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1  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: Which is the baddest ass movie character? on: July 06, 2014, 09:38:03 PM
NCFOM


I agree, along with Max Cody in Cape Fear.
2  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: When did you guys FIRST start coming to GETBIG? on: June 30, 2014, 10:35:04 PM
Nov. 98


Me about the same time. Is that when it was a board on American bodybuilding?
3  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: Ronnie Coleman: Tales of the Unexpected by Peter McGough on: June 29, 2014, 10:26:39 PM
Here is an interview I did with Ronnie earlier this year.

I honestly believe him when he says that he would have liked it to last forever. He said it was like a car, he drove iot till the wheels fell off.  I have thoroughly enjoyed interviewing him since before he won that first Olympia.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_PLrh4490X0" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_PLrh4490X0</a>
4  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: Martin Bryant Innocent? on: June 25, 2014, 01:51:44 PM
I trained the special operations cop that arrested his after he came out of the burning building. They probably would have shot him but there was a news chopper above and he was nude from memory. Definitely him, I remember my mate saying they dragged across the scrub by his feet. In the original arrest pictures you could see the marks on his face from being dragged across the ground.

I like conspiracy theories as much as anyone but this one is bullshit.
5  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: Dennis Newman today..... on: June 25, 2014, 01:51:12 AM
He had it all. Back in the day everyone rated him and he could have been one of the best ever.
6  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: Looking Back - Blasts from the past on: June 20, 2014, 07:29:26 PM
Shane was a good guy, he worked for me for a while and always showed up on time. He was good company, had quite a following and was a real guru to those that he trained. He went in a pro qualifier one year and lost to Mark Lampard. It could have gone either way on the day. I remember he took it badly and don't think competed again. He would have won it the next year and probably had the mind set to be a good pro. He relocated to Thailand with his wife who was a very good figure competitor, I think they had a daughter. Last I heard he had taken up motorcycle racing and was still living overseas.
7  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: AC/DC's BRIAN JOHNSON Says Band Is 'Very Likely' To Tour This Year on: June 20, 2014, 05:37:15 AM
I saw them play in Melbourne about 2 years ago. Brian had the energy levels of a 20 year old. Unbelievable.

I also say them play in 1979 when they were a relatively unkown Aussie rockband.  What a ride they have had.
8  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: Looking Back - Blasts from the past on: June 20, 2014, 05:33:35 AM
TD

did you have much to do with Grant Clemesha from west australia?

i heard that he was a real arrogant douchebag in the gym and a real bully when he trained @ Worlds Gym in south perth

but when this  twink random guy challenged him to step outside because Grant started using the bench the random guy was already using, Grant pussied out

I always found him to be a stand up dude. He was a fucking good bodybuilder winning his pro card at 116kg (255lb) I honestly never heard anyone call him arrogant or a douchebag. Pity he did not keep at it, might have been a good pro. Sometimes twink guys make up stories, I think Grant would have snapped his neck.
9  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: Looking Back - Blasts from the past on: June 19, 2014, 05:16:26 AM
Here is a random story. Around 1995 in our Union St Gym, we had a guy who fancied himself a fair bit. He was a self titled Maui Thai champion. A Filipino that thought he was an American Indian and with an Irish name. One day he challenged Sonny's brother Pale to a spar. He instructed Pale that he would show him a thing or two about speed, skill and fighting power. Now Sonny's whole family could fight and were bought up in the family's traveling boxing tent, so had fought since they were kids. Pale had serious skill and could fight like 10 men, he had the most accurate left hook that I have ever seen. He had completely double jointed hands, every knuckle, the whole bit. Just before he launched his best shots, he would squeeze both his fists at once and they would crack like a bad back. So Paddy comes in throwing kicks and punches everywhere, showboating and showing off like a pro. Pale swayed, leaned, laughed, cracked his hands and let go a left hook that started at his hips. He hits this guy so hard the whites of his eyes were blood red before he hit the ground, out cold! Once were realised he wasn't dead we laughed so hard that it hurt. Good times.
10  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: Looking Back - Blasts from the past on: June 18, 2014, 01:29:26 AM
How about Mike Quinn, Tony? Ever had any dealings with him back in the day?

