Netflix shares the heartbreaking story of the ‘greatest bodybuilder of all time’ who can now barely walk

Ronnie ‘The King’ Coleman held the Mr Olympia title for eight consecutive years from 1998, but is now barely able to walk unaided

Ronnie Coleman, former Mr Olympia winner

The story of the “greatest bodybuilder of all time” whose strength “wasn’t human” has been making waves on Netflix.

Ronnie “The King” Coleman has been tagged as the person who redefined the sport by becoming a fitness icon, but his obsession and subsequent surgeries have now left him in crippling pain and in a wheelchair.

However, despite a grueling career that left him barely able to walk, Ronnie says in a Netflix documentary that he has no regrets.

Previously weighing in at 21st, Ronnie held the Mr Olympia title for eight consecutive years from 1998 and his strength “wasn’t human”, according to compatriot Kevin Levrone.

He said, “You have no chance of looking like him. It’s a gift from God. It’s a gift of genetics.”

But from the huge heights, now come the heavy downs as Ronnie explained on Netflix’s Ronnie Coleman: The King how he may never be able to walk unaided again.

Ronnie was Mr. Olympia for eight consecutive years

Ronnie had to undergo several operations

The documentary shows a sad scene in which the former Mr. Olympia struggles to follow his three- and four-year-old children around the house while on crutches and out of breath.

He admits his problems are the result of a number of back and hip surgeries, with doctors saying it’s also down to degenerative wear and tear from his years of intense training.

In another scene, Ronnie says to the camera, “I just get up one morning, and you know, it takes me a minute to get there.

“I just have to get used to it.”

And his close friend and gym owner Brian Dobson admitted to tears after seeing his ‘supernatural’ friend using a walker.

Ronnie was born in Louisiana in 1964 and earned an accounting degree in 1984.

He then became a police officer in Texas, during which time he joined a gym and competed in the Mr Texas competition.

He had refused to let previous back problems hold him back from his goal of becoming world champion and later admitted he had won many accolades while battling a herniated disc.

His surgeries have now left him with nerve damage that leads to numbness in his legs.

Ronnie also needed surgery on his back after four screws broke in a previous operation and his bones broke in the process.

Ronnie can now barely walk after $2 million in surgeries



Discussing his recovery, he said: “I’ve been in pain for so long now that I’m just used to it. I also take the pills, it helps a bit.”

Out of 10, he confessed that the pain level was “usually a nine or a 10”.

He continued: “When I make appearances, my pain level goes up to 12 or 13. Some were unbearable.

“If I’m in a lot of pain, I stay seated when I make appearances and people take pictures. Most of the time I always try to get up.”

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Teresa E. Burton