Ronnie Coleman is undoubtedly one of the greatest bodybuilders of all time.

His 8 Mr. Olympia titles alone made him a household name, and his character continues to make him an inspiration in the bodybuilding field.


Since Ronnie’s last competition almost ten years ago, the legend has dealt with the various consequences of his extreme career habits. Earlier this week, the 53-year-old underwent his 8th back surgery. According to his reports, it was one of his most serious yet. He posted a picture captioned: “Pre-surgery photo op, I am all prepped with my crew @bigj_extremefitness and my wife Susan. Thank you guys for all the prayers and please keep praying.”

It displays Ronnie and his massive forearms in a hospital gurney with a tube taped to his arm. Last month, Ronnie gave more insight into this surgery in a much longer Instagram post.

“I’m having 6 screws, nuts, and bolts removed from my spine as a result of my last surgery, a level 4, 5 spinal fusion.”

The last surgery, he said, was severely painful, and he was hospitalized for about a month. For this one, the doctors will be removing his intestines to access his spine through the front of the abdomen, as he has a large amount of scar tissue in his back from previous surgeries.


Ronnie also recently released his new podcast, the first episode of which can be found HERE. In it he discusses compelling several subjects, including the most recent surgery.

Ronnie is truly a warrior and inspiration. It is difficult enough to endure the pain and sacrifice that it takes to be a champion, let alone and 8x Mr Olympia. But they say a man’s true mettle is revealed in times of the greatest adversity. It is easy to continue when you’re on top of the world, but Ronnie’s career is behind him, he will likely be in pain for the rest of his life, and he still said he only has one regret:

“That is when I squatted that 800lbs I would do 4 reps instead of 2, that is my only regret in my career. Those 2 reps I did still haunts me today because I know I had 4 in me but the coward in me only did 2. That is my only regret.”


Those are the words of a truly special human being. Very few of us can even hope to possess the strength of spirit that seems to come so naturally to Ronnie Coleman. The great news is that the former Olympia champion’s surgery went successfully. Take a look at the below update!

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59 COMMENTS

  1. Light weight! Nothing but a peanut! Everybody wants to be a bodybuilder but know one wants lift the heavy weights! Nah man all joking aside, I wish you a healthy and speedy recovery and your still inspirational to me and novice, intermediate and advanced bodybuilders. Take care my friend and stay in touch.

  2. God Bless. I pray a spirit of healing touch your body in Jesus name we declare Healing and good health . Amen Amen, in Jesus name Amen.

  3. It is funny to see people hate on him “Was it worth it, too many roids, blah blah blah.

    Those same people tune into the NFL and watch people beat the shit outta their bodies over a ball, also for money and fame.

    Is that somehow more worth it?

  4. You are not just an inspiration because of Bodybuilding… But u rule millions of hearts… You will always remain the KING FOREVER 👑
    GOD WILL ALWAYS BE WITH YOU

  5. I respect you 8x Mr olympia champion.You are the real legend forever…You r my inspiration.Big ron i love u and Take care of u…God bless u man!!!😘

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