I’m an eight-time Mr Olympia champ – but my sex-life suffered when I decided to become a bodybuilding pro

EIGHT-TIME Mr. Olympia champion Ronnie Coleman recently opened up about how steroids affected his sex life during his professional career.

In a podcast with Youtuber Ranveer Allahbadia, aka Beer Biceps, Coleman said he started taking steroids when he was thirty years old.

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Ronnie Coleman is an eight-time Mr. Olympia championCredit: Instagram/ronniecoleman8
The bodybuilder said he started taking steroids when he was thirty years old

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The bodybuilder said he started taking steroids when he was thirty years oldCredit: YouTube/TRS Clips
Since tying the record with bodybuilder Lee Haney, Coleman has been given the nickname 'The King'

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Since tying the record with bodybuilder Lee Haney, Coleman has been given the nickname ‘The King’Credit: AP

“I was scared to do all that stuff back then,” he said.

The bodybuilder turned pro in 1992 after winning the Mr. Universe title, but his journey wasn’t easy. 

Originally from Louisiana, Coleman struggled to crack the top five at the Mr. Olympia as he juggled his passion for bodybuilding with multiple other jobs.

He even served as a police officer in Austin, Texas for more than a decade.

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Now, Coleman has amassed over 10 million followers on Instagram.

“YEAH BUDDY LIGHT WEIGHT BABY!! Never in my life did I imagine having 10 million followers let alone win 8 Mr Olympias…this is truly off the chain. Thank you from the bottom of my heart to each and every one of you 10 million…Yeah Buddy,” he posted on the social media platform.

Much of Coleman’s fanbase looks to him for inspiration and guidance.

“My hero,” one user commented.

“The KING,” another echoed.

“Because you’re a legend,” a third said.

I’m a ripped bodybuilder but I have never set foot in a gym and my job alone gets me stacked

But Coleman’s journey to the top wasn’t only determined by his physical capabilities — it also took immense mental strength and personal sacrifice.

Athletes from various sports choose to abstain from intimacy, especially during the weeks leading up to a competition.

While Coleman admits to taking this approach in the podcast, he also explained how taking steroids had killed his sex drive.

“I was just as sexually active without it,” Coleman said on the podcast.

Who is Ronnie Coleman?

Ronnie Coleman is widely recognized as one of the greatest bodybuilders, nicknamed “The King.

• 1990 Mr. Texas (heavyweight & overall)

•1991 World Amateur Championships (heavyweight)

•1995 Canada Pro Cup

•1996 Canada Pro Cup

•1997 Grand Prix Russia

•1998 Mr. Olympia, Night of Champions, Toronto Pro Invitational, Grand Prix Finland, Grand Prix Germany

•1999 Mr. Olympia, World Pro Championships, Pride Grand Prix England

•2000 Mr. Olympia, World Pro Championships, Mr. Brody Langley, Grand Prix England

•2001 Mr. Olympia, Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic, New Zealand Grand Prix

•2002 Mr. Olympia, Grand Prix Holland

•2003 Mr. Olympia, Grand Prix Russia

•2004 Mr. Olympia, Grand Prix England, Grand Prix Holland, Grand Prix Russia

•2005 Mr. Olympia

•2006 Mr. Olympia 2nd, Grand Prix Austria, Grand Prix Holland, Grand Prix Romania

•2007 Mr. Olympia 4th

When asked how steroid use has affected his sex life, Coleman confessed, “You’re less turned on. At least I was.”

The eight-time champ said he just wasn’t used to all the extra testosterone in his body.

“I didn’t grow up, you know, doing that,” he said. “I’m putting these foreign substances in my body and I’m like I ain’t used to that.”

Coleman affirms that while bodybuilding didn’t necessarily affect his sex life, turning pro did.

I didn’t grow up, you know, doing that. I’m putting these foreign substances in my body and I’m like I ain’t used to that.

Ronnie Coleman

In 1997, the bodybuilder almost lost his motivation to continue competing after ranking 9th in Mr. Olympia.

But just a year later, he won the competition and held onto his title for seven consecutive years.

After tying the record with Lee Haney, Coleman earned the nickname, The King, and is now regarded as one of the greatest bodybuilders in the game.

“Bodybuilding is probably the hardest sport in the world,” Coleman said.

“It’s a lot to go through and it’s not rewarding at all.”


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