Kenneth Flex Wheeler was born in Fresno, California USA, on 23 August 1965, so under the zodiac sign of Virgo and holding America nationality – he is popular for his career of an IFBB professional bodybuilder. Today, Flex is still exercising but is no longer competing due to health problems.
Early Life and Education
Flex was born into a very poor family who did not treat him properly – he was a victim of child abuse, and therefore prefers not to talk about that part of his life. He hasn’t mentioned anything about his parents either and is said to be only child but only because he hasn’t talked about having any siblings.
Flex had some reading problems during his first year of elementary school, and was diagnosed with dyslexia – however, he was excellent at sports. He started taking martial arts classes at the beginning of his teen years, and then began lifting weights as well – during that period of his life, Flex was more focused on his martial arts training rather than on his bodybuilding exercises.
By the time he reached high school, Flex already had a well-built figure and was very popular there due to it – his character was not that good due to a rough childhood, but he eventually came good, and although this hasn’t been confirmed by him, Flex is said to have dated numerous girls during his high school years.
After he matriculated, Flex decided to completely focus on his exercises, and did not enroll at college.
Career of a Bodybuilder and Other Jobs
Flex first began working as a police officer, however, he soon became bored with that, and decided to put all his effort into becoming a professional bodybuilder.
After working out with heavy weights for a couple of years, Flex attended his first competition in 1983 at the age of 18, but didn’t win, however, the feeling he got on stage motivated him to try even harder, although it wasn’t until 1989 that he managed to win first place at the NPC Mr. California Championships. He competed at 1993 Mr. Olympia and won second place – he came in second as well in 1998 and 1999.
Flex went on to win Ironman Pro five times, Arnold Classic competitions four times, while he also won the France Grand Prix, Hungarian Grand Prix, South Beach Pro Invitational, and Night of Champions.
He retired from competitive bodybuilding in 2000, when he found out that he was suffering from focal segmental glomerulosclerosis, which is hereditary but his abuse of drugs led to its progression. He went back to competing in 2003, but without any notable scores – he finally attended 2017 Mr. Olympia, and finished in 15th place.
For the past a couple of years Flex has mostly been focused on martial arts including Kenp-Kwon-Do and Aikido. He received a kidney in 2003 as one of his had failed. He worked for the All American EFC sports nutrition company as their director of media and public relations, meantime also working with young athletes and helping them with their workout plans.
The Most Popular Male Bodybuilders in the World
The Ranker website has compiled a list of the most popular male bodybuilders in the world including those people who have made their way into other industries such as film and music. We are going to mention the top five male bodybuilders in the world chosen by the people’s votes:
- Fifth place is held by Mickey Hargitay who is an actor as well, and who became the Mr. Universe in 1955. He is popular for his appearances in “Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter”, “The Loves of Hercules”, and “Promises! Promises”;
- Anthony White is in fourth place, who is better known for his ring name Tony Atlas, and is a bodybuilder, a powerlifter, and a professional wrestler. He holds the Mr. USA bodybuilding title, and is currently working with WWE;
- In third place is Bob Paris, who is a writer, actor, public speaker, civil rights activist, and a bodybuilder – he became popular after winning the 1983 NPC American National and for becoming the Mr. Universe after winning the IFBB World Bodybuilding Championship;
- Second place goes to Lou Ferrigno, who is an actor, fitness trainer, and a bodybuilder – he won IFBB Mr. America and IFBB. Mr. Universe two times in a row, and is the star of the “Pumping Iron” documentary movie;
- Top place is held by Arnold Schwarzenegger, who is mostly popular for his acting career and his starring role in the “Terminator” movie franchise – he is also a model, producer, director, activist, businessman, investor, writer, politician and a philanthropist.
Even though Flex is a well-built bodybuilder, he is nowhere to be found in the list of the most popular male bodybuilders in the world compiled by the Ranker website.
Flex’s Love Life and Relationships
Flex is one of the most secretive people out there, as he hasn’t shared anything regarding his past and present relationships with the public.
Flex is not a married man and it doesn’t appear that he’s been married – he is known on the internet as a womanizer, as most of his fans believe him to have been with numerous women throughout the years, however, this hasn’t been confirmed.
Flex was rumored to be dating a female bodybuilder back in 2012 after the two met at one of the competitions Flex attended – Flex tried his charm on her which did not really work, but she was fascinated by his well-built body. They began dating, and their relationship continued for the next two years before they split, because they were both more focused on their careers rather than on their relationship.
Flex hasn’t commented about his current relationship status, and judging by his social media accounts and his secrecy, he currently appears to be single, hasn’t married, and doesn’t have any kids.
Hobbies and Other Interests
Flex was mostly focused on his career of a bodybuilder in the past, but now that he is retired he has numerous other interests.
Flex has always been a big fan of film – his parents got a black and white TV when he was still a kid, and he enjoyed watching all the movies and shows on it. He tried to make his way into the film industry but without any luck. Flex likes kids, but doesn’t have any of his own and his fans do not really know the reason behind this – Flex has decided to dedicate a portion of his free time to teenagers who want to work on their physique, and he is helping them choose the right workout plans.
Today, Flex is very passionate about cars, especially the very luxurious ones, and he has changed many of them throughout the years.
Appearance and Net Worth
Flex is currently 53 years old. He is bald and has brown eyes, is 5ft 7ins (1.7m) tall, and weighs around 230lb (104kg). He has arms size 21in (0.53m), legs size 31in (0.8m), and chest size 54in (1.38m).
According to authoritative sources, his current net worth is estimated to be more than $700,000, and is steadily rising thanks to his career of a bodybuilder and subsequent related activities.
Social Media Presence
Flex is quite active on several popular social media platforms, as this is very important for the career he has built for himself on the internet.
He launched his Twitter account in August 2010 and has gathered more than 92,000 followers and tweeted nearly 4,900 times. His Instagram account is followed by more than 530,000 people, while he has uploaded nearly 2,200 pictures onto it – he is running a Facebook page as well, which currently counts more than 145,000 fans.