- Hometown: Bastrop, Louisiana
- Current Location: Arlington, Texas
- Height: 5’11
- Weight: Offseason – 330lbs, Stage – 295, Current – 285
- Age: 49
- Favorite Lift: Either Squats or Deadlifts
- Favorite Vehicle: Bentley
- Website: www.ronniecoleman.net
At what age did you start lifting seriously and at what point did you realize you had the potential to step on stage and compete in bodybuilding competitions?
There wasn’t much to do in my small town when I was a young teenager. We fished, lifted weights and played sports. Believe it or not, I had no idea what bodybuilding was. Like I said, in my small town no one had even heard of bodybuilding.
When I moved to Texas a guy by the name of Brian Dobson, who was the owner of the gym where I trained, always tried to convince me to compete. Brian said I could be a world champion. I didn’t believe him and really wasn’t interested, but he kept pressing me. He said he would give me a free gym membership if I competed in a show. I was struggling back then so anything free was music to my ears. I ended up winning the show and the rest was history.
Tell us about the road leading to your 8 time Mr. Olympia wins. What were the sacrifices you made, what did it mean to you and what opportunities did it create?
Well it was a long hard road, but I loved every minute of it. I enjoyed the challenge. The road to becoming Mr. Olympia is all in the mind. Everyone puts such emphasis on the physical aspect of bodybuilding but really those who are mentally strong will succeed. I didn’t really feel like I had to make too many sacrifices because it was my hobby and I loved it. It was just a part of my life and it gave me the best life that a guy could ever have.
What do you think led to your success when others would have given up?
There were a few times that I did consider giving it up. I just couldn’t crack the top spots at the Olympia and figured I probably never would. Besides that, some people that were close to me told me not to, but I’m just not a quitter. As I mentioned before, a lot of the success happens from being mentally tough. I think I was willing to do things that other bodybuilders weren’t to achieve what I wanted. Plus I was blessed with some pretty good genetics.
What have you been doing recently and tell us about your supplement line, RCSS? And which is your favorite supplement and why?
I’ve been crazy busy trying to run this company and make it grow; not to mention raising my 3 little girls. I’ve traveled more for my company than I did when I was Mr. Olympia. We started small and worked our way up just like I did in bodybuilding and now we are in over 100 countries and counting.
This sport and industry have been so good to me throughout my career. I wanted to be able to give something back to the fans, but needed to wait until the timing was right. I wanted to create a supplement company that everyone could trust and believe in and feel like they were a part of. It was harder than I thought it would be, but I think I’m truly starting to gain the trust of the people.
I’m out there on the boards posting and gathering feedback and YES it is actually me! I’ve even changed a few of my products because of the feedback I have received from the folks I talk to on the boards. They had some issues with my flavor system I was using, so I changed it. Those new flavors launch real soon. So beware, Big Ron is always watching!
Obviously I love all of the products; if I don’t they go right back to the formulation process and we start over. If I had to single out a few it would be Resurrect-Pm our sleep formula, our new fat burner Bet-Stim, and our test booster Testogen-XR. All I can say is just try the products and look at all of the reviews; they speak for themselves.
What are your 5 favorite songs to train to?
Oh man, not sure I could name only 5. It’s well known that I like rap, mostly old school stuff. Something I can get fired up to.
You have been through neck and back surgeries; tell us about your recovery and your successful comeback to training.
This was one of the hardest things I ever had to go through. The worst part was the nerve damage. I’m just now starting to heal up and feel good again. I train 5 days a week now and rest on the weekends. I certainly can’t be doing any crazy stuff like I used to do, squatting and deadlifting 800lbs. But I’ll still take all these young bucks to school in the gym.
Do you go for regular chiropractic treatments or massages, how do these treatments aid in your recovery?
Absolutely, this is something that I did throughout my entire career and I truly believe that it helped me stay injury free in the sport as long as I did. Your spine and the nerves control a lot and if they aren’t in proper order, other things won’t function properly. Massage helps to breakdown muscles and move the blood and oxygen around. I highly recommend it.
How do you personally approach overall muscle symmetry to project a total proportioned body and how much of a role do you feel genetics plays into muscular development?
Personally I always felt that symmetry was important, making sure that your ratios were all in line. You can have some good parts, but to be a complete bodybuilder; you need to have them all and have them all be in line. I think genetics plays a huge role too. You can train as hard as you want, but if your genetics don’t have it in the cards then it’s going to be hard to overcome that. Like I said, I’m very lucky to be blessed with the genetics that I have.
After every Olympia, you took a three month break; how did that come about? Fill us in on what you did during those months.
You know it was just something that kind of happened. My body needed a rest after the beating I put on it leading into the shows. It worked for me, so I just kept doing it. Remember for my first 3 Olympia’s, I had a full time job at the police department, so I just went to work every day. I also caught up on a lot of movie watching.
How did you adjust your calories in the off season as opposed to on season, and how did you approach your meal timing? And tell us what you are currently doing now.
That goes back to the whole genetics discussion before. During show prep, I cycled my carbs and kept protein as high as 600 grams a day. You kind of have to listen to your body and adjust from there.
Well, I’m getting a little bit older now and my metabolism isn’t the same, so I have to watch a little more closely how I eat. I still pretty much eat the same foods and keep it pretty clean, chicken, lean steak, baked potato, sweet potato, rice, grits and egg whites.
I’ll have some pancakes with jelly in the morning sometimes and enjoy some of mom’s home cooking every now and then. But for the most part I eat clean; it’s just the lifestyle I am used to.
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