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26  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Gaspari Nutrition moving to new headquarters on: March 20, 2014, 10:58:27 AM

I want to congratulate Gaspari Nutrition on the move to their new headquarters, which is bigger and more modern than the other one (right down the street).  I had the fortune of visiting them about 2 years ago, and going out to lunch with Rich and his team (to a deli).  With Superpump 3.0 coming out now, glad they will have more room to house everything.

Also, Sean Andros is now the new Director of Marketing there, which is very cool. I have known Sean for quite a while now (Flex Magazine, MD Magazine, etc).   

27  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: Shredz Nutrition, CRACK and GetBroke on: March 20, 2014, 09:51:41 AM

Well ... they are making news


http://www.forbes.com/sites/darrenheitner/2014/03/19/instagram-marketing-helped-make-this-multi-million-dollar-nutritional-supplement-company/



What is the definition of “fitness model?”  It was a hotly discussed topic after FORBES published an article on the popular Paige Hathaway, including the Internet sensation as part of a rapidly expanding fitness model classification.  The article also raised general awareness for a brand that Paige promotes – SHREDZ – a direct marketing nutritional supplement company.  After some investigating it seems that the company Hathaway has partnered with may have an even more interesting story than the fitness model with over 700,000 Instagram followers.

Start with the fact that SHREDZ, founded by current CEO Arvin Lal, earned $90,000 in 2012 (the first  year of its operation), $5 million gross revenue in 2013 and already topped $2.7 million through the middle of March in 2014.  What makes those numbers more impressive is that Lal and his team have achieved such remarkable revenues without any outside invested capital, only 21 employees (most of them living in-house within the SHREDZ office, which is a converted apartment complex) and purely digital promotion.

Lal has captured the rapidly growing fitness space by going against the grain.  He also has a message to those who question whether his endorser, Paige Hathaway is really a fitness model: stop being upset.  ”Fitness used to be bodybuilding, but today fitness is impacting more people than ever,” said Lal to FORBES.  ”Right now the word ‘fitness’ has peeked on Google.  It’s about being healthy and in shape.  Who’s to say the person on stage has better fitness or body than a person with a million Instagram follows?  Paige is probably the largest female fitness model across the world.  Marketing and being able to touch people off the stage is more important than being able to touch people on the stage.”

SHREDZ started in Lal’s parents’ basement and is now working with the likes of Paige Hathaway, Ainsley Rodriguez, Jay Sean and is in talks with a major athlete to begin endorsing the brand.  Lal wants somebody else besides himself selling and representing his products, but is clear in pointing out that SHREDZ does not “sponsor” people.  ”We create a partnership where we not only just saying ‘you’re sponsored’; we facilitate photo shoots, video shoots, publicity, etc.,” explained Lal.  ”Paige [Hathaway] had 8,000 followers when she came on with us.  We came together and created a bigger picture.  I’m humbled by thousands of emails we get for sponsorship.  If a person makes the right impression, we just know.  You don’t need the highest follower count.  We can make them a fitness celebrity.”

28  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: Bodybuilder Fakhri Mubarak assaults Mike at his New York supplement store on: March 20, 2014, 09:34:39 AM

Umm.. MusclePhone found what Fakhri replied to this incident... and what was behind all this.



First and foremost I apologize to you for the misleading , irrelevant and improper emails sent to you by certain individuals. However, the individuals in the video and those sending the videos who remain nameless for now were allegedly discovered to have mishandled over $50k from my business.

They are now trying to unnecessarily and untruthfully defamed me to my friends , family , customers , clients both nationally and internationally. The clip from the store which you saw is only merely a few selective seconds on their part of a much larger situation in which these individuals are currently facing criminal felony grand larceny charges as well as civil slander and defamation of character due to posting the videos.

As you know I've been in this industry for over 2 decades and my reputation is immaculate. These individuals have no integrity for their actions and their success in their current life has proven that. Now they are facing charges that will ruin their lives even more. May God forgive them while they face the harsh judicial system both criminally and civilly.

