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

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

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

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

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