Tuesday, July 23, 2024

Bodybuilding Exhibits FINALLY Paying Extra?

by Christian Duque

OK guys, let’s be sincere right here for a second as a result of lots of people within the health business are speaking about all the cash there may be to be made by competing in bodybuilding competitions. I need to stress that the majority aggressive athletes on the prime tier of the game don’t earn their cash based mostly on contest placings. In fact those that win the Olympia, the Arnold, the New York Professional and people type of exhibits do make a superb quantity of their revenue from prize cash, however the overwhelming majority of athletes that make up the rank and file don’t.

I feel that lots of people, even throughout the media, are oblivious to the amount of cash that’s required for a prime tier physique-based athlete to prepare for only one present. I imply, let’s spell out the plain one which is medication. Let’s say {that a} professional bodybuilder wins a contest paying the naked minimal for first place which is $10,000. $10,000 doesn’t even cowl the medication for a traditional 16 week prep!! Particularly not after taxes!!

Furthermore, it doesn’t cowl gymnasium memberships, meals, and journey bills. Earlier than we transfer on to journey bills, that are a monstrous expense for many rivals, let’s not transfer away too shortly from meals. Let’s not neglect that a variety of bodybuilders have digestive points whether or not issues like celiac or that they need to eat natural, for instance.

Meals costs are mounting prices for prime tier physique-based athletes. Then after all there’s gymnasium memberships which aren’t low cost as a result of most prime athletes don’t prepare in industrial sort gyms with on a regular basis individuals. Most elite bodybuilders solely prepare at members-only gyms –  which means that the membership is fastidiously screened by administration. Joe Blow off the road couldn’t change into a member regardless of how a lot cash he needed to place down on the desk. He most likely couldn’t even get a visitor cross. The one members allowed can be celebrities.

However let’s additionally discuss journey bills. One of many competitions which has drastically elevated its prize cash is the Dubai Professional. Do individuals even know the way a lot it prices to get a airplane ticket to Dubai? Or to Kuwait? Or actually anyplace in that a part of the world?

It’s not such as you’re flying to New Jersey. It’s not such as you’re flying cross nation to Los Angeles. You might be flying all the best way all over the world. And it’s not even such as you’re going to avoid wasting a lot cash for those who fly primary financial system. You’re nonetheless going to be in for at the least $1500 if not $2000 and that’s only a naked airplane ticket. Neglect in regards to the meals that you simply’re going to need to spend on abroad, neglect about resort lodging!!

Do individuals ever sit down and do the mathematics? In the event you’re going to a present in Dubai you’re going to wish a resort room for at the least three or 4 nights. Lodge rooms in Dubai are most likely not low cost. Nothing is reasonable in Dubai. I imply for crying out loud. They constructed a continent out of sand within the ocean only for enjoyable!! They’ve the tallest constructing on this planet. They drive round in Lamborghinis. Does anybody assume {that a} resort room goes to be reasonably priced there?

I imply get actual.

So whereas I’d like to echo the emotions of a few of my fellow bodybuilding media personalities, the truth that Dubai is paying $40,000 actually isn’t something to jot down dwelling about. Think about for those who’re putting second or third and it’s important to foot the invoice for an airline ticket, a resort for every week, meals (which goes to even be monstrous as a result of who the hell eats like a bodybuilder anyplace)? I imply we’re speaking about mainly breaking even.

So in actuality, I feel there’s a variety of media fanfare over among the contests providing more cash, when there shouldn’t be. It’s actually ridiculous for any media outlet to say that there’s some huge cash to be made for bodybuilders in 2024. That’s merely not the case. I imply we’re speaking a couple of sport that actually expects it’s athletes to pay for membership playing cards. No person is getting wealthy from competing in bodybuilding.

I’d love to sit down right here and let you know that the game is doing proper by the athletes however let’s face it anyone that does a Bodybuilding present in 2024 for a prime prize of $10,000 is actually being screwed over in so many ways in which I actually couldn’t even start to depend. The truth that some promoters increase the prize cash to twenty,000 and $30,000 actually, truthfully doesn’t warrant an enormous pat on the again. And I’m actually not going to sit down right here and write some fluff piece to congratulate them for his or her generosity.

Promoters are getting cash hand over fist, and the individuals getting screwed are the athletes. They need to pay to compete and most of them will stroll away with nothing of their pocket, aside from a bunch of money owed that they may hopefully be capable to write off – offered they’ve sufficient sponsorship cash coming in or income from private coaching.

I’m sorry of us, however I simply can’t be a shill and write some bullshit article like different shops have carried out. Or different video platforms have carried out. It could be baseless propaganda.

I do know there’s some individuals on the market saying that promoters have all of the sudden seen the worth in bodybuilding exhibits. My rebuttal to that argument can be that they’ve all the time seen the worth within the sport as a result of they’ve been selling exhibits a few of them for 10, 20, 30 years or extra. They wouldn’t be doing it if it wasn’t worthwhile. The issue is the earnings aren’t distributed to the athletes in the identical diploma that they’re to those who promote the present and run the present. There’s a lopsided incomes scale on this sport that we’ve got actually bore witness to because the beginnings of it. The exceptions being the Olympia and The Arnold, however in all places else you look, the athletes are those strolling away with the brief finish of the stick.

There are the haves and have-nots and the athletes normally are the have-nots. I imply because of this so many as soon as nice bodybuilders right this moment don’t have a pot to piss in and discover themselves sofa browsing at mates’ homes. Don’t even get me began on what number of bodybuilders I personally know of which are perhaps a pair thousand {dollars} wanting being destitute.

And it doesn’t need to be that means, however sadly it’s. Some individuals will say it’s as a result of bodybuilders don’t plan for the long run, however I’d say hogwash to that.

The cash simply isn’t there.

That’s one of many luxuries that I’ve writing for Iron Journal. I by no means need to whore out to be able to get an article printed. I say what I need to say, and I’ve the assist of a writer that additionally believes in freedom of expression. The truth of the matter is that bodybuilders and physique-based athletes can’t survive on contest earnings alone. I positively assume the elevated prize cash is a step in the fitting route but it surely’s only a drop within the bucket. If we’re going to discuss actual prize cash, there may be going to need to be a hell of much more of it within the pot earlier than the dialog can actually be had.

However as all the time, I go away it to you. What say you? Are you impressed with the elevated prize cash or do you assume like I do this it’s only a drop within the bucket?

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