Ken Wheeler’s Story
Wheeler’s Fitness Equipment was born in March, 1981. Starting as a part-time business adventure and focusing on supplement and workout accessory sales, I used to carry a small amount of inventory in a box with me to the gym and sell to friends and a few others who were looking for knee wraps, vitamin packs or gym chalk.
After a few months, I placed ads in Powerlifting USA and over the course of time, I began to sell by mail order all over the world through PLUSA and other magazines. These were the days long before the Internet, but the business grew to a point where I finally quit my job with a public utility company and went into the fitness business full time, opening my first store at its current location 206 Bernard St. in Bakersfield.
After expanding the business to two stores in Bakersfield and eventually two stores in Fresno, Wheeler’s came full circle to its roots at 206 Bernard in 2009 and remained there until September 30, 2021, our official last “retail location” day.
Although I chose to close my retail store in September, 2021, I still provide a “special order” service on a limited, per order basis. Please take a moment to click on any of the “brands” that I have listed on my website. If you see something you like, drop me an email through the form below or call (661) 327-7771 with the item or model number and I will gladly provide a quote (which is often less than vendor/online pricing) and answer any questions you might have.
Many thanks to all of you who chose to shop at any of the Wheeler’s Fitness retail stores, from 1981 to 2021. Whether you visited my Bakersfield or Fresno store, your business was greatly appreciated and never taken for granted.