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

When Motivation Fails…

Motivation is great for inspiration.  Something you see or read can inspire you to start working towards a new goal.  You make plans to achieve those goals.  You might even start - you get a gym membership, you enroll in a new class, you buy supplies for that new hobby you want to start.  You … Continue reading When Motivation Fails…

Should I Take a Fat Burner?

Getting competition lean is difficult and sometimes you have to dig deep to get the conditioning you need to be successful on stage.  What's more is that you can only push your body so far - through caloric restriction and increased cardio - before you burn out emotionally and physically.  It's tempting to reach for … Continue reading Should I Take a Fat Burner?