Legendary bodybuilder Ronnie Coleman is widely regarded as one of the greatest competitors of all time. He dominated the IFBB Pro League and shared a heated on-stage rivalry with fellow legend Jay Cutler. In a recent throwback post made on Instagram, Coleman bashed his Olympia-winning physique in the off-season posing snap with Cutler.
Ronnie Coleman first gained attention for his freakish muscle mass, size, and conditioning as a Men’s Open contender in the late 90s. He came out on top of his first Mr. Olympia appearance with a dominant victory over Flex Wheeler. After the win, Coleman went on a commanding reign that saw him ward off the budding talent and defend the title successfully seven times in a row. One of the toughest competitors he faced during his days of competition was Jay Cutler.
Cutler emerged as a promising contender who battled it out with Coleman on the Olympia stage several times. He presented a tough threat but kept falling short of Coleman until he finally dethroned him in 2006.
Since stepping away from professional competition, the pair have put their competitive rivalry behind them. The two joined social media fitness influencer Jesse James West for a collaborative upper-body training session earlier this year. They reflected on competing against each other as Coleman admitted how hard the loss to Cutler was for him.
Ronnie Coleman suffered from a series of health challenges and underwent multiple surgeries stemming from his intense training methods. He’d maintained a candid attitude about the pain he endured throughout the years. Fortunately, things turned around after he started stem cell injections nearly a year ago. He reported positive results from the treatment and revealed the pain subsided completely.
‘The King’ laid out his four favorite bodybuilding poses of all time two months ago. Then, he teamed up with former 212 Olympia champ and 2022 Mr. Olympia runner-up Derek Lunsford for a grueling back and biceps training session a week later.
Jay Cutler is one of the few athletes to have retired without any major injuries. He has kept up a high level of personal fitness and working towards his personal ‘Fit for 50’ body transformation challenge before turning 50 this August. He left the fans stunned with a jacked physique update earlier this month.
Cutler heaped praises on Coleman’s physique and believes no other competitor has come close to the package he presented in his prime. He followed up by detailing his methods for developing a massive chest and provided three movements for building boulder shoulders about two weeks ago.
Ronnie Coleman criticizes his Olympia-winning physique in off-season throwback photo with Jay Cutler
In a recent Instagram post, Ronnie Coleman bashed his physique in a throwback photo where he posed on stage next to Jay Cutler in the 2005 off-season.
“@daveliberman sent me this last night to remind me as I am crushing the next 10.5 weeks toward my goal,” wrote Cutler.
“This was 2005/06 when @ronniecoleman8 and I would guest pose week after week together before the hype of social media 16 weeks out onstage full offseason My weight 300 lbs Ronnie was 320 lbs here.”
Coleman weighed in with his take on the old physiques of the two.
“Hey where is my other arm,” commented Coleman. “I’ve been out angled by missing an arm. We are both out of shape and we both look horrible. It’s all good though. That’s what the off season was for, to be off, sometimes way way off.”
Jay Cutler opened up about his ambitions to add muscle mass while maintaining his lean build for the body transformation challenge two weeks ago. He showed off his shredded package in a physique update where he weighed 240 pounds.
Ronnie Coleman opened his own Metroflex gym in Tampa, Florida a few days ago. He reflected on his career and mingled with fans for the launch of the training facility.
Coleman’s latest comment goes to show the champion mindset he carried to become the winningest Mr. Olympia athlete in history.