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Old 04-08-2014, 09:03 AM   #1
Ryan Pye
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Carrying Protein/Supplements

We are in the process of opening our gym and I'm looking into carrying protein (maybe other supplements) and looking for advice suggestions. I want to carry it more to add the value of convenience for our clients but I suppose making a few bucks wouldn't hurt. I'm pretty sure we will carry FitAID but didn't know where to look to be a protein affiliate. I've never used Progenex and obviously they are priced a little higher than many other companies.
I've personally used At Large and the pro baseball team I worked for used Met-Rx and RTD Muscle Milk.
Any advice will be appreciated.

(Not looking to use a MLM, so that option is out)
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Old 04-08-2014, 09:49 AM   #2
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Re: Carrying Protein/Supplements

Look at having different range to cover those that might be short of cash.

Keep it simple and see.. But also ask those in the box what they use.

But you will need to be slightly cheaper otherwise they will go to their normal supplier and you will be stuck with product.
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Old 04-08-2014, 10:03 AM   #3
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Re: Carrying Protein/Supplements

MusclePharm Combat Powder
*BSN Syntha 6
* Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard 100% Whey
Optimum Platinum Hydrowhey
Dymatize ISO-100
Dymatize Elite Whey Protein Isolate

* = products i found worked best for me and tasted quite good.

Tried the others but did not like the taste as much.
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Old 04-08-2014, 10:22 AM   #4
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Re: Carrying Protein/Supplements

There are a TON of protein products out there to choose from. We carry Progenex (higher end) and Pursuit RX (lower end). The MOST IMPORTANT thing when choosing a product is to make sure you believe in it (i.e., use it). If clients see you and your trainers using it, they are WAY more likely to purchase it themselves.
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Re: Carrying Protein/Supplements

Thanks for the advice so far. Basically I was wondering if there were companies that have affiliate programs (ie. Kill Cliff, FitAID) to make the process easier. I assume Progenex has one but I didn't know if there were other options.
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Old 04-08-2014, 11:00 AM   #6
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Re: Carrying Protein/Supplements

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Thanks for the advice so far. Basically I was wondering if there were companies that have affiliate programs (ie. Kill Cliff, FitAID) to make the process easier. I assume Progenex has one but I didn't know if there were other options.
Progenex has one, as does AtLarge Nutrition. AtLarge's is much more affiliate friendly from a revenue standpoint and now that they have a new supplier, inventory issues should no longer be a problem. Progenex is flashier and more expensive per serving with less revenue on your end (per sale) but has good name recognition yada yada.

Another option is to to make your own blend on TrueNutrition.com, order it in bulk, and sell for a slight markup if you're pretty comfortable with that sort of thing.
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Old 04-08-2014, 11:26 AM   #7
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Re: Carrying Protein/Supplements

Progenex's wholesale program sucks. It requires a certain average monthly amount spent each quarter to decide your discount. You start at like 22% and then it bases your discount going forward off what you spend.

And the levels are pretty big. I have a hard time climbing them with 300 members. Also It started off selling decently and then most of the progenex lovers got tired of spending the high price tag and then switched to something cheaper.
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Old 04-08-2014, 06:17 PM   #8
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Re: Carrying Protein/Supplements

I partnered with a local distributor and found that to be the easiest. But as someone earlier said you must believe in the product you sell. I also sell FitAid and Kill Cliff. They are easy sells and easy to set up as an affiliate. All you have to do is go to their website.

Progenex was a no go for us. Too much up front money and too little return. I carry a protein I use and my clients have converted from Progenex and love it. Saves them money and I make more $ in sales.

Good luck and just know your market. Trial and error
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Re: Carrying Protein/Supplements

We sell FitAid, RX Bars, (very popular and Whole30 approved) and Stronger, Faster, Healthier protein suppliments and Fish Oil.

All three are easy to deal with and we use them ourselves.
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Old 04-09-2014, 07:37 AM   #10
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Awesome. Thanks y'all. I know what products I use but I wasn't sure what companies were easy to deal with.
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