After a major 11 hour back surgery, 8x Mr Olympia Ronnie Coleman is undergoing therapy in order to walk again. After snapping several screws that were holding mesh grates to his spine, Ronnie is currently completing assisted treadmill and stationary bike exercise in the hopes of walking across the stage to receive his induction into the International Sports Hall of Fame on March 5.

After the surgery, Ronnie shared on Instagram that his only regret is squatting 800 lb for 2 reps, rather than 4. This is Ronnie’s 4th back surgery since his last Olympia outing in 2007, adding to other major surgeries for replacing both hips and having his neck fused at level 5, 6, and 7. Yeah buddy, light weight!


Ronnie Coleman Spine Surgery Screws
Ronnie Coleman – This is the hardware from my last surgery. What you guys are looking at is 11 hours of hard work neurosurgeons performed on my back. What you also see there is 6 hard titanium screws specially made for a rough and tough back like mine, there are also 2 large cages with plates separating both of them. The screws are screwed into my bones, very painfully if I have to say so myself. The cages are so big that the Dr had to open me up from the side to put them in, he also had to open me up from the back to take out some hardware that was broken which caused me to have this surgery. So now I have incisions on my back and my side serratus. There are 6 screws here, 2 more and I’d have one for each Olympia. So let me ask you again, you still wanna be 8 X Mr Olympia? As you can see, the price you have to pay is pretty painful. But of course a champion like myself wouldn’t have it no other way.


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