Monday, April 15, 2024

Lee Priest Departing RxMuscle? – IronMag Bodybuilding & Health Weblog


by Christian Duque

Bodybuilding followers all around the world have taken to the message boards and teams to speak in regards to the departure of Lee from RX. The announcement despatched shockwaves all through the game’s most fanatical adherents. The truth of the matter is that legends like Lee are few and much between. It is a man that has a observe document of standing as much as the person it doesn’t matter what. He by no means takes a backward step and he all the time speaks his thoughts. The followers respect that stage of transparency in a sport that’s sadly affected by hustlers and con males.

Typically the best factor you may hear is the reality. Typically the reality isn’t fancy and perhaps it isn’t all that thrilling however it’s the fact and Lee has all the time been a person of the reality. Regardless that at instances he will not be an enormous fan of mine, I’ve all the time been an enormous fan of his for the straightforward indisputable fact that when push involves shove, that’s the sort of man you need in your nook.

Lee has continually put all of it on the road to face for what he believes is correct. I believe his addition to RX made all of the sense on the planet provided that that web site is all the time the holy grail of hardcore bodybuilding. Sadly all good issues should come to an finish and when information got here out of the departure it despatched shockwaves all through the health trade. Now the query is what’s subsequent for this legendary bodybuilder that dominated three federations in NABBA, the PDI, and the IFBB? Nobody can ever overlook how a lot harm this man did and all of the whereas he was barely 5’4. Once you consider the quintessential large killers, guys like Lee Priest come into play.

Lee completed High 6 within the open Olympia. And never simply any Olympia both, however again when the Olympia was all about dimension with class. These guys had been monsters. This was the heyday of Ronnie Coleman and Chris Cormier. These guys hit the stage with great quantities of muscle, deep striations, and vascularity in contrast to something we now have seen within the final 20 years. Lee was battling with guys that outweighed him by a very good 50lb and had been typically as a lot as a whole foot taller than him. However along with his killer forearms and his will to win he was a formidable opponent on any stage that he received on. He even beat Chris at San Francisco and was in a position to give even the perfect of the perfect a run for his or her cash.

That historical past has not been misplaced upon at the moment’s followers. They bear in mind it warmly and nonetheless to this present day they want for the day they might see Lee make a comeback to the skilled bodybuilding world. Even at nicely over 50 years of age he would nonetheless current a really actual menace to any competitor in 2024. This isn’t to say that the blokes at the moment are not so good as the blokes in yesteryear however it’s to say that Lee stays very aggressive no matter his age and no matter how lengthy he has been off the stage.

I’ve to say that what Lee has been in a position to accomplish as a daily contributor to RX Muscle has been nothing in need of wonderful. The followers have actually found the humorous facet of this extremely gifted bodybuilder. It’s one factor to have a terrific physique but it surely’s fairly one other to have the ability to be entertaining for an hour. It’s very tough to have the ability to keep on the air whether or not co-hosting with another person or typically with 10 different folks. Lee has been in a position to present that he can provide you with materials on the fly and he can hold a present fascinating irrespective of how lengthy it’s. This isn’t one thing that simply any bodybuilder can do. Many individuals really imagine that he could be wonderful as an MC however sadly he has burned so many bridges due to the very fact of his sheer honesty that it might be tough for him to land these sorts of jobs.

That being mentioned I believe any promoter would have a blockbuster competitors if Lee was on the microphone. He would know precisely methods to hold the viewers engaged, he would know methods to hold the athletes within the zone, and he would actually present a world-class manufacturing. Nevertheless politics would by no means enable it at the very least not anytime quickly. And sure, Lee could be among the many first to inform you that politics is a factor in bodybuilding.

The truth of the matter is that Lee is simply not making the cash. Based on his personal phrases he’s bored with placing in all the trouble to actually stroll away with nothing. Everyone knows that he’s a gifted broadcaster and everyone knows that he is among the greatest entertainers within the sport of bodybuilding, nonetheless no person ought to work at no cost. Whereas many individuals thought Lee might have been kidding, I totally perceive the place he’s coming from. I like bodybuilding but when bodybuilding didn’t pay me and didn’t hold me afloat I in all probability wouldn’t do all the work that I do. In a really possible way, time is cash and hobbies are hobbies however you may’t spend appreciable quantities of time every week on a interest. You simply can’t do it in the true world.

Lee is someone that may be very gifted and really proficient so if the cash will not be there coronary heart and keenness can’t fill within the void indefinitely. If he actually is shifting on and has discovered a profession that’s going to reward him for his efforts then I say extra energy to him. I want that podcasting may give him the sort of dwelling that he needs but it surely looks like it simply can not these days.

Bodybuilding followers all around the world are in utter disbelief. Many followers have taken to social media in tears hoping that the Australian legend is in actual fact simply bluffing. I believe he feels their ache however should do what’s proper for him and his household. like I mentioned a interest is okay if it’s simply an hour or two per week. Once you put within the sort of time {that a} podcast requires week in and week out, that’s not a interest. That’s mainly a job. a job that doesn’t pay you but it surely requires a truckload of your effort and time. I don’t suppose it’s all that stunning if the cash isn’t there – the curiosity goes to subside.

Let’s see what occurs. Solely time will inform. I’ve a sense that Lee will work out a strategy to hold in there, however why ought to he? He must be paid the precise approach. I don’t know what association he has with RX or different podcasts. Getting a $100 per video once you’re at Lee’s stature is just a little iffy.

After we had IronMag TV, most of our exhibits received $75 to $300 per episode – and that was in 2017. Based on CPI Inflation Calculator, $300 in 2017 is equal in buying energy to about $375 at the moment, a rise of $75.42 over 7 years.

A few of our former high expertise had been making almost 4x what Lee purportedly makes per look at the moment. $100 in 2017 is okay however in 2024 for a man on Lee’s stage is fairly low cost.

Once more, if the cash isn’t proper, nobody is forcing him to do it, however think about if he’s on a 2-3hr present and all he will get is $100. He may do higher working a shift at Walmart saying hello to folks that stroll in. If he’s doing it out of affection of the game – nice. If he’s doing it to complement his earnings, he’s not going to be supplementing it a lot.

Nobody ought to query Lee’s love of bodybuilding, although; all of us have to make a dwelling. If he’s simply joking – nice. If he’s not, nobody may give him shit for eager to receives a commission higher cash.

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