‘It was contest form’: Eight-time Mr Olympia Ronnie Coleman recalled his extraordinarily low body fat percentage

Ronnie Coleman isn’t the “king” of the bodybuilding industry for nothing. One of the most incredibly muscular people to ever step onto the Olympia stage, Ronnie has been awarded the Mr. Olympia title 8 times. He is one of two individuals in this world to get it. Ronnie at his peak had what can best be called a “superhuman physique”. This legend has done everything from chest pressing 200lbs to squatting 800lbs and even leg pressing a whopping 2300lbs.

In the late 90s and early 2000s, Ronnie was at his peak, performance-wise. He was a guest on many late night talk shows and interviews. He was posing, flexing and talking about his future plans to conquer the world of bodybuilding. In one of these shows, he first revealed how deep to be ready for the stage. The moment aired on air and managed to set a benchmark for all aspiring physical athletes.

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Ronnie Coleman shared information about his “stage-ready” physique

In a circa 2000 episode of the show “Late Night With Jay Leno,” this 8x Mr. Olympia winner had his presence. The segment was absolutely diverse with Jay and Ronnie sharing wonderful chemistry. Topics ranged from Ronnie’s flexibility, which he was very proud of, to his personal life.

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Tagging on this came the question of Coleman’s body fat percentage. What Ronnie said scared everyone. His “off-season” body fat was only 5%. But, if that wasn’t shocking enough, his “in season” body fat percentage made several jaws drop on the floor.

“The lowest … the lowest was 0.33%. It was the form of the competition. was Coleman verdict. His body fat was even below a single digit number. No wonder it was he who was able to dethrone some greats like Schwarzenegger.

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And not only was Ronnie constantly combing through that 5% body fat, he revealed that he also ate junk food like pizza and burgers during that time. It’s royal behavior, pure and simple.

Coleman’s eye-catching lifestyle and dedication

Behind this hulking monster with perfect muscles was Ronnie’s epic dedication to maintaining his image. Ronnie once revealed that his diet is over 5,000 calories, split into six small meals throughout the day. He had to eat 450g of chicken a day, even waking up in the middle of the night to keep his gears running.

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But not just food. Ronnie was also one of the few who was absolutely clear about using steroids for his stage shows. He was famous for taking it and then stopping it with a bang. Coleman had also worked for about a decade with a life-changing injury. No matter the obstacle, it was never greater than his love for lifting.

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And, even today, when he no longer has anything to prove to anyone; when he is barely mobile and mostly in a wheelchair, he trains. He works because it brings him joy and fills him. And that is precisely why he is “The King”.

Teresa E. Burton