When the topic is about bodybuilders, the first names that might come to mind would be Arnold Schwarzenegger and Lou Ferrigno who were able to launch stellar acting careers in addition to their bodybuilding spell. While these two, especially the former, deserve all the respect they get, none of them comes close to eight-time Mr. Olympia champion, Ronnie Coleman, widely regarded as the greatest bodybuilder of all time, thanks to the record 26 titles he won as an IFBB professional.
Ronnie Coleman – Bio (Age)
Coleman, whose birth name is Ronnie Dean Coleman, was welcomed into the world on the 13th of May 1964. His birth took place in Monroe, Louisiana. Details about his childhood and parents are not available and it is not clear if he has siblings or is an only child. With regards to his education, records show that he attended Grambling State University (GSU) in Louisiana, graduating cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting.
Contrary to what his academic achievements might suggest, Ronnie Coleman was not entirely a geek in school. He was notably part of his school’s American football team, playing the position of middle linebacker under the legendary college football coach, Eddie Robinson. After graduating from university, Coleman failed to find a job as an accountant, prompting him to first work at a pizza parlor before deciding to become a police officer in Arlington, Texas, in 1989.
While working as a cop, Coleman, who had a huge body frame, was motivated by his colleague to try out bodybuilding. He went on to enroll in a gym in 1990 and competed at that year’s Mr. Texas bodybuilding competition, winning both the heavyweight and overall categories. By 1995, Ronnie Coleman had turned pro and went on to win his first professional competition at the Canada Pro Cup. He retained the title the following year before going ahead to win the 1997 Russian Grand Prix. During this time, however, he was unsuccessful at the prestigious Mr. Olympia contest; finishing 15th in 1994, 10th in 1995, 6th in 1996, and 9th in 1997.
In 1998, Ronnie Coleman was able to put more focus into his profession as he went on to win the Night of Champions tournament before upsetting the odds to beat favorite Kenneth Wheeler to win that year’s Mr. Olympia contest. For the next eight years, from 1998 to 2005, the Louisiana native was able to enjoy the longest streak of victories in the history of the contest before he was dethroned by Jay Cutler in 2006. During that time, he became the first man to win both the Arnold Classic and Mr. Olympia titles the same year (2001), a feat that has only been repeated once by Dexter Jackson in 2008. In 2007, Coleman attempted to take back his title but only managed a 4th place finish, marking his last appearance at any major event.
A number of celebrity wealth calculating websites put Ronnie Coleman’s net worth at $10 million. The bodybuilding icon made his wealth from taking home numerous prizes from the competitions he won, as well as from having endorsed more than a few products. In addition to that, Coleman, in 2011, launched a company called the Ronnie Coleman Signature Series that provides sports nutrition and wellness products for bodybuilders and other athletes. He has also made a number of training videos.
Height and Weight
Ronnie Coleman is not the tallest person you would ever come across as he stands at a height of 5 feet 11 inches (180 cm). His weight is further listed to be between 287 and 300 pounds (130–136 kg) during the contest season, and 315 and 320 pounds (143–145 kg) in the off-season. His other available body measurements are chest: 60 inches (150 cm) and arms: 24 inches (61 cm).
What Happened To Him?
Following his appearance at the 2007 Mr. Olympia event, Ronnie Coleman seemingly retired from the profession as he began to battle the effects of a long bodybuilding career. The extreme weights he lifted over the years, such as doing squats and deadlifting weights of 800 pounds, required him to undergo a few surgeries, including two hip replacements and others, to alleviate chronic pain from damaged intervertebral discs.
According to Coleman, some of the surgeries he underwent cost him close to half a million dollars for each, but still did not do much to solve the problem as he now needs assistance to work. Despite this, he still manages to train so that he can try to prevent muscle loss and feels no regret as he was determined to get to the top of the bodybuilding sport at any cost.