The first time I saw a picture of Ronnie Coleman I was 13 or 14 years old. There was a poster of him on the wall in Elko, Nevada’s local gym. He didn’t even look real. He looked like a GI Joe character. I had never seen a more massive, muscular person. He was so big that, even in that place where we all went just to try to build muscle, few people seemed to be aspiring to his level.
The more I trained, the more I read about the professional bodybuilders. When I got more interested in strength training I was disappointed to read that many bodybuilders didn’t train for strength. Or that you could get big without getting strong.
Ronnie Coleman, however, was strong. He could deadilft the whole house and smile while he did it. He squatted ridiculous weights and his back looked like he could have rowed an ancient Greek warship all by himself.
But my favorite thing about King Coleman was just that he seemed to be a decent guy. He smiled a lot, he told jokes in the gym, and he seemed to genuinely love lifting.
With that, here’s a video of Coleman training for the 2007 Mr. Olympia bodybuilding contest.
If that is not the most muscular man of all time, I don’t think I want to see who is.
Yes, even more muscular than this aspiring 15 year old bodybuilder.