That is the one pro I do not know and have had nothing to do with.
11  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: Looking Back - Blasts from the past on: June 17, 2014, 03:57:46 PM
Tony did you ever meet Bob Paris? what was he like? always loved his Modern Steve Reeves like shape..


I had Bob Paris in Melbourne back in 1989 when we had an Australian Pro. He placed 3rd behind Strydom and Robbie Robinson. Was very quiet and easy to work with but did not really get to know him. No stories sorry.
12  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: Looking Back - Blasts from the past on: June 17, 2014, 04:40:13 AM
Benfatto was a really nice guy but absolutely bat crazy at contest time. When he came into Australia he had enough prescription sleeping tabs for about 3 years. He got caught at customs and his defense was that they were available over the counter at home in South Africa and it made good financial sense to buy in bulk.

At the 2006 Australian Grand Prix a mate of mine came home from the casino as drunk as hell at about 2:30 in the morning. Staggering back to the contest hotel, he could see a disheveled figure doing laps of the perimeter of the hotel in the distance. We he got closer he could see the guy had on slippers and a dressing gown and was walking with great purpose and fury.

Yep, Francis, getting in some last minute cardio the night before the big show.

Whatever he did, he had better condition at 48 than most people have in their life. A great guest and a funny, humble man.
13  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: Looking Back - Blasts from the past on: June 17, 2014, 04:32:56 AM
BENFATTO/LABRADA

I cant tell you too much about Labrada, except that when he competed in the Olympia in Finland, he blew my mind. See I had always thought of him as a little guy. In fact I didn't rate him at all. When he walked out and matched it with Dorian and Kevin I was shocked. Dude was wide, thick and skinless. After that I really rated him as one of the best. Always pleasant to talk to at shows and expos.

14  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: Looking Back - Blasts from the past on: June 08, 2014, 06:43:51 PM
I got much more, just been busy. Who do you want to hear about?
15  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: Looking Back - Blasts from the past on: May 09, 2014, 05:19:04 AM
I have been on the road the last 2 weeks, MC at Arnold Classic in Rio then up to Pittsburgh to interview everyone for www.npcnewsonline. Off to Birmingham this week for BodyPower Expo and then I will get this thread back on track.
16  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: 20 years today. Grind hard - Donít quit! on: April 09, 2014, 05:37:25 AM
Not really a big difference You borrowed against your parents house. They could have lost the house and any equity in it. You're lucky you have such loving parents that they would risk their  very material survival for you. Yes, they did hand you money by letting you do that.

Glad you made it in the gym business. You deserve all the money you make off it. I hope you send your parents a check every month.

Yes they are very well looked after, Dad still works with me, he does all the books. They are very well traveled and rewarded. I am lucky indeed and have never denied that.
17  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: 20 years today. Grind hard - Donít quit! on: April 09, 2014, 05:35:35 AM
Hey Tony, before I start to grind hard tell for those who are not familiar with you (like me) how it's going? You have chain of gyms, running bb shows, making millions, doing what you find interesting, have a loving family and so on? Your story have no ending.

What are you after there? If you are not familiar then why make the list. "You have chain of gyms, running bb shows, making millions, doing what you find interesting, have a loving family and so on"
18  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: 20 years today. Grind hard - Donít quit! on: April 09, 2014, 12:41:05 AM
Flex looks massive, Is it before or after his car crash? If he had no crash and competed in 1994 Olympia it would had been interesting.

btw. Was he guestposing ? Do you have some pictures Tony if he did? thx. Always looking for rare pictures of Flex, best aesthetic bodybuilder ever.

and If I remember correctly you were working on some work with Flex, how is it going?

Hi Frank, he was guest posing, however I cant find any pictures. The Flex project is coming along nicely. We have a DVD coming where we have interviewed just about everyone. Including all of his peers, his old karate coaches and media people. I got him to open up about everything, including the car accident, the ninjas and his demons.
It will be out later this year.
19  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: 20 years today. Grind hard - Donít quit! on: April 08, 2014, 10:37:05 PM
Any pics from the initial setup in 1994?

