Competition Bikini Shopping

I have always dreaded competition suit shopping.  It's incredibly stressful - not only are there a million combinations of fabric colors, crystal colors and patterns, and connectors, but there are also numerous makers out there, each with their own preferred suit cuts for the top and bottom, as well as sizing.  Competition suits cost anywhere … Continue reading Competition Bikini Shopping

What Does Off-Season Look Like?

Hello!  It's been a while since I've posted anything.  I've made the choice to wait until December to start my next prep, and so I've just been cruising for the last four months in a nice, long off-season. I reverse dieted.  I got over my post-show blues.  I'm doing If It Fits Your Macros (IIFYM) … Continue reading What Does Off-Season Look Like?

Budget Friendly Competition Prep

This is the side of competing that no one talks about - money.  Competing gets incredibly expensive very quickly, as all of the little costs add up.  I know that when I first started competing, I felt like I had to buy everything my coach recommended if I wanted to win and get as lean … Continue reading Budget Friendly Competition Prep

Post Bikini Competition Experience (Write Up)

This post may be Not Safe for Work: there are several photos of me in a bikini and in my mandatory bikini back pose.The dust has settled, the competition photos are back and posted on NPC News Online, and I'm ready to talk about my experience.  I competed at NPC/IFBB City Limits Championships on 4/14/18 … Continue reading Post Bikini Competition Experience (Write Up)

NPC Bikini Posing: The Basics

Proper posing is such a fundamental part of stage presentation.  You want to find a posing routine that highlights your physique's strengths, downplays its weaknesses, while conveying grace, poise, and a nice dose of stage presence.  You have to smile and control your facial expressions as you contort yourself into unnatural ways of holding yourself.  … Continue reading NPC Bikini Posing: The Basics