I already said...you cant deny him coming back because he obviously loves the sport. But why retire in the first place? lol he hasnt even been retired a year yet. eitherway he will do what he wants and all the power to him. Im just saying it takes away from there previously great careers.
I loved watching ronnie dominate the stage, it was great. But what i loved more than that, what really got me pumped about ronnie was his passion. I have never seen another bber with that same passion and love of the game.
When you think about ronnie coleman what gets you pumped? Sure his inhuman size and conditioning were great, but it's those screams of "Yeah Budday" or "Lightweight" or "Ain't Nuthin but a Peanut" that get me going. The inspiration for me is his infallible desire to lift and compete. He isn't doing it for money or fame, he is doing it because he loves it. You can see it on his face. You saw it on his face during his routine at the O this year.
I one day hope to have that level of passion and feel the same joy he does towards lifting.
His physique is not what makes ronnie the best bber of all time in my eyes, its his spirit and the mind blowing workouts and pleasure he derives from them.
Fair enough. It was a bad analogy.Quote
How about this: Bodybuilding is art. Bodybuilders are artists, albeit sometimes self-destructive artists. Regardless, they love to make art. Even if critics imply they aren't making good art anymore, I don't believe they should give up making art because of the critics.
Was that any better?
He can't do any of that anymore. He's pushed his body to very extreme limits both physically and chemically. Id like to see him stay clean, obviously keep working out like he does, and stay around and get involved somehow at the shows.
I don't want him to stay retired because it will tarnish what I think of him. I want him to stay retired so he doesn't tarnish himself.
Ok, then help me develop the logic in my argument. I'll break it down and you can show me where I'm wrong.
First, this only concerns his fans who don't think he should compete again because his injuries have ruined his physique.
1) They enjoyed the body he presented from 98-2005, with possibly a few exceptions.
2) Ronnie, because of his age/injuries, will never be as good as he was before.
3) Ronnie should not compete because he will never be comparable to his old form again.
If fans don't want to see a wrecked Ronnie on stage, that's fine. My point was, however, Ronnie competes for himself and if he wants to compete again, his fans should support him regardless.
If you don't agree with my notion that bodybuilding is comparable to art, I'd like to know why. Not because I think my opinion is infallible, but because I'd genuinely like to know your reasons. :)
I know it may sound stupid, but I love coming backs.
I'm a huge Jordan fan and I knew before the first game he will never do the playoffs with the Wizards but I had the oportunity to see some more HUGE games by the best ever.
The same applyes to Ronnie Coleman.
It would be amazing to see him once again onstage.
GO BIG RON!
Don't get me wrong, seeing him hit a rear db or a rear lat spread was mind blowing.
I agree that he should keep his health in mind, i would like to see him around for a long time. But the man has to follow his passion. To quote braveheart "All men die, but few men ever really live". Now don't take that to mean be reckless and pursue what you want at any cost, he should do what he loves. The real shame would be for him to give up on something he really loves to do.
All good points. Thing about bodybuilding though is that it's different from other sports. The best example I can think of is Jerry Rice in football, he literally played to the point where the best position any team in the NFL would offer him was a #4 wide receiver spot. With bodybuilding, there's nobody who can tell him to stop competing, even when he's out of place.Quote
This hasn't been raised, but I think it should be. Would Ronnie enjoy competing as much if he was finishing 7th place in shows? There's a big difference between loving training and busting your ass and getting rewarded with a Mr. Olympia, and a 6 figure check, than busting your ass and finishing in something like 7th place.
That's fine. Nowadays I feel that bodybuilding in its strictest form is less of an art than before as one doesn't necessarily express themselves artistically through their physique as much as they do what they need to do in order to bring home the checks and/or trophies. The act of bodybuilding and competing in its purest form may have been comparable to art but now there are fairly stringent guidelines that one must follow in order to win, making it about the furthest thing from an expressionistic movement. Now posing on the other hand you could make a case for. ;)Originally Posted by lifterdead