If you are an iron head, you know who Ronnie Coleman is. Heck, even people who live in the cardio section know who the King of bodybuilding is. Eight times Mr. Olympia and arguably the biggest and the most conditioned bodybuilder to ever grace the stage, Ronnie was a freak of nature put on steroids. I recently watched his latest documentary called 'The King'. Rightly named, the movie chronicles Big Ron's life and times even before he started professional bodybuilding. Mind you, it's not a spectacle of any kind to watch. If anything, it's a journey through the mindset and most importantly, the pain of being the best in the world. It's just as painful as it's inspiring.Ronnie Was A Freak Of Nature
Whichever sport Ronnie took part in during his school and college days, he came up as a champion. His naturally athletic demeanor made him stand out in American football, track and field and what not. He was built for sports. At 18, he first stepped on the stage and won his very first amateur bodybuilding competition. This win changed the course of this entire life and the Ronnie Coleman that the world now knows, was born.Hustle And Flow
Ronnie never came from a 'provided-for' background. He hustled his way through daily life. Despite of being brilliant at accounting, circumstances led him to serve pizzas at Dominos. Soon after he joined the police force as rookie and it was here where a fellow officer of his, introduced him to Brian Dobson. Impressed by the size Ronnie was already carrying and knowing the fact that Ronnie can't pay the gym fee, Dobson offered him a free lifetime membership. From here on- Ronnie started aiming for the Olympia. The world of bodybuilding was about to witness something that it had never seen before.Ronnie Trained Hard. But Did He Train Smart? – Jay Cutler
800 pound squat, 2,300 pound leg press, 200 pound dumbbell chest press. Ronnie, despite being a bodybuilder, trained a lot like power-lifters. The weight he lifted on a regular basis astounded all his peers and raised eyebrows about his health. A brief look at his training videos and you will realize how he guzzled weight. All this heavy lifting had to have consequences and it did.Injuries And An Absolutely Ruined Old Age
At 46 years old, Ronnie's spine is in a complete mess. So much so, that he can't even stand for minutes in a row, let alone standing with a straight spine. He walks with crutches and around the time of his surgeries resorts to a wheel chair. His low back disks were fitted with screws so as to avoid them from compressing on top of each other. He somehow broke those screws and along with the screws broke his disks where the screws were drilled. At this point, he literally has a broken back. Both of his hips too are preplaced. He recently came about the internet and told his fans that he might never be able to walk again. If all this isn't saddening, I don't know what it is.The Pain Of Seeing A Champ Go Down In Misery
Ronnie has the money (10 million + net worth). He has kids and a loving wife. He can pay off for his treatment but all this isn't enough. It's pretty sure that he will never be able to stand up straight again, ever. Soon, he won't be walking too. Once the strongest bodybuilder is now is extreme physical misery simply because of how he trained for years. Through the 1.5 hours of the documentary, I felt the pain. Ronnie never thought this would happen and it's only getting worse.