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Kenneth “Flex” Wheeler, shown in a Weider magazine photo shoot in the 1990s. Wheeler (born 1965) has won many pro shows, including the Ironman Pro five times, and the Arnold Classic four times. He came in second three times at the Mr. Olympia (1993, 1998, and 1999).

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Current News
February 2018

The Expo Fitness Colombia is happening on February 18 in Medellín, Colombia. This pan-South American event will showcase the latest in the bodybuilding and fitness competition and industry in South America. A pro qualifier for the IFBB Professional League is scheduled. See

The Arnold Sports Festival is happening on March 1-4 in Columbus, Ohio. The 30th annual event will showcase all manner of sports competition, and is crucial in the areas of IFBB open bodybuilding, 212, classic physique, men’s physique, women’s physique, pro wheelchair, and the pro women’s figure and bikini competition. The Arnold Amateur will act as a pro qualifier for the standard competitive categories, including classic physique this year. See

The Arnold Sports Festival in Australia is happening on March 16-18 in Melbourne. The festival will highlight fitness for all ages, especially children. All standard pro categories will be represented, although at a smaller scale than the Columbus, Ohio, festival earlier in the month. Australian pros will be well represented in competition. See


Videos:   Recent contests, backstage posing, pumproom footage, workouts: Repetrope Productions (13 reviews)
    Classic bodybuilders of the '70s, '80s, interviews, world contests: GMV  Productions pics (12 reviews).
Training, posing, interviews, tips:
Terry Photo Productions: IFBB Sacramento Pumproom, 2007
Raising the Bar Trilogy (The Story of Dave Pulcinella) Revised

Reviews by Gerry Triano
King Kamali: Back with a Vengeance
Believe to Achieve: With John Hodgson
Beyond the Pain: The Vicki Nixon Story
(also reviewed by Mike Emery)

Steve Kuclo: Trail to the Teen Nationals
Beyond Driven: Mark Dugdale

Reviews by Steve Buccilli

1998 Finnish Grand Prix
Gustavo Badell: "Common Sense"
Jay Cutler: One Step Closer
Driven: A Real Life Documentary Examining the Life of a Pro Bodybuilder
The Rich Gaspari Seminar + Posing
Ryan Kennelly's road to the Arnold

Review by Mike Pulcinella
Layne Norton Unleashed

Book reviews:   Strongman: Vintage Photos of a Masculine Icon, by Robert Mainardi
Retro Stud: Muscle Movie Posters from Around the World, by David Chapman

Contests:   Masters Olympia 2000, Roanoke, VA pics
NPC Masters Nationals 2000: Page 1, Page 2, Pittsburgh, PA pics
NPC Teen / Collegiate 2000, Pittsburgh, PA pics
2001 Missouri State NPC Bodybuilding Championships pics
2002 Greater Knoxville Bodybuilding & Figure Classic pics
2003 Greater Knoxville Bodybuilding & Figure Classics pics
2002 Masters Mr. Olympia, Lynchburg pics
2003 Masters Mr. Olympia, Charlotte pics:
Prejudging P 1|. .|P 2|. .|Evening Show P 1|. .|P 2|
2004 NPC Masters Nationals, Pittsburgh pics:
Page 1 | Page 2 | Page 3 | Page 4 (w/ teen-collegiate)
2005 NPC Teen, Collegiate, and Masters National Championships, Pittsburgh, PA
2006 NPC Masters Nationals
Greater Knox Bodybuilding and Figure Classic, 2006, Knoxville Page 1
Page 2, with "Flex" Lewis, guest poser
2006 NPC Collegiate Nationals P 1
2006 NPC Collegiate Nationals, P 2
2006 NPC Teen, Collegiate, and Masters Nationals,
Pittsburgh (Steve Buccilli)
2007 NPC Teen, Collegiate, and Masters Nationals,
Pittsburgh (Gerry Triano)

2007 Greater Knox Classic Page 1 | Page 2
2008 IFBB Pro Championships, New York (Gerry Triano)
2008 NPC Teen, Collegiate, and Masters Nationals, Pittsburgh (Gerry Triano)
2009 IFBB Pro Championships, New York (Gerry Triano)
2009 NPC Teen, Collegiate, and Masters Nationals, Pittsburgh (Gerry Triano)

Features:   Interviews: Mike Pulcinella and Vicki Nixon

Classically Built: Ancient and Post-Classical muscle
BBR Presents: Joe Ladnier
Posing and contest pointers, by Gerry Triano (Pix of Thomas Whorley)
More Posing Pointers by Gerry Triano

Bodybuilding Reviews' Masters Hall of Fame: Ed Corney, Dave Goodin, Tony Pandolfo, Robbie Robinson, Vince Taylor, Don Youngblood (1954-2005)

Men's Bodybuilding: A Short History pics

Bodybuilding Life (New article Feb. 2018) Views from the world of bodybuilding

"Above the fold" images from our home page

Tips from the webmaster excercise and diet for the muscularly challenged

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