Ever Wondered What Happened To Bodybuilding Legend Ronnie Coleman
If you ever need the inspiration to get off the couch and hit the gym, you need look no further than a few vintage Ronnie Coleman videos. The bodybuilding superstar was not only a physical powerhouse but also one hell of a character around the gym. There are hours of footage of him setting gym records all the while maintaining an impossibly high level of morale and esteem. He overtly deludes himself with cries of “light weight, baby!” before smashing his reps. They are worth a look!
The man was an 8-time in a row Mr. Olympia winner – the highest honour and most hotly contested achievement in bodybuilding. He also held the record for IFBB wins with 26. He put his body through hell to get there, but he got there with a smile.
The other startling thing is that most bodybuilders are dedicated 100% to their craft. But Coleman managed to achieve greatness as an amateur. He held down a full-time job as a cop for 4 of his Mr Olympia-winning years and was a reserve thereafter. This is unheard of, and just imagine running into big Ronnie parading the streets of Arlington, Texas. He is no slouch in the brain department either, graduating university with a
BSc in accounting.
A life of bodybuilding, unfortunately, takes its toll on everyone and since retiring, Coleman has undergone a number of surgeries including two hip replacements and a back operation. But unlike other bodybuilders who descend into a pile of melted ice cream post-retirement, Ronnie is still in pretty good nick, having prioritised his fitness and health as much as possible.
His attitude remains his greatest asset. The 54-year-old is still working out to maintain his muscle, which whilst understandably is not as impressive as it once was, but still out of sight compared to others his age!
Check out this video of Coleman working out in hospital, post-surgery!
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