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

Unofficial 2019 NPC National Contest Schedule

Here's the 2019 schedule for National level shows/US Pro Qualifiers: NPC News Online. I wasn't able to find an easy list of NPC National Contests on NPC News Online, so here's my unofficial compilation. Other than the Arnold Classic and Olympia Amateur,  which are open to all competitors, the other national contests require: U.S. Citizenship … Continue reading Unofficial 2019 NPC National Contest Schedule

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?

The Importance of a Reverse Diet

The human body is a wonderfully adaptive thing.  Your physiological systems are built so that you survive - we wouldn't have made it this far as a species if our bodies didn't adjust well to periods of low calorie intake, like during a famine. The same physiological mechanism that allowed us to survive this long … Continue reading The Importance of a Reverse Diet

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