There’s a lot of reasons Ronnie Coleman is called the greatest bodybuilder of all time. Now, I’m always gonna be partial to Arnold, but I have zero issue with Ronnie being called the greatest. Do I believe him to look the best? No, not necessarily. However, he’s the definition of a genetic monster, an absolute marvel. Then you have his strength, as he trained as a powerlifter, and years of that created dense, thick muscle most bodybuilders don’t have. He’s an absolute mass monster, but still proportionate.
Beyond the physics, you had the work ethic. Nobody trained as hard as Ronnie. Although he’d take 2-3 months off a year, which I always thought was kinda lame, the remaining 9 months he was an absolute beast. Training with mostly free-weights, and training hard and HEAVY. As you’ll see here in this video. 5 weeks out from Mr. Olympia, 5 freaking weeks out, and he squats 800lbs, for REPS. And these aren’t some half squats or some BS, these are parallel reps. After he does this, he gives a great quote, and something I often think about when I’m going for a PR of some sorts.
So, check out Big Ron, and watch him kick some serious ass. Yeah, buddy.
Well, I felt well enough to go in today, but I didn’t go hard, or even stick to a routine. I did some Rack Pulls, and then some back & bicep work, but nothing heavy. I couldn’t really go hard because if I started breathing heavy I’d start coughing and that shit hurts.
Starting Saturday everything should be back to normal.
Starting on Sunday, I developed a sore throat, and thought it’d be gone by the morning. It wasn’t. But I still forced myself to hit up the gym. It didn’t get worse, and so the next day came. I hit the gym, and still felt fine. Then I went for a walk for about an hour, in some what rainy whether that took place in about 50 degrees. No bueno. I felt OK as I went to bed, but then things just got worse from there. I had one of the worst nights sleep ever.
I didn’t get more than a few hours per shot, and I flat out felt like shit. So when it was time to get up, I was ghost. For the first time in 7 years I got sick, and for the first time in over a year I missed a scheduled gym day.
So, I do apologize, good people. Hopefully I’ll be back in action tomorrow.
A few days ago I posted the first episode of Strength Wars, a series done by some cool European cats. It pitted a Powerlifter vs a guy who just did workouts in the park/street, body-workout sorta deals. If you haven’t seen it, I highly recommend it, and as we know, I have the utmost in taste quality.
So, I bring you guys the second one. Here we have a Strongman taking on a Powerlifter. Each doing a lift that’s tailored to their sport, and one that’s pretty even. It’s a pretty fun match, and I will be the first to admit that I’m very impressed that the Strongman is vegan. However, he’s probably juicing, so I think that might make things a little easier.