Friday, May 24, 2024

Screw the Different Opponents? – IronMag Bodybuilding & Health Weblog


by Matt Weik, BS, CSCS, CPT, CSN

To preface this whole article, I’m simply going to throw out the elephant within the room and get it over with, and that’s the truth that this text goes to rub some individuals the unsuitable method. Is that my intent? No. Do I respect their opinion as a lot as I hope they might help mine? Sure. However there are issues I consider should be stated and thrown on the market to start out some dialog relating to the route of bodybuilding and the IFBB.

So, to kick issues off on a brighter word, I congratulate the IFBB on securing a take care of MIT45 and Rebellion Extracts — good for all events concerned. The truth that an extra $210,000 is now going into the pockets of rivals is superb.

The minimal prize cash for reveals within the males’s open (a complete of 21) will likely be getting an extra $10,000 of their checks. Bravo. Respect to the large boys within the Males’s Open for what they do to realize the scale they carry round, and I do consider they’re deserving of the cash they make.

In response to Tyler Manion, the breakdown for that is that the winner will obtain an extra $5,000, and second place will get an additional $4,000. Not dangerous in any respect for these guys.

Now, for the half that’s going to trigger my telephone to ring and inform me I have to cease speaking concerning the IFBB.

If You’re Not within the Males’s Open… The IFBB Doesn’t Give a Flying Turd About You

That’s a fairly intense tackle issues, proper? However show me unsuitable. I’m positive you’ll have guys who will wish to debate my stance as a result of they receives a commission by the IFBB to be diplomatic. However let’s be actual: earlier than the transfer to provide the large boys extra prize cash, this was already a subject of debate about how a lot the opposite divisions had been getting paid.

However go forward and take a look at the prize cash hole between the Males’s Open and some other division on the market. You would argue that due to Chris Bumstead, Traditional Physique is without doubt one of the most fun divisions to observe and that he (alone) has introduced extra eyeballs to the game over the previous couple of years than any Males’s Open competitor on the market.

Bumstead has over 23 million followers on Instagram. What number of does the reigning Olympia champ (Derek Lunsford) have? Solely 1M. Which is odd as a result of Derek looks like a extremely good dude. However does Chris get wherever near what the large boys make in Males’s Open? Who has made a better influence on the game between Chris and any of the final a number of Males’s Open Olympia winners? There’s no debate that Chris has.

In case you observe Chris, you’ll see him getting individuals exterior the business focused on health and bodybuilding. Not too long ago, he and his model collaborated with the fellows (Navy SEALS) at GBRS, the place they obtained in some exercises and time on the vary capturing weapons. In case you ask me, he’s far more attention-grabbing than just about anybody else within the IFBB

I might go as far as to say that if Chris Bumstead weren’t within the combine the previous few years, bodybuilding and Traditional Physique would have fizzled out. It’s my opinion that whereas Males’s Open is actually the principle occasion of any IFBB present, Traditional Physique is true on its tail.

Chris could by no means see the type of cash that the Open guys make for successful reveals, however why can’t he be shut? Now, Chris does simply tremendous for himself exterior of successful Olympia titles. Between older endorsements and now proudly owning his personal companies, he’s not going to be strolling right into a soup kitchen together with his hand out anytime quickly. And truthfully, I applaud all the things Chris has completed on this business and provides him an enormous quantity of credit score for rising the game and viewers over the past a number of years.

I’ve even printed a number of articles about how I feel Chris is the way forward for the business, how he’s the principle determine within the highlight as of late, and the way he can proceed to push ahead and form the way forward for the IFBB. Does that imply he must someday step on an Open stage? No. Wouldn’t it be attention-grabbing? Positive. However he’s formed his persona and his legacy in Traditional Physique, and there’s completely nothing unsuitable with that.

[PULL IT BACK IN, MATT]

Sorry, I considerably went off on a tangent there with Chris, so let’s put the blinders again on and get refocused. Particularly, trying on the different divisions, clarify to me why it is smart to compete apart from the truth that you actually adore it. In case you had been to receives a commission zero {dollars} to step on stage (and you continue to had all of the bills you wanted to pay to leap on stage) whereas everybody else was earning money doing it, would you proceed? As a result of primarily, that’s what’s occurring.

You’ve got rivals exterior of the Males’s Open successful reveals that make method lower than the Males’s Open, and I’m not going to downplay their coaching, weight-reduction plan, dedication, or the rest. They practice and work their butts off to be the perfect of their respective divisions.

However take a look at the distinction within the 2023 Olympia prize cash for the winners:

  • Males’s Open: $400,000
  • 212: $50,000
  • Traditional Physique: $50,000
  • Males’s Physique: $50,000
  • Olympia: $50,000
  • Determine: $50,000
  • Health: $50,000
  • Girls’s Physique: $50,000
  • Wellness: $50,000
  • Bikini: $50,000

Sadly, the smaller reveals all year long pay out a fraction of those quantities for winners. As an example, Bikini rivals can stroll away with just a few thousand {dollars} for a win, and that is after wherever from 12-20 weeks of prep.

Think about your complete life revolving round preparing for reveals, and also you solely stroll away with a couple of thousand {dollars} (when you even win the present). Many rivals stroll away with zero {dollars} after investing all of the money and time simply to compete and be on stage. You would possibly as effectively go work at McDonald’s, the place you can also make more cash.

Once more, I’m positive this text goes to ruffle some feathers. I agree that Males’s Open deserves the large paychecks as they put butts in seats. However $50,000 for the opposite divisions on the Olympia doesn’t even cowl their “dietary supplements” for the 12 months.

It makes you surprise if this transfer to pay the Males’s Open much more cash and say the heck with the remainder of the divisions may make individuals rethink competing. Is it definitely worth the time being invested, the harm it might be doing to their physique… for what? Just a few thousand {dollars} (perhaps extra in the event that they place effectively on the Olympia)? They’ll make extra as an influencer and coaching shoppers at an area health club.

It’s my opinion that the IFBB ought to look into what will be completed to assist the opposite divisions exterior of the Males’s Open. The newest transfer to provide Open winners much more cash all year long is a direct slap within the face to all the opposite rivals on the market who help your group and assist pull in cash for YOUR reveals. With out them, you don’t have a corporation until you’re prepared to shed divisions and solely have Males’s Open.

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