show hides his inner battle.
28:50 Why he decided to tell-all in a book.
36:47 How Bruce Lee saved his life and what Flex took from seeing his film Enter the Dragon.
38:54 Hard training to become the best MMA fighter and what that taught him.
47:26 Loved idea of a career in the UFC, but glad he chose the right path for him.
51:13 When Flex turned to bodybuilding.
56:00 Frustrating time before finally getting a big break.
59:54 What it is like to be a bodybuilder.
1:03:14 Sports technology drugs.
1:13:57 Making a comeback, training natural, was enlightening.
1:17:00 How Viktor Conte’s insight helped him.
1:20:39 Flex’ views on Lee Haney, Dorian Yates and Ronnie Coleman.
1:26:07 Why he tried to sabotage himself in 1998.
1:37:54 If you woke up this morning, it’s a blessing, because you have an opportunity to change.
1:40:34 Retirement and a rare kidney disease diagnosis lead to an horrendous dark spiral down.
1:49:06 Beginning of the fight back into MMA, but Kenny who keeps coming back.
1:54:39 Flex decided he had a mission, but how to carry it out?
1:58:14 Achieved his mission and beat Kenny up again.
1:59:59 Why the 1990’s generation of bodybuilders is currently held in high regard.
2:02:51 What the greatest gift is that they have to offer.
2:06:11 Sharing his experience to help others in dark situations is a privilege and a blessing.
2:08:17 What he hopes to be doing in ten years.
2:08:58 What keeps him awake at night.
2:18:55 Phone call to the twenty-year old Kenneth.
2:19:58 Best advice he ever received.
2:22:32 Success secrets.
2:23:16 Emotional and inspirational conclusion as Flex shares one last insight.

Notes:
Flex Wheeler website
https://flexwheeler.com/
Flex Wheeler on Facebook
https://en-gb.facebook.com/FlexWheelerr/
Flex Wheeler on Twitter
https://twitter.com/flex_wheeler?lang=en
Flex Wheeler on Instagram
https://www.instagram.com/officialflexwheeler/?hl=en
Dare2Dream: The Flex Wheeler Story (film 2015)
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5337444/
Flex Wheeler on Wikipedia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flex_Wheeler

Books:
Flex Ability: A Story of Strength and Survival

Topics discussed:
Enter the Dragon (film)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enter_the_Dragon
Mr Olympia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mr._Olympia
Focal segmental glomerulosclerosis
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Focal_segmental_glomerulosclerosis
Bodypower, Birmingham, England (May 2018)
https://www.bodypower.com/expo/uk

People mentioned in this episode:
Arnold Schwarzenegger
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arnold_Schwarzenegger
Dorian Yates

Dorian Yates – Inside The Shadow – FULL MOVIE


Ronnie Coleman
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ronnie_Coleman
KKK – Ku Klux Klan
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ku_Klux_Klan
Dyslexia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dyslexia
Robin Williams
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robin_Williams
John Joseph

John Joseph – Meat Is For Pussies


Bruce Lee
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bruce_Lee
Jennifer Lopez
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jennifer_Lopez
Victor Conte
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Victor_Conte
Lee Haney
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lee_Haney
Prince
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prince_(musician)
Michael Jackson
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Jackson
Diana, Princess of Wales
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diana,_Princess_of_Wales
Alonzo Mourning
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alonzo_Mourning
John Wayne
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Wayne
Elvis Presley
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elvis_Presley
Donald Trump
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donald_Trump
Ross Perot
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ross_Perot
Michael Jordan
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Jordan

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Dusan
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that is something,
the way you make the interviews,
the way how Flex talked
just amazing.

stic
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speechless… what a wonderfull man

mickrussell31486
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mickrussell31486

What an inspirational man flex is 👍👍

Marco Moeschter
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What a great motivational, honest and humble interview. I’ve seen quite a lot interviews here on London Real, but this one is one of the special ones. Great Job guys. I would be glad to listen to him a second time.

james523
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james523

LONDONREAL is a stunning example of passion creating great content, this however goes beyond great, I’m hugely biased as Flex is one of my favourite bodybuilders of all time, but this!!! Flex is now my all time fav, such a great interview, clearly felt a connection with you as the conversation and open insight is so natural and inspiring. LOVE IT

Michael George
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Flex’ interview brough me to LR and now I’ve bookmarked this site to be one that will change my life. I know it.

