Ronnie Coleman: Heartbreaking reason why famous bodybuilder uses crutches

Ronnie Coleman: Heartbreaking reason why famous bodybuilder uses crutches

Isaac Darko
updated at April 12, 2023 at 8:26 PM

World-famous bodybuilder Ronnie Coleman is widely considered the greatest bodybuilder of all time.

The 58-year-old has won the Mr. Olympia title eight straight times and earned 26 IFBB professional titles.

The American weightlifter has always been a successful name in the bodybuilding industry.

Coleman became famous as a renowned powerlifter and bodybuilder who lifted the heaviest weight possible.

That, though, came at quite the price of his entire career and changed everything.

What happened to Ronnie Coleman

Coleman's solid physique is the result of his extreme workouts and deadlifts.

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However, his tireless hard work took a toll on his health, leading to several injuries that forced him to lose his mobility.

Due to multiple surgeries and other procedures, he lost most of his mobility and was bound to a wheelchair.

Coleman has had 13 surgeries since 2007. In an interview with Muscle and Fitness, Ronnie spoke about his struggles with health.

He said: "All the hardware kind of interferes with the nerves. I used to be able to bend over and do all these crazy stretches. I can't do that anymore."

Coleman underwent two hip replacement surgeries and multiple other treatments to alleviate the pain from his damaged intervertebral disks. The surgeries, though, aggravated his injuries and caused the bodybuilding icon to lose most of his mobility.

Where is Ronnie Coleman now?

Despite his deteriorating condition, Ronnie Coleman continued to train. Now, however, he can only do lightweight training.

With the help of exercise and therapy, Coleman has gained some of his mobility back and is also able to walk with assistance.

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Isaac Darko
Isaac Darko is a La Liga, Ligue 1 and Bundesliga editor at Sports Brief with a Degree in Journalism and Communications from Ghana Institute of Journalism (2010)