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
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
Skin prep starts well before peak week, the week leading up to show day. Exfoliating in the shower with a loofah and moisturizing the skin on your body and face every day are some small manageable steps. All bodybuilding competitors benefit from diligent skincare. Competition color is applied the night before and the morning of … Continue reading Skin Prep for a Smooth Competition Tan
Getting stage ready in time is every bodybuilding competitor's driving motivator. No one wants to work hard for months and still show up 'softer' (less conditioned/less defined) than the rest of the competitors. It's easy to start doubting yourself and your coach, wondering if you need to work harder or if you should just give … Continue reading Am I Stage Ready?
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