Ronnie Coleman Discusses Motivation In The Gym At 57 Years Old

Ronnie Coleman is continuing to train and keep up his physique at 57 years old.

Ronnie Coleman is one of the best bodybuilders of all-time. He has eight Olympia titles, which is tied for the most in the history of the sport. It has not always been an easy road for Coleman but he was able to stay at the top of his game throughout his career and is continuing to train to 57 years old.

In a recent YouTube video, Coleman spoke on his motivation in the gym to the day. He has struggled with his health over the years and this includes a recent back injury sine retiring from competition. He still makes frequent appearances in the gym and this led to him being asked what his motivation was to this day.

“That’s easy. Working out is a hobby for me. I’m having the most fun that I’ve ever had in my whole entire life. So I look forward to going to the gym each and every single day, and if I don’t I’m in a real, real, real bad mood. So I stay motivated because it’s my passion, and I’m having the time of my life, and I look forward, and it is the best hobby that I’ve ever had,” Coleman said.

Ronnie Coleman received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2021 Arnold Classic. This is because of the work he has done for the sport of bodybuilding and the great success that he saw on stage. Coleman was always well-conditioned but transformed the sport of bodybuilding in a way that led competitors to aiming for incredible mass.


There are many accomplishments to be proud of for Coleman but he admits that wining his first Olympia title is still the best.

“The best moment of my life was when I won my first Mr. Olympia title, because the only I reason I got into bodybuilding was because Brian told me he would give me a free membership to the gym. Never had any intentions whatsoever of winning the Mr. Olympia. Hell, I didn’t even know what it was when I started bodybuilding.”

Ronnie Coleman’s first Olympia title was in 1998. This was well after he began having issues with his back. In 1996, Coleman suffered herniated discs that put his status at the Arnold Classic in jeopardy. Coleman refused surgery and went back to training.

The competition was about eight weeks away and Coleman was determined to get on stage. In fact, he credited hard work in the gym for improving his back and overall status to get back to competition.

“The doctors said ‘We can do surgery if you want us to and we can fix. that herniation right away.’ I was like dude, I ain’t doing no surgery. So I went straight to the chiropractor, and I went every single day, and that helped a whole lot. That got me ready to get back in the gym… So I get back in the gym after two weeks laying on the floor, and I started back working out. Actually I think the gym is what really got me back to normal. Going to the gym, working out, doing that same old thing.”

Even during his years of retirement, Coleman has remained a huge name in bodybuilding and that will continue. His work in the gym will also continue and he has made that clear. It is nice to see that Coleman still remains motivated to put his body through workouts and that he is healthy enough to endure the pump.

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Greg Patuto
Greg has covered the four major sports for six years and has been featured on sites such as Sports Illustrated, Fox Sports, SB Nation,, and FanSided. Now, he is transitioning into the world of bodybuilding and strength sports.