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1  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.
2  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"
3  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.
4  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.
5  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.
6  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.
7  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!
8  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!
9  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.
10  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
11  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: Who owns or runs a gym? on: March 31, 2014, 01:00:50 PM
I've got a few, what are the questions?
12  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: Malaysian Airlines flight is missing, 239 passengers on board on: March 24, 2014, 06:31:46 PM
this part of the sea has been known to be very turbulent, unpredictable and most Cargo ships avoid that route altogether......the biggest problem they said they're about to face now is how far out these debris have spread and this could be one of the most expensive, if not the most expensive search and recovery operation in modern aviation......after two weeks of searching, who knows what they will find.....I'm still puzzled why these bodies, after two weeks have not littered the water surface yet.......I'm sure these corpses are bloated as hell

The sharks down there would be as fat as hell, dont worry about that.
13  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: Looking Back - Blasts from the past on: March 24, 2014, 04:38:54 AM
Tony did you ever hear of any pros talk about fertility or having kids? Dont have to mention names if you dont want but curious to know if the hear use has affected them.

Never been much discussion but over and over top pros have had healthy kids, so I don't think it seems to be a factor. Ronnie has about 8 kids so that kind of sets the subject straight.
14  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: Looking Back - Blasts from the past on: March 24, 2014, 02:13:18 AM
Hey Tony,

Just caught Fat Tony and Co, ....

How much trobule did Sonny get in for being involved with that business?

He got 5 years. Got released when he was very ill and died within days. It was very sad. He kept complaining about this lump under his arm and shoulder to prison authorities. They just kept saying it was an old injury to get over it. By the time he was diagnosed properly, November 29th it was an advanced cancer that had got into his lungs. He died on Jan 25th, just 7 weeks later. I was visiting him in the prison hospital the day he got his diagnosis and he knew he was fucked. When they tipped him out with just days to live, they didn't even give him proper pain relief. We had to go to a mission to get morphine to comfort him as he died.

Saddest fucking time I can remember. He has been gone for 10 years.
15  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / My interviews for NPC NewsOnline at 2104 Arnold on: March 21, 2014, 03:50:46 AM
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<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ttifNFnhOc" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ttifNFnhOc</a>

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16  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: Shredz Nutrition, CRACK and GetBroke on: March 18, 2014, 03:09:55 AM
I had the Shredz team at my FitX Expo in Melbourne last week. They bought in a team of 16 including all of their athletes and staff. They took a big booth, 54m2, had a DJ, media wall, film crew and gave out 5000 tee shirts.

This would have cost them plenty and they absolutely rocked the expo. They are all over social media and online marketing.

I was glad to have them involved and can honestly say they were every easy to deal with.

17  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: What would this innocent bystander be thinking? Latest DLB pic- caption it on: March 11, 2014, 03:43:04 AM
It must suck for dana to get an all expense paid trip by her sponsors and still have to pay out of pocket to pay for Rob to tag along

Wrong in this instance
18  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: Met PJ Braun and fiancťe Celeste at FitX on: March 10, 2014, 03:30:02 PM
Did Aaron actually fly to Australia or was he turned back at LAX?


Aaron made a clerical error on his visa application and never left the states. He did not have time to go to the embassy and have it fixed.
19  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: 2014 IFBB Australian Pro Grand Prix - Info and line up *updated on: March 04, 2014, 02:57:18 PM
You don't have much, either, Vince - you know how difficult it must be for Tony to have pulled off a pro show ever year for ages - in a climate where most of the big US shows have come and gone - yet you still feel it necessary to rag on the lineup (inaccurately).

Thanks mate. My show is the 3rd longest running pro show in the world, only behind the Olympia and Arnold. For 14 years straight I have put my balls on the line.

In the last 14 years, what has Vince done? Let's go through it.

*  Photographed / stalked strangers on every beach he can.
*  Gate crashed funerals.
*  Annoyed people
*  Posted utter shit on message boards everywhere
*  Worshiped fat chicks
*  Had jealous rages on anyone more successful than him (everyone I can think of)

Feel free to add to Vince's achievements.

20  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: 2014 IFBB Australian Pro Grand Prix - Info and line up *updated on: February 22, 2014, 05:20:24 AM
Unfortunately you have no class, Tony. What a shame.

Great comeback Vince, you are known for your class.  You must be pretty pleased with how life has panned out for you.

Wanna sell your gym yet?
21  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: 2014 IFBB Australian Pro Grand Prix - Info and line up *updated on: February 19, 2014, 11:27:09 PM
The white van comment alone would stop me paying money for your contest.

I usually take photos and there are only a couple of blokes I would bother with. Roden and Lewis.
I have a friend in Melbourne so accommodation is not a problem. I would rather go up the Eureka Tower than a bodybuilding contest. Or revisit the 12 Apostles. Or visit Wilsons Prom. Or the Tarra Bulga tree ferns.
Those sites are worth the drive south.


Maybe you could catch a funeral or two and photograph (stalk) some randoms at the beach. You sneaky old delusional tiger.
22  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: 2014 IFBB Australian Pro Grand Prix - Info and line up *updated on: February 19, 2014, 05:32:44 AM
I wouldn't drive to Melbourne and stay in motels just to see those guys. Flex Lewis should enter the show because he will probably be the best pro there.

What a shame the top guys from the Arnold don't come to Australia.


You have lost the plot Vince. All the top guys from the Arnold will be here except Wolf. Probably the best line up we have ever had. We have a big airport here, maybe it would beat driving your white van down and staying in "motels".

All the best champ, you don't have a clue.
23  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: 2014 IFBB Australian Pro Grand Prix - Info and line up *updated on: February 17, 2014, 08:59:38 PM
Looks like Australia lost the star attraction. What a shame.

Just one of the star attractions Vince. We still have Branch, Evan, Rhoden and Dave Henry in the show and Flex Lewis guest posing.
The best women in bikini and figure, plus dozens of star guests at the expo.

Guess you cant afford to travel all the way down, so you will have to hate from home, what a shame.
24  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: 2014 IFBB Australian Pro Grand Prix - Info and line up *updated on: February 17, 2014, 04:51:07 AM
Tony, Show of the week is on:

Fat Tony & Co
Sunday 23rd February '14
8.40 pm on Nine, double episode
9 hours drama !
I wonder if Masters O. character is included ?.
I am surprise that Mokbel is still alive ?, with $ 1m 'prize' 4 his head.

I saw most of it live but will probably watch anyway.
25  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: Looking Back - Blasts from the past on: February 12, 2014, 04:23:22 AM
TD

i heard a story about Levrone
i think it was the 2003 Oz Pro show he was totally drunk getting off the plane?
could barely stand??!!

also 2009 or 2010 pro show , the one Dexter jackson won- anyway apparently the story goes he and Melvin anthony were kicking up a stink about the serviced apartment you had arranged, they were wanting a 5 star hotel. they were making a big fuss, DJ was saying how could a mr O be treated that way.

true or not?


Levrone story, pretty true but had been unwell and alcohol made it worse.  Had to put him on a drip between prejudging and finals to rehydrate him after he had been vomiting so much.

Melvin never kicked up a stink and Dexter likes 5 star everything. He wasn't fussed about serviced apartments like the others had. The others like it because they can cook clean food etc and it is a nice place, 4 star and very relaxed. Dexter can dry out on room service, so he preferred the Hilton. DJ had nothing to do with it.
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