Its really sad to see him that way, compared to before.
Ronnie hasn't done any serious training in how long? He has been out of competition for how long? He had how many injuries prior to retiring and getting married?
This is not a man that is looking rubbish, this is a man on the road back. He actually looks like he could be ready in time for the O (but doesn't he have to qualify still?) as he will gain the mass back quickly and then it is just diet prep like everyone else.
Although I don't think he will be a serious challenge. Failing a massive accident involving a mulcher, a piano and a steam roller this year is between Phil and Dex.
I challenge anyone here to post photos of them looking bigger and leaner! He isn't small, he isn't particularly fat and the issues he had with nerve damage seem to have dissappeared.
Like I said; he hasn't been focussed on competition for a fair amount of time and yet still is in decent shape. If he wanted to compete he could still step back on stage this year and do very well.
word. you have to remember tim that the general population (which is decently represented here) doesn't consider important factors like that when assesing a physique, let alone the physique of the greatest bodybuilder ever. all they see is a lesser physique, and just speak before actually thinking. the man hasn't been training (at least no where near his normal level) and still looks solid. you know what you say is true, but people in here are just going to naysay until ronnie actually puts it all together again. considering the factors you just listed in conjunction with the pictures in here, i think he can.
Of course he is not SMALL, of course he is not a FAT ASS, what we were trying to say is that it seems he lost at least 30-35% of his muscle mass.
Or course he looks 1000 times better than most of us, of course, because less than 3 years ago he was on the top of the BB world.
I really hope he can fix his left tri/lat problems, who the hell doesn't want the best ever back?
But man, you can't deny he must be taking it very easy... that's neither "good" or "bad", it's simply his choice, but he isn't training-eating-gearing as in the past.
That being said, I hope he competes at least one more time in decent shape.
To quote yourself:
Key word being "properly". You may have acknowledged that his focus isn't on being a pro atm, but it is as if to say that somehow he sucks now because he has retired. That is just small minded and disrespectfull to one of the greatest BBers ever.Originally Posted by mvsf1
edit: not trying to single you out as being a perpetrator of the last sentence, as your post is probably more balanced than most in this thread.