‘The King’ Ronnie Coleman, Once Confessed That Getting Paid for Bodybuilding Was “Just an Added Bonus,” the Primary Motivation Was Something Else

Published 11/12/2022, 4:00 PM EST

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Ronnie Coleman is one of the G.O.A.T in the bodybuilding industry. But, did you know, prior to being a bodybuilder, Ronnie was a police officer? So, what prompted Coleman to leave his well-paying job and start his career as a bodybuilder?

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While most of us might think there would be an emotional story behind it, a childhood dream maybe? The reality, however, isn’t that deep.

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For Ronnie, it was about love and never about the money

According to Coleman, it was because he found bodybuilding to be a fun activity and loved to do it. In an interview with bodybuilding.com in 2019, Ronnie was asked about his primary motivation for taking up and continuing bodybuilding. He answered the question by saying, “My primary motivation was that I was having fun and loved doing what I was doing. If you have fun, then that is enough motivation.”

Ronnie further added that money was never a driving factor, it was just an “added bonus“. He said, “I was getting paid too though, but that was just an added bonus. So just the love of the sport: that’s where my motivation came from.”

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Ronnie Coleman has achieved a lot in his life with his zeal and dedication. More often than not, he has had to manage multiple things at the same time. The King shared that the sole reason he was able to achieve everything was the motivation he got through training and his love for what he did. He equated his job with having a hobby.

Ronnie followed the age-old philosophy, “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life,” which served as his greatest motivation in life.

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The King: Ronnie Dean Coleman

Born on May 13, 1964, Ronnie is a retired professional bodybuilder. He has won the Mr. Olympia title eight times in a row. He has also bagged 26 IFBB professional titles. Ronnie is considered, if not the greatest, then one of the two greatest bodybuilders of all time, besides Arnold Schwarzenegger.

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Ronnie and his journey have served as an inspiration for many young adults. From a police officer to a legendary bodybuilder and now a successful entrepreneur, Ronnie has time and time again proved that he can achieve anything he sets his mind to. Ronnie is the founder and owner of the Ronnie Coleman Signature Series, a sport and fitness supplement brand.

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Aaradhana Singh

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Aaradhana Singh is a US Sports writer for EssentiallySports. She has acquired her Honors degree in Political Science, followed by a Diploma in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of Delhi. A sports person at heart with a curious mind, Aaradhana is someone who is always up for fun and adventure.
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