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  1. Salary vs quality of life?

    you would hope - although I think it would be that and a combo of a house price crash!
  2. Sponsorship ... Rant..

    Couldn't agree more - people like Simeon Panda ... " take these BCAA's and you will look just like me, because I'm natural" Winds me up that does, my understanding of that is that they are "ambassadors," literally anyone can become one and its basically free promo for the company, but in the kids eyes they are "sponsored" - my mate came to me saying his friend from uni was sponsored, only to look him up and find out he is one of these "ambassadors"... such a joke!
  3. Sponsorship ... Rant..

    So, I don't post on here much, but over the last year or so something is becoming more and more apparent... "Sponsorships"... and they are bugging the hell out of me! Firstly, it seems that every little gym noob is so desperate to get sponsored these days that I don't think they have any concept of why they actually went to the gym int he first place - other than to take photos of their little pigeon chests or noodle arms while they pout! Now don't get me wrong, I understand the advantage of having a sponsor, but "Dave's supplements" based in a shed in Milton Keynes is hardly a sponsorship. A prime example of this is a guy I competed against this year mentioned he was sponsored ... I later found out it was by a company that him and his mate created - and they are the only 2 "athletes!" It made me laugh to say the least. Yes, everyone is in the game for a different reason, but when it comes to something like this I believe it should be simple. It is a reward and testament of your own hard work if you attract a sponsor. Personally, I couldn't be less bothered about anything like this, but what I do know is if it were to happen, it would not be because I chased it or because I can post 50 Instagram photos a day on how I can "curls for the girls"... it would be because I "look the part." when it comes down to it does it really matter about sponsorship!?! I mean does anyone know who Arnie's, Franco's and Haney's sponsors were? I doubt it because they all spoke for themselves ... not through a clothing brand or a supplement brand. I do sometimes wish I was born in that era - more simple - more raw !! Anyway - rant over! Feel free to share your thoughts
  4. Hello Everyone!I hope you are well. So, I Competed in the Kent Klassic Last Sunday. Being a natural I had my reservations about how I was going to look on stage .... would I be ready?!?!Arriving on the day I was aware that the majority of guys would be on PHD, and it never bothered me as this was just for experience. When the time come to go back stage, I was almost blown away with the calibre of the guys that were there - almost scared me off. But no, I was there to do I job and one that I had worked my arse of for the last 16 weeks of prep. Stepping out on the stage was great and after receiving the statuary medals and walking off stage I was told to take my medal off and turn around. I WAS TOP 3!!!!!!! I ended up finishing 3rd with an invite to the British Finals! What more could I ask for! I am one very very happy guy! .. I was aiming to MAYBE beat one guy that was assisted and I managed to smash that goal!... It just goes to show, if you put your all into something you will reap the rewards Unfortunately, I obviously was not expecting to do so well let alone an invite to the British, and as a result I have a holiday booked to Canada, so I wont be attending - however, bring on the journey to come! I know I haven't been a member here long nor posted much.. but hey! ... I am one happy guy so I thought I would share it with you! Anyway, enough of the boring stuff - here is a pic of me (right) and the top 2