Ronnie Coleman is one of the most successful bodybuilders in history; he won 8. Mr. Olympia titles in his competitive career.
What is interesting about Ronnie is that while bodybuilding Ronnie Coleman worked a full-time job as an officer for the police in Arlington.
We don’t see any professional bodybuilders today work a full-time job as Ronnie did.
Ronnie Coleman time in the Police
Ronnie Coleman wasn’t planning on being a professional bodybuilder when he was younger; he learned to be an accountant but failed to find a job. Then he worked at Dominos pizza before he went to become a police officer.
Ronnie was a police officer from 1989 to 2000; he was a reserve officer until 2003.
Interestingly, Ronnie Coleman won Mr. Olympia the first time in 1998, but he continued to work as a police officer even though he was the best bodybuilder in the world.
Ronnie Coleman Bodybuilding Career
Ronnie Coleman didn’t plan on being a competitive bodybuilder when he started training in Metroflex gym.
Brian Dobson, an amateur bodybuilder and owner of Metroflex gym saw potential in Ronnie and offered him a free lifetime gym membership if Ronnie competed in bodybuilding.
Ronnie accepted and competed in Mr. Texas in 1990 and won that competition.
He continued to compete in bodybuilding and powerlifting tournaments.
Ronnie won his first contest as a pro in 1995 in the Canada Pro Cup.
Ronnie first won Mr. Olympia in 1998 in the previous year (1997), he placed 9th.
He won Mr. Olympia for eight consecutive years and lost his title in 2006 to three times runner-up Jay Cutler.
After his loss, he didn’t win it again, but he holds the most Olympia victories, with Lee Haney having won it eight times in their careers.
Ronnie Coleman powerlifting
Ronnie Coleman participated in powerlifting competitions in the mid-1900s.
That might be why we saw Ronnie lifting heavy weights; he is arguably the strongest bodybuilder ever to win the Olympia.
Ronnie could bench press 500 lbs for five reps; he was filmed deadlifting 800 lbs for two reps and squatting 800 lbs for two reps.
If he wanted to, he could have been a champion powerlifter as well.
Ronnie Coleman a day in the life as a police officer
Watch the video below where Ronnie Coleman works as a police officer while still being a dedicated bodybuilder.