An Interview With 7-Time Mr. Olympia, Ronnie Coleman - Unedited!
Maybe in a few weeks we can do a big interview with Ronnie. With seven olympias he would have a lot to say about the sport.
How did this man develop the largest muscular physique of all time and what are his future bodybuilding goals? These are some of the questions bodybuilding.com were recently able to pose to Ronnie. Ronnie came across as being very personable
and forthright, and didn't mince words when he predicted several more Olympia wins. With his passion for the sport and untouchable physique who can argue with him on this point.
Looking large and in charge in the BSN booth at the recent Arnold Schwarzenegger classic, Ronnie shared his thoughts with bodybuilding.com.
You are not listening to a representative or seeing him through a mask. This is the real Ronnie - DIRECT and UNEDITED!
[ Q ] What is the main reason for your signing with BSN? What do you hope to achieve, now you are signed with them?
The main reason I signed with BSN is because I like how they approached me. I'm the best at what I do and I had to do things others wouldn't or couldn't do in order to become the best. I feel that's what BSN is trying to accomplish. They're capable of it, too.
I am a 7-time Mr. Olympia. If you want to be the best at something, you have to pair yourself up with the best people, the best tools. Again, this is what really attracted me to BSN.
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Ronnie @ The BSN Booth At The 2005 Arnold Expo.
Now that I have signed with them, I hope to achieve record-breaking sales. Before I signed I tested the products and they worked like nothing else I've tried before.
I know that in order for something to work for me it has to be extremely powerful. That's because my body-type is complicated and stubborn when it comes to inducing size gains. BSN products finally give me what my body needs to take it to another realm.
[ Q ] How is your training going at the moment, and how do you feel? What do you plan on weighing at this years Mr. Olympia? What other improvements do you intend to show on stage?
My training is going good. I just resumed it about 3 weeks ago following a 3-month layoff after the
Grand Prix shows. So I feel great now that my body has rested and healed from the pounding I put on it getting ready for these shows.
I plan on weighing about 5 pounds more than I did at last year's Olympia. That seems to be the progression that my body is doing every year since I won my first Olympia.
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Ronnie @ The 2004 Olympia With Triple H & Arnold.
[ Q ] Shawn Ray mentioned recently that professional bodybuilding is in a pretty bad shape due to a current emphasis on mass at all costs and a lack of judge rotation. What are your thoughts on what Shawn has said?
Shawn has made these comments about the judge's rotation for the last 10 years. If you change the judges but keep the same criteria, nothing's going to really change.
I think Shawn says these things so that maybe the judges will consider someone with a structure like his for Mr. Olympia - you know a smaller symmetrical individual.
I've attained my mass basically by training hard and very, very heavy. My philosophy is;
...but I'll do it if that's the cost of being Mr. Olympia. I told Shawn back in 2001 to not bother wasting energy complaining about the judging (I never complained when I use to get my butt kicked back in the day... I just changed my body and got with the program).
This sport is called bodybuilding and if we're not building our bodies, what is there to see? Shucks, you want to see some small symmetrical guys, then turn on the TV and watch Survivor or Fear Factor.
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[ Q ] What are your thoughts on the current state of professional bodybuilding?
I'm always positive when it comes to professional bodybuilding, hell I'm Mr. Olympia for God's sake. If I'm number one in our sport and I have a negative attitude then our sport don't need me and I don't need our sport. There are problems and controversy in all sports. That's really unavoidable.
Look at hockey and baseball - all they need is a solution and everything is going to be all right with them too. You've simply got to remain and focus on what's within your realm of controlï¿½ everything will eventually work itself out.
[ Q ] How long do you plan on competing in the Mr. Olympia? What other bodybuilding, and non-bodybuilding, plans do you have?
I plan on competing in the Mr. Olympia until my body just won't hold up anymore. If you look over my competitive history, you'll see I'm just getting better and better soï¿½ God willingï¿½ look for me in the Olympia the next 3, maybe 4 years.
My bodybuilding plans for this year are to improve on lasts year's performance by becoming more massive and much harder alongside. I have no plans for any non-bodybuilding ventures. That's because I don't plan on not bodybuilding or not being around bodybuilding, ever.
In other words, I'm not looking in getting into Hollywood or anything like that.
[ Q ] Who do you see as your biggest competition at this year's Mr. Olympia? You obviously have dominated the competition since you began winning this contest. Is there anyone, in your opinion, who even comes close?
My biggest competition is always myself. I mean no disrespect, but I do not look at any of the guys as being my competition for the simple reason that I can't control how they're going to look. I can only control how I look.
The last couple of years I've won the Mr. Olympia with perfect scores and the second place winner was just that - second. In other words, I don't think that they are even close.
[ Q ] To what do you attribute your amazing success Ronnie? Diet, training, genetics?
First, there's my faith in God. There would be no success if he were not first.
Second is definitely genetics because you have to be genetically gifted to train the way I do and not break your back, ligaments and joints not to mention destroying your organs.
The next thing I would have to go with is diet because it is so hard and mentally tough. By comparison the training is the easiest of them all because it's my hobby as well as my job.
[ Q ] Describe a day in the life of Ronnie Coleman. What do you do to relax?
A day in the life of Ronnie Coleman mainly consists of eating, training or
If I not eating, you can bet I'm training, sleeping or doing emails.
I live the bodybuilding lifestyle 24-7.
For relaxation I like to watch my favorite TV show "The Price Is Right" or I check out a movie every so often.
I use to love to play pool until I start beating all my friends.
Now they don't want to play me anymore.
[ Q ] Who is your pick to win the Arnold Classic and why?
The Arnold is over but I was picking Chris to win since he's come 2nd so many times. Looks like he's perfect for 2nd place, right now.
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