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The Jodie Marsh Effect

If you are the type to keep up to date with the gossip magazines, tabloids or daytime TV in the UK, then you have likely seen the latest photos of Jodie Marsh from her competition in the NPA.

If you haven’t been so blessed or simply stay away from such publications then you can see the photos Here.

So did you have an opinion?

Personally I knew nothing about it until I heard the cat calling and back biting comments across the social networking sites and throughout the gym.

Jodie Marsh has never been top of my radar in the celebrity world. I have generally considered her a wannabe who has made a career from looking a little bit like Jordan (Katie Price) and being a general loudmouth who gets her photo snapped at every opportunity either from falling out of a club or out of her dress.

However, this latest endeavour has given me at least some level of respect for her.

It’s all very well to have an opinion of her fame and whether she is deserving of it,  but there is no denying that to compete to the level she has takes discipline. The results may not be to your particular taste, but if you are sporting a spare tire or a quality set of love handles, are you really in a position to judge?

The fact is, she has gone from late night binging, clubbing and partying and found discipline and dedication to a focused pursuit. And so long as she is happy with the result then that is all that truly matters.

Since the photos were published I have heard so many comments (mainly from Women as it happens) on how awful she looks, how her make-up is a joke, how her fake tan is ridiculous, that she looks freakish, blah blah blah.

Yet these same comments have almost exclusively come from people who are out of shape. Even those who have commented whilst working out are in fairly poor shape, train with no intensity, focus or drive, use sloppy technique and quite frankly are just embarrassing themselves by being so critical of someone who has achieved more than they have.

As for the make-up and fake tan, that is just part of being judged under stage lighting. Personally I like that the tan covers up the body art that she has become so attracted to lately (though that’s just personal preference)

Arguments that she used steroids or, due to her fame, has no other distractions and was able to hire people to do the thinking for her, true or not, don’t mean it was easy. She still put the hours in, did the training, whilst controlling her diet and lifestyle. That’s no easy task regardless of your circumstances.

Thing is, if she was just another bodybuilder, people may have an opinion if they saw her, but there wouldn’t be nearly the same level of gossip. Perhaps she brought that on herself through her quest for self promotion, but that doesn’t alter the fact that this is an improved road for her and one that should be applauded rather than damned.

Still that is just my opinion and I’m sure there are others.

So what are your views on Jodie’s new look? Do you appreciate her efforts? Do you think she warrants the negativity she has received? Do you consider her inspirational or ‘freakish’? Or do you have another point of view entirely?

Comment below and let me know.

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5 Responses to “The Jodie Marsh Effect”

  1. Ali Pate says:

    Her fake tan doesn’t bother me as she fits in with the other contestants and is probably necessary so that it creates exaggerated highlights and shadows to show off the contours of her muscles so she isn’t doing anything unusual here.

    I appreciate the work ethic involved, having had a taste of this kind of training over the past 12 months, and the hard work that is required (whether you have a team behind you or not). All the bitching about her isn’t surprising really, the same comments are made about bodybuilders anyway (especially female ones). The majority of the public don’t know or care about bodybuilding as its viewed as extreme I’m sure and not totally necessary so when they see someone who’s done it there will always be some sort of judgement. It’s the British way after all.

  2. Kevin Farrell says:

    personally a dont like jodie marsh shes a pest, but you must take your hat off to her here.. she obviously worked hard to get in that shape. shes just set a perfect example of what can be achieved. you’ve got to be proud of her really. discipline and dedication is important she obviously has it.

  3. Mark Bell says:

    Alot can be said about Jodie Marsh, her escapdes are not to everyones taste.However I don`t think she deserves the negativity about the way she has used resistance training and proper nutrition to change her body. Alot of people have tried and failed, so credit where credit is due, even if it`s Jodie Marsh. That is if she done it naturally and not through using performance enhancing drugs.

  4. Mark says:

    I have no idea whether she did this ‘naturally’ or not. I think, however, there is a bit of a misconception when it comes to illegal ‘vitamins’ when it comes to bodybuilding. Yes they allow for a level that couldn’t be achieved naturally and they also are more forgiving when it comes to training & diet precision, but that doesn’t take away from the effort involved.

    Someone who trains using steroids or growth hormones etc. still has to put the effort into their training and discipline into their diet. It’s not a magic formula that just makes you ripped and huge. It just gives those that use them an advantage. But someone who takes these stimulants, but doesn’t utilize the increased hormonal advantage by training harder or eating well will still end up tubby and out of shape. So even if she did use added stimulants (her abs suggest she may have, but her overall size suggests otherwise) she still must have been pretty disciplined in her approach to get to that level.

  5. Sam Marinos says:

    It’s good to see someone else who thinks like I do. With so much ignorance in the world these days it’s nice to know there’s someone out there who isn’t an idiot.