Ronnie Coleman recounts his past of being naturally exceptionally strong and how he used that to build size fast.


Part of what makes Ronnie Coleman a legendary bodybuilder is not just his incredible physique but also his incredible strength. Footage of his hardcore powerlifting training showcased that he was hardcore in nearly every respect. While that seems to have contributed to some serious long term injuries now, he doesn’t regret a thing. In our latest GI Exclusive Vault interview, Ronnie Coleman explains why he lifted so heavy for so long despite the risks involved.

Last week, we released an extended clip from Ronnie Coleman: The King of Dorian Yates reacting to Ronnie’s hardcore super heavy lifting. In retrospect, Yates was shocked that Ronnie committed to such intense lifts. The reason being, in Yates’ opinion, that bodybuilders don’t need to lift that heavy in order to succeed. He believes that Ronnie could have achieved the same physique without risking injury.

But it’s hard to argue with the results and also hard to say “what if.” Would Ronnie Coleman truly have been the same juggernaut we know as legend today? There’s truly no way to say for sure.

What we can do is get deeper insight into why Ronnie Coleman trained the way he did. In this new extended interview from the cutting room floor of Ronnie Coleman: The King, Ronnie discusses his hardcore heavy lifting and why he did it despite potential risks.

Based on his answer, it seemed less like a strategy and more a natural occurrence. Ronnie Coleman was simply naturally strong. We already know he had incredibly gifted genetics but it seems those genetics also lended themselves naturally towards strength as well.

In the clip, Ronnie Coleman recounts how naturally lifting came to him. How as early as college he was lifting extreme amounts of weight. He was able to out-lift nearly everyone. He didn’t think twice about it. He was passionate about lifting and bodybuilding so he simply continue to push his limits.

He also saw incredible results very fast. While lifting less heavy can still result in a mass monster physique, it would take much more time and patience to hit those levels. Ronnie blew up extremely fast. He went from about 215 pounds to nearly 300 pounds in a short period of time once becoming pro. He credits that to lifting heavy.

The success of Ronnie Coleman truly comes down to a combination two things – natural ability and hard work. Ronnie was naturally blessed with incredible strength and a physique that turned heads as he developed. He didn’t lean on that as something to relax about – he simply worked harder. He tried to work harder than everyone on top of gifted genetics.

To this day, Ronnie Coleman regrets nothing. So no matter how risky his heavy lifting was, no matter how much pain he might be going through today – it was all his decision. He lives with those decisions. He stands by those decisions. If he physically could he would lift just as heavy today if his body allowed it.

You can watch Ronnie Coleman comment in detail about his heavy lifting in our latest GI Exclusive Vault interview segment above. You can also watch Ronnie Coleman: The King on digital today. Click here or the banner below to stream or download.

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Derek Dufour has been managing all digital operations on the Generation Iron Network for over six years. He currently manages a team of editors, writers, and designers to provide up-to-date content across the GI Network.