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
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?
When I first started weight-training, I watched a lot of form videos to teach myself how to squat. I made sure my back didn't round at the bottom, the bar path was straight, and that I was going ass-to-grass. After a few years of training like this, I realized that my quads had outpaced my … Continue reading Grow Your Glutes, Not Your Quads: The Squat