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

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?

Training with Intention: Time Under Tension and the Mind-Muscle Connection

One of the most valuable insights I've picked up on is the concept of "training with intention."  I first started weightlifting a few years ago with Strong Lifts 5x5, with the goal of increasing my strength.  I didn't pay attention to what muscles were contracting - I just wanted to move the weight for the … Continue reading Training with Intention: Time Under Tension and the Mind-Muscle Connection

Blinders On

It is so easy to get caught up in your own head when preparing for a bodybuilding competition. You want to place well - and that means beating the other people that show up, right? Focusing heavily on how your competition looks on Instagram weeks leading up to the competition can be unhealthy and diminish … Continue reading Blinders On

Budget-Friendly Bikini Competition Accessories

While spending money on a premium bikini is of utmost importance, spending money on the shoes and other accoutrements is not.  No one can tell on stage whether you got your shoes/accessories from the Shoe Fairy, Glam Competition Jewelry, or Amazon.  Besides, chances are, unless the seller explicitly states that they are handmade/designed by them, … Continue reading Budget-Friendly Bikini Competition Accessories