The world of professional bodybuilding has been shocked by the news that Ronnie Coleman might have to spend the rest of his life in a wheelchair after his years of incessant training, coupled with a number of surgeries.
Coleman is one of the most recognisable bodybuilders in the world, having won the Olympia title on eight occasions. He also holds the record for most International Bodybuilding and Fitness Foundation titles, alongside a litany of global event wins.
In his quest for his record-breaking muscles and mass he has pushed his body to the limit with regards to his training. That has now taken a negative toll on his body that could leave him unable to walk.
Coleman has undergone several major surgeries, including spinal fusion, disc decompressions, and more than one hip replacement.
In a recent interview with bodybuilding magazine Muscular Development, Coleman said: “I don’t know if that’ll ever happen [walking] because I’ve had too much damage done to my body from all these surgeries.
“A lot of it has to do with the way the surgeon performed the surgery and the surgeon that I’ve had the last three surgeries been really bad and caused a lot of damage to my body, so I don’t know if I’ll be able to walk.”
That being said, he’s not given up hope. He continued: “I’m gonna give it my best shot, but I think if that surgeon had performed these surgeries right, then I would have been walking a long long time ago.
“Just the way he [surgeon] did everything and performed everything it was like he was kind of doing these surgeries to make money…
“Every surgery I’ve had done was like $300,000 to $500,000 so the last three surgeries I had almost spend $2 million dollars!”
Despite his recent struggles, Coleman has no regrets about his lifestyle and his training regimes. He claims that if he had his time again, if anything, he would try to train harder.
Back in 2016, before he had some of the surgery that threatens to see him confined to a wheelchair, he posted: “Getting in my last workout before my surgery tomorrow. Never take life for granted, never.
“Training is my life, my hobby, it’s who I am, and it represents me. If this was my last workout and I’m never ever able to train again because God called me home, I can say my life was fulfilled because I did it doing what I always love doing the most, training.”