Bodybuilding got some rare national press coverage last week when the Daily Mail ran a story on Jodie Marsh’s amazing transformation from page three pin-up to stage-worthy bodybuilder. The images shocked many who were accustomed to Marsh’s buxom charms, since the lads-mag center fold had stripped down to an impressive 10% body fat and added some appreciable muscle.
It is widely believed that that Marsh made a miraculous transformation in just 8 weeks, and while this does hold some truth, it doesn’t tell the whole story. In an interview with BBC Radio 1 yesterday, Marsh revealed something other than her assets for once, conceding that her assent to female Adonis was all part of a TV show charting her transformation, due to be aired in January 2012.
Those of you who keep your ear to the fitness press will in fact be aware that Marsh began a love affair with fitness some years ago, even appearing in a feature in the UK edition of Muscle & Fitness. That’s right Marsh is no stranger to the gym, but as she reported today, her bodybuilding show was the culmination of and 8-week program that saw her eat to put on pounds of fat (she was already svelte – almost competition shape – beforehand).
The question on everyone’s lips is, how did Marsh make this amazing transformation? Her previous years of experience in the gym no doubt helped, but going from overweight to championship body building competitor in 8 weeks to no mean feat; so what were her secrets?
As with most of my posts, I’m going to disappoint you from the start. There were no secrets, but for those of you craving a list of take-away bullet points, here you are;
- Ultra-strict diet
Diet is important in any fitness plan but if you have 8 weeks to get stage ready, there is no room for even one cheat meal. Marsh subsisted almost solely on protein shakes (being a veggie), this isn’t the ideal sports nutrition for bodybuilding, but Marsh got everything else right and made it work for her.
- Training Consistency
Marsh would have been training almost everyday, again 8 weeks is little more than the blink of an eye in fitness terms so she would have had to make full use of every day.
When asked how she did coped mentally, she said because she ‘wanted it’. If you have any hope of getting anywhere near Marsh’s condition, you too need to want it. If you don’t, you’re wasting your time.
As mentioned, Marsh had a good few training years behind her. Without the experience and knowledge gained from this (and plenty of advice from a good Fitness Consultant) it’s unlikely she would have been on stage. You need to take time to read up on how to reach your goals and put the gym time in to build a base level of cardiovascular fitness and muscular strength.
These four pillars of training apply to EVERYONE and you’d do well to take the Jodie Marsh approach.
Catch the TV show charting Marsh’s journey in January next year.