In this edition of the "Natural Freak Spotlight" we bring to you a "preview" of an interview that will be presented in full in the April and May issues of Jeff Everson's PLANET MUSCLE magazine.
Jessie Godderz is without a doubt one of the most impressive and successful people in the bodybuilding/fitness industry, having carved out a list of accomplishments at age 25 that many would like to achieve in a lifetime! And most importantly – he is a true NATURAL FREAK
J: My name is Jessie Godderz. I am 25 years old and I'm originally from Iowa where my parents raised me to have very high morals, standards, and values throughout my life. Family is very, very important to me. I proudly attended North Iowa Area Community College in Mason City, Iowa and have a gorgeous girlfriend living in California who means everything to me.
Tens of millions of folks around the country know me much better by the name, "Mr. PEC-Tacular." I am currently a SPIKE TV Impact Wrestling Superstar and I am also privileged to hold numerous prestigious records and awards in various industries. I am honored to be the youngest 2-sport pro athlete in the history of sports! I first earned the title of WNBF natural pro bodybuilder at age twenty in 2006 and then became a Main Event Pro Wrestler for The WFX Overload promotion in 2010. I will be making my much heralded and anticipated debut on SPIKE TV in 2012.
In addition, I'm honored to be one of the most famous and recognizable reality show stars in the country, having appeared for a record-breaking four consecutive years on the CBS mega-hit series, "Big Brother."
I also have out a best-selling DVD that's sold over 60,000 copies worldwide called, "The Mr. PEC-Tacular Jessie Godderz Arm & Chest Workout".
J: My training and diet were intense to say the least. I hit the gym on a 3 days on and 1 day off schedule, hitting each muscle group twice per week! As for my diet, here is what a typical day of eating would look like when in serious training:
Meal 1 – I usually drank a protein shake consisting of whey protein isolate upon awakening.
Meal 2 - An hour after that, I ate a solid breakfast consisting of 1 cup of oatmeal and six eggs (4 egg whites and 2 whole eggs).
Meal 3 - About 2-3 hours later I typically ate an 8 oz. serving of lean turkey or lean beef along with 1 cup of steamed vegetables... usually carrots or broccoli.
Shortly after this meal is when I would hit the gym. From this point forward, I used a regimen that I continue to use to this day because it worked so well!
On my way to the gym, I start sipping on powdered carbohydrate drink mixed in water. I continue sipping on this mixture throughout the first hour of my workout. I usually try to take a sip after every set in an attempt to ration it and have it last a full hour into my workout.
Meal 4 – Immediately post-workout I consume a shake consisting of whey protein-isolate along with more powdered carbs.
Meal 5 – Shortly after the shake I have another solid meal consisting of one serving of lean beef or fish, along with one serving of rice.
Meal 6 - Finally, right before I go to bed, I drink a casein protein shake. That completes my normal, daily diet when I'm preparing for a contest and/or maximizing the look of my physique.
J: Well, like I mentioned earlier, I definitely feel that both whey and casein protein powders are very important. I also feel that creatine is essential to a natural bodybuilder's success. However, for me, nothing has made more of a difference in improving my physique than using a powdered carb supplement at specific times. As you can see from my meal plan above I love to use this pre, intra, and post workout!
J: It's not easy. Training for wrestling is a very different type of training than what I used to do for bodybuilding shows. There's a lot more endurance and stamina needed for wrestling matches, so I have to increase my cardio workouts tenfold. It's a shock to my body but I have now gotten used to it over time.
J: Sure, dude! You name the day and time and I'm there. That would be AWESOME, LOL!
J: I never, ever considered using anything unnatural in my body. It never even crossed my mind. Using steroids would go against my upbringing, my standards, my morals, and my ethics. I don't judge people who use steroids but for me, I just made a personal choice not to. That's not what I'm about – and never will be!
J: The best advice that I can offer kids who want to go grow up and be like Mr. PEC-Tacular is that they must work very hard every day of their life, maintain a healthy, positive outlook on life and realize that they will face numerous hardships along the way but that should never stop them from realizing their dreams. And, the word "shortcuts" should be removed from their vocabulary this instant. Shortcuts are cheating... and, as the old saying goes, "cheaters never prosper!"