We first wrote about Larry a few years ago after watching the video when he bench pressed 315 lbs for amazing 40 reps at 20 years old. Then again when he managed to bench press 620 lbs at 21 years old.
Since then Larry has become a powerlifting superstar and broke two world records lifting 2171 pounds in 2017, 2275 pounds in 2018, and 2370 pounds combined deadlift, back squat, and bench press in 2020.
Unfortunately, in a recent and distressing update for his fans, Larry shared that he is currently battling a severe medical issue.
Sharing the news on Instagram, Wheels posted a photograph of himself lying on a hospital bed. In his post, the powerlifter wrote”
“I f*cked around and got Rhabdo. Light headed af”
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For those unfamiliar with the term, Rhabdo, or Rhabdomyolysis, is an dangerous medical condition that poses a life-threatening risk. It involves the release of protein from broken down or damaged muscle tissue into the bloodstream, potentially causing harm to vital organs like the liver and kidneys.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that Rhabdomyolysis has the potential to result in “permanent disability.”
The causes for this condition include overexertion, trauma, or exposure to excessive heat. Seeking timely medical assistance can significantly reduce the risk of fatality or diability.
The most common symptoms are cramps, pain, and fatigue when engaging in physically demanding activities. This is probably the reason why Larry feels so lightheaded.
Rhabdomyolysis is a relatively rare disease, targeting about 26 000 individuals in the US yearly. CrossFit athletes are one of the most common victims because of their incredibly intense training sessions.
On the other hand Wheels is known for his brutal workouts. The bodybuilder has often pushed his body to its limits to achieve greatness and posted his feats on social media. And while hard work is needed in order to achieve success, in some cases can be detrimental.
We wish Larry a speedy recovery !