Mr Olympia bodybuilding legend Ronnie Coleman unrecognisable after harrowing downfall that left him a shell of a man

LEGENDARY bodybuilder Ronnie Coleman’s downfall has been documented in a Netflix film which many have said is “difficult” to watch.

Mr Olympia won the world’s best bodybuilder eight times during the height of his career.

Ronnie Coleman's biceps were an astounding 23 inches in circumference

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Ronnie Coleman’s biceps were an astounding 23 inches in circumferenceCredit: Rex Features
The bodybuilder has continued to train despite his deteriorating condition

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The bodybuilder has continued to train despite his deteriorating conditionCredit: https://www.alamy.com

Coleman’s physique has deteriorated through the years, but the former bodybuilding great has refused to stop working out, despite it threatening his health.

Both of his hips have been replaced and his spine has had so many surgeries, doctors had to operate through the front of his body due to the amount of scar tissue.

Coleman’s eighth surgery is documented in a new Netflix film, and despite all his medical drama, the 54-year-old goes to the gym everyday at 4:30am.

Dr Michael Hisey, an orthopaedic surgeon at the Texas Back Institute, said: 

“If I had to pick, just for his back, (working out) is not the best thing. But for his overall wellbeing, I think he needs to (keep working out).”

He squatted 800 pounds – twice – and his arms and chest broke records with their measurements.

During his prime, his size stunned his competitors, with two-time Mr Olympia Jay Cutler saying to News Australia:

“Ronnie just had it all. He was bigger than everyone. He was more conditioned than everyone. And he just didn’t give a s***. He stood up on that stage and was just like ‘I’m here, give me my title.'”

After his most recent surgery in September this year Coleman posted how excited he was to walk again, after struggling for months.

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“This is the best I’ve felt after my last three surgeries. God is truly blessing me this time around because he knows that I definitely need the inspiration because lately I’ve been semi-depressed after all my surgeries,” the post read.

Despite the countless medical issues Coleman has faced due to his extreme way of training, the bodybuilder said he would do it again – which many are calling foolish.

“I wouldn’t want any of those trophies to have the body Ronnie has at 53, 54 years old.

“It’s very sad. It hits hard for me because I stood next to him and battled him and I admired the way he trained and sometimes thought ‘man, I wish I could do that.'” Cutler said.

The Sun previously reported on the outrageous amount Coleman spent on his home gym, with the bodybuilder commenting:

“The gym cost me about $200,000, it’s more important than the house to me.”

Coleman’s rise and fall in the bodybuilding world is documented in the new Netflix film, ‘The King’.

His home gym rivals that of an Olympic athlete

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His home gym rivals that of an Olympic athleteCredit: Instagram/Ronnie Coleman
He's made appearances on shows such as The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, seen here in 2001

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He’s made appearances on shows such as The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, seen here in 2001Credit: Getty – Contributor