Arnold Schwarzenegger and Ronnie Coleman’s Joint Workout at Gold’s Gym Venice – The Mr. Olympia Legends Reunite

“2 Goats Walk Into a Gym” might sound like the start of a comical tale, but it’s the headline of a YouTube video uploaded on August 8, 2023, by none other than Arnold Schwarzenegger. The scene? Venice’s renowned Gold’s Gym. The occasion? A training session between the seven-time Mr Olympia, Schwarzenegger, and the eight-time Mr Olympia, Ronnie Coleman.

Training Highlights

The iconic duo kicked off their session with seated machine lateral raises. As they traded sets, Coleman consistently outperformed, squeezing in one or two additional reps compared to what Schwarzenegger challenged him to do. Yet, Schwarzenegger stood toe-to-toe, set by set, before lauding Coleman for his impressive physique.

“They’re pumping up as we go. I can sense them expanding,” Schwarzenegger remarked.

Schwarzenegger guided the following exercise: a seated shoulder press machine targeting the front delts. Both bodybuilding legends accomplished three sets each. This was followed by triceps training using a dip machine. As Schwarzenegger worked on his reps, Coleman remarked about the rarity of such a session, especially at Gold’s Gym, known as the “mecca of bodybuilding”.

“Fifteen Olympias between us. This is a once-in-a-lifetime event,” Coleman observed.

Their session ended with biceps exercises, precisely machine preacher curls – a routine both are famous for. Having completed four sets each, the pair wrapped up with a nostalgic Schwarzenegger hand clasp reminiscent of the one he exchanged with Carl Weathers in the movie “Predator”.

Sample Workout Based on Schwarzenegger and Coleman’s Routine

For those inspired to emulate the training session of these two legends, here’s a breakdown:

  • Lateral Raise Machine — 3 sets of 15-20 reps
  • Seated Overhead Press Machine — 3 sets of 15-20 reps
  • Triceps Dip Machine — 3 sets of 15-20 reps
  • Machine Preacher Curl — 3 sets of 15-20 reps

Note: Ensure a rest period of 60 seconds between sets or while your training partner takes their turn.

A Bond Beyond The Gym

The bond between Coleman and Schwarzenegger extends beyond shared workout sessions. While they never competed against each other, their histories intertwined. Coleman clinched the 2001 Arnold Classic title, a competition co-promoted by Schwarzenegger. Two decades later, Schwarzenegger presented Coleman with the Arnold Classic Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2021 event in Columbus, OH.

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