Though professional bodybuilders make name and fame their lifespan is very limited. They have to make money within this short span which at best could last for seven to twelve years at the most. Yes there might be some exceptions to the rule but there are very few bodybuilders who have managed to go beyond fifteen years. Hence they have to secure their future within this short period. They cannot always depend on their profession. Hence it is not uncommon for many professional bodybuilders to look for other options. Many of them become successful entrepreneurs and there are many such examples which are there for all of us to see. We will have a look at six such professional bodybuilders who have become reasonably wealthy.
He started training at the young age of fifteen and over the next few years he built up a successful and even envious career for himself in the field of bodybuilding. He made decent money but at the end of the day he wanted to give back something to society. Hence he decided to become a business entrepreneur. He started his business career by judging for the UKBFF and later ventured into other businesses. He setup a marketing firm at the early age of eighteen. It grew quite well and he had almost 50 employees and a decent bank balance. However, banks poured cold water and decided to foreclose the loans given to him. His business went bust. Undeterred, he set up body builder coaching company and made big money out of it over a period of time
Born on November 9, 1951 Lou Ferrigno has had a reasonably good career in his body building profession. He won the IFBB Mr. America title. He also appeared in the body building documentary by the name Pumping Iron. Apart from being a successful body builder his good looks and physics also led him to the world of acting. He was the lead actor in the CBS serial The Incredible Hulk. Apart from being a reasonably successful film actor, he also has made big money as a trainer. He has trained a number of celebrities including the legendary Michael Jackson. Hence it would be not out of place to mention here that Lou Ferrigno has been reasonably successful as an entrepreneur. His success is attributable to the fact that he was a well-known body builder.
Lee Haney was born on November 11, 1959 and has had a successful career as a bodybuilder. He has won a number of titles in his career as a bodybuilder which ran for almost 12 years starting from 1979 to 1991. He won the Mr. Olympics title and was placed first eight times between 1984 and 1991. This certainly was a great achievement. He has built a successful physical training and fitness coaching center. It also would be pertinent to mention here that he also has served as the Chairman of the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports for a long period of time.
He was born on December 18, 1979 and his early days were spent as a basketball player. He eventually entered the field of body building in the year 2002. He won the 2005 NPC – National Physique Committee Championship in USA and since then has won a number of other such titles. After having made a reasonably successful foray into the world of body building he also has become a successful entrepreneur. Today Mr. Heath owns a fitness apparel company by the name Gifted Athletics. The name has been derived from his nick-name Gift. It would be pertinent to mention that he was one of the few who started and ran a successful enterprise even when he was active in his bodybuilding career.
Born on February 2, 1970 Gunter Schlierkamp is one of the most reputed and successful bodybuilders of all time. He was born in Olfen, Germany it would be pertinent to mention that he has won a number of competitions. His first win was in 1990 and it continued till 2006 for a period of sixteen long years. This certainly is a creditable achievement. He is now a successful entrepreneur. He trains a number of budding bodybuilders and has his own organization for this purpose. He also is a spokesperson for the sport.
Last but not least, the new coming entrepreneur is Ben Pakulski. Ben was born in March 18, 1981 in Ontario, Canada. He’s trained many bodybuilders and created two successful bodybuilding training courses called MI40 and MI40X. His latest product introduces the new concept called CEP. Take a look at CEP training review – MI40X bodybuilding worksheets to gauge how effective the training is. Prior to the entrepreneurial success, he won Mr. Canada in 2008 and finished 2nd in IFBB in 2008 as well.