Ronnie Coleman

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Ronnie Coleman
— Bodybuilder —
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Coleman in 2009.
Personal info
Born (1964-05-13) May 13, 1964 (age 52)
Bastrop, Louisiana, U.S.
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight Contest: 290 pounds (132 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 1990-2009
Coleman talking about his Mr. Olympia journey in 2009.

Ronnie Dean Coleman (born May 13, 1964) is a retired American professional bodybuilder and the winner of the Mr. Olympia bodybuilding title 8 years in a row and is regarded as one of the greatest bodybuilders of all time.[1][2][3] Alongside his eight Mr. Olympia wins as a professional bodybuilder, he holds the record for most wins as an IFBB professional with 26, breaking the record of 22 (previously held by Vince Taylor).


Coleman in 2009.

Coleman was born in Bastrop, Louisiana. He graduated cum laude from Grambling State University (GSU) in 1984 with a BSc in accounting.[4] While at university, he played football as a middle linebacker with the GSU Tigers under coach Eddie Robinson. After graduation, he became a police officer in Arlington, Texas, where he served as an officer from 1989 to 2000 and a reserve officer until 2003.[5]

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 allowed Dobson to train him for the upcoming Mr. Texas bodybuilding competition that year.[6] After training for Mr. Texas, Coleman won first place in both the heavyweight and overall categories. He also defeated Dobson himself. 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 the 1997 Russian Grand Prix.

Coleman's success as a professional bodybuilder has led to many product endorsements and other opportunities in his career. He has visited places such as Brazil, Austria, China, and Australia.[7] He also makes many guest appearances at gym openings all around the U.S. He has made three training videos: The Unbelievable,[8] The Cost of Redemption,[9] and On the Road.[10] In these videos, he gives tips for more experienced weightlifters, while warning against overexertion and improper form.

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. He supports the Inner City Games, an organization co-founded by Arnold Schwarzenegger 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.[11]

On June 30, 2009, on MuscleSport Radio, Coleman stated that he would compete in the 2010 Mr. Olympia competition.[12] He also indicated that he would not participate in the 2009 Mr. Olympia competition due to a lack of preparation time. However, he did not compete in the 2010 Mr. Olympia.[13] In 2011, he launched Ronnie Coleman Nutrition, a company that provides sports nutrition and wellness products for bodybuilders and other athletes.[14]

Personal life[edit]

Coleman is a devout Christian.[15][16] In December 2011, he underwent spinal surgery, from which he made a rapid and full recovery. Coleman's main quote: Ain't nothin' to it but to do it inspired many people to take on action in the health and fitness field. He resides in Arlington, Texas.

Coleman met his ex-wife, Lebanese French personal trainer Rouaida Christine Achkar (b. 1974), on March 22, 1998 at a Paris sports exposition.[17] Coleman and Achkar married on December 28, 2007 in Beirut but divorced shortly after. In 2008, Coleman became the defendant in a child support case filed by a woman who got pregnant by sperm donated to a California sperm bank by him. The woman with non-disclosed identity gave birth to premature triplets in June 2007 but one of them died several months later.[18] On April 11, 2016, Coleman married his long-time girlfriend and personal trainer Susan Williamson.[19]

Physical stats[edit]

  • Height: 5 ft 11 in
  • Contest Weight: 290 Lbs
  • Off-Season Weight: 330 Lbs
  • Chest: 60"
  • Waist: 37"
  • Arms: 24"
  • Forearms: 17"
  • Thighs: 36"
  • Calves: 21"


  • Ronnie Coleman: The First Training Video (1997)
  • Ronnie Coleman: The Unbelievable (2000)
  • Ronnie Coleman: The Cost of Redemption (2003)
  • Ronnie Coleman: Relentless (2006)

Bodybuilding titles[edit]

See also[edit]


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  3. ^ Mr. Olympia Part 3: The 6 Greatest Olympians of All Time
  4. ^ Ronnie Coleman Stars of Bodybuilding
  5. ^ Campbell, Elizabeth (April 10, 2012). "Appeals court rules Arlington sperm donor doesn't owe child support". Retrieved 13 September 2013. 
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  7. ^ Donnelly, Allan (September 19, 2008). "FLEXONLINE INTERVIEW: RONNIE COLEMAN". Retrieved 13 September 2013. 
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  11. ^ Ronnie Coleman Launches Enterprise Venture
  12. ^ Pietaro, Joe (August 2, 2010). "MuscleSport Mag Exclusive: Ronnie Coleman Out of 2010 Mr. Olympia, But Has Not Officially Retired". Retrieved 13 September 2013. 
  13. ^ Muscletime (September 26, 2010). "2010 Mr. Olympia Results". Retrieved 13 September 2013. 
  14. ^ About|Ronnie Coleman Nutrition|
  15. ^ Robson, David (July 20, 2005). "An Interview With Seven-Time Mr. Olympia Ronnie Coleman". Retrieved 13 September 2013. 
  16. ^ Ronnie talks the talk – Hard Times. Retrieved on 2011-10-31.
  17. ^ "MEET THE MRS.". Flex Online. January 14, 2007. Retrieved 13 September 2013. 
  18. ^ "Appeals court rules Arlington sperm donor doesn't owe child support.". Fort Worth Star-Telegram. April 9, 2012. Retrieved 13 September 2013. 
  19. ^ "AFTER RECOVERY RONNIE COLEMAN MAKES MOVES TO ENTER NEXT PHASE OF HIS LIFE". Generation Iron. April 11, 2016. Retrieved 13 September 2016. 

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Preceded by
Dorian Yates
Mr. Olympia
Succeeded by
Jay Cutler