Meet the Man in The Shorts: Drew Jelen


Wakeboardingbadger9 or wakesurfing, Drew Jelen puts his boardshorts to good use on stage and in the surf!

Congrats on a great showing!  What made you decide to compete in the Men’s Physique Division?

I went to watch a local show and was intrigued by the idea of stepping on stage, showing off my physique.  Bodybuilding did not fit my physique and lifestyle but I saw the men’s physique category and thought it was a great fit for me.

Can you tell us a little about the show in which you most recently competed?

I competed in Badger State on October 19, 2013.  It is the only local show all year, which makes it fun because family and friends can come watch easily and many of the competitors know each other.  

How did you feel after pre-judging?

There were 17 guys in my class and many quality physiques.  I received a first call-out but no one was moved so it was hard to say where the placings fell.  I worked extremely hard in my off-season to make significant improvements, so coming into the show I was really happy with my results regardless of the placings.

How did you feel about the final results of the show? 

I placed 1st in my class C and masters divisions. I was really surprised because of the way pre-judging went and I was thrilled that my family could be there to witness my win.

What are your thoughts on the Men's Physique Division and what it may be able to do for your career?

The division is still really new and the IFBB/NPC is still working out the kinks to get to the true vision of what the division is supposed to be.  I feel that it is a great opportunity for men with an athletic physique to have their own division and not compete against bodybuilders, who have a goal to carry much more muscle.

My goal is to earn an IFBB Pro card and help others achieve their fitness goals.  I want to grow my business by working with competitors and non-competitors.

Age: 1435

Hometown: Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Current city: Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Years training: 15 years

Education: NASM-CPT, ACE certified trainer

Occupation: Business Owner, Personal Trainer, Coach

Favorite type of training: 

I think it is very important to keep variety in your training, so I use a mix of approaches to training.

Favorite body part to train: 

I really enjoy training everything. If I had to pick I would say arms.

Favorite exercise: 

It is impossible to pick one. Some very effective exercises are cable skull-crushers and bodyweight bench skull-crushers.

Rep range: 

Rep range varies depending on the goal, anywhere from 4-100.

Number of sets:

Sets vary from 3 to 6.

Typical workout duration:

One hour.

Training split:

Off-season: One muscle group per day, rest day every 4th day.

On-season: Three-day split, push, pull, and leg day.

Typical daily eating plan: 

It varies day to day based off of my macros and how my body feels.  I generally eat about 6-8 times per day with protein, carbs and fat in every meal.

Favorite supplement: 

Gaspari Myofusion Probiotics Cinnamon Roll Protein Powder

What peaked your interest in training? 

My interest was peaked by the ability training gives you to change your body.

Sports: Football, basketball, baseball.

Special interests: Wakeboarding and wakesurfing.

Competition History, Awards and/or accomplishments:

2013Drew-21 copy NPC Badger State – 1st place, MP Class C; 1st place, MP Masters

2013 NPC North Star – 2nd place, MP Class F; 1st place, MP Masters

2013 NPC Wisconsin State – 3rd place, MP Class B

2013 NPC Fox Cities – 3rd place, MP Masters

2012 NPC Atlantic States – 9th place, MP Class D

2012 NPC Jay Cutler Classic – 5th place, MP Class B

2012 NPC Fox Cities – 5th place, MP Class C

Next planned competition:

2014 NPC North American Championships

What keeps you on track towards reaching your goals?

I’ve realized that the harder you work, the more you get out of it, which motivates me to work hard on a consistent basis.

Interesting fact or something you would like our readers to know about you:

I enjoy being on the water, fishing, wakeboarding or wakesurfing.  

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Contact you would like published: 

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Instagram : Teamdrewfitness

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