Earlier this year the bodybuilding world was rocked by the news that legend of the sport Ronnie Coleman may never walk again.
The eight-time Mr Olympia is one of the most recognisable faces in the game and has been at its forefront for years, holding the record for most International Bodybuilding and Fitness Foundation titles, alongside a plethora of global event wins.
In his quest for his larger than life muscles and mass he has pushed his body to the its very limit. But thousands of hours in the gym have now taken a huge toll on his body, leaving him in need of a number of operations including spinal fusion and disc decompressions, as well as more than one hip replacement.
In the past he has rushed his recovery from these operations in order to get back in the gym, causing complications which saw many fear he may be bound to a wheelchair for the rest of his life.
However, in a video shared by the 54-year-old athlete, he appears to be back on his feet and has wasted no time in getting back in the gym.
Coleman is a legend of the bodybuilding world, claiming the Mr Olympia title eight times. Credit: Instagram.
But under strict orders to stay off the weights, Ronnie tells his three million followers not to worry and that he is just doing some light cardio to stay in shape over the Christmas holidays.
He says: “Yeah, buddy. Ain’t nothing but a lonely Christmas Day in the gym by myself. On Christmas Day working out by myself, with myself. That’s how you do it, ain’t nothing to it but to do it.
“All by myself and I’m out cause I’ve got to finish this workout. I’m just doing cardio, so y’all know this is cardio, nothing serious just cardio, just trying to stay ahead of the game, yeah, buddy. We out.”
The clip is accompanied by a short message from the bodybuilder telling his fans that he’s just focused on returning to full fitness.
The 54-year-old has had to undergo a number of major surgeries. Credit: Instagram
It says: “Trying to stay in half decent shape even if I have to do something on Christmas Day. Nothing serious, just cardio, no lifting no weights whatsoever. Going to be 100% healed before I touch any kind of weights. That’s for damn sure!! Doing it on any day though, whether Christmas, New Years or Thanksgiving. It’s all about staying dedicated, and doing what it takes to accomplish those goals of getting healthy and healed.”
In a recent interview with bodybuilding magazine Muscular Development, Coleman spoke about his health problems.
He said: “Every surgery I’ve had done was like $300,000 to $500,000 so the last three surgeries I had almost spend $2 million dollars!”
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