Ronnie Coleman is one of the all-time greats in the bodybuilding world, edging out even Arnold Schwarzenegger himself with a run of eight consecutive years as the winner of the coveted Mr. Olympia title. And he credits the team he had around him with his extraordinary success.
“I tell people all the time that the reason I was so successful at bodybuilding was because I was surrounded by great trainers and nutritionists,” Coleman, now retired, said in a recent conversation with Men’s Health. “I think it’s all about knowledge and being willing to learn for the most part. The more knowledge you have, the better off you’ll be.”
In a new video on his YouTube channel, Coleman gives his subscribers a look at the nutrition side of things, sharing everything that he eats in a day—and what he used to eat on an average day while he was preparing for IFBB competitions like Mr. Olympia.
The day starts out with half a cup of grits and two cups of egg whites. Coleman explains that while getting ready for a contest, the egg whites will be switched out in favor of a protein shake, but that otherwise “all the meals are pretty much the same.”
This is followed by chicken with a baked potato or rice and beans: in other words, bodybuilding “bro meal” staples. The video also shows Coleman downing a truly staggering number of supplements.
“The basics in my opinion are a multivitamin, amino acids (BCAA), and whey protein isolate,” he told MH. “The isolate is lower calorie, and it’s easier to digest. There are others, of course, but those in my opinion are the absolute must haves. Food is obviously very important too, but I don’t put one over the other. You need to pay serious attention to both.”
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