Guest Post: The Greatest Genetics? The Case of Flex Wheeler

Kenneth Flex Wheeler is often called the “Sultan of Symmetry” and known for being a living legend who has one of the best physiques to ever grace the IFBB stage as he has the widest back and shoulders among all bodybuilder competitors. In spite of muscle mass size, definition and proportion, Mr. Olympia judges have commonly been impressed with his muscle size than with body proportion, that`s why Flex Wheeler is justly considered as the greatest bodybuilder who has never won the Mr. Olympia, but who won Arnold Classic four times!


Today Flex Wheeler is the 52-year old icon of bodybuilding who likes to amaze and make happy his fans announcing his comeback for the Mr. Olympia 2017.

The Secret Of Success

We all notice that Flex looks fabulous at his 52, he is still really fine physical form and this fact proves that he truly has great genetics! His secret and, at the same time, the main advantage is the myostatin mutation or myostatin deficiency. BALCO Laboratories conducted a study and tested 62 men who make incredible gains in muscle mass after weight lifting. Finally, of these 62 men, nine were diagnosed with having the myostatin mutation.  By the way, myostatin is a protein that prevents the body from building muscle. Flex Wheeler also belongs to these nine men who have deficient in this gene (but it wasn`t a pathology for him, it was his key to success!).

But except fantastic genetics, he is blessed with a very fast metabolic rate and, besides, Flex is known for his love of training even now being over 50!

Flex`s Diet Plan

Off-season weight of Flex Wheeler was 265- 275 lbs (120-125 kg). Observe his diet plan that he usually followed 8 weeks before a contest:

Meal 1 – 12 eggs (whites)

Meal 2 – protein shake

Meal 3 – 12 ounces chicken breast with green salad

Meal 4 – 2 cans of tuna or 12 ounces chicken breast

Meal 5 – 12 ounces chicken breast with green salad

Flex Wheeler Workout Routine

Of course, as any other bodybuilder, Flex Wheeler hit the gym regularly and had his common workout routine.

Let’s take a closer look at Flex`s arms program:

Biceps 1 – Barbell Curls (5 sets, 9-10 reps)

Biceps 2 – Dumbbell Preachers (5 sets, 10-12 reps)

Biceps 3 – Concentration Curls (3 sets, 10-12 reps)

Triceps 1 – Pushdowns (5 sets, 8-10 reps)

Triceps 2 – Rope Extensions (5 sets, 10-12 reps)

Triceps 3 – Skull Crushers (3 sets, 10-12 reps)

Here`s Flex`s shoulders program:

Lying Rear Laterals – 4 sets, 10-12 reps

Standing Shoulder Press – 4 sets, 10-12 reps

Barbell Front Raises – 3 sets, 10-12 reps

Wide Grip Upright Rows – 3 sets, 10-12 reps

Seated Lateral Raises – 4 sets, 10-12 reps

Check out Flex`s back workout program:

Back Extensions – 4 sets, 10-12 reps

Chin Ups – 4 sets, 10-12 reps

Seated Cable Rows – 4 sets, 10-12 reps

One Arm Dumbbell Rows – 4 sets, 10-12 reps

Regarding his wonderful genetics, fast metabolism and workout programs, Flex Wheeler became really a phenomenon – great, amazing and so aesthetically pleasing phenomenon of all time.

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Helen Rogers is an editor of She helps people get stronger. She shares running and sports questions, beauty tips. All her stories are result-oriented and make her readers become healthy, wealthy and wise.

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