What Ronnie Coleman looks like Today (2012-2013)

what happened to ronnie coleman 2013 - yeah buddyEver wondered what happened to the physique of Ronnie Coleman since he’s retired in 2007 ? Apparently he was supposed to make a comeback and show up at the Mr. Olympia in 2010, but we never saw him there. Yeahh buddy!

Also check out : The best days of Ronnie Coleman

Actually he’s been showing up at a couple of events lately so he’s not entirely out of the bodybuilding scene yet.

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Is Ronnie Coleman making a comeback in 2013 for the Olympia?

Many people are wondering if Ronnie is making a comeback to take a shot at the Mr. Olympia 2013. Answer is no, he is not. This is a very hot discussion topic on forums and people tend to think he still has a shot. Gimme a break the guy is 48 years old and has lost a lot of muscle mass lately (still huge tho). He’s not gonna buy back all that lean muscle mass at the grocery store.

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Ronnie’s physique throughout the years :

The progession of Ronnie at the mr olympia through the years

In my opinion his best looking overall physique was attained in 1999, where he had a thin waist and better muscle definition. But one thing for sure is his most IMPRESSIVE physique was definitely in 2003. I remember when he first came on stage in ’03 he was soooo freaking HUGE I thought he wasn’t human. He had massive upper body and legs and it had a stunning effect on the spectators at the olympia.

So what does Ronnie look like now?

There have been a couple photos of him circulating on the net late 2012, so here’s a couple of them :

Ronnie coleman posing 2012-2013

Ronnie at Cardiff sports nutrition

Big Ronnie is not making a comeback for the 2013 olympia

Big Ron at Fibo 2012


Coleman doing the good old lat spread at the event

The Man doing a good old ”lat spread” for the crowd at Cardiff sports nutrition

If you take a look at the pictures it seems obvious that the guy is still massive and scrary, but things have changed since the Olympia days. In the first pic you can tell he has that typical ”big gut” that both active and retired bodybuilders seem to have. Of course the impressive ”V shape” he once had seems to be going away as well.

Here’s a video of him at a fitness expo recently


All that being said, the guy is freakin 48 years old!! and still has that muscle mass. I bet a ton of young bodybuilders won’t look half as good as that when they’re around their fifties. In my book Ronnie Coleman is still the legend of bodybuilding and we will have to wait a long time before we see such a talented bodybuilder on scene.

Hope you enjoyed.


  1. ballsohard says

    It’s sad that Ronnie’s got the ”GH gut” now. One day or another it’s inevitable, you will get old and the natural hormone secretion lowers drastically, letting you accumulate this ugly visceral fat.


    He is kind of old (48), plus the way modern bodybuilders abuse their bodies really accelerates aging and other negative side effects.

  3. AAlsmadi1 says

    It’s the insulin abuse that is the primary cause of modern bodybuilding being fucked up…

    makes them diabetics and shit.

    i can’t see anything else that makes problems, the anabolics and growth hormone can be continued till death, and allow for a lifetime user to live long.

  4. phillay says

    One thing I wonder is how/why the bodybuilding standard changed? I mean, I think most people–most fit-inclined people included–prefer the Arnold & Co. look to Coleman & Co. I’ve heard people describe contemporary bodybuilders as disgusting. So how/why did bodybuilding let that become the standard? Was it always?

    • markFit says

      This is purely speculative, but here goes. As fields become more specialized, they become less accessible to the general public. Bodybuilding used to be less specialized — it was the art of looking bigger and stronger (and it wasn’t yet distinct from being as strong as possible). Now, bodybuilding is a pursuit in its own right, and bodybuilders train more for each other and for the judges than they do for the general public. Even if the current bodybuilding norm is less pleasing to most people, it is what it is because the field is becoming more specialized — bodybuilders want to push themselves as far as they can. They don’t necessarily care about how the average Joe thinks they look, or even how the most fitness-minded people think they look.

