“Every Disc in His Back Fused”: Joe Rogan Narrated Horrifying Details of Ronnie Coleman’s Post-Bodybuilding Life After Helping Him Get Rid of His Unbearable Pain

Published 09/08/2023, 6:30 PM EDT

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The bodybuilding arena witnessed bodybuilders who brought name and fame to the Mr. Olympia stage. One such bodybuilder who had promulgated the fame of the sport with his extremely ripped physique is Ronnie Coleman. The 8x Mr. Olympia champion is known for his heavy-weighted duties at the gym, and the fans of the sport worldwide revere him for his hard work and genetics. One such person who admires Coleman is the famous podcaster, Joe Rogan.

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The commentator once appreciated the grit of The King, who despite his herniated disc, went ahead with his heavy training routine to build a Mr. Olympia physique. 

Ronnie Coleman’s efforts drew Joe Rogan’s appreciation

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In 1996, Coleman herniated his disc while squatting 600 lbs. Despite the constant pain, he didn’t seek medical attention and continued lifting weights and secured eight Mr. Olympia titles. But his injury remained, and when he decided to fix it after retirement, multiple botched-up surgeries deteriorated his situation. 

Speaking about the legend, Rogan explained the critical condition of the King and said, “He’s had many many surgeries, and he’s basically had every disc in his back fused except for one and has a really hard time walking and even standing up.” 

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But the podcaster affirmed that he built his physique despite the pain. The 56-year-old credited Coleman’s success to his genetics and hard work. The King, who lost his mobility now, once credited Rogan for helping him overcome the unbearable pain due to his health condition. 

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Coleman’s life reflects ups and downs, and the struggle makes his story more interesting. From surviving on pizza due to financial constraints to amassing tremendous amount of wealth, the 8x Mr. Olympia champion’s life is a testimony of growth despite hardships. 

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Coleman was often vocal about his struggles, but never regretted his heavy weighted stunts at the gym. He once opened up about Rogan’s assistance during hardships. “Joe helped me tremendously after that podcast. I’ve had three of those treatments so far, and they have taken care of the pain level that I’ve been feeling,” the 8x Mr. Olympia said. 

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Ronnie Coleman demands huge respect for his never-give-up attitude despite unbearable pain. Not just fans but the athletic community revere him for showing the path of perseverance. Do you agree with this? Let us know in the comments below.

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Written by:

Etha Bindu Rani

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Etha Bindu Rani is an American sportswriter at EssentiallySports. Being a fitness enthusiast, she considers Ronnie Coleman and Chris Bumstead as her inspirations. Apart from that, Etha is passionate about writing.
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Arijit Saha

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