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#BBGOAT: Ronnie Coleman vs. Phil Heath

The #BBGOAT (BodyBuilding Greatest of All Time) is MAXS.COM.AU’s knockout competition to determine who the fans think is the greatest bodybuilder of all time. We started with our top 16 of the Greatest Bodybuilders of all time and now we’re asking YOU to do the hard work – that is, narrow it down to one. Set up in much the same way as a tennis tournament, each week you’ll see head-to-head match-ups, with the winner of those progressing to the next round to square off with their next challenger. From 16, we’ll go to 8, to 4, and ultimately our final. So cast your VOTE and decide just who is the greatest bodybuilder in history!

We’re talking Coleman vs. Columbo; Phil vs. Flex, Arnie vs. Jay – It’s time for the fans to have their say! You’ll be able to cast your vote below.

Ronnie Coleman vs. Phil Heath

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Ronnie Coleman

  • Nickname: The Big Ron
  • Born: May 13, 1964
  • Height: 5’11” (180cm)
  • Weight:: 300lb (140kg) (Contest), 315lb (143kg) (Off season)
  • Pro Debut: IFBB World Amateur Championships 1992
  • Best Win: FBB Mr. Olympia 1998–2005
  • Predecessor: Dorian Yates
  • Successor: Jay Cutler

By The Numbers: Pro Comps: 46 | 1st Places: 18 | 2nd Places: 4 | 3rd Places: 5 | Arnold Classic Wins: 1 | Mr. Olympia Wins: 8.

The man who got the bodybuilding world screaming “Yeah Buddy!” and “Ain’t nothing but a peanut!” needs little introduction. Big Ronnie Coleman’s introduction to bodybuilding came when follow police officer Gustavo Arlotta suggested he attend the Metroflex gym, owned by amateur bodybuilder Brian Dobson. Seeing the potential in Colemen, Dobson offered him a free lifetime membership if he allowed Dobson to train him for the upcoming Mr. Texas bodybuilding competition that year. After training for Mr. Texas, Coleman won first place in both the heavyweight and overall categories, in the process defeating Dobson himself.

After turning pro in 1992 Coleman gave himself a few years of solid training before winning his first pro show, the Canada Pro Cup, in 1995. The following year, he won the contest again, followed by a first place win in the 1997 Russian Grand Prix. From here the success continued with Big Ron taking out 8 Mr Olympia titles. The last of the wins in 2005. He went on to compete for another two years before injury and lack of preparation lead to eventual retirement.

In 2011, he launched Ronnie Coleman Nutrition, a company that provides sports nutrition and wellness products for bodybuilders and other athletes.

Coleman won the Mr. Olympia title eight years in a row (1998–2005) and is regarded as one of the greatest bodybuilders of all time. Alongside his eight Mr. Olympia wins as a professional bodybuilder, he held the record for most wins as an IFBB professional with 26.

Phil Heath

  • Nickname: The Gift
  • Born: December 18, 1979
  • Height: 5’9″ (175cm)
  • Pro Debut: 2006 Colorado Pro Championships
  • Best Win: Mr. Olympia 2011–2016
  • Predecessor: Jay Cutler
  • Successor: n/a

By The Numbers: Pro Comps: 23 | 1st Places: 17 | 2nd Places: 3 | 3rd Places: 1 | Arnold Classic Wins: 1 | Mr. Olympia Wins: 6.

Phil Heath entered the world of bodybuilding in 2002 and by 2005, he won the overall title at the NPC USA Championships, earning the right to compete as an IFBB Pro. The following year Heath took out his first show as a pro at The Colorado Pro Championships and then backed it up with the The New York Pro Championship.

In 2007, Heath placed fifth at the Arnold Classic. Although he still qualified to compete in the 2007 Mr. Olympia contest, Heath, nevertheless, decided not to enter the contest, stating that he needed additional time to improve his form. Heath won the 2008 Iron Man show and placed second to Dexter Jackson at the 2008 Arnold Classic and in his 2008 Mr. Olympia debut, finished third to become the first novice to place in the top three since Flex Wheeler in 1993. In 2009 a stomach virus set Phil back in his preparation causing him to come in lighter and finish in 5th place at the MrO. In 2010, he took second place to Jay Cutler, but in 2011 Phil beat Jay to take his first Olympia crown which he has since defended and In 2016 he won his 6th Mr. Olympia title. Tying him with Dorian Yates for fourth all-time behind Lee Haney, Ronnie Coleman, and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

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