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Kenneth "Flex" Wheeler - The Sultan of Symmetry In BodybuildingThe Sultan of Symmetry In Bodybuilding


Kenneth “Flex” Wheeler is a legendary American professional Bodybuilder once described by Arnold Schwarzenegger as one of the greatest he ever saw. He won the Arnold Classic four times and competed in Mr. Olympia throughout the Nineties, notoriously coming second 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.

Flex Wheeler’s journey into bodybuilding began in his teenage years when he faced numerous challenges, including a turbulent upbringing and the tragic loss of his mother. Seeking an outlet for his emotions and a path towards self-improvement, Wheeler turned to bodybuilding. Inspired by the physiques of bodybuilding legends like Arnold Schwarzenegger, Wheeler dedicated himself to the rigorous training and discipline that the sport demanded.

Flex Wheeler’s professional bodybuilding career took off in the early 1990s when he entered the competitive arena. Renowned for his symmetrical and aesthetically pleasing physique, Wheeler quickly gained recognition. He competed in prestigious competitions, including the Mr. Olympia contest, where he consistently showcased his exceptional muscularity, definition, and balance.

Wheeler’s impressive career saw him secure victories in numerous competitions, such as the Arnold Classic, a title he won four times (1993, 1997, 1998, 2000). His signature blend of muscle fullness, proportionality, and conditioning made him a fan favourite and a force to be reckoned with on the bodybuilding stage.

Flex Wheeler earned the moniker “Sultan of Symmetry” for his unparalleled ability to sculpt his physique with perfect proportions and harmonious muscle development. His dedication to achieving a balanced and aesthetically pleasing physique set him apart in an era where mass and definition often took precedence. Wheeler’s emphasis on symmetry revolutionised bodybuilding aesthetics, influencing the standards of the sport.

Despite his success on stage, Flex Wheeler faced personal challenges, including health issues and setbacks. In 1999, he underwent kidney transplant surgery, which briefly interrupted his competitive career. However, Wheeler’s resilience and determination led to a remarkable comeback in 2000 when he won the Arnold Classic after his transplant, showcasing his unwavering spirit and commitment to the sport.

Flex Wheeler’s impact on the sport extended beyond his competitive years, as he continued to contribute to the bodybuilding community through coaching, mentoring, and sharing his wealth of knowledge about training and nutrition.

Kenneth “Flex” Wheeler remains an iconic figure in the world of bodybuilding, celebrated for his artistic approach to physique development and unwavering commitment to symmetry. His impact on the sport transcends his victories and titles, influencing a generation of bodybuilders and enthusiasts who admire his dedication, aesthetics, and trailblazing contributions. As the Sultan of Symmetry, Flex Wheeler’s legacy endures as a testament to the transformative power of discipline, resilience, and the pursuit of aesthetic excellence in the realm of professional bodybuilding.


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


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