Ronnie Coleman – My Transformation Story

Ronald Dean Coleman is an American bodybuilder and an eight-time Mr. Olympia title winner. He is known mainly as “Ronnie Coleman”, and has won the Mr. Olympia contest every year from 1998 to 2005. Coleman is an affiliate of the International Federation of Bodybuilders (IFBB) and is signed to an endorsement contract with BSN. Alongside his eight Olympia wins as a professional bodybuilder, Coleman holds the record for most wins as an IFBB professional with 25 wins. He broke the previous record (held by Vince Taylor at 22 wins) in Moscow on November 5th, 2004.

Coleman graduated Cum Laude from Grambling State University (GSU) in 1989 with a degree in accounting. While attending Coleman also played football with the GSU Tigers under famous coach Eddie Robinson. After graduation, Coleman became a police officer. Coleman, who has won more professional titles than any other bodybuilder, supports the Inner City Games, an organization that California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger co-founded in 1991. He was the recipient of the 2001 Admiral in the Texas Navy Certificate Award from Texas Governor Rick Perry for outstanding achievements in bodybuilding and the promotion of physical fitness.

Coleman’s training consists of simple compound movements with mostly free weights and some powerlifting; he rarely uses machines. He typically trains 6 days a week in the on-season. Ronnie Coleman’s First Training Video features Coleman training after the 1997 Mr. Olympia contest. The Unbelievable features Coleman’s day-to-day activities in preparation for the 2000 Mr. Olympia competition. Some of the feats in this video include 2x800lb deadlift, 12x200lb dumbbell flat bench press, 5x585lb front squat (free).

The Cost of Redemption features Coleman’s 800 lb (363 kg) squats, 2250 lb (1021 kg) leg press, 495 lb (225 kg) bench press and 75 lb (34 kg) arm curls. Preparation for the 2003 Mr. Olympia. On The Road features 101 minutes of workout action and 14 minutes of special features – Total running time 115 minutes. Filmed in Australia less than a week after the 2005 Mr. Olympia.

On June 30, 2009, on MuscleSport Radio, Coleman stated that he would compete in the 2010 Mr. Olympia competition. Coleman also indicated that he would not participate in the 2009 Mr. Olympia competition for lack of preparation time. However, he did not compete in the 2010 edition of Mr. Olympia. In 2011, he launched Ronnie Coleman Nutrition, a company that provides sports nutrition and wellness products for bodybuilders and other athletes. He has undergone over 6 surgeries leaving him unable to walk without crutches but his desire to train like a pro bodybuilder has not dissipated.

Generation Iron, a top fitness media company, produced a documentary on Ronnie Coleman’s life titled “Ronnie Coleman The King” that was released June 22, 2018. At one point during the release, Ronnie’s movie was ranked No. 1 in the documentary section of iTunes. “I had a great time making this documentary and it was easy because all I had to do was be myself. I never expected it to hit No. 1 in the iTunes documentary section. I’m really excited to see what happens when it is released on Amazon Prime video and Netflix. I have to thank all of my great fans from around the globe for making this possible,” said Coleman.

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