ok, before this gets all crazy, lets look at a few things. first some simple stats. Marius is 6’1" and 290 lbs. Ronnie is about 5’10" - 5’11" (although thats not what they tell you) and 320lbs or so in the off season.
thats a huge difference in height vs. weight. second, marius doesnt perform squats “only” to parallel, he performs them in a much more olympic style fashion than does ronnie, straighter back, more sitting down than back, etc. (he also goes below parallel where as from what ive seen of ronnie he barely hits parallel if at all).
and finally, this argument is redundent, they perform in different sports and shouldnt be compared as such. also if you really want to get into it, ronnie has rediculous amounts of drugs in his body, whereas marius’ has limited amounts. and by the way, the strongest man in the world is Hossein Rezazedah ;).
marius is 6ft ronnie is 5ft11
and rezaza cud front squat 310 atg lol[/quote]
Okay, for the record (and I’m a big fan of Ronnie Coleman), he is 5’8" at most.
In one of the lastest muscle mags, there is a picture of him next to Lee Haney. The caption is about how similar they are in that they’re both black, religious, 8-time Olympia winners who stand 5"10".
However, Lee towered over Ronnie. Even given the fact that Coleman was barefoot, it was a good three or four inches.
To sum up: Ronnie Coleman is shorter than he says. He is, however, exactly as strong as he says. Which is immensely.