Legends come in all shapes & sizes

This is a guest post by Dr Imran Ghauri

Drive? Determination? Single mindedness?

These are all words that are incorporated into many a self help book, and for many these are just words!!!

On the 25th of may people travelled from all over the UK to see a man who personified all these words and more….. The champion who is Ronnie Coleman, 8 times Mr Olympia. He weighs a staggering 300lbs and is one of the strongest men to have walked the earth.

Many of you will have no idea who this man is, academics unfortunately are usually bogged down in there own fields to appreciate the achievements of people in non related fields…. But as I believe excellence in any field is still excellence and is there for us to admire appreciate and more importantly take lessons from however irrelevant these achievements may seem!

Dr Imran Ghauri with 8x Mr Olympia Ronnie Coleman

Ronnie Coleman, a simple African American from a small Louisiana town , came from a poor background. He was a sportsman and played American football which got him into college. He majored in accountancy but due to injury was not drafted into the professional leagues and became despondent!! He left and worked any and every job he could being turned down at every interview as an accountant due to having no experience!!! Ronnie joined the police force as he felt this may be his way to a steady income – and a way of serving the community.

One day he bumped into a guy who owned the local gym…. ” you got a good build, ever thought of bodybuilding?”
Ronnie thought, hmm diet? Steroids? Lifestyle ? Sacrifice? …..”Na can’t afford that!” Ronnie was persuaded with a free gym membership by the gym owner if he entered the local contest on the behalf of his gym as a bodybuilder, Ronnie had nothing to lose……..he entered and became the next Mr Texas!!!! This was the beginning of an illustrious career spanning 20 years in which he won 8 Mr Olympia titles ( the bodybuilding equivalent of the World Cup).

Ronnie was a great champion who balanced his job as a police officer with the dedicated lifestyle of a bodybuilder. He did not take steroids in a field of bodybuilders who openly admitted they did, being in the police force means regular drug testing, and medicals, Ronnie remained clean. What can we learn from Ronnie?

Bodybuilders are all steroided, meatheads with no intellect right?

Well let’s just say dedicating your life to bodybuilding,training twice a day, eating at all hours and sticking to a strict regimen your whole life is not for the faint hearted, success follows sacrifice and this is the lesson to learn and the old adage ” nothing worth having in life comes easy” is the most apt , applying it to all our lives. Ronnie is a legend and his success should be inspiration to us all.


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