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2014/11/25 13:26:39 (permalink)

Is anyone on Muscletalk Sponsored?

Afternoon guys, hope you're all well.
 
Just curious to see if anyone sponsored or has been, who by and what it's like? We would all love to be sponsored but would you like to be posting about that company 24/7 promoting their products? Basically I'm trying to see if there's a downside to being sponsored haha but not sure if there is!
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Re: Is anyone on Muscletalk Sponsored? 2014/11/25 13:54:47 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby The_Lone_Wolf 2014/11/25 14:25:17
It's a decent enough question. I've sponsored others and I get two rep allowances currently. I also used to get the odd bits and pieces when I had my magazine as well as still being paid from time to time to work at expos. So all in all...
 
Repping for bulkpowders as a result of owning my own supp company, a high post count and half decent working knowing of the usual supps (and not afraid to post about it - you need to be able to write well-ish ha ha) means I get an allowance. I know what another company gives their reps and I do better so... But it's by no means a huge amount. It does, however, means it's been a heck of a long time since I paid for any supplements.
 
I'm also getting something for helping push, promote and make more active a forum connected to a re-seller type supplement company. So I don't represent the products but act more as a moderator (without currently being one). The last two allowances had a good percentage spent on hideously expensive clothing. I normally wouldn't cough up what they cost but not paying for them...
 
When I edited and published Muscle Mob I regularly got items to review (quite a few DVD's for example as well as signed books). Often I'd have brought these myself so that helped. Becoming well known in m,y chosen field of grip strength meant I had the odd £20.00 gripper thrown my way and on one occasion lads chipped in to buy me a pinch set up costing a £100 so I could train to kick ass (still 4th best of all time I think).
 
Working at expos is fun, if tiring, and I can earn a half decent weekly wage doing 3 days of talking and showing off. It's very much a now and again thing. The best was three weekends (7 days in total) on the trot for what amounted to about £1000 in total and that's after expenses.
 
Now I also used to sponsor others and know of a local pro contracted. The amounts vary HUGELY from something akin to my monthly box of goodies to an actual payment. I'd say here in the UK it's £5000-10000 annually at the top end and of course in the US from $1000 a month $250,000-500,000 PA (Jay Cutler, Ronnie et al).
 
Truthfully it's better, I think, to have multiple bits n bobs. Gym membership, clothing, supplements and so on. Some athletes don't know, or seem to, how to work it, some aren't worth it (cos they're lazy outside the gym) and a few don't need it. You also get a nice premium for one to one training, seminars and so on.
 
Even though I do a bit of work for what I get it's only what I'd do anyway - like posting here now. I like lifting and I like posting. The gym I go to sets me up with a coffee for nowt and I appreciate it. I can give back - just last week a box of bits arrived and I handed out shakers, shirts and even wrist wraps at the gym. It's promotion for the companies named on the bits, gratitude for the gym looking after me and besides nothing I've not already got.
post edited by Mobster - 2014/11/25 13:58:24

 
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Re: Is anyone on Muscletalk Sponsored? 2014/11/25 16:56:50 (permalink)
We covered this issue in our article here: http://www.muscletalk.co.uk/articles/becoming-fitness-model.aspx
 
We sponsor a few guys and girls and have many more in the past.  I sponsor fewer these days after being stung in the past!
 
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Re: 2014/11/26 08:57:20 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby *animal* 2014/11/26 09:44:33
To be fair sponsorship is a silly pipe dream for many kids I've heard talking in the gym.



99.9% of people don't have the genetics or skill required.



Also I doubt a sponsored athletes earns much at all. Free supplements.....



The guys I've heard in my gym make it out like being sponsored or a cover model is like 'making it in life'. I have a mate who is sponsored and does some modelling work, guess what he doesn't earn much from it, and he has an incredible physique



I'd be interested to know why people want to be sponsored or be a cover model. I suspect the real answer is they seek attention.





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Re: 2014/11/26 09:16:41 (permalink)
It would be nice to be a sponsored athlete. I am a rep sponsor and get a rep allowance which saves me buying supplements now.

