Many bodybuilding and health followers know Jake Wooden because the proprietor of the Olympia. Because of efforts of Wooden alongside along with his staff, the Olympia has reached a brand new degree of status, dimension, and consciousness. Bodybuilding could also be extra conscious of Jake Wooden now, however he was conscious of bodybuilding lengthy earlier than he purchased the Olympia, and even earlier than he began Wings of Energy. He informed Dennis James on a latest episode of The Menace Podcast that he bought into the game whereas he was enjoying soccer as a young person.
“I keep in mind once I was 16 years outdated that I used to be lastly sufficiently old to go to Don Peter’s health club in Reseda, California,” Wooden mentioned. “He was a bodybuilder within the 1960’s. Well-liked, traditional physique, and an actual arduous head within the health club generally. He used to like to yell at me and different folks when you didn’t put your weights away.”
Wooden was initially coaching for soccer, however he would finally practice for the stage. He wasn’t only a fan of bodybuilding, he competed as nicely.
“I competed in some very native non-sanctioned reveals in Oregon again in 1983 and 1984,” Wooden mentioned. He admitted that he didn’t place in addition to he preferred. The truth that he’s 6’6” could have been a consider why he didn’t take that endeavor any additional.
“I by no means was an ideal bodybuilder. My torso was too lengthy….plus I’ve humorous bowed legs,” Wooden joked. He finally would cease competing because of household and profession commitments.
Jake Wooden was a fan of every thing bodybuilding associated, however he could also be finest related to the ladies’s aspect of the game because of his efforts to create and run Wings of Energy. His first effort to advertise the division got here on the 2009 Tampa Professional, which James truly received the Males’s Open present. Betty Pariso received the girls’s bodybuilding contest.
“I’d been searching for a strategy to get into selling bodybuilding reveals for numerous years. I didn’t know do it. I’d attempt talking to a couple totally different folks, and I didn’t appear to get wherever,” Wooden defined. “Then someday I heard of this man named Tim Gardner, and he apparently wanted some assist as a result of considered one of his divisions was being cancelled, which was girls’s bodybuilding. So, I messaged him and he mentioned ‘yeah, you might be part of it.’”
That chance would finally result in Wooden starting his bodybuilding empire, which culminated with the 2020 Olympia in addition to the return of the unique Ms. Olympia contest, bringing girls’s bodybuilding again to the forefront of the game.
Wooden and James talked about Wooden’s household enterprise within the plane trade, his unique weight set that included bowling balls and a bar, and much more. This could’t-miss interview is offered on the Muscle & Health YouTube channel. Subscribe and activate notifications so that you catch each episode as they premiere every week.