‘The Rock’ Ronny Rockel

About Ronny Rockel


Place of Birth: Schlema, Germany

Leagues: IFBB

Competition Weight: 230 lbs

Off-Season: 240 lbs

Age: 45   

If you really want something … you do whatever it takes to get it. Just look at Ronny Rockel.

He started lifting in 1988 at age 16 with self-made weights while living under communist rule in then East Germany. What he wanted were the very muscles he saw rippling across Arnold Schwarzenegger's body in the film ‘Conan the Barbarian’ , unfortunately gyms, let alone weights, did not exist in his section of the country.  They were far off, behind the Berlin Wall.

A year later when that wall was eventually torn down the first thing Rockel did was visit a commercial gym when visiting his sister in West Germany. When a gym did open in his neighborhood, he joined and quickly gained mass, while improving his nutrition plan.

At his first competition, the Hessian Championships, Rockel placed last in his class, however, a year later he came back and won the 1995 NABBA German Nationals and placed third at the NABBA Mr. Universe. After years of hard work, filled with dozens of competitions, Rockel went pro in 2002 by winning the International German Championships. He has since competed internationally.

Competition History

Year League Competition Place
2012 IFBB Arnold Classic Europe 6th
2012 IFBB British Grand Prix 5th
2013 IFBB Arnold Classic Ohio 13th
2013 IFBB FIBO Germany 5th
2013 IFBB Mr Europe Pro 6th
2014 IFBB Prague Pro 10th
2014 IFBB San Marino Pro 9th
2014 IFBB Nordic Pro 4th
2015 IFBB Mr Olympia 14th
2015 IFBB Prague Pro 7th
2015 IFBB Nordic Pro 4th
2015 IFBB Ferrigno Legacy 2nd
2016 IFBB Levrone Pro Classic 8th
2016 IFBB Mozolani Pro Classic 2nd
2016 IFBB Mr Olympia 9th
2017 IFBB New York Pro 1st
2017 IFBB Mr Olympia 7th