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alanjlamore
09-28-2004, 01:50 AM
Just curious (more so about PL), I'm probably far from making any $, but it's good to have goals (or dreams ;) ).

Even for Pros, is it extremely difficult to make a living doing this maybe with a part-time job (even if one could survive on about 18,000/yr)?

Doing everything right, analizing everything you do, having some help from your genetics, and taking supplements that work for you, couldn't you expect to see almost "steroid like" results?

I know that I'll never enter a BB competition (I'm 5'5" and not very proportional, nor do I have the dicipline to get proportional), but I do plan on entering some more PL comps, and I hope to eventually beat my own personal records that I've had for about 3 years now.

WillBrink
09-28-2004, 02:47 PM
Originally posted by alanjlamore
Just curious (more so about PL), I'm probably far from making any $, but it's good to have goals (or dreams ;) ).

Even for Pros, is it extremely difficult to make a living doing this maybe with a part-time job (even if one could survive on about 18,000/yr)?

Doing everything right, analizing everything you do, having some help from your genetics, and taking supplements that work for you, couldn't you expect to see almost "steroid like" results?

I know that I'll never enter a BB competition (I'm 5'5" and not very proportional, nor do I have the dicipline to get proportional), but I do plan on entering some more PL comps, and I hope to eventually beat my own personal records that I've had for about 3 years now.

As there it little to no money in non-natural bb.ing but for a very small group, what do you think there is in natural? More or less nothing of course. However, I find athletes are their own worse enemy when it comes to making $$$ from their sport.

erp7e
09-28-2004, 04:55 PM
I've known some people (who are much bigger and stronger than me) try to make it bb/pl, natural or otherwise, and even a few of them won some pretty decent contests/meets. They all made basically jack sh*t from it. The resistance training sports are a labor of love. Flex Wheeler often has said if he could do it all over again, he would've tried to make it to the NFL instead.

A nice hobby, sure, but I wouldn't recommend making it your primary occupational focus in life unless people often mistake you for Ronnie Coleman or Brent Mikesell.

Simon
09-28-2004, 06:35 PM
TBH, more money in the 'fitness' look. At least you can flog some crummy mainstream 'training' vid or do some modelling etc. If your any good at what you do and are articulate you can make money on books etc.

BB'ers make jack shit, most spend more on contest prep than they get out of it. Many sell roids to pay for their own..

Probably only 50 bodybuilders on the planet making decent money and probably only 5-10 or so making real major cash. Ie in the $250,00+ per annum.

That said many pros could do a lot more to market themselves and many natural bb'ers could with the right mentality and business savvy create areas of revenue from sponsors, supp contracts, modelling, tv, personal training, etc, etc.