Ronnie Coleman 7th Mr. Olympia (2004) 0.33 Body Fat % Secret Revealed on Joe Rogan’s Podcast

Ronnie Coleman 7th Mr. Olympia Secret
Ronnie Coleman with Joe Rogan

Ronnie Coleman, famously known as the real life adaptation of “The Hulk” has revealed mindblowing facts about his bodybuilding journey in Joe Rogan’s podcast and how he managed to look his best during the 7th Mr. Olympia (2004) win.

The 8 times Mr. Olympia is considered as the greatest bodybuilder of all time, he is also mentioned in the highest honor in the industry ‘International Sports Hall of Fame’.

The ‘lightweight baby’ phrase producer recently appeared on UFC commentator Joe Rogan’s podcast ‘Joe Rogan Experience’. During its 1 and a half-hour run, the two of them discussed bodybuilding lifestyle, how to put on size, and extensive training required for Mr. Olympia stage. Later in the session, Ronnie talks about the injuries and hardships he faced later in his career.

Ronnie Coleman 7th Mr. Olympia Secret
Ronnie Coleman with Joe Rogan

Coleman revealed his body fat percentage and the amount of chicken he used to eat during his peak time. And the revelation shocked the entire audience.

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Ronnie said people do not consider the hard work which goes into the gym, diet, and training, all they care for is the result. The winning has been part of continuous hard work, blood & sweat poured into the gym and that he did not succeed overnight.

“I put on … between five and 10 pounds (2-4.5kg) of muscle a year, and that came from all that heavy lifting (and) a lot of eating, a lot of eating.”

“It wasn’t a lot to me but if someone normal tried to eat it, it would probably be a lot. So I’d eat a pound (450g) of chicken, grilled breast with half a cup of rice.”

Ronnie Coleman & Joe Rogan Podcast: 7th Mr. Olympia (2004) Secrets

Yes, Ronnie Coleman used to eat half kg of chicken with boiled rice in a day during the course of 6-7 meals while preparing for 7th Mr. Olympia 2004.

Coleman would wake up at night and eat if any meal was missed during the daytime because that’s how dedicated he was for bodybuilding. Part of the reason Coleman would get so hungry is that he used to eat clean with no fats, low amounts of carbs, and a high protein diet.

“When you eat like that, you get hungry every three hours. Every two or three hours you’re hungry because I’m not eating a lot of fat.”

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Once a mass monster, Ronnie liked receiving free gym memberships so he decided to become a professional bodybuilder. With time, Ronnie Coleman’s body fat percentage dropped as low as 0.33 percent in 2004 during preparation of 7th Mr. Olympia. Rogan took a deep breath and let that fact sink in.

“That’s less than half a percent,” Coleman clarified.

Rogan replied: “What? How does a human get that low?”

Ronni said it depends on a lot of factors and genetics plays an important role in achieving a low body fat percentage. He mentioned, even if someone tries to follow the same diet routine and training, it will be impossible for people to reach that mark. Ronnie Coleman looked his best during 2004 playing 7th Mr. Olympia.

Joe and Ronnie talked about a plethora of topics in the 90-minute run podcast. Ronnie talked about his health issues and the ongoing protests in the states. Looking back at the 800 Pounds squat for 2 reps, Ronnie expressed regret and said he could have pushed a little heavier.

Coleman won 8 consecutive Mr. Olympia from 1998 to 2005 and retired after that due to a spinal injury.


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