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.
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
Enter the Dragon (film)
Focal segmental glomerulosclerosis
Bodypower, Birmingham, England (May 2018)
People mentioned in this episode:
KKK – Ku Klux Klan
Diana, Princess of Wales