WATCH: Ronnie Coleman and Vickie Gates, the pound-for-pound world’s strongest ex-couple, lifted insane weight while preparing for Mr. and Mrs. Olympia

There were hardly any couples in bodybuilding with the same public attention as Ronnie Coleman and Vickie Gates. The duo were known to be the strongest couple, pound for pound, due to their heavy physique and incredible strength. The couple met in 1992 and dated for 7 years before going their separate ways.

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Decades after the original documentary was made, Ronnie took to his YouTube channel to throw some nostalgia his fans’ way. The original documentary chronicled the tough preparation it took for the couple leading up to front-stage competitions like Mr. and Mrs. Olympia.

Ronnie Coleman shares a snippet from his competitive days with Gates

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The duo of Coleman and Gates were a force to be reckoned with at the time. The couple prepared and weighed their portions together while training and motivating each other. Ronnie was known as “The King” and was one of the heaviest bodybuilders of all time.

He has won many accolades including Mr. Olympia a total of 8 times. In the meantime, Gates herself was on a mission to take over the world, and she was gaining stages left and right. Vickie is the winner of three Ms. International titles. In the videoVickie is seen weighing the chicken breast for her and Ronnie, before heading to the gym.

The documentary followed the couple in the gym where they could be seen lifting very heavy weights. The couple’s only major communication was training and preparing their physique. And, in this video, they were seen doing just that. Vickie went first, easily picking up a 1000lb leg press, then Ronnie “The King” Coleman followed.

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Ronnie not only used all the plates in the gym, but even took the reporter to the machine. The couple had only one goal in mind, to bring the Mr. Olympia and Ms. Olympia titles into the same household.

The individual stage careers of this duo

Although Coleman and Gates were amazing during their stage days, the goal of winning both Olympia titles remained intact. While Ronnie soared, winning the Mr. Olympia 8 times. Gates was only able to come in second a few times. She finally retired in 2003.

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Overall, both athletes have inspired the sport in their own unique ways. Vickie has earned a place alongside legends like Yolanda Hughes and Lesa Lewis.

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For countless people around the world, Mrs. International Vickie Gates remains an icon, just like Ronnie. And, the Coleman-Gates duo is still considered one of the strongest couples to ever exist.

Teresa E. Burton