Ronnie Coleman Reveals He Had To Give Up Women To Focus In College

Ronnie Coleman
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Ernesto Cova

Ronnie Coleman is widely considered the greatest bodybuilder of all time. The ultimate Mr. Olympia, Coleman has made the rounds as of late for all the struggles he's been through.

He's spent millions of dollars on surgery to fix multiple injuries in his back, yet he doesn't even know if he'll be able to walk again someday.

Coleman Had To Make Sacrifices

Coleman's ascent to the top came thanks to his discipline and work ethic. Notably, he took that same approach to his academic life, as he recently admitted that he turned down multiple women because he wanted to graduate with honors:

“It was so many of the girls that I turned down that, uh, you know, want to hang out with me," Coleman said. "Yeah, I mean, I like to do that, but I got started for the account exam. I’m gonna catch you next time most time, I just avoided it all together for the most part, and sometimes it’s easier, sometimes it’s hard, but you know, like I was willing to make sacrifices because I wanted to graduate, and I wanted to graduate on top of my class.”

He Went Through Hell

The all-time great bodybuilder has looked back on his life and believes some of the sacrifices he made were just not worth it, even recalling a time when he felt like he was dying:

“When you start dying, this sport is not worth dying for," Coleman said. "Not at all. I remember back in 2001, I’ll never forget it like it was yesterday. I woke up the morning of the Olympia and I felt awful. I was totally dehydrated, you know, you have to be kind of a little dehydrated to get up there on stage. But this morning, I felt awful, I felt real bad. I was to the point where I felt like I was kind of dying. It scared the living hell out of me. I called my nutritionist, and said hey, dude I feel awful. Forget this show, I’m going to the hospital. I’m not going to die for this sport. I’m going to the hospital."

He May Never Walk Again

Coleman now believes his surgeon has been taking advantage of him. He's undergone multiple surgeries he now thinks were unnecessary, which is why he may never walk again:

“All these surgeries a lot of it has to do with the way the surgeon performed the surgery and the surgeon that I’ve had the last three surgeries been really bad and caused a lot of damage to my body, so I don’t know if I’ll be able to walk," Coleman confessed.

Health Should Always Come First

It's a shame to see such a legend like Ronnie Coleman go through all of this. Ironically, maybe we wouldn't even know who he was if it wasn't for all the hard work and sacrifices he went through.

But as much as fame, money, and recognition could be great, nothing should ever be ahead of our physical, mental, and emotional health.