Iconic bodybuilder’s knee ‘looked like bomb exploded’ after freak leg injury

A legendary bodybuilder has opened up about his career-ending injury that left his right knee looking like a bomb-site.

Jean-Pierre Fux frequently rivalled bodybuilding titans like Ronnie Coleman for the titles of Mr Universe and Mr Olympian during contests in the 1990s.

But, like his compatriot Dorian Yates, whose tendon became 95% detached in a grisly injury, the Swiss strongman’s career was curtailed when he suffered a freakish leg injury.

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Speaking on the RxMuscle YouTube channel, Jean-Pierre opened up about the incident that still impacts his movement today.

On the ill-fated day, Jean-Pierre explained that he had been using real weights while posing for a photoshoot, an unusual decision for bodybuilders who would typically use fake weights to reduce the risk of injury.

“The photoshoot was done, I was all good and on the way out, and he [the photographer] calls me back,” Jean remembered.

With only five minutes having passed, Jean mistakenly thought it was safe to go back to the heavy set of weights without warming up again, which is when the horrific injury occurred.

“When I took it out, this was for some reason the heaviest weight I’d ever had on me, it was just totally different," he continued.

“So I went down and I was at a 90 degree angle, and my left quad just separated. It was like in slow motion, I knew exactly what happened.

“Then the right leg stared twisting around and the patella [a small knee bone] snapped off. I’m not so worried about a torn muscle, it’s when the tendons get involved.

“The doctor told me, when he opened that knee, ‘I’ve been doing this for more than 20 years and I’ve never seen anything like this’, it looked like a bomb had exploded in my right knee.”

After the incident, Jean-Pierre’s legs were confined to a straight cast for 10 weeks, and even though he went on to perform on a couple of other occasions, the injury ultimately brought about the end of the bodybuilder’s successful career.

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But, rather than feel devastated about the end of his time as a champion bodybuilder, Jean-Pierre admitted that the overwhelming emotion was one of relief.

“I was lying there, everybody was panicking… and I was so relieved,” he remembered. “I had absolutely no pain, and I knew, ‘this is it’.”

Fast forward to 2022, and Jean-Pierre has swapped his passion for working out for his love of animals, and runs a cat rescue centre.

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