The Internet is full of videos of bodybuilders competing in competitions and the winners often earn millions.
But according to ABC News, there’s a dark side to that, as a group of bodybuilding stars are being held to ransom by their rivals.
“They’re trying to do something for themselves,” said Tony Burchfield, the founder of Bodybuilding.com.
“The whole idea of it is to get money and a good life for themselves, not just for themselves.”
Burchfield’s company, Burch Fitness, is one of many that compete in bodybuilding competitions, offering the stars cash prizes and the chance to win prizes, including trips to Las Vegas and a trip to New York City.
The company has become one of the biggest competitors in the industry, with a total of more than 1 million YouTube subscribers.
“I don’t think the whole bodybuilding community is the same as it used to be,” Burch said.
“Nowadays, it’s just bodybuilding for money, for fame, and it’s not just that.”
Bodybuilding is a highly competitive sport, with competitors competing for a set amount of time, sometimes as long as two months.
For years, competitors have been competing for huge cash prizes, and the sport has grown to be more than $3 billion a year in revenue.
Bodybuilding is also known for its competitive atmosphere, with the top competitors spending months working out and training to compete in a series of competitions that typically last three to four weeks.
Somebody to watch on Bodybuilding competition videos: Tony Busterfield and his competitor are not the only bodybuilders to have received ransom threats.
Burch says there have been at least three instances of the men being held hostage by competitors, and he believes the kidnappers are just trying to make money.
“They’ve said they’re going to do a contest where they’ll pay a bunch of money for each of the guys who make it, and I don’t know if that’s true, but they’re trying, and they want to make some money, and this is their game,” Buster said.
Buster says he believes that the threat is part of a larger plot by the bodybuilders’ competitors to steal their profits and use the money to go to Las Venezas, Mexico, to compete.
The men were scheduled to compete at the 2016 Bodybuilding International World Championship in Las Vegas, but were instead held hostage.
Bump is not the first bodybuilder to receive threats, though he believes it’s the first time he’s received them from strangers on YouTube.
“The first time I was on YouTube, it was a guy named Michael Johnson.
I didn’t know him.
I think I was a bit scared.
He said something that was, ‘I’ll do you in, I’ll kill you.
And you better get ready to go,'” Bump said.”
And then he did that.”
According to Burch, Johnson threatened to kill him, Buster says Johnson also threatened to do Burch in, and threatened to steal the company’s money.
In fact, the men’s manager is the one who got the ransom threats, and Burch believes the threats were a way to blackmail the men into helping them get the money they wanted.
“It was just the threat of them going out to Vegas and competing.
They’re going out there to be the biggest bodybuilders in the world and they’re doing a contest, and if you don’t make it to the finals, they’re gonna do whatever they want with your money, or they’re not gonna do anything.
And so they’re kind of trying to push the envelope,” Bum said.
The threats come at a time when bodybuilding is in the midst of a crisis of confidence and public image.
In the last two years, the bodybuilding world has faced a host of controversies, including accusations of sexual harassment and the death of a bodybuilder who was the subject of an online campaign for a movie.
The International Bodybuilding Federation has since made several changes to its bodybuilding rules, including removing some competitions and banning the use of performance-enhancing drugs in competition.
Burch says he still believes in the sport and he has no regrets about competing in bodybuilders competitions.
“If I’d have made it to that competition, I’d still be competing, I would still be winning, I wouldn’t be feeling so much shame, because it’s something I was able to do and have done for years,” Bump told ABC News.