In the late twentieth century, Ken “Flex” Wheeler was a bodybuilding icon. Years after the top of his aggressive profession, he’s about to obtain one other honor marking his place within the energy and health sport’s historical past. 

On Sept. 25, 2022, through the ultimate day of the Arnold Sports Festival UK, promoters introduced that Wheeler would be the recipient of the 2023 Arnold Classic Lifetime Achievement Award. The reveal of his honor was made through the finals of the 2022 Arnold Classic (AC) UK bodybuilding competitors with the dwelling legend current. The icon will formally get the esteemed award in a ceremony that can happen across the time of the 2023 Arnold Classic in Columbus, OH, held in March. 

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First awarded in 2000 to Joe Weider, the Arnold Classic Lifetime Achievement Award is a recognition of a person’s important contribution to the game of bodybuilding and the final health world. Winners have ranged from bodybuilding legends like Frank Zane (2003) and Bill Pearl (2004) to Hollywood fixtures like Sylvester Stallone (2010) and World Wrestling Entertainment’s (WWE) “Triple H,” Paul Levesque.

Wheeler’s honor undoubtedly comes partly from a results of a powerful output as a bodybuilding titan. The highlights of Wheeler’s aggressive carer are his 4 Arnold Classic titles (1993, 1997-1998, 2000). Notably, Wheeler was a Mr. Olympia runner-up on three events (1993, 1998-1999), however he by no means stood atop the rostrum. 

After almost 15 years away from competing, a 51-year-old Wheeler made his final contest look within the Classic Physique division on the 2017 Mr. Olympia. He would end in fifteenth place, the place eventual two-time Classic Physique champion Breon Ansley captured the primary of his main titles. 

Wheeler has handled varied well being issues through the years. In 2003, he obtained a kidney transplant. Later, in 2020, he would endure a right-leg amputation attributable to life-threatening circulation points. Wheeler would obtain the inaugural Olympia and Inspiration Courage Award in 2020, given to an individual who exemplifies braveness when dealing with adversity. The legend now spends a lot of his time teaching, typically working straight with 2022 AC UK winner and rising star Andrew Jacked. 

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At the time of this writing, Wheeler has not publicly commented on the information of his receiving the 2023 Arnold Classic Achievement Award. Instead, his social media seems to be rife with varied photos and clips about private health accountability and succinct celebrations of athletes he works with. There may not be a greater testomony to why Wheeler was chosen for this bodybuilding and health honor. 

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