8x Mr. Olympia Ronnie Coleman Has Swimming Credentials That Even Olympic GOAT Michael Phelps Doesn’t Possess

Published 03/14/2023, 8:08 AM EDT

Everybody knows that eight-time Mr. Olympia Ronnie Coleman had worked as a pizza delivery guy and a constable before entering the bodybuilding arena. However, what people do not know is that he possesses fair swimming credentials that even swimming legend Michael Phelps does not have. In his latest video, Coleman revealed the unknown.

Recently, Ronnie Coleman released a video titled  ‘The Most Muscular PIZZA Delivery Guy’ on his YouTube channel, revealing some of the unknown facts about his college life. Amidst giving away several interesting insights from his life, Coleman revealed that he has valuable credentials in swimming.

What swimming credentials does Ronnie Coleman possess?


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While revealing some of his favorite hobbies in his latest video, Coleman stated that he loves swimming.  He is an avid swimmer possessing a respectable lifeguard certificate from the American Red Cross. 

The eight-time Mr. Olympia stated in the video, “I’m a certified Lifeguard by American Red Cross. So, when I was a kid, I used to swim every single day. So, there’s two things that you did every single day—swimming and fishing.”



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Although, Coleman diverted his career into bodybuilding but it seems that he always had the metabolism and diet of a swimmer like Michael Phelps. 


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Ronnie Coleman had a diet similar to Michael Phelps

During a podcast interview with Joe Rogan last year, Coleman revealed the exceptional diet that helped him achieve his desired physique. Surprisingly, it was somewhat similar to GOAT Michael Phelps’s diet. He would put up 10 pounds of muscle every year and that was only possible by heavy weight lifting and eating a lot frequently. In fact, Coleman would wake up at night to fuel his body because he used to get hungry quite often. He told in the interview,  “You kind of get used to it when you eat like that. You get hungry every three hours,” 


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On the other hand, Michael Phelps during his prime years would have a diet of 10–12k calories. He would only eat, train and sleep. However, the only difference between Coleman and Phelps’s diets was the former concentrated on macros and the latter focused on volume. Aren’t these parallels mind blowing? 

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Muskan Sharma

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Muskan Sharma is a US Sports author for EssentiallySports. She has a degree in journalism and mass communication from the University of Calcutta. Muskan has worked as a writer for 3+ years but has a knack for filmmaking, too.

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