Interview with IFBB Fitness Pro Jodi Boam
IFBB Fitness Pro Jodi Boam earned her pro card at the 2010 CBBF Nationals and since then has been wowing the crowds and unsettling her competitors with innovative and electrifying fitness routines full of high octane energy, grace and passion. Her approach to training, eating and her outlook on the fitness lifestyle is one that personifies what it takes to be the best in her chosen sport. TheGymLifestyle.com proudly presents IFBB Fitness Pro, Jodi Boam.
Location: Guelph Ontario
2012 Toronto Pro – 1st
2012 Pittsburgh Pro – 1st
2012 Arnold Classic – 10th
2012 Flex Pro – 5th
2011 Mr. Olympia – 8th
2011 Ft. Lauderdale Cup – 2nd
2011 Toronto Pro – 1st
How did you get started with fitness and training?
I was a competitive gymnast for many years, so once I retired it was in my blood to jump into something else competitive and stay in the fitness scene. I hired Mindi O‘brien when I was 18 to coach me into my first fitness competition, hitting the stage at 19 and placing 1st. The rest is basically history as I was then hooked and found my passion.
Where does your motivation come from?
I think it‘s just my competitive nature that naturally motivates me. I always want to be the best, so everyday, every training session and every meal counts as it is one step closer to being one of the best in the industry. Being passionate about what you do is self motivating.
What workout routine has worked best for you?
I‘ve tried everything and almost always get results regardless of my routine. Why? Because no matter what the routine is, push it 100%, give it your all, shock your system and tear those muscle fibres! It‘s up to you to make results regardless of your routine. For the most part I do follow a Bodybuilding style, training one body part a day hitting approx 6-8 exercises for 5-6 sets, and reps vary depending on my strength or goals for that day. I‘m also a big fan of supersets and dropsets to fully fatigue and hit failure on every set.
What does your diet consist of? What would you eat on a typical day?
Lately, since I‘ve been out of competing for a while and don‘t have a date in mind to get back on stage, my nutrition seems to change every few weeks based on what I‘m craving, how I‘m looking, or what events are coming up (ie – shoots, expo‘s, etc). I try to stick to around 30 grams of protein per meal, and around 150 grams of carbs daily, and fats vary but I take in approximately 35 grams a day. Typically my day right now consists of:
Meal 1: Pancake (egg whites, oats, cottage cheese and raspberries)
Meals 2,3,4, and 5: 4oz chicken with organic Pasta or yams
Meal 6: eggs, egg whites and rice cakes.
I‘ll occasionally switch a meal to chicken on an ezekiel wrap, or tuna on rice cakes. It all depends on my mood and cravings but I somewhat follow an IIFYM approach these days.
Do you stay lean all year round or do you bulk and cut?
Admittedly my first few years competing I would bulk up and gain around 25-30lbs in my offseason. Stage weight was around 105lbs and I‘d get up to just over 130lbs in the offseason. I thought tacos for a pre-workout meal was great, and post-workout I counted gummi candies as a good post-workout carb source, lol. I think I actually believed I could out-train my diet and I‘d use those calories to push heavier and harder. Well… lets just say my theory was wrong and I‘ve learned a lot over these last few years. Currently I stay within 10lbs of my stage weight and maintain a fairly lean physique all year round without it affecting my strength or progress in training. I‘m more confident this way, and have finally learned how to eat properly without feeling deprived or hungry in the least.
What supplements do you use?
Purple K REPS
If you had to pick only 3 exercises, what would they be and why?
Pull-ups: Back in gymnastics we‘d do a minimum of 50 a day, or sometimes more just as a warm up. So it‘s just something I‘m good at and have enjoyed doing since I was young.
Flat Bench Db press: I just love being able to put up heavy weight, and the flat bench is one of those exercises I always set goals on and want to lift heavier each week. Next goal: the 70`s J
Side lateral raise: That shoulder pump! No other reason needed.
Three tips you’d give to someone who’s trying to reach their goal physique?
1: Be patient. It doesnt happen overnight, or even over a full year. I‘ve been weight lifting and competing for 9 years now, plus my gymnastics prior, and I‘m still improving slowly each year. It takes time, so be happy and appreciate even the smallest progressions you make.
2: Ask questions! The only way to improve is to learn and try new things.
3: If you‘re not going to give it everything you have, whats the point? Train like a beast, leave nothing behind, and your dreams will come true. The only way to reach your goal is by WORK! It‘s in your hands, make it happen!
Don‘t follow a path already made; be the one who creates that path for others to follow.
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