We think our iHerb customers are awesome and we truly appreciate their support and their patronage, but we also know that they are all real people who are doing their best to live a life of health and wellness. That’s not always an easy task. Given that, we wanted to feature some of them and get their take on the steps they take towards their own well-being and hopefully, iHerb plays a part in that. Perhaps, from their words, you’ll be able to get some inspiration to help you make positive and healthy changes in your life as well. Today, let’s meet Eugene K. from Russia.
Tell us a little about yourself:
My name is Eugene, I am 36, married. I live in Russia. I work as an English interpreter for a timber company. As for my interests, I am an audiophile, a gym rat and an avid book reader. I also like to watch movies on our 50″ Panasonic plasma TV My wife is a therapeutic physical training instructor and I love her very much.
How did you find out about iHerb?
Someone mentioned it in the web forum thread, which I visit quite often and where people share knowledge on how to buy bodybuilding supplements from abroad through Internet. Such supplements are very expensive in my country. The local businessmen who sell them want to get rich very fast
What about iHerb first appealed to you?
At first, I was really surprised to see that iHerb could offer a cheaper “price+shipping” combination than bodybuilding.com for smaller orders.
You see, in 2010, buying large orders (heavier than 2 kg) from bb.com and other web sites became problematic (still possible, but very time consuming) due to some changes in our Russian customs procedures. Unfortunately, the shipping policies of many web sites are not very clement when it comes to orders under 2 kg. I mean it’s really frustrating when you go to a web site, put into the cart a standard 2 lbs protein bottle which costs $21.99 and see that the shipping charges are $13.72 or $25 or even higher. It makes the whole purchase not worth it, I can buy at the same price locally. So, it became my small test: I would find a web site, place a 2 lbs protein bottle in the cart and check the shipping charges. I went through many web sites, but everywhere the results were disappointing. And then, when I lost all hope, I did the same on iHerb: I choose Russia as a destination country and clicked the button “calculate shipping charges”… And then I nearly fell off my chair when the screen showed me: $4 flat rate for Airmail International. It was like magic! I still don’t know how you guys do it.
So, the cheap shipping rate was the first pleasant surprise. The other things which I like about your web site are: the speed of delivery, the quality of packaging, the never-ending train of “daily” and “weekly specials”, promotions, discounts and periods when shipping is free for orders more than $40, etc. And then there are free samples, great customer support (the best I’ve ever seen). The selection of products is just huge. But most of all I like your Rewards Program
How long have you been in iHerb customer?
Since November 2010.
What are your favorite products and why?
Being a weight-lifter, I am naturally interested in such product categories as Whey Protein, Testosterone Boosters, Vitamins, etc. To name a few in particular:
MRM Whey Protein
Rainbow Light, Just Once, Men’s One, Food-Based Multivitamin
MRM BCAA + G 1000
AST Sports Science, BCAA
Solgar Glucosamine Chondroitin MSM with Ester-C
Now Foods Tribulus
Now Foods Omega-3
What is your health and wellness philosophy?
Do you have a favorite mantra or quote that describes how you try to live your life?
“That’s the way I like it baby” (с) Motorhead, Ace of Spades
Do you have any current health goals you’re working toward and what are you doing to reach them or have you actually met one or more and would like to share your success story?
I always try to become stronger in my lifts and increase my bodyweight with as little fat as possible. I started lifting weights because I was skinny. I went from 67.5 kg to 99.5 kg without steroids (my height is 190 cm). I can squat now 150 kg x 12 reps. I want to increase my body weight to 110 kg, after which I will start dieting and will try to lose as much fat as possible while keeping as much muscle mass as I can.
I have become pretty much dependent on iHerb as far as my supplementation is concerned. Proteins, vitamins, joint supplements, etc – everything which I consume now comes from iHerb.
Are there any health and wellness tips you’d like to share with other iHerb customers?
Take care of your health: don’t eat junk food, exercise regularly, maintain a positive thinking and share your coupon code with others : )
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