      • BTO says

        There are a couple reasons for this one and one of them is desensitization. When Arnold was on the scene he was considered a freak like today. He even mentions this in the beginning of pumping iron. If you saw a prime Arnold in person the first words you would say are “Holy shit!” Yes Arnold and Co. are smaller than today’s pros but they were still big, you are just used to seeing today’s pros so you become more desensitized. Nobody thought anybody would be bigger than Lee Haney, then boom Dorian Yates shows up. Then Coleman, etc. etc.

        Also the drugs are better understood and the science is getting better at how to maximize benefits while reducing negative side effects.

        When people think of pros now a days they always think of the really distended guts, but that is more of a 90′s thing when hgh and insulin were first getting big on the scene and not as well understood . Most of today’s pros have almost no distention. For example, Dexter Jackson, Phil Heath, Lionel Beyeke, Dennis Wolf, Flex Lewis, and the list goes on.

      • shizzzuh says

        Just prior to Arnold, bodybuilding competitions still had “athletic points”, which is why they were often tacked on to weightlifting meets. Weider was one of the people who lobbied hard to get rid of it. By Arnold’s time, it was gone (but barely) and the whole thing became purely aesthetic, but prior to that this required some measure of functionality in the body. Somebody who trains to have a great physique and snatch 242# is going to look different from somebody training to get the very biggest muscles possible. I’m not sure why the standard moved from the “balanced” muscular physique of Arnold’s era to today’s “biggest possible muscles” idea, but that was one of the things that changed.

        • WoWisdom says

          I honestly think bodybuilding changed because people wanted to be bigger. You look at the earlier bodybuilders and they are smaller than the guys in Arnold’s time and as new guys were coming up they wanted an edge over the others so here comes the Yates and people say woww and look at what yates accomplished and want to achieve more and it keeps going like that. I wouldnt be surprised if years from now some people find ways to genetically alter their children so they raise/erase the genetic limit for someone to gain muscle. People have always found newer ways to push the body or used older ways and pushed harder than those before them.

      • Phill G says

        They get bigger because of money. The bigger your size the more attention you get the more products you can sell. Thats the reason, got nothing to do with specialising.

  5. ron767 says

    Exogenous Human Growth Hormone supplementation.

    Recombinant HGH was manfucatured for human use in 1981. Before that, HGH was extracted from the pituitary glands of human cadavers and was difficult to obtain for body building purposes.

    Arnold was using steroids but not HGH during his golden years. Coleman and Cutler have the benefit of both steroids and exogenous HGH supplementation. Some indicators of HGH use are the extended gut from intestine growth.

  6. jonny says

    Although the technology and general scientific knowledge about steroids has increased, in general the potency of the compounds has not grown that much over the years. Most of the science has been applied to creating new designer compounds that circumvent the laws prohibiting the traditional compounds.

    Some of the more powerful steroids have been around a long time: dianabol and standard testosterone. However, there are some exceptions such as the mighty trenbolone. The potency has not changed much but the power of steroids depends mainly on how much you are taking. The standard dosage for body builders has probably gone up significantly over the years.

    Most of the difference can be applied to recombinant protein technology and the proliferation of HGH.

  7. octaveus says

    Trenbolone is quite different from testosterone. It’s a 19-NOR derived steroid which means it has different properties from plain old testosterone. It has prolactin like properties for example(because it is a progestin) and will shut your HPTA down much harder than testosterone would. Common side effects include night sweats, increased aggression, high blood pressure, higher cholesterol and possible lactation. It’s also a highly powerful androgen so baldness and things like that are a real possibility if you are susceptible. As for how I know about this stuff, I’m a member in a BBing think tank where we discuss this stuff on a slightly higher than “bro” level. Using without knowing is just way to risky.

  8. setaside says

    an extra 100lb of mass and lower levels of body fat, a result of better training, nutrition and drugs.

    Arnold and co were very lean but nowhere near the leanness of the guys today.

    Photographs — colour and lighting probably don’t do a lot of the earlier generation fair justice. It’s only in the favourable black and white photos where they look truly ripped.

