John Inzer is Wrong!!!

Ted J. Isabella writes at the USPF Forum:

This coming Saturday, May 6, Bruce Derosier will be running the New England Record Breakers meet, which is an all-RAW Powerlifting competition along with other scheduled events and competitions. He has gone to great lengths to make this a huge event with some big name lifters. That is why I find it very disheartening, in this age of powerlifting, that a certain equipment company, not to mention any names…. Inzer Advance Designs…would find it necessary to call lifters scheduled to compete in this meet and tell them not to compete over wise they would pull their equipment sponsorship. Does John Inzer not have better things to worry about than whether a lifter, that his company sponsors, competes in an raw meet or not. What is John worried about? I also understand that Mike Lambert, owner and editor of PLUSA, was told not to appear at this meet or do any write ups on this meet, otherwise John Inzer would pull all his advertising from Mike’s magazine. Again, John what are you worried about? John Inzer is now trying to control what competitions a lifter can compete in or not. Lifters should have the free right to compete in any competition, raw, single-ply, double-ply, whatever they chose, no matter whether they are sponsored or not. This smell a lot like an old lawsuit made by Ernie Franz against the IPF. Ernie suited the IPF basically because they suspended some IPF female lifter who competing in another federation that the IPF did not approve of. The funny part about this is John Inzer took over that lawsuit, from Ernie, years ago and settled it. How ironic that John Inzer is now doing to lifters what the IPF did to lifters years ago. Have we not progress beyond this yet. Inzer Advance Design is not the only equipment company around that sponsor lifters. I am sure Titan or Metal or any of the other equipment makers out there would be more than happy to sponsor lifters like Andy Bolton, who had to back out of this meet thanks to John Inzer’s phone call. An to say you are going to pull all your advertisement from the only real powerlifting magazine out there is just shear stupidity. That would harm Inzer more than it would PLUSA. I hope Mike Lambert does come to this meet and does a complete write up on it. John may have stop some lifters from competing in this competition, but he will not stop this type of competition, RAW or not, from growing and progressing in this sport. I am probable going to stir up a little sh_t with this, but I want to make one thing clear, this is not a personal attack against John Inzer, his company or his equipment. I have used Inzer’s equipment for years. This is just one lifter; voicing his opinion on a situation regarding any competitor’s ability to freely chose any and all competitions he or she wishes to compete in. I just think he is wrong in what he has done. No that person or company should have the right to dictate what a lifter can or cannot do, no matter whether they are sponsored or not. We need to support all aspects of our sport and not try, in any means, to halt our sports ability to progress in any direction.

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This is getting real old. If you are lifting Raw you dont need any gear anyways so you dont need a sponsor because all you get is gear from them. Your belt is good for life.
It would be poor business practice to support something that is promoting not using your product.

Inzer has more products than lifting suits and bench shirts. Additionally, there's nothing preventing a lifter training in either of these.

If Inzer had simply refused to sponsor the NERB meet, no one would have said "boo" about it. After all, why would an equipment manufacturer want to sponsor a raw meet?

But he's taken it far beyond that in trying to undermine this meet by threatening lifters, writers and publishers that want to be connected to it in an way. That's what most people (including me) seem to believe "isn't cricket".

I sincerely hope this blows up in his face, backfires and hurts his business ... and I've read all the stories about what a nice, supportive guy Inzer has been to lifters in the past. They may all be true (probably are) but that does nothing to change the fact that he's behaving like a bully and a monopolist in this situation.

There is a thing called following the company line. When you go to work for the company, you represent what the company is trying to project or perhaps in this case trying to protect. And it is a curious situation, if in fact it is true, that John Inzer would feel so threatened by this meet that he would literally go to such great lengths as to cut his nose off in spite of his face. One must have a great deal of confidence that if this dirty little secret was in fact true, how it would be received by his customers. If I was a concerned business man, I would not take such a risk or else I would have to feel that I have such a dedicated following of customers that I could take such risks. A good business man would not count his chickens before they hatched. And in this case, worry that current and future customers would shop and buy from other equipment manufacurers and vendors who sell similar products if I was perceived as being so dubious. I know I want to be able to trust those who I do business with. Is there firm evidence that calls were made to lifters and threats made? with what I've read thus far, some lifters seem to be following the company line. That appears to be more of a case of dedication to your employer rather than a circumstance of feeling the heat. I think if I got that call and felt threatened, I would leave. There are others who be glad to have big name faces to represent their companies.