Here is one of Sonny and one of Vic Richards.
20  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: 20 years today. Grind hard - Donít quit! on: April 08, 2014, 04:49:51 PM
I agree with you all on that. I was a prick, lost and out of control. I think I covered that in the story. Took me a while to work that out but I am the first to admit to the mistakes I made and the path I took. I guess I wrote this to give some light to others that had started bad and were doubting their ability to turn it around.

I doesn't matter how you fall, it matters how you get up.
21  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: 20 years today. Grind hard - Donít quit! on: April 08, 2014, 04:02:18 PM
Haha yes, a true rags to riches story with only hundreds of thousands of dollars of parents money for startup

I probably didn't explain that properly. My parents did not have money. I borrowed from the bank and used their home for bank guarantee. If I had fucked up worse, they would not have lost money, they would have lost their family home. Big difference between that and being handed money.
22  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / 20 years today. Grind hard - Donít quit! on: April 08, 2014, 05:44:06 AM
This photograph is from March 1994, interviewing the great Flex Wheeler at the IFBB Southern States show. The reason this is significant to me is that it was this night that I announced that Dohertyís Gym was going to open in Brunswick 2 weeks later on April 8th. Which means that it is 20 years ago today that it all really started for me.

I knew that this was my last shot at it, as I had nothing and owed about $200,000 which was loaded against my parents home. They had backed me from day one and I had let them and everyone close to me down. I had pissed it away and partied like a rockstar, thinking I was shit hot. Thinking I was bulletproof, a success in my own mind. Truth is, I was delusional, dazed and way, way ahead of myself.

I opened the doors on April 8th without a single member, no staff, no money in my pocket, nothing in the bank. I had no idea how I would get through the first week, let alone the first year. I just waited for someone to come in and train and after a few hours, a young couple came in and joined up. That first day I had about 10 people come in but no one else joined. This went on for a while and I just kept at it. Kept showing up, day after day, week after week.

The first year I sold everything to keep the doors open, house, cars, furniture, you name it, I lost it. The phone or power got cut every month, at least. I had no where to live and no car, all I had was a vertical grill and a rice cooker. I slept on the couch at the gym for that first 12 months, I would get up in the morning and walk up to the main road to get a paper and a coffee. This way it looked like I had actually come from somewhere. Then I would walk to the gym to open up at 6AM. I would work through to 9 or 10PM, most days on my own until everyone had left, once again I would lock up and pretend to head home until everyone had gone, then sneak back and let myself back in.

I developed a saying that I still use to this day. ďDonít worry about what you canít do, worry about what you can do.Ē So with that in mind, when I couldnít afford to buy new equipment, I would buy a can of paint. When no one came in, I would move everything in the gym. I would dust, clean, re-arrange everything. After a while, people would come in and say, ďHey you are always doing something.Ē  That inspired me more, I thought if people come in and Iím sitting around or complaining, they will pick up on that crap energy. If they come in and Iím busy, they will know I care.

Slowly I started to straighten myself out, killed the ego, got back into heavy training, lost the ponytail and kicked myself until I got up and about. I realise now, how far I had fallen and how close I came to falling through the cracks. I knew that from then on, I would give life everything I had. By that I mean, I made a deal with myself that I would never have regret, or die wondering. No  more excuses, no blaming others, no turning back.

Iím writing this for anyone doubting themselves. Anyone thinking about giving up, or thinking they donít deserve success. For the ones out there that have made stupid mistakes and bad choices. For everyone that has been told they are no good, everyone that has been written off and laughed at. You must never quit, never give in, never let the doubters wear you down. You gotta be tough, you have to stop worrying about what others think. You have to find it within yourself. You have to hold your head up high and stay humble, no matter what, you have to grind. You have to get up every day and attack it like it is your last day, your last chance. When you put you head down at night, you have to know you did everything today, that you could to move forward. Sometimes it will seem fruitless, useless and slow. That is when you dig in harder, you must trust the process, trust yourself and most of all believe in yourself, I mean deep down inside where no one else dwells, thatís where you have to believe in yourself.

Grind hard - Donít quit!
23  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: Looking Back - Blasts from the past on: April 08, 2014, 05:30:49 AM
This photograph is from March 1994, interviewing the great Flex Wheeler at the IFBB Southern States show. The reason this is significant to me is that it was this night that I announced that Dohertyís Gym was going to open in Brunswick 2 weeks later on April 8th. Which means that it is 20 years ago today that it all really started for me.

