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“You’re Not Ronnie Coleman”: Bodybuilder Warns Young Age Fitness Enthusiasts Against Ruining Their Body by Following 8-Time Mr. Olympia Champion

Published 11/19/2022, 11:30 AM EST

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Stan Efferding, an American bodybuilder, is a well-known name in the fitness world. Also known as “the White Rhino,” Stan Efferding is a professional bodybuilder and powerlifter. Using the knowledge he has accumulated over the years, Stan educates aspiring athletes on the dos and don’ts of fitness and bodybuilding.

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Recently, Stan Efferding appeared on an episode of Barbend and Generation Iron’s Mike O’Hearn Show. Stan shed some light on the rudiments of recuperation and the significance of sleep.


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Importance of recovery and originality in workout

Stan shared the keynotes for recovery. The primary ones are sleep, correct calorie intake, and evenly spaced four meals per day. He also stressed having an active life outside of the fitness centers. In today’s time, mundane desk-bound jobs and even more stationary forms of entertainment have restricted the prospects of having an energetic life.

Stan pointed out the risk-taking attitude among younger athletes. They often push their boundaries, thinking they can get away with it owing to their young body which is invincible. Stan further explained that it is not only because of the raging young hormones. But, it’s also because of the idols they look up to too. He shared that while a young body can take more risks, it is not advisable to mimic the routines of the legends and push yourself to that limit.


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Efferding told O’Hearn what his classic response is when people try to compare themselves to legends like Ronnie Coleman. He said, “And when people say – Well Ronnie Coleman did this. I always say back – well you’re not Ronnie Coleman.”

Why not to emulate legends like Ronnie Coleman?


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Efferding does not intend to discourage or scare young minds. However, he does want to put across a point that what works for one might not work for the other. It’ll only expose the person to much greater risk and hurt than what the legends have been through. Hence, he stresses on the importance of striking your own balance and finding what them best.

Stan also shared that the current time period enables the younger generation to access a wealth of knowledge. Making use of this, they can find their fit. This would prevent them from facing any life-altering situation in the gym.

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Owing to his immeasurable strength and expansive powerlifting career, he is also known as the “World’s Strongest Bodybuilder.” Stan held the all-time raw world powerlifting records. These records were in the 275-pound-class in Squats without knee wraps and Total with knee wraps.


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Written by:

Aaradhana Singh


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Aaradhana Singh is a US Sports writer for EssentiallySports. The holder of a Diploma in Journalism and Mass Communication, Aaradhana has previously worked as an editor/writer with Asiana Times for the better part of a year. A sports person at heart with a curious mind, Aaradhana is someone who is always up for fun and adventure.
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