Bodybuilding isn’t for everyone, that’s the cold hard truth. You need to have a special mental drive, have a laser-like focus on your goal and even with all that you still may not make it. That’s not even mentioning the sacrifices you need to make and the ferocious competition you need to beat to even come close to a big stage like Mr. Olympia. In short, the odds are against you from the get-go.
But let’s say you make it to the big stage against all odds. You are what little boys dream of becoming when they grow up, you are the muscle monster what Flex magazine covers are made of. I got bad news for you bro, the gains don’t last forever. When the spotlight fades away, father time will start knocking on your door to take your gains away, like a gain stealing goblin that he is.
Such is the case with the men that we will talk about in this article. They had it all but “easy come and easy go” and now they look nothing like they once did.
1. Mustafa Mohammad
This Jordanian-born Austrian was a high-level competitive bodybuilder who first started competing in 1989 and did so for a few years before disappearing for nearly a decade from professional bodybuilding, until his return in 2001.
He competed frequently up until 2006 when he retired at the age of 38 and focused on running his own gym in Vienna.
His best results were a 10th place finish at the 2005 Mr. Olympia, 7th at the 2006 Arnold Classic. His best asset was his juicy thighs and thick chest. His gains didn’t last long as you can see by the photo above, which was taken in 2009.
2. Dorian Yates
England’s finest, one of the first mass monsters of today’s bodybuilding. You know his story and his accomplishments, no need to do his bio. He was Mr. Olympia six times over, ranking among the all-time greats just behind Ronnie Coleman (eight consecutive wins), Lee Haney (also eight consecutive wins) and Arnold Schwarzenegger (seven wins) in Mr. Olympia and bodybuilding history.
He started competing in 1985 and retired in 1995 when he won Mr. Olympia for the sixth and final time and went out on top. These days he focuses more on spirituality rather than building the body.
How does he look these days? Well, not bad for a 50-year-old but rather small compared to his glory days.
3. Jean Pierre-Fux
Jean Pierre’s story is a rather sad one. He was one of the mass monsters that started to emerge in bodybuilding during the late 90’s. Unfortunately, his career as a competitive bodybuilder was cut short by horrible accident.
In 2002 he was doing a photo shoot for Flex magazine and started doing a set of very heavy squats with 675lbs on his back. As he squatted down he was unable to get up. With the spotter not being close by, the weight came crashing down and suffered extensive damage to both of his knees and quads.
He was hospitalized for two weeks before being released from the hospital. He wanted to continue training and compete one day, but it was not meant to be and slowly he began coping with the fact that he will never be a competitive bodybuilder ever again. He picked up bowling and lives a quiet life away from the media’s prying eyes.
4. Kenneth “Flex” Wheeler
Wheeler is often mentioned as having one of the best physiques in bodybuilding history. In fact, both Arnold Schwarzenegger and Ronnie Coleman have stated that he is the greatest bodybuilder they have ever seen. He looked like something Stan Lee would create to battle The Hulk. A picture perfect set of six pack abs, giant symmetrical arms, and tree trunk thighs.
He started competing as an amateur 1985 with a first place debut at the Teen America contest and made his pro debut in 1993 at the Ironman Pro Invitational contest, debuting once gain with a first place finish.
He competed fairly regularly during the 90’s, always finishing in the top 10 or top 5 with his best result being a two-time runner-up at the Mr. Olympia in 1998 and 1999. He called it quits in 2002 due to battling a kidney disease and wanting to focus on his first love, martial arts.
His recent pictures show him looking out of shape and being nearly a shell of himself. However, this year he’s planning on making a comeback at the age of 52.