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.

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.

Flex Wheeler website
Flex Wheeler on Facebook
Flex Wheeler on Twitter
Flex Wheeler on Instagram
Dare2Dream: The Flex Wheeler Story (film 2015)
Flex Wheeler on Wikipedia

Flex Ability: A Story of Strength and Survival

Topics discussed:
Enter the Dragon (film)
Mr Olympia
Focal segmental glomerulosclerosis
Bodypower, Birmingham, England (May 2018)

People mentioned in this episode:
Arnold Schwarzenegger
Dorian Yates
Ronnie Coleman
KKK – Ku Klux Klan
Robin Williams
John Joseph
Bruce Lee
Jennifer Lopez
Victor Conte
Lee Haney
Michael Jackson
Diana, Princess of Wales,_Princess_of_Wales
Alonzo Mourning
John Wayne
Elvis Presley
Donald Trump
Ross Perot
Michael Jordan

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At 2:26:55 to 2:27:55 Flex Wheeler is talking about someone that he has kept referring to throughout this interview as “The Man Upstairs” but he never mentions this person by name. How come FLEX never states this persons name? Is it a secret? He even keeps saying that we need to give this person the respect that they deserve but how can we do that when he doesn’t even share who he’s talking about? Who is he talking about? And is Flex Wheeler adhering to his own advice about giving this person the respect that they deserve if he’s not… Read more »


Wow, what a great interview.
You don’t get much more real and honest as this guy.


that guy was my biggest inspiration joining bodybuilding. I just stayed natural not by choice but by circumstance. Thanks Flexi


So what was his advice for 20 year old ?

Johnny Berba

Beautiful and honest

Robert Nation

another great interview….Flex Wheeler so honest and open a Great guy and inspiration.


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


speechless… what a wonderfull man


What an inspirational man flex is 👍👍

Marco Moeschter

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.


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

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!


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.


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

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


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


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.


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


Super great interview….


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