I knew that this was my last shot at it, as I had nothing and owed about $200,000 which was loaded against my parents home. They had backed me from day one and I had let them and everyone close to me down. I had pissed it away and partied like a rockstar, thinking I was shit hot. Thinking I was bulletproof, a success in my own mind. Truth is, I was delusional, dazed and way, way ahead of myself.

I opened the doors on April 8th without a single member, no staff, no money in my pocket, nothing in the bank. I had no idea how I would get through the first week, let alone the first year. I just waited for someone to come in and train and after a few hours, a young couple came in and joined up. That first day I had about 10 people come in but no one else joined. This went on for a while and I just kept at it. Kept showing up, day after day, week after week.

The first year I sold everything to keep the doors open, house, cars, furniture, you name it, I lost it. The phone or power got cut every month, at least. I had no where to live and no car, all I had was a vertical grill and a rice cooker. I slept on the couch at the gym for that first 12 months, I would get up in the morning and walk up to the main road to get a paper and a coffee. This way it looked like I had actually come from somewhere. Then I would walk to the gym to open up at 6AM. I would work through to 9 or 10PM, most days on my own until everyone had left, once again I would lock up and pretend to head home until everyone had gone, then sneak back and let myself back in.

I developed a saying that I still use to this day. ďDonít worry about what you canít do, worry about what you can do.Ē So with that in mind, when I couldnít afford to buy new equipment, I would buy a can of paint. When no one came in, I would move everything in the gym. I would dust, clean, re-arrange everything. After a while, people would come in and say, ďHey you are always doing something.Ē  That inspired me more, I thought if people come in and Iím sitting around or complaining, they will pick up on that crap energy. If they come in and Iím busy, they will know I care.

Slowly I started to straighten myself out, killed the ego, got back into heavy training, lost the ponytail and kicked myself until I got up and about. I realise now, how far I had fallen and how close I came to falling through the cracks. I knew that from then on, I would give life everything I had. By that I mean, I made a deal with myself that I would never have regret, or die wondering. No  more excuses, no blaming others, no turning back.

Iím writing this for anyone doubting themselves. Anyone thinking about giving up, or thinking they donít deserve success. For the ones out there that have made stupid mistakes and bad choices. For everyone that has been told they are no good, everyone that has been written off and laughed at. You must never quit, never give in, never let the doubters wear you down. You gotta be tough, you have to stop worrying about what others think. You have to find it within yourself. You have to hold your head up high and stay humble, no matter what, you have to grind. You have to get up every day and attack it like it is your last day, your last chance. When you put you head down at night, you have to know you did everything today, that you could to move forward. Sometimes it will seem fruitless, useless and slow. That is when you dig in harder, you must trust the process, trust yourself and most of all believe in yourself, I mean deep down inside where no one else dwells, thatís where you have to believe in yourself.

Grind hard - Donít quit!
24  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: Who owns or runs a gym? on: March 31, 2014, 04:47:09 PM
I build and sell businesses, 70-80% are coin laundries. My interest is filling my real property, selling off the businesses and retaining rent and the financing, nothing more.

What I am interested in is setting up a cookie cutter gym so I am looking for mainstream gym info....

I would love to help but what you are trying to do is so far from my world that I cannot relate to it. We are definitely not mainstream and do what we do because we love it, what we have cant be bought and sold.

Having said that, you need to talk to mainstream people and see what they want, see if there are prospective buyers in that market, or you may be stuck with it. I'm not sure why anyone would buy it without years of goodwill, as they could set up a "new" business just like yours without paying you the profit you are looking for.

I wish you well but think this has been done to death and there are not that many cashed up, gullible people out there buying mainstream gyms.
25  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: Who owns or runs a gym? on: March 31, 2014, 01:10:10 PM
set up, operating expenses, equipment and layout, sell-ability.....initial investment.

Can you be more specific, each of those topics is very complex.

First question for you is what market are you after?
Mainstream, athletes, strength crowd, personal training studio?

www.dohertysgym.com
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