Love you Flex!

Tony
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What a powerful interview!I was moved, touched and inspired after watching it as I can really relate to the inner self being hyper critical and holding me back. Thanks for being so open Kenneth, that gave me the encouragement to fight back, Ive just joined tribe and am now looking forward to building a happy future! Total respect for you and wish I you all the success and peace of mind for being such a nice person, you deserve it.

Glen
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Glen

Great place to share memories. Thanks guys, i’m 30, inspired by the relfexion and insparation a 50 years old Kenneth can teach me. I going out of this better. Thanks.

Stephen Briggs
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Wow what an interview and reveal of the thoughts and memories of Flex.

John
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John

Great interview, Flex was the man in the 90’s & he still is. Keep up the good work guys.

mattyd_83279
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mattyd_83279

Wow that was an incredible interview so much emotion, heart, inspiration and value. I’m a huge fan of bodybuilding and fitness not just for the physical effect but the mental benefits and inspirational people like Flex that come from within it. Thank you Flex and London Real.

e887
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e887

I always liked Flex’s physique but now I truly respect him as a person. It’s just amazing how deep and honest he was. That’s a real strength right there. Thank you guys for this great interview and inspiration. God bless you both. Greetings from Slovakia

dennish
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dennish

Super great interview….

jgvermette2220
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jgvermette2220

Great interview. I’ve read Flex’s book Flexibilty twice. Both times finding something new!!
Jay V

jkarpin@lifefitness.com.au
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What an interview!!!! … Both great men .. an absolute pleasure to watch!

Matthew
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Great episode really moving, touch me at the core. Respect

amoshermens@gmail.com
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Loved this interview. I followed bodybuilding a lot in the 1990s. Great to hear all of these guys are good people.

Mark Smith
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One of your best interviews and interviewees!

lookjohn
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lookjohn

What a beautiful Man

Campjeff
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Campjeff

Very well done as always and moving thank you

adambently98
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adambently98

Most inspirational things I’ve ever come across. Changed my outlook on life and potentially my future

ms150400101627
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ms150400101627

flex wheeler tells the truth. it is about the journey. a lot of wisdom he’s a legend

Gil77
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Gil77

Thank you….

momo
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momo

love it what a emotion moment

davidmcc666418
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davidmcc666418

Amazing. Will watch full interview again tomorrow. Excellent. Thank you.

Trevor Goodie
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Flex, thank you so much. For simply being here and being a light for the up and coming.

kurtmitchell
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kurtmitchell

Phenomenal interview. Especially since I followed Flex back in the 90’s when I was in the US Navy and it’s amazing what you learn about the struggles of these individuals that you admired way back when and had no idea what they were dealing with.

Lawrence Hosannah Myse
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into the psychie of a champion

wild53pete982
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wild53pete982

I love the hug at the end…..nice. Thats what I only do, when I find no better words to express that I truly and totally respect someone…I guess here it was the same motivation. Cool, guys

Kosan Stanojević
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Kosan Stanojević

Damn first half was really depressing, but I like the ending, Flexs honesty and just two people understanding each other. Brian bring Flex and Dorian together in a show? Btw Flex is my favorite bodybuilder, the best ever, uncrowned 1993 Mr.Olympia.

wild53pete982
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wild53pete982

If Michelangelo would ve made a statue of a bodybuilder, pretty sure he would ve chosen Flex’s body…..harmony of muscles in perfection. I always was amazed by his physique, even made a painting of him (FB Peter Wild). So I really love to see him here…

Soso Cristian
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Such an amazing person and a absolute joy to listen to him talk
Well done Brian

manasse.jafete@gmail.com
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I had seen flex before and his physique is one of the greatest,but this is something else it has changed my life
Thanks for the opportunity U guys give us to witness such greatness and go out and live our own marks

Aaron Reed
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Outstanding..amazing conversation with a truly great man

wild53pete982
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wild53pete982

yeah, and it takes balls to talk that open about this dark, unpleasant stuff he went trough…good dude, I wish him all the best, may great things happen to him…