Bodybuilding as an endeavor is a truly risky one. There’s no guarantee that an athlete will make money in professional bodybuilding, yet the price tag to ensure you’re bringing your best to the stage is a pretty hefty one to say the least. It’s the very reason that so many bodybuilders start supplement companies and clothing brands to begin with. By doing so it could potentially provide them with the income they need after retiring from the sport. But there are some individuals that have started business ventures within the industry while still remaining active, namely five time Mr. Olympia champion Phil Heath.
Now it seems that Heath is leaving the very business venture, Gifted Nutrition, that the bodybuilding champion started himself. Phil Heath gives the details on his departure from Gifted Nutrition in an exclusive interview with FLEX Online. Here’s a bit of what the article touched on.
FLEX: Why did you decide to leave the company you started?
PHIL HEATH: Basically, I learned that the company finances had been mismanaged—by others who were in charge of day-to-day operations. Some people will say, ‘Hey, you were the President of GN for the last year—weren’t you also in charge of operations?’ But my role in the company, the job I performed by giving 100% effort toward the goal of growing Gifted, was making worldwide public appearances in support of GN, promoting GN products on multiple platforms—spreading the word wherever and whenever I could—and winning Mr. Olympia.
While I was out doing that job, there were others tasked with carrying out day-to-day financial operations, but they let me down. They let GN down. Sure, there were growing pains early on—for example, there was a manufacturer who falsely claimed they had FDA approval, and then we had to change manufacturers, which meant GN absorbed a huge loss. But finally, when there were signs of internal wrongdoing, conduct I couldn’t condone, it started to seem like there was no light at the end of the tunnel.
FLEX went on to specifically ask Heath whether or not his departure from Gifted Nutrition would ultimately backfire to the which the Olympia champion responded:
PHIL HEATH: I hope that people will understand why I departed. I’ve already spoken with many clients who gave GN their business based solely upon my involvement, because I care about their well-being. I have always had a great reputation with people in the supplement industry and that will not change. As for fans—well, anyone who follows me knows that I went all-out for GN, and I think they’ll be shocked to learn that I didn’t profit at all. I conducted myself honorably. All in all, I left what had become a very negative situation for me, and regardless whether someone is a fan of mine or not, they should understand that this was the best route for me.
Do you think this revelation could somehow harm Phil Heath’s image?
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