As a child, Larry’s mother lost custody of him, and he lived with his grandmother in New York City. Eventually, he was placed in foster care when he was 11.
At 12, Larry left New York with his mother to live on the French Caribbean Island of Saint Martin. With no access to schooling and few friends, he began lifting weights when he was 14 out of boredom.
At first, he only had a broomstick and two cinder blocks with which he would do bicep curls and bench presses. But at age 15, Larry and his mother moved back to New York, where he joined a real gym.
By age 16, Wheels was stronger than the grown men at his gym. And it was then that he realized lifting weights would be his life.
Powerlifting & Bodybuilding Career
At 18, Larry Wheels entered his first powerlifting contest in November 2013. He took first place in the 275 lb weight class despite weighing 20 lbs less than most of the other competitors.
After that, he continued competing and getting stronger. Finally, in November 2017, at just 22 years old, Larry set a world record with a 2,275 lbs total in the 275 lbs weight class.
Within three months of his powerlifting record, in February 2018, Larry competed in his first bodybuilding contest and won the NPC Gold Coast Muscle Classic in California. Then he competed in the NPC nationals in November 2018, placing 11th.