Larry Wheels is a world-record-holding powerlifter from the United States. He’s also known to compete in Strongman, bodybuilding, and arm wrestling. This is his complete profile, biography, training regimen, diet plan, and more.
(Powerlifter, Strongman, Bodybuilder, Arm wrestler, Businessman, Social Media Star)
|Full Name: Larry Wheels (Powerlifter)|
|245 – 308lbs (111.1 – 139.7kg)||6’1″ (185.5cm)||26 years|
|Date of Birth||Era||Nationality|
|December 3, 1994||2010||American|
Larry “Wheels” Williams grew up in Bronx, New York, USA.
While Wheels is currently one of the biggest stars in the fitness industry, life wasn’t always so lavish for the young 25-year-old. He had anything but a stable childhood, having lived in poverty and foster homes in New York City. His father left when he was one and he lived with his grandmother after his mother got in a physical altercation with her boyfriend when he was six.
Larry was too much too handle and from ages 11-12, he was in foster care.
At age 12, Wheels took it upon himself to leave the city to be with his mother in the French Caribbean Island St. Martin, where he found his new home right on the beach, for the next few years. Unfortunately, he was too poor to attend an English school, so instead, he spent his days lifting weights using a makeshift setup that consisted of a broom and cinder blocks at each end. He was 14 when he first started training.
And we weren’t lying when we said he spent his days working out. According to the bio information on his website, the dial-up internet was so slow that he didn’t even bother…
“The Internet over there was dial-up. It was slow, so I couldn’t really unwind in my room. Instead, I’d go ride my bike to tire myself out, come back home and work out, go tire myself out some more on the bike, then come home again and sleep.”
Of course, being the genetic freak that Larry Wheels is, he noticed that he was responding to the training and born was a new passion of his.
But after three years of living on Saint Martin, he and his mother decided that they’d had enough of the island and back to the Bronx they went.
Moving Back To The U.S.
Upon their return to the U.S., Wheels decided to train at a gym which he wanted to do on the island but he wasn’t quite of age to have a membership. He became obsessed with training and it was in these few years that he discovered his love for the iron. Wheels eventually focused more on strength training overtraining to build his physique although the latter was a side effect.
Drug and alcohol addiction
At 16, Wheels found himself addicted to drugs after being introduced to them by a friend he met at the gym. This same friend introduced him to anabolic steroids of which Wheels saw as the best thing that could have happened to him. He responded really well to the drugs and as a result, discovered how gifted he was at being strong.
It quenched his desire to know that he could be really good at something…
“At that moment, I knew the risk. I was ready to die for it. I just wanted to be good at something so bad”
Competition and Career
At age 18, Wheels entered his first RPS Powerlifting meet where he competed in the 275-pound class but weighing 245 pounds of which he won.
World record total
But it wasn’t until 2017 that he really became a recognizable name, when he achieved a world record total (without wraps) of 2,275 lbs (squat, bench, and deadlift) in the 275-pound weight category.
In 2018, Wheels entered his first bodybuilding competition, the NPC Gold Coast Muscle Classic in California (Amateur show) on Feb, 3rd, and won the overall.
In November 2018, Wheels competed at the NPC Nationals after packing on nine pounds (competed at 268 lbs) of muscle since his amateur debut. Although he placed 11th which was lower than what he would have liked, it was still a learning experience, especially since it was only his second bodybuilding contest.
Wheels decided to try his hand at the sport of Strongman in January 2019 of which he trained with Strongman icon, Hafthor Bjornsson. He competed at the 2019 Odd Haugen Strength Classic which was his first competition and won a silver medal. He was scheduled to compete at the Giants Live Wembley Strongman event later that year but unfortunately, suffered a torn bicep in training.
All-time powerlifting world record at 2020 Arnold Sports Festival
At the 2020 Arnold Classic in March, Wheels achieved an all-time powerlifting world record with a massive 1075 kg/2370 lb total at 308 pounds bodyweight. This broke the previous record of 2369.9 lbs held by Eric Lilliebridge, by just 0.1 lbs.
Wheels achieved a 870lb squat, 645lb bench press, and a 855lb deadlift at the competition.
Move back to Strongman
In July 2020, Wheels announced that he’d be focused on Strongman rather than powerlifting or bodybuilding. However, with the current health crisis situation, things aren’t so certain regarding competition plans at the moment.
Wheels best official lifts are a 900lb squat, 675lb bench press, and 926lb deadlift.
Wheels trains in so many disciplines and with so many different people, that it’s hard to provide one workout routine. Sometimes he trains for pure strength, while other times he incorporates hypertrophy training or Strongman type training. Not to mention, he also trains for arm wrestling and is currently pursuing the strict curl world record.