Sponsored athlete is a pipe dream for me.
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Re: 2014/11/26 09:18:43 (permalink)
Not sponsored but as above with mobster, I rep for GN on here but my main focus is on the forums for the massive us-based supplement store as it's gotten a lot quieter here and we've ( GN that is) just launched on there, so I spend the majority of my time tgere arranging promo giveaways, answering questions about products etc.

I work a very dull job, so between work loads (I.e. All day) I have a lot of spare time and I'd be on the forums anyway
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Re: 2014/11/26 11:55:35 (permalink)
Exactly. Even being properly sponsored isn't an excuse to eat, train and rest. It's precisely why some ask but don;t get. I had a few when I owned my company (along with Mike Betty) that offered to 'wear your shirt down the gym' in return for us sending them products. Unfortunately there's more to it than that.

 
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Re: 2014/11/26 12:46:08 (permalink)
Thanks for everyones replies!
 
To be fair, anything free is a bonus really isn't it but just having your face on a few bits of product advertising etc? I've seen a few gym clothing companies that have a 'sponsorship' section on their website so I thought i'd take a peak. Atleast two companies didn't even require a 'attractive physique', just that you have 100k followers on instagram, twitter or facebook.
 
That's probably why i see a number of 'celebs' sporting a companies clothing then posting it all twitter because they have a following?
 
Interesting stuff nonetheless!!
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Re: 2014/11/26 12:58:57 (permalink)
i have had and still have sponsorship.
 
i've been sponsored by clothing brands such as X2X which was a sweet deal. Didnt go anywhere though but i wish Harry ogg all the best with the UK venture of the brand.
 
i am still sponsored by musclexcess which is a brand made from harold marrilier, harry ogg and craig.L.
Its a true 100% sponsorship deal, not % crap you see others try to pawn off as sponsorship, thats just money off codes for peddling their supps. 
I havent collected my monthly allowance in over a year however as i feel right now i have little to offer the brand, i've been out injured for a long while and i have a sense of pride. Harold has told me its there when i want it, i just feel until i'm competing again its just wrong to take when you are giving little back.
 
gym sponsorship has been handy in the past, now moved away from that area so i pay my way now.
 
I've had other sponsors and i've always offered as much back as i've taken from them. 
Some have mutually stopped with no bad feeling as outlooks or circumstances have changed.

Sponsored MuscleXcess Athlete 

 
 
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Re: 2014/11/26 13:09:42 (permalink)
Aaron Hallett
i have had and still have sponsorship.
 
i've been sponsored by clothing brands such as X2X which was a sweet deal. Didnt go anywhere though but i wish Harry ogg all the best with the UK venture of the brand.
 
i am still sponsored by musclexcess which is a brand made from harold marrilier, harry ogg and craig.L.
Its a true 100% sponsorship deal, not % crap you see others try to pawn off as sponsorship, thats just money off codes for peddling their supps. 
I havent collected my monthly allowance in over a year however as i feel right now i have little to offer the brand, i've been out injured for a long while and i have a sense of pride. Harold has told me its there when i want it, i just feel until i'm competing again its just wrong to take when you are giving little back.
 
gym sponsorship has been handy in the past, now moved away from that area so i pay my way now.
 
I've had other sponsors and i've always offered as much back as i've taken from them. 
Some have mutually stopped with no bad feeling as outlooks or circumstances have changed.




That's pretty decent of you not collecting your allowance, could see many trying to milk it as much as possible.
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Re: Is anyone on Muscletalk Sponsored? 2014/11/26 13:12:39 (permalink)
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It's a decent enough question. I've sponsored others and I get two rep allowances currently. I also used to get the odd bits and pieces when I had my magazine as well as still being paid from time to time to work at expos. So all in all...
 
Repping for bulkpowders as a result of owning my own supp company, a high post count and half decent working knowing of the usual supps (and not afraid to post about it - you need to be able to write well-ish ha ha) means I get an allowance. I know what another company gives their reps and I do better so... But it's by no means a huge amount. It does, however, means it's been a heck of a long time since I paid for any supplements.
 
I'm also getting something for helping push, promote and make more active a forum connected to a re-seller type supplement company. So I don't represent the products but act more as a moderator (without currently being one). The last two allowances had a good percentage spent on hideously expensive clothing. I normally wouldn't cough up what they cost but not paying for them...
 
