Ronnie Coleman

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Ronnie Dean Coleman
— Bodybuilder —
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Ronnie Coleman in 2009
Personal info
Born (1964-05-13) May 13, 1964 (age 50)
Bastrop, Louisiana, U.S.
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight Contest: 297 pounds (135 kg)
Off season: 330 pounds (150 kg)
Professional career
Pro-debut 1992 IFBB World Amateur Championships,
Best win IFBB Mr. Olympia 1998–2005,
Predecessor Dorian Yates
Successor Jay Cutler
Active Since 1990
Ronnie Coleman talks to Tony Doherty of Doherty's Gym about his Mr. Olympia journey – 2009

Ronnie Dean Coleman (born May 13, 1964) is an American professional bodybuilder who holds eight straight wins as Mr. Olympia, a record career total that he shares with Lee Haney.[1] Alongside his eight Mr. Olympia wins as a professional bodybuilder, Coleman holds the record for most wins as an IFBB professional with 26. He broke the previous record (held by Vince Taylor at 22 wins) in Moscow on November 5, 2004. He is recognized as one of the best bodybuilders of all time.[2][3][4]


Ronnie Coleman graduated cum laude from Grambling State University (GSU) in 1986 with a BSc in accounting.[5] While attending university, Coleman played football as a middle linebacker with the GSU Tigers under coach Eddie Robinson. After graduation, Coleman became a police officer in Arlington, Texas. He served as an officer from 1989 to 2000 and as a reserve officer until 2003.[6]

Coleman's fellow officer Gustavo Arlotta suggested he attend the Metroflex gym, owned by amateur bodybuilder Brian Dobson. Dobson offered Coleman a free lifetime membership if he would allow him to train Coleman for the upcoming Mr. Texas bodybuilding competition that year.[7]

After training for the upcoming event of Mr. Texas, Coleman won first place in both the heavyweight and overall categories. He also defeated the man who trained him, Dobson. Coleman won his first competition as a professional—the Canada Pro Cup in 1995. The following year he won the contest again. Followed by a first place win in 1997, The Russian Grand Prix.

Coleman's success as a professional bodybuilder has led to many product endorsements and other opportunities in his career. Due to his bodybuilding profession, Coleman has visited Brazil, China, and Australia.[8] Coleman also makes many guest appearances at gym openings all around the United States. Coleman has also made training videos, The Unbelievable[9] (his first training video), The Cost of Redemption[10] and On the Road.[11] In these videos, Coleman gives tips for more experienced weightlifters, while warning against overexertion and improper form.

Ronnie Coleman 8 x Mr Olympia – 2009

When training, Coleman prefers to use free weights rather than machines in order to maximize his flexibility and range of motion. He lifts weights four days per week, having cut down due to touring and competing at fewer events. Coleman supports the Inner City Games, an organization that 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 for the promotion of physical fitness.[12]

On June 30, 2009, on MuscleSport Radio, Coleman stated that he would compete in the 2010 Mr. Olympia competition.[13] 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.[14]

In 2011, he launched Ronnie Coleman Nutrition, a company that provides sports nutrition and wellness products for bodybuilders and other athletes.[15]

Personal life[edit]

Coleman is a Christian.[16][17] In December 2011 he underwent spinal surgery, from which he made a rapid and full recovery.[18][19] In 2009 Coleman was arrested for impersonating a police officer notwithstanding the fact that he had served as a police officer until 2003.[20]

Bodybuilding titles[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Krasniewicz, Louise; Blitz, Michael. Arnold Schwarzenegger: A Biography. Greenwood Press. p. 29. ISBN 0-313-33810-8. 
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  5. ^ Ronnie Coleman Stars of Bodybuilding
  6. ^ Campbell, Elizabeth (April 10, 2012). "Appeals court rules Arlington sperm donor doesn't owe child support". Retrieved 13 September 2013. 
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  8. ^ Donnelly, Allan (September 19, 2008). "FLEXONLINE INTERVIEW: RONNIE COLEMAN". Retrieved 13 September 2013. 
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  13. ^ Pietaro, Joe (August 2, 2010). "MuscleSport Mag Exclusive: Ronnie Coleman Out of 2010 Mr. Olympia, But Has Not Officially Retired". Retrieved 13 September 2013. 
  14. ^ Muscletime (September 26, 2010). "2010 Mr. Olympia Results". Retrieved 13 September 2013. 
  15. ^ About|Ronnie Coleman Nutrition|
  16. ^ Robson, David (July 20, 2005). "An Interview With Seven-Time Mr. Olympia Ronnie Coleman". Retrieved 13 September 2013. 
  17. ^ Ronnie talks the talk – Hard Times. Retrieved on 2011-10-31.
  18. ^ "Ronnie Coleman is in the hospital!- update news!". December 30, 2011. Retrieved 13 September 2013. 
  19. ^ Pietaro, Joe (January 8, 2012). "Ronnie Coleman Recovering From Spinal Surgery". Retrieved 13 September 2013. 
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Preceded by
Dorian Yates
Mr. Olympia
Succeeded by
Jay Cutler