Thank you ,
IFBB Pro Fakhri Mubarak
CEO / President of NXT Sports Nutrition — at NXT Sports Nutrition.
29  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: CT Fletcher introduces 'Da Hulk' - a walking legend on: March 11, 2014, 10:59:59 PM
From the 2014 Arnold - he is popular



30  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: Rich Piana is coming out with a new supplement line on: March 11, 2014, 10:47:27 PM

I guess Gaspari Nutrition and Labrada Nutrition didn't do so well either...

You never know...

Ronnie Coleman is doing well overseas, but so so in the US.
Dorian Nutrition changed its name to CNP a while back.
Blade Nutrition is just coming out in a few weeks.

Always cool to try...

31  Getbig Misc Too Board / Getbig Comments Suggestions Complaints Board / Re: Complaint about Rons lack of merchandising on: March 10, 2014, 09:51:52 PM


Ok...

Sounds cool to me.

Let me see what I can do..

32  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / 2014 Australia Pro - IFBB Figure Results on: March 08, 2014, 08:45:37 AM

Candice Keene won again, as she also won the 2014 Arnold Classiic.  The big surprise was Erin Stern, not even placing in the top 5.

The results are...

1. Candice Keene - 5
2. Heather Dees - 10
3. Ava Cowan - 15
4. Amanda Doherty - 22
5. Larissa Reiss - 23
6. Erin Stern - 35
7. Asher Prior - 40
8. Ekaterina Gamagina - 40
9. Eli-Yan Lobez - 40
10. Rinnah Schmid - 47




33  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / 2014 Australian Pro - IFBB Men's Bodybuilding Results on: March 08, 2014, 08:41:38 AM

This contest took place in Melbourne, Australia on March 8th, 2014.   Shawn wins, with a surprising William Bonoc beating Evan and Branch.  Bonac is from Holland, and this 2nd place win is going to make a lot of people check him out and how he came in shape.

Results...

1. Shawn Rhoden - 10
2. William Bonac - 24
3. Evan Centopani - 28
4. Branch Warren - 36
5. Ed Nunn - 52
6. Fred Smalls - 60
7. David Henry - 66
8. Josh Leanoutqucs - 80
9. Luke Timms - 82
10. Abraham Elzaibak - 108
11. Mike Debenham - 110
12. Abbas Khatami - 112
13. Gary Wright - 118

34  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / 2014 Australia Pro - IFBB Bikini Results on: March 08, 2014, 08:34:17 AM
Results from the 2014 Australia Pro Bikini (From Melbourne)

Ashley won a week earlier at the 2014 Arnold Classic, while Stacey was also in the top five there. Next is the 2014 New Zealand Pro.

1. Ashley Kaltwasser – 5
2. Stacey Alexander – 11
3. India Paulino – 15
4. Amy Wright – 20
5. Jade MacKinnon – 28
6. Barbie Heng – 30
7. Leigh Brandt – 31
8. Anne-Marie Caravalho – 35
9. Gemmalyn Crosby – 44
10. Rhiannon Harris – 49
11. Amy Van Don Brook – 58
12. Elyse Inglis – 59
13. Ebony Quince – 59

35  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: IFBB / NPC Ferrigno Legacy - contest and expo - Nov 28-29 in Santa Barbara on: March 05, 2014, 10:26:12 PM


Well... most likely I will be there covering the contest, as it is around 90 miles away from where I live or so. 

See some of you there...



36  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: Bitcoin Exchange CEO - Autumn Radtke - found dead on: March 05, 2014, 10:13:28 PM


"suspected suicide"

And Autumn Ratke was the American CEO of a bitcoin exchange firm called "First Meta"

37  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: 2014 Arnold Classic - Pictures on: March 05, 2014, 12:09:27 AM
I find it funny how all these people taking pictures probably think their famous lol. Out of a few hundred people in that event, not one person on the street would recognize them.

lol @ pretending to famous like actors/actresses and singers.  Cheesy Cheesy

Ha - but on the contrary - most of them don't think they are famous at all.  They are having fun, getting paid to be there and work at a booth, and enjoying the spectacle with 180,000 other people.  Woo hoo!