When I edited and published Muscle Mob I regularly got items to review (quite a few DVD's for example as well as signed books). Often I'd have brought these myself so that helped. Becoming well known in m,y chosen field of grip strength meant I had the odd £20.00 gripper thrown my way and on one occasion lads chipped in to buy me a pinch set up costing a £100 so I could train to kick ass (still 4th best of all time I think).
 
Working at expos is fun, if tiring, and I can earn a half decent weekly wage doing 3 days of talking and showing off. It's very much a now and again thing. The best was three weekends (7 days in total) on the trot for what amounted to about £1000 in total and that's after expenses.
 
Now I also used to sponsor others and know of a local pro contracted. The amounts vary HUGELY from something akin to my monthly box of goodies to an actual payment. I'd say here in the UK it's £5000-10000 annually at the top end and of course in the US from $1000 a month $250,000-500,000 PA (Jay Cutler, Ronnie et al).
 
Truthfully it's better, I think, to have multiple bits n bobs. Gym membership, clothing, supplements and so on. Some athletes don't know, or seem to, how to work it, some aren't worth it (cos they're lazy outside the gym) and a few don't need it. You also get a nice premium for one to one training, seminars and so on.
 
Even though I do a bit of work for what I get it's only what I'd do anyway - like posting here now. I like lifting and I like posting. The gym I go to sets me up with a coffee for nowt and I appreciate it. I can give back - just last week a box of bits arrived and I handed out shakers, shirts and even wrist wraps at the gym. It's promotion for the companies named on the bits, gratitude for the gym looking after me and besides nothing I've not already got.




Thanks for the detailed reply, gave me something to read during my lunch hour. Sounds like you had/have a pretty sweet deal to be fair, free stuff is the best.
 
Onto owning your own supp company, were you like a retailer or did you launch your own supp range?
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Re: Is anyone on Muscletalk Sponsored? 2014/11/26 16:04:37 (permalink)
We sold our own product.
 
Aaron's comment about what are also called referral codes is correct. It's not sponsorship.

 
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Re: Is anyone on Muscletalk Sponsored? 2014/11/27 04:56:35 (permalink)
I am a sponsored athlete, and earnt it!! Everyone seems to want to be a sponsored athlete but don't want to do the hard work. I have earnt my sponsorship by placing in the top four consistently for the past five years in the British finals. I find people have the cheek to ask companies for sponsorships and never even competed, what do you they have to offer the company? NOTHING!!! You have to earn it!! I am sponsored by Muscletalk and 1RepMax and am proud to be!! They don't ask a lot from me, but what they do ask, I do!! ie, plug the companies on social media and work on stands at shows or expos, which I add, love doing!!! I have made a good friend in James Collier over the past four years and now he can't live without me!! Lol. There are only positives in being sponsored and I couldn't do what I love doing without there on going support!! Respect your sponsor and they will respect you.
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Re: Is anyone on Muscletalk Sponsored? 2014/11/27 08:45:05 (permalink)
Luke Bagster
I am a sponsored athlete, and earnt it!! Everyone seems to want to be a sponsored athlete but don't want to do the hard work. I have earnt my sponsorship by placing in the top four consistently for the past five years in the British finals. I find people have the cheek to ask companies for sponsorships and never even competed, what do you they have to offer the company? NOTHING!!! You have to earn it!! I am sponsored by Muscletalk and 1RepMax and am proud to be!! They don't ask a lot from me, but what they do ask, I do!! ie, plug the companies on social media and work on stands at shows or expos, which I add, love doing!!! I have made a good friend in James Collier over the past four years and now he can't live without me!! Lol. There are only positives in being sponsored and I couldn't do what I love doing without there on going support!! Respect your sponsor and they will respect you.

I've had a couple of people PM me on the other forum i rep on asking about sponsorship and pretty much their only qualification is that they have a gym membership.
 
as above, sponsorship means different things to different people. some people want a fully paid role, others want a couple of free shirts to wear in the gym.
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Re: Is anyone on Muscletalk Sponsored? 2014/11/27 17:03:22 (permalink)
My fave on BB.com was a little 60kg Indian lad asking, in very broken English, for sponsors and insisting he'd be Mr O one day... bless lol

 
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Re: Is anyone on Muscletalk Sponsored? 2014/11/27 22:11:25 (permalink)
that's where it is. 
 
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