Bodybuilding and Bikini competitions have become extremely popular over the last few years. You probably know someone thats done a bikini competition or seen photos of beautiful ladies in sparkly bikinis on Instagram or Facebook.
I recently just competed in my 3rd bikini competition, aka: show and wanted to give you an overall idea of the pros and cons of competing. There’s so much that goes into a prep; physically, mentally and finically, much more than I think the average person knows from viewing their documented journey on Instagram.
First, What is a Bikini Competition?
Think of it as a mixture between bodybuilding and a beauty pageant. Some will argue that its bodybuilding, some stress it’s fitness modeling. Ultimately it depends on the federation that you compete in and what they look for. Most will judge you physically based on the proportion of your body, muscle tone, and beauty aspects such as tan, suit and hair.
Preparation for a competition takes anywhere between 8-16+ weeks, which includes a specific workout and nutrition plan. Competitors refer to this time as “prep.”
Winners typically win a trophy, Instagram boasting rights, or they might pick up a clothing or supplement sponsor. Only the Pros, the best of the best, win money, and overall, its not much.
If you are currently prepping for a show, here are some tips
1. Don’t Quit. When it starts getting tough and you want to quit, remember why you started.
2. Don’t overdo the Instagram stalking. Comparing yourself to other girls will make you crazy. Someone who is 8 weeks out might already have abs, and your abs might not make an appearance until 2 weeks out. Remember, clothing, lighting, and the perfect angle can make anyone look amazing!
3. Get rid of all the treats in the house. Its just too tempting. Save it for after your show.
4. Start posing asap. Posing is critical, and its a lot harder than it looks. Everyone on stage has beautiful bodies. The way the judges separate them is by how they pose/present themselves.
5. Never underestimate the power of water. When you are hungry but your next meal isn’t for another couple hours, drink a big bottle or water or water with some BCAA’s. Most days that would hold me over until my next meal.
6. 99.9% of the time it’s mental. Do you really need an extra ‘refeed’ or did you just see a burger on TV and your mind is taking over?
7. Make sure you have a good coach. I can’t stress this enough, and if there’s one area to not cost-cut then it’s this one. If you’ve done your research online you’ll hear many horror stories of people hiring a ‘reputable’ coach, only to be put on super low calorie diets and messing up their metabolism by completely burning them out. It’s not necessary, especially for the bikini division. You need to be able to trust them with your body. Check out their credentials and get some referrals. You don’t want to play roulette with your health for the sake of a plastic troph
If you’re thinking of competing in a bikini competition, or have you competed before, check my 12 week Bikini Contest Prep Package. You will receive workouts and a meal that that is customized for you, along with 3 posing sessions (in-person or Skype).