Kenneth Flex Wheeler is a famous American IFBB professional bodybuilder who was born on the 23rd of August 1965. Flex was born and raised in a small town called Fresno in California. Born into excruciating poverty, Flex battled dyslexia, child abuse, and suicidal tendencies but found well-deserved solace in sports. Retired IFBB professional bodybuilder notable for being one of the greatest in the history of the sport after winning the Arnold Classic five times, a record at the time.
His nickname was The Sultan of Symmetry. Athletics and martial arts helped him through a tough childhood that included child abuse and suicidal tendencies. He also suffered from dyslexia. He discovered weight training and bodybuilding as teen. Flex Wheeler married his longtime girlfriend Madeline Wheeler in the spring of 1997 and the couple had a son – Darius Wheeler. Flex Wheeler’s parents are Owen and Gloria Wheeler.
|Height||Feet: 5′ 10″ || Centimeters: 179 CM|
|Weight||Contest : 95-102 kg or 210-225 lbs || Off-season : 120-125 kg or 265-275 lbs|
|Chest Size||56 Inches|
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Facts about Wheeler
- After a Kidney transplant in 2003, he participated in the 2005 Arnold Classic. He received praise from the iconic Arnold Schwarzenegger who called Flex the best bodybuilder he had ever seen.
- According to Flex, Jet Lee and Jackie Chan had the greatest influences on his career.
Flex Wheeler is a 5-time Ironman Pro winner, a 4-time Arnold Classic winner, and has won the France Grand Prix, South Beach Pro Invitational, Night of Champions, and Hungarian Grand Prix.
- He is also the winner of the 1996 Florida Cup Pro
- In spite of his impressive laurels, what continued to elude Flex Wheeler was Mr. Olympia which he has narrowly missed out on three times, coming in second place in 1993, 1998 and 1999.
“OUR STYLE IS A STAND UP STYLE WHERE WE CAN THROW ALMOST ANY TECHNIQUE FROM THE GROIN ALL THE WAY TO THE HEAD.”
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Flex Wheeler Introduction
Kurt Thomas Flex Wheeler (born August 23, 1961) is an American IFBB professional bodybuilder. He is widely considered one of the greatest bodybuilders of all time.
Flex Wheeler Early life
Wheeler was born in Fresno, California, on August 23, 1961. His mother, Shirley Wheeler (née Thomas), was a registered nurse, and his father, Kenneth Wheeler, was a truck driver. He has three older sisters.
Wheeler’s father died of a heart attack when he was nine years old, and his mother remarried when he was 13. His stepfather, Robert Graham, was an abusive alcoholic, and Wheeler has said that he was physically and verbally abused by him.
When Wheeler was 15 years old, he ran away from home and began living on the streets. He later joined the United States Marine Corps, but was discharged after eight months for fighting with another Marine.
Flex Wheeler Career
Wheeler won his first bodybuilding contest, the Mr. California Teenage Championship, in 1979. He turned professional in 1980, and won his first professional contest, the World Pro Championships, in 1982.
Wheeler’s professional career was stalled by injuries in the early 1990s, but he made a comeback in 1995, winning the Arnold Classic. He went on to win the Arnold Classic four more times, in 1997, 1998, 2002, and 2003.
In 1998, Wheeler was inducted into the IFBB Hall of Fame.
Flex Wheeler Personal life
Wheeler has been married three times. His first marriage, to Lynn Acosta, ended in divorce. His second marriage, to Misti Linn, also ended in divorce. He has been married to his third wife, Cory Everson, since 1998.
Wheeler has three children: two sons, Kurt Jr. and Kristofer, and a daughter, Kimberly.
Wheeler was diagnosed with kidney cancer in 2008, and had his right kidney removed. He has since recovered from the cancer.
In 2017, Wheeler was inducted into the Muscle Beach Venice Bodybuilding Hall of Fame.