Meet rising fitness star and Instagram sensation, Jodie Bedford!
I spoke with the Multipower and LiveLeanUK sponsored athlete, who speaks exclusively with Bodybulk for the first time. Find out all about Jodie’s story and exactly what’s next for her fitness journey.
Height: 5’2″ – 158cm
Weight: 126lbs – 57kg
How did you get into fitness?
I set up an Instagram account which, at first, was just for me to post selfies and pictures of my dogs.
When I passed my driving test, I decided to join the gym, immediately signing up with a personal trainer who, within a few months, taught me everything I needed to know. The rest, as they say, is history.
Where does your motivation come from?
People like Michelle Lewin who, for me, has such a perfect figure, along with other Instagram accounts gave me the motivation I needed. I then started posting my own photos which, in turn, gave me motivation from my own goals and my own training.
Did you ever have a “low point” or a “turning point”?
Yes, and for me, it was quite recent – in fact, just a few months ago.
I felt like I’d hit a brick wall and I wasn’t getting anywhere or feeling any kind of progression to the point that I even thought about giving it in and deleting my Instagram. I did talk about it a lot on my posts and stories and it was then the people that follow me gave me the encouragement I needed to re-motivate myself in the gym!
What’s your secret to your incredible leg and glute development?
There’s no secret! It’s genuinely just about being consistent and, when you reach your goals, carrying on. It’s about persistence and never stopping, I’ll hit a goal on a certain exercise or reach a target and I push myself further onto the next one, it’s a really good and satisfying feeling to hit your goals.
“I constantly want to better myself. That’s the only thing close to the secret!”
What’s your diet like?
Very flexible (laughs). But seriously, at least 70% of my diet comes from clean food and I eat to the point that I’m satisfied but I’m never full!
Most of my food sources come from proteins and carbs, rather than fats and I never deprive myself of the foods that I enjoy. I absolutely love a Nando’s, only I need to fit them in on my big gym sessions, such as a leg day! I do eat smart, I lower my carbs on rest days and I find that works well for me too!
“If I’m preparing for a photo shoot, I do try and work with my macros – I feel I’m in better condition if I do this.”
A lot of people who are training to build muscle or a better physique usually don’t get anywhere near enough protein in their diet. Generally, I’ve stuck to eating 1.5g of protein for each 1lb of muscle mass and I’ve stuck to that since the beginning, which seems to work well for me.
How do you supplement?
Most commonly, I use Multipower Whey Protein.
Usually, first thing in the morning, either with my oats or I’ll also blend it in a shake with avocado or nuts for extra fats.
I find that it’s convenient when you’re working or on-the-go to just have a protein shake with some fruit, just to add to your calorie and protein intake for the day.
I prefer to get in a good carb meal after I train. I haven’t hit the anabolic window for a few years now and it hasn’t hindered my progress whatsoever. When I first started training, I used to have a protein shake straight after my workout, but now, I stick to the good carb meal!
If you had to pick your three best exercises to do in the gym…
Obviously, squats and lunges are my first two! They’re great for the glutes. I think pull ups are also on the list.
All three exercises are compound movements, which is what I love, they’re excellent for my core, overall stability, and body composition.
And your worst…
Pull ups (laughs) – I have a real love-hate relationship with them! Training calves too, they’re such a stubborn body part.
The treadmill too, can I have that one? I find it the most boring type of cardio. At the minute, I’m really enjoying Commando fit as my form of cardio – which is similar to military exercises.
What’s a typical day look like for you?
When I wake, I have my oats and protein breakfast. I work a lot of shifts in the gym, so depending on my shift pattern, I’ll either train before or after work as I’m already there! If I’m not working then I do prefer hitting the gym around 1 or 2 pm.
I usually have the same post-workout meal too, which is poached eggs on toast.
What were you like before you started getting into fitness?
Shocking! And I was so insecure!
I never cooked a fresh meal, most of my meals were microwaved meals – such as Spaghetti Bolognaise, with a load of added cheese and garlic bread on the side. I had onion rings and chips or super noodles! I mostly drank fizzy pop and hardly drank any water.
I suppose the positive was that I had a small frame so was able to carry the bad diet really well!
But what’s your lifestyle and training like now?
Now, I train 5 days a week, which is broken down into one upper-body day, one cardio day and three-leg days. In between those, I throw some ab work into the sessions.
I don’t have specific days for training, I do cardio once a week, which is commando workouts, similar to a military-style workout, which happens to land on a Wednesday.
“I train my upper body once every 7 days and try to train legs every three days!”
Sometimes, I’ll do LISS (low-intensity steady state) cardio and I prefer to use the stepper – although I only use it now and then!
Could you sum up the importance of rest days in your workout?
Rest days are really important. I tend to time my rest days around my life, rather than planning my life around rest days!
I’ll take rest days when I’m working late shifts or 12-hour weekend shifts.
The important thing is, my rest days are ‘active rest days’ – so I constantly make sure that I’m on my feet all the time. If people are struggling to take rest days, go for a walk or something to get the blood flowing.
“Rest is so important!”
I time them well, wherever possible like after a good leg workout, but mostly around my schedule!
I suppose this is always a big question for clean eaters: How do you handle junk food cravings?
To be honest, I’m not too bad with getting cravings as I don’t restrict myself on the foods that I eat. I eat 5 meals a day too, which makes sure that I’m never feeling too hungry. So, on the rare occasions that I do get cravings, I either eat a piece of fruit or it’s my body’s way of telling me I’m dehydrated so I’ll have some water!
Favourite quote (we like these)
It might be cheesy but it’s definitely short, sweet and effective.
“Train insane or remain the same.”
It’s a factual quote too. You put in a half-hearted workout, you’re going to get half-hearted results!
What’s your one best piece of advice for somebody just starting at the gym?
Firstly, invest in a good coach or PT to help build your knowledge – there’s so much rubbish out there on the internet which all seems to contradict each other – you need to find somebody that knows what they’re talking about!
Secondly, speak to like minded people that have similar goals and don’t listen to what other have to say – that makes it loads easier!
Finally, what’s next for you?
I’m currently doing a qualification to become a qualified personal trainer! My plan is, not just to work for myself, but to continue to work on myself! So it’s a lot of work and a lot of studying but hopefully, it will be worth it!
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