But since he’s focusing on Strongman at the moment, we provided details below of a recent workout session (upper chest, rear delts, arms and calves) where he hammer curled 140lb dumbbells. His goal at the moment is also to get leaner of which he’s incorporating more cardio so that he can be in better physical condition.
Chest and rear delts
- Machine chest fly/ rear delt fly superset
- Incline Spoto press superset w/ incline dumbbell flys
- Pushups w/ feet elevated on a bench holding two dumbbells together on the floor
He then hit 10 reps each arm of 140 dumbbell hammer curls.
- Standing calf raises
- Hack squat calf raises
Diet and Nutrition
As with his training, his diet depends on his current goals. Although he’s trying to shed weight at the moment, in December last year, he shared his Strongman diet that allows him to maintain his 300+lb physique. He has to pound down a lot of calories but there’d be no other way to keep up with the other elite Strongman competitors of which many are much heavier.
Breakfast (1)-meal #1
- 6x whole egg omelet (6g carbs, 30g fat, 36g protein)
- 4x bowls worth of oatmeal (102.4g carbs, 9.9g fat, 19.9g protein)
- 1/2x bottle of fruit juice (35.1g carbs, 0g fat, 0g protein)
- 30g of honey (24.7g carbs, 0g fat, 0g protein)
- pinch of salt
Protein shake-snack #1
- 10 oz water
- 3x scoops ON Whey Protein, Vanilla Ice Cream flavor (9g carbs, 3g fat, 72g protein)
Breakfast (2)-meal #2
- 1/2x (half a bag) Cookie Crisp cereal (187g carbs, 8.5g fat, 8.5g protein)
- 200ml Full fat milk ( 9.6g carbs, 7g fat, 6.8g protein)
- 2x scoops ON Whey Protein, Vanilla Ice Cream flavor (6g carbs, 2g fat, 48g protein)
- 0.5L Ice Cream (71g carbs, 33.5g fat, 10.7g protein)
- 1x Grilled chicken burger (34.9g Carbs, 26.3g Fat, 34.6g Protein)
- 1x order of fried potato wedges (36g carbs, 5g fat, 0.7g protein)
Lunch (2)-meal #4
- 1x small meat lovers pizza (139g carbs, 79g fat, 85g protein)
- 2x mini apple pie (84.4g carbs, 25g fat, 5.8g protein)
- 2x scoops ON Vanilla Ice Cream Whey Protein (6g carbs, 2g fat, 48g protein)
Dinner (1) – meal #5
- Lasagna (35g carbs, 12g fat, 16g protein)
- 1x medium Greek yogurt with Granola topping (25g carbs, 25g fat, 13g protein)
- 1x cup peach iced tea (12g carbs, 0g fat, 0g protein)
Dinner (2) – meal #6
3x Peanut butter&jelly sandwich (129g carbs, 40.5 g fat, 39g protein)
His macros for one day equaled 952.1g carbs, 308,7g fat, and 444g protein, which is about 8-10k calories per day.
Wheels has also been pretty open about his steroid use, having talked about it a few times. He even went into detail about his use prior to the 2020 Arnold Sports Festival.
Addiction to adult webcam sites
Wheels recently admitted to having an addiction to adult websites where he’d spend a lot of money for webcam shows. He acknowledged that he needed help because his addiction was affecting his relationship with his girlfriend and his training.
Wheels has been involved in arm wrestling for a while now and he frequently shares related content on his YouTube channel. He has challenged top arm wrestlers from all over and sometimes is able to hold his own.
Here’s his channel link to watch his arm-wrestling content.
Chasing the strict curl world record
Recently, Wheels decided that he wanted to chase the strict curl world record. So, in his first attempt ever at the gym, he strict curled 90kg/198lbs which was about 50lbs short of the all-time strict curl record of 113kg/249lbs by arm wrestler Denis Cyplenkov.
He then came back a few days later and strict curled 95kg/209lbs to close the gap between his best and the record. And now he’ll be attempting to set the world record in the near future.
Wheels has his own product line of which he sells apparel, supplements, gear, and workout programs.
He also has 1.9 million followers on Instagram.
Larry Wheels has achieved some of the most amazing powerlifting feats, hence the reason why he has exploded in popularity over the last several years.
He continues to improve every aspect of abilities and at just 25 years old, can only get better. Wheels overcame several challenges to get where he is today and there’s no telling what the future holds for this young talent. But it’s going to be exciting, that’s for sure.