    The freak looks is almost down to the fat levels, and vascularity. Take a look at the guys during the off season, they still look (for me) disgustingly big but not freaky.

    Some exceptions but until Dorian, having absurb back development and leg development that we see wasn’t the norm. He is often considered as the first mass monster. All the top guys have that today.

  9. giants1 says

    Di-Nitro-Phospate. The most powerful fat burning compound around basically. It will cause your mitochondria to go into overdrive burning ridiculous amounts of fat. Losing 2lbs of fat a day is possible.

  10. J-feather says

    Several reasons. Everyone is saying steroids – yes, absolutely. But many of the frontline steroids available today were available way back when. There are several factors which are probably synergistic.

    1) Different expectations. Someone did it, and then it became possible to do. No-one questioned the logic of it. Sadly true of just about everything. Think through the Mr. O winners – Arnold S, Lee Haney, Dorian Yates, Ronnie Coleman. All those guys were put on pedestal when they were there, and became a new standard.

    2) The availability of liquid nutrition. Old protein powders (even in the 80s) were seriously unpleasant. Many old pros relied on liquid nutrition which simply didn’t have the mind-boggling amounts of protein they have now. I remember reading years ago someone marveling that Arnold used to eat OVER FIVE THOUUUUSAND CALORIES a day.

    3) Insulin. Humulin, which is recombinant insulin, became available in 1982. This is a whole new level with combined with AAS. Trust me, this is a big one.

    4) “Dial-in” drugs and exotics. I don’t know much about these, they’re very much part of the ‘black art’ of dialing in a competition physique. Spironolactone, lasix, cytadren, IGF-1, and god knows what else, go into this category. I mean, if you’re already taking multiple grams of AAS a week, you probably see a few weird things in a vial as fair game… regardless of what they are.

    5) Focus. Modern bodybuilders JUST bodybuild. Few of them do gymnastics, act in films, etc. Most of them eat, train, eat, sleep and eat. It’s an unbelievably ascetic life. As opposed to a ‘life’ life.

    As a side-note, we’ve always called it “GH gut” – “roid gut” is obviously a misnomer.

  11. mr hank says

    There’s an interesting parallel in this. The same thing has happened to women’s modeling over the past 30-40 years too (though going towards anorexia instead of “disgustingly ripped”).

    I think it’s because these industries (bodybuild and runway modelling) have become large enough to become isolated. Runway models aren’t trying to appeal to mainstream people any more than Coleman is trying to appeal to the mainstream.

    Bodybuilding now is about other bodybuilders impressing each other and aficionados/judges even though your average person thinks they look kind of gross. Most people think anorexic models look creepy and gross too but that’s about appealing to the conventions of models and fashion rather than to the average person.

    So the answer is: because it isn’t about you or any “normal” person anymore. It’s not about “looking good”, it’s about impressing other bodybuilders.

    That’s my theory.

  12. scorpions says

    I might post this image from Mr. Universe 1953 as evidence to the contrary but you are right; those guys were considered aberrations even in those days. You get back to when the 20″ arm barrier was broken and most people were like, “Eww, wtf!?” Those guys would look small or significantly less like “freaks” nowadays but by the standards of their own time they were freakish.

    My point would be that the advent of “modern” bodybuilding, including steroids, hormones, modern supplements and training methods has led to an image of bodybuilding that is significantly farther from social conceptions of “beauty”.

    Also I want to point out an error I made in my writing that may have led to confusion; I was trying to point out that the conventions of women’s modeling have changed over the past 30-40 years. I was not attempting to cite that time period as being the same for bodybuilding.

    If bodybuilding could be said to have the same transition it would have occurred much father back (100 years, give or take) as the split between “bodybuilding” and “strongman” was happening.

