Flex Wheeler is widely considered to be one of the best bodybuilders of all time. This is an impressive feat considering that he was never awarded a Sandow Trophy at the Mr. Olympia. Sometimes a competitor’s physique can outlast any trophy – and that was certainly true for Flex.Though he wouldn’t have felt this way at the time, looking back today Flex is relieved that he never won.
It might not be as well known among fans but amongst other athletes it was understood that Flex Wheeler was a hard man to deal with in his prime. His laser focus on winning competitions turned him inward. He only focused on himself and due to that his personality would come across selfish and aggressive. He was in it to win it and wasn’t happy with anything less. At least, that’s how Flex himself describes it.
We spoke with Flex Wheeler during the filming of Generation Iron 2 but a lot of his full interview ended up on the cutting room floor. That’s why we are releasing another unseen sequence for our GI Exclusive Vault segment. In this clip, Flex reflects back on his professional bodybuilding career. Specifically, he looks back on never having won the Mr. Olympia.
While his past self might not agree, Flex Wheeler now has hindsight to see that he was almost better off not winning the Mr. Olympia. He has more confidence now that true greatness doesn’t come from a trophy it comes from your own personal success and place in history. You aren’t a champion just because someone, like a judge, says you are, Flex states in our interview. He just may be right. History has now proven that many fans consider him to be one of the greatest bodybuilders of all time. It seems that the Mr. Olympia title ultimately didn’t matter.