Additionally, I find it interesting that John Inzer would be so adamantly opposed to this meet. I would think he would want to promote the ideals which this meet represents. With the fundamental one being that with increased base strength, so will be the increases in totals in usuing many of the pieces of equipment that he sells. John competed in a day in which lifters trained hard to make increases in their PR's and training wasn't as specialized today. Training today is geared to the gear in that it isn't as important to have a training approach designed for total body strength. Is John saying that he wants lifters total dependance in the use of equipment to the point that they could not conceivably lift without the use of equipment? If I were a smart business man, the answer would be no. He wants to see bigger totals come from use of his equipment.

In summary, suits and shirts are not going anywhere soon. As long as they are legal in the various Feds, especially the IPF, Inzer will have customers. And it is curious that many of the lifters in the USAPL seem to chose Titan Fury over Inzer shirts these days. Has times gotton that bad for Inzer? And besdies, it is not like this meet is going to cause a ground swell so great that there will be an immediate roll-over in the way lifters compete. Many of the lifters at the NERB will go home after and put their suits and shirts on with a better idea just how much of a benefit they gain in the use of them. Probably, they already know and their performance will be better or not as good. That is why there are meets. To learn what you got! Others will wonder what if? Perhaps I too can lift raw and be competitive. But,I still won't get to the international platform without having to once again don my Inzer SHDHP shirt and Champion suit for deadlifting and once again do battle on the platform. And I'm sure that if John threatened to pull his adds out of any magazine and I were a magazine publisher, I would think of many more useful ways to fill the void perhaps with little known vendors, desperate to get their message out to as many lifters as they can.

OBTW..., I do not work for Inzer and I am not John either. Just a lonely Gym Muse who tries to call 'em the way he sees them after some reflection.

Lift..., what else?

Doc, from a business standpoint, unless this does blow up in his face, it can be viewed as a successful move don't you think?

Muse, Inzer has built such good relationships and built up so much goodwill with many in the powerlifting world that he might perceive it to be quite difficult to adversely effect his business by calling in a few favors. Whether in the form of threats or otherwise. However, his willingness to call them in might indicate his feelings about the potential the New England Record Breakers and other meets like it may have on his business.

Additionally, I find it interesting that John Inzer would be so adamantly opposed to this meet. I would think he would want to promote the ideals which this meet represents.

Perhaps, he's looking at this meet as part of something larger which would work counter to his goals.

Jon and Muse,

I doubt we'll be able to get each other to come around to the other's point of view, but I do enjoy the discussion. Along that line, let me ask you a hypothetical question:

What would you think of a doctor who refused to prescribe one brand of medication (even though in his medical opinion it was a superior drug) because he was "sponsored" by another brand. And let me go you one better ... how about a doctor who refused to see or give adequate treatment to patients who expressed a preference for the "unsponsored" medication?

All I'm saying is be very careful about embracing the "good business" model (as opposed to the ethically more defensible model). "Good business" can really end up biting the rank and file.

"Good business" can really end up biting the rank and file.

You certainly won't get any argument on that point.

As to your hypothetical. Being that it's a doctor, I tend to hold them to a higher standard than businessmen. I do expect the "best" care. However, in the real world physicians do prescribe drugs based on business relationships with pharmaceutical reps. In certain cases, that that may even result in a knowingly inferior drug being prescribed.


Yes they do (prescribe sponsored, inferior drugs) ... and in that case I argue very strongly that the practice is unethical, just as I am arguing that what Inzer is doing in this case is unethical.

Though I will grant you that there is typically a higher expected standard of care in medicine than in the world of business.

im so tired of this back and forth. lift how u wanna lift, have fun. this meet is for the fans as much as it for lifters. Even tho im a lifter, im still a HUGE fan of everyone else. I am as excited as everyone else to see them lift in this, just like i am to see them in full gear at the Arnold. They will all still go right back to the gear. Its a competition. A real competitor will compete under any circumstance and any condition. Thats all we are doing. Its a challenge and we took it. We know most will only compete in gear, so we stay in gear to be competitive, when this oppertunity arose, i jumped on it. I myself will be right back in gear, Inzer gear at that, getting ready for APF Sr. Nationals on June 3rd.

Good luck this weekend Sam.

thank you Jon

Siders is in!! that will be a show!!

IMHO, from where I sit, anything that hurts or gives the 'sport' a bad name or rep, I'm against it. From what I've read Inzer is very wrong. Plus the quality service and support I've received from a certain Titan rep, I won't buy anything from Inzer again. I think anyone who hasn't been influenced personally by John Inzer would hopefully have the same attitude.

If I were an equipment manufacturer I would jump on these opportunities that Inzer is threatening to step down from. Taking care of these lifters who have been threatened by Inzer, by offering sponsorships to them. As well as pick up on some of those advertizing opportunities. Even sponsor the NERB. Those would be my business decisions.

But do the other manufacturers feel the same way as Inzer?