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