“Do I Really Need Bodybuilding”: Ronnie Coleman Was Once Left in Doubts About His 8-Time Mr. Olympia Winning Career Due to His Well-Paid Job

Published 10/11/2022, 10:30 AM EDT

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Ronnie Coleman is the leading professional bodybuilder in the opinion of many people. The 8-times Mr. Olympia title holder has been one of the most hardworking and a follower of strict work ethics. This pattern might have added up to his qualities while working for the police department. Ronnie worked for the police department from 1989 to 2003.

Ronnie once revealed that he had second thoughts about choosing bodybuilding as a career. He once disclosed in an interview about getting discouraged by constant failures and giving up his bodybuilding career.


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Ronnie Coleman once thought professional bodybuilding was not for him

All legends were once amateurs. This saying has a lot of truth in it. The bodybuilding legend Ronnie Coleman once thought bodybuilding was not for him. At the beginning of his career, Ronnie Coleman didn’t win any titles. He didn’t even reach the top 5 for many years. His struggles and consistently staying out of the winning race discouraged him and made him hopeless.


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In addition, the security he had with his multiple jobs made him more confident about living without professional bodybuilding. He said“I got a job piece for making money. I got a good career, you know I got all these part-time jobs back then you know.

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He added, “So you know I am doing pretty good in the police department, you know I’m thinking like do I really need bodybuilding coz I am driving nice cars got free rent so I go into on a Classic and man my place and I am going about to call out you know I am not getting called out with the top guys. I am like dang man, please don’t beat me again and this is not looking good.”

Ronnie ended up winning eight Mr. Olympia titles


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Whatever the start may be, all is well when the end is well. Indeed, Ronnie struggled in the early days of his career, but he ended it being a legend. The biggest bodybuilder, even his competitors, looked at him in awe backstage before entering the stage. He retired from professional bodybuilding in 2007 after winning eight consecutive Mr. Olympia titles from 1998 to 2005.

He had overall won 26 IFBB professional titles in his career and has been one of the most dominant bodybuilders. However, after being unbeatable for eight consecutive years, Jay Cutler finally managed to conquer this legend in 2006.


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From doubting himself for winning one title to winning 26 IFBB titles, Ronnie Coleman became a legend. The unbeatable bodybuilder in his prime, Coleman managed to clinch titles without breaking the flow for eight years. However, after retiring from professional bodybuilding, in the last few years, he has been in tremendous pain. Although he doesn’t regret any of his actions and proudly embraces every moment of his career.

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Written by:

Kaivalya R Pillai


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Dr. Kaivalya R Pillai is a US Sports author working at EssentiallySports. An accomplished academician, he recently completed his doctorate degree in pharmacy.
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Deepika Bhaduri