Making a Buck in Bodybuilding
Musclemag International March 2004 issue. Pages 105-111.
Not everyone involved in bodybuilding expects to cash in on from it. Gerry Triano is an accounting manager with a New York publisher. He is also something of a posing guru. "I help a lot of guys through my Web page [located at www.bodybuildingreviews.net] and through e-mail," says Gerry. This assistance I provide is entirely gratis. I never charge anybody." Gerry doesn't sound like he fits the sponge image. His motivation comes from a love of the sport. "Presentation is an important part of bodybuilding," Gerry says, a part that is often neglected. "Unless you're clearly the best, a bad presentation is going to hurt. I think you should at least know how to present yourself in a favorable light. Even practicing the turns in the compulsories is extremely important. You can do tricks in the quarter turns to help your symmetry that some people don't even do. A lot of little tricks that can be done add up."
Unlike the scrubs Paul [a well-known personality in the iron game who wishes to remain unidentified] mentions, Gerry is an altruistic individual. He gave Mike Morris and Bruce Patterson some advice before the 2003 NOC. "They are very good free posers without my help, but I gave them advice on tweaking the mandatories and looking the best they can in prejudging. Most of the guys I work with aren't well known. They're just starting out: Rob Colacino in Connecticut and Heath Morin from Rhode Island, for example, are national-level competitors [early in their careers]."