  13. honk-a-honk says

    I came up with it after hearing some female friends complaining about how society “expects them to look like anorexic super models”. They didn’t believe me when I said that was bullshit and that anorexic girls look creepy and most guys think that way. I couldn’t come up with a way of convincing them as such with my personal opinion; I finally said, “OK, well on the flip-side, society expects me to look like a body builder.”

    And they responded with, “Eww, no, body builders look gross!”

    “And yet so many men want to look like one,” I responded, “And the same is true of super models if you reverse the genders.”

    On another note I also think the idolization of bodybuilders and supermodels by men and women respectively is related to gender roles/society. Almost all men have tried to “get huge” or “get buff” or at least build muscle at some point; a great many of them have failed. So seeing a bodybuilder garners some degree of respect from men because he succeeded where they failed. He’s not attractive but most men understand that having that much muscle is hard work or else they wouldn’t have failed. So bodybuilders are a paragon of the idea of “gaining muscle”.

    Similarly a great many women have tried to “lose weight” and a great many have struggled or failed (their definition of failure, not mine). So seeing an anorexic model is again, like seeing a paragon of “losing weight” to most women. And even though 98% of men can tell them “Yo, models like that look gross” the models will still be idolized.

    So I think that feedback look of idolization is important too. Bodybuilders and models can get respect and prestige from their gender even though many have passed the point where they are attractive.

  14. delirious says

    Yeah i was never fan of ronnies look but he is an awesome dude..

    And no the the gut isnt do to HGH its from the constant Yo-Yo of up and down dieting for 20 years…

    if it was hgh these guys would have guts that big FOREVER but you can easily find pics of these guys (dorian yates comes to mind) in recent years with normal human guts ie flat stomachs.

    • Joe says

      Wrong, something that most people seem to forget is that bodybuilders can get corrective surgery to remove the visceral fat. The big issue is that it is a much larger operation then gynecomastia surgery and can cost a significant amount more. This type of surgery can put a bodybuilder out for a season, and cost them hard earned gains from the down time. So most bodybuilders tend to put it off. I am not sure why Ronnie hasn’t done it yet though. This is infact caused by insulin, and HGH and not from yo-yo dieting. When you see a bodybuilder who got rid of his GH gut, chances are he had corrective surgery.

  15. al says

    I find the connection between bodybuilders and runway models interesting. I think, though, there is still a distinction. I think most women complain about the likes of girls on Sports Illustrated. Models who are fit and look good. That type of body is not hard to achieve. I agree that not many think runway models look sexy. In America, what is considered the norm seems to be 15 lbs overweight as compared to other nations (mainly in Europe/Asia). I lived in Eastern Europe for long periods of time and was very used to seeing girls with normal body weight (110 – 140 lbs). Seeing a fat girl in her 20′s was very uncommon. So, what I’m trying to say is that American’s view on what is normal weight, in general, might be a little skewed.

  16. Steve says

    I became interested in weights/bodybuilding in 1977 when Mike Katz came to my school (I lived in the same town where he was a teacher at the local high school) to talk health. I collected all I could and found the history (old info) to be the best and most accurate because the new stuff was directed to the roid users and supplement sellers. It’s all about making a buck – drugs supplements or equipment, there is no difference. Go back and check the info from the old days when it was called PHYSICAL CULTURE if you care about Strength and Health.

  17. says

    Dorian Yates definitely ushered in the era of the ugly bodybuilder. The man was gifted several times with a Sandow when he looked absolutely atrocious. I don’t remember what year it was, but he came in with a torn biceps on his left arm. He had tiny knot on that arm, and his regular bicep on the other side. In a rear double biceps pose, his biceps were invisible. In his later years of winning, his gut usually preceded him onto the stage. Todays bodybuilders are definitely monsters, and they can look stunning from the front view, but turn them sideways, and there is that ugly gut protruding beyond their pecs. The midsection of a bodybuilder should be concave, not convex, it detracts from the v-taper.

  18. says

    It is verry sad of ronnie coleman changements, i mean 50 years old is not young for a bodybuilder, now from 2009 and 2014 he lost a big persentige of body muscle.

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