38  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: 2014 Arnold Classic - Pictures on: March 04, 2014, 11:44:32 PM
WTF?  Cheesy

Little creep looks like he'd sneak over and start chewing off your cack.

One of the little guys who was at Jason Dhir's After Party .... you never know what or who you are going to find there...



And thanks to Amir, who had a fun photoshoot AT the party with these girls.

39  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: 2014 Arnold Classic - Highlights from the main event on: March 04, 2014, 11:30:56 PM
Saturday's night contest was definately a production.  The pro men bodybuilder's entered the venue from the back of the audience, which started the evening in a cool way.

The dumbbell that the strongman were lifting with one hand weighs 285 pounds.

A few special acts on stage, the circus style performance with amazing hand strength, and the pole fitness competitors showing why it is very hard to do some tough moves.

John Bailik received the Lifetime Acheivement Award.

The trophy that Dennis Wolf received weight a good 25 pounds or so.

And this is the LAST year of the Veterans Auditorium, where almost all of the Arnold Classic contests have been held.  They are tearing it down.
40  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: Smoking as harmful to health as eating meat! on: March 04, 2014, 11:12:47 PM

One study... but seriously... come on now..
41  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: How to have a Mr. Olympia physique on: March 04, 2014, 11:10:42 PM

Now that is funny.  We need one of those
42  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Gym Rat Dating - Hmm... on: March 04, 2014, 10:57:40 PM

Oh boy...

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_9xaAIez4DI" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_9xaAIez4DI</a>
43  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: 2014 Arnold Classic - Pictures on: March 04, 2014, 05:15:59 PM
Hope someone went back with her to her Hotel Room


She is a competitor from Japan. Very nice person. And yes, she wanted to do a photo shoot! But alas, no time.
44  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: 2013 Arnold Classic - National Pole Fitness Championships on: March 03, 2014, 11:43:23 PM


A lot more stage shots, and yes, it was dark there, with the lights not as bright.  But these competitors are not like what many of us thought.  This is a lot tougher than it looks.  Just try holding yourself sideways for a second or two.


http://contest.bodybuilding.com/gallery/contest/28652/site/552/photographer/22/
45  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: 2014 Arnold Classic - Pictures on: March 03, 2014, 11:30:23 PM
Why is that crazy looking dude sporting an axe?



Ha - this is Arnold being cool.  He takes the pic of both of them, then tells her to make sure that her friends know that Arnold gets the credit for that pic. 

46  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: 2014 Arnold Classic - Pictures on: March 03, 2014, 11:27:40 PM
Since u were there in person were they booing wolf? Or yelling wooooooolf???

Mix of both - Rhoden looked incredible, and many though he should of won that night.  But many others thought that Dennis Wolf's time had come and this is one of the best he has looked.  Dennis' legs are bigger, shoulder's bigger, but Rhoden is more symmetrical. Depends on which physique you like.

47  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: 2014 Arnold Classic - Pictures on: March 03, 2014, 10:59:16 PM


We are adding more pics, and by tomorrow, hopefully the party pics will be there too Smiley

48  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: What ever happened to Jamie Eason? on: March 03, 2014, 10:54:36 PM

Huge fan base! Modeled and was the spokesman for BB.com for a long time! Now has a baby and a family, and wishing her the very best!  Yes, she was just in Columbus at the 2014 Arnold Expo!

49  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: Terry Crews Old Spice Muscle Music on: March 03, 2014, 10:19:05 PM

Still gotta admit that this video made me laugh.  Good for Terry Crews for having a good time in it.

50  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / 2013 Arnold Classic - National Pole Fitness Championships on: February 28, 2014, 06:16:28 AM

So i got to check out the 2014 Arnold Classic National Pole Fitness Championships, and it was pretty cool (pics will be on Bodybuilding.com soon)

http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/2014-arnold-sports-festival-photo-galleries.html


Well, first of all, some of these moves that these competitors do are just incredible.  Unreal arm strength, and movements that I don't think most of us ever dreamed of doing.  They have some poles at the expo, and if some of you want to try it out, good luck. 

Here is my favorite pic from the evening, in which this competitor went around the pole about 10 feet up just holding it with her ankles and back. 

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