Ronnie Coleman is undoubtedly one of the most iconic figures in the bodybuilding world.
Having popularized training with military boots and bright-colored tights, to making phrases like “Yeah buddy” and “Nothing but a peanut” something gym rats say before a set to psych themselves up.
In his heyday, Ronnie was known for his ‘balls to the walls’ style of training — going so hard that diamonds couldn’t even square up against him. But there’s something that’s not often talked about…
Back in his bodybuilding prime, Ronnie had a day job that he spent working as a police officer.
I don’t know about you, but isn’t it a tad uncommon for a Mr. Olympia to work a nine-to-five?
The bodybuilders who Coleman stood against, all lived a kind of “high life,” soaking up the fame and stereotype that surrounded bodybuilders — fancy cars, pretty women, a big house, etc.
And here’s Ronnie, responding to a disturbance, eating chicken and rice in his patrol car. Nothing fancy.
However, this begs the question, “Why did Ronnie work as a police officer despite being the world’s number one bodybuilder?”
See what he has to say about the matter below:
There you have it. Ronnie kept his job as a police officer mainly due to the benefits that it had to offer him. Which is understandable.
But was it really necessary?
He had everything that every bodybuilder could have ever dreamed of; the house, the cars, the money. He could’ve kicked it easy and stayed at home all day but no, he decided to grind.
From where I’m sitting, I think it was very respectable of Ronnie to keep a day job, and a job as a police officer, at that.