Leg Exercises

Ronnie Coleman: Walking Lunge

Ronnie Coleman lunged his way to eight Mr. Olympia titles.

Ronnie Coleman: Walking Lunge

For eight years, Ronnie Coleman dominated bodybuilding. From1998 to 2005, he won not just a record-tying eight Mr. Olympias but also virtually every other contest he entered, including a tally of 23 out of 24.He earned his unprecedented muscle mass the old-school way: with heavy-metal work-outs in the hardcore haven of Metroflex Gym in Arlington, TX. Eight-hundred-pound squats, 600-pound T-bar rows, 500-pound bench presses - Coleman was as strong as he looked.

The lunge was mostly relegated to aerobics classes until the world’s No. 1 body-builder made it his signature lift. When it became known that Coleman did walking lunges along the gravel lane in front of Metroflex with as much as 365 pounds during triple-digit heat and even rainstorms, the previously soft-core lunge got a hardcore makeover. It’s now viewed as essential for building functional strength and muscle. Because many gyms lack adequate space for Ronnie’s weighted walk, the exercise has even adopted an alternative name: the parking-lot lunge.

Can you measure up to his legendary workout?