Ronnie Coleman

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Ronnie Coleman
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Coleman posing in 2009
Personal info
Born (1964-05-13) May 13, 1964 (age 54)
Bastrop, Louisiana, U.S.[1]
Height5 ft 11 in (180 cm) [2]
WeightContest: 287–300 lb (130–136 kg)
Off season: 315–320 lb (143–145 kg)[1][2]
Professional career
Pro-debut1992 IFBB World Amateur Championships,
Best winIFBB Mr. Olympia 1998–2005,
PredecessorDorian Yates
SuccessorJay Cutler

Ronnie Dean Coleman (born May 13, 1964) is an American retired professional bodybuilder. The winner of the Mr. Olympia bodybuilding title for eight years in a row, he is widely regarded as the greatest bodybuilder of all time.[3][4][5] Alongside his eight Mr. Olympia wins as a professional bodybuilder, he held the record for most wins as an IFBB professional with 26 (since broken by Dexter Jackson).


Coleman in October 2009

Ronnie Dean Coleman was born on May 13, 1964, in Monroe, Louisiana.[1] He graduated cum laude from Grambling State University (GSU) in 1984 with a BSc in accounting.[6] While at the university, he played American football as a middle linebacker with the GSU Tigers under coach Eddie Robinson. After graduation, he failed to find work as an accountant and instead went to work at a Domino's Pizza outlet, where he would eat the complimentary pizza every day due to being so poor that he could barely afford to eat outside of work.[7] He then became a police officer in Arlington, Texas, where he served as an officer from 1989 to 2000 and a reserve officer until 2003.[8]

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.[9] 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.[10] He also makes many guest appearances at gym openings all around the U.S. He has made three training videos: The Unbelievable,[11] The Cost of Redemption,[12] and On the Road.[13] 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.[14]

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

After several surgeries, among them replacement of both hips,[16] Coleman revealed that he has only been able to train to prevent muscle loss.[16]

In 2018, Vlad Yudin documented Coleman's life and career in the documentary Ronnie Coleman: The King,[7] released on Netflix.

Personal life[edit]

Coleman talking about his journey in October 2009

Coleman is a devout Christian.[17]

Coleman met French-Lebanese personal trainer Rouaida Christine Achkar at a sports exposition in Paris on March 22, 1998,[18] and they were married in Beirut on December 28, 2007. They divorced shortly after.[citation needed]

On April 11, 2016, Coleman married personal trainer Susan Williamson.[19] They have four children.[7]

Physical statistics[edit]

  • Height: 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)[1][2]
  • Contest weight: 287–300 pounds (130–136 kg)[1][2]
  • Off-season weight: 315–320 pounds (143–145 kg)[1][2]
  • Chest: 60 in (150 cm)[2]
  • Arms: 24 in (61 cm)[1][2]


  • Ronnie Coleman: The First Training Video (1998)
  • Ronnie Coleman: The Unbelievable (2000)
  • Ronnie Coleman: The Cost of Redemption (2003)
  • Ronnie Coleman: Relentless (2006)
  • Ronnie Coleman: Invincible (2008)
  • Ronnie Coleman: The Last Training Video (2009)
  • Ronnie Coleman: The King (2018)

Bodybuilding titles[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Ronnie Coleman.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Ronnie Coleman".
  3. ^ Robson, David (2015-02-06). "An Interview With The Greatest Professional Bodybuilder Of All Time: 8 Time Mr. Olympia, Ronnie "The Greatest" Coleman!". Retrieved 2016-12-04.
  4. ^ Robson, David (2015-04-10). "Who Is The Greatest Mr. Olympia Winner Of All Time? A Critical Review Of Past Mr. Olympia Champions!". Retrieved 2016-12-04.
  5. ^ "Mr. Olympia Part 3: The 6 Greatest Olympians of All Time". Retrieved 2016-12-04.
  6. ^ "Ronnie Coleman Stars of Bodybuilding". Archived from the original on 2013-12-10. Retrieved 2016-12-04.
  7. ^ a b c Ronnie Coleman: The King (2018)
  8. ^ Campbell, Elizabeth (April 10, 2012). "Appeals court rules Arlington sperm donor doesn't owe child support". Retrieved 13 September 2013.
  9. ^ "Ronnie Coleman Old Footage with Brian Dobson". YouTube. 2012-07-27. Retrieved 2016-12-04.
  10. ^ Donnelly, Allan (September 19, 2008). "FLEXONLINE INTERVIEW: RONNIE COLEMAN". Retrieved 13 September 2013.
  11. ^ "Ronnie Coleman: The Unbelievable!: Ronnie Coleman, Mitsuru: Movies & TV". Retrieved 2016-12-04.
  12. ^ "Ronnie Coleman: The Cost of Redemption: Ronnie Coleman, Mitsuru: Movies & TV". Retrieved 2016-12-04.
  13. ^ "Ronnie Coleman: On the Road: Ronnie Coleman: Movies & TV". Retrieved 2016-12-04.
  14. ^ "''Ronnie Coleman Launches Enterprise Venture''". 2011-05-24. Retrieved 2016-12-04.
  15. ^ "About Ronnie Coleman". Retrieved 11 April 2018.
  16. ^ a b Jack Crosbie (3 March 2018). "Ronnie Coleman Is Still Hitting the Gym Despite Several Surgeries". Men's Health. Retrieved 11 April 2018.
  17. ^ Robson, David (July 20, 2005). "An Interview With Seven-Time Mr. Olympia Ronnie Coleman". Retrieved 13 September 2013.
  18. ^ "MEET THE MRS". Flex Online. January 14, 2007. 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