Your three-month guide to being competition-ready
YOU’VE LIFTED THE WEIGHTS, TONED YOUR BOD AND PRACTICED YOUR POSES. BUT WHAT ABOUT YOUR BEAUTY PROGRAMME? NEVER FEAR, WE’VE GOT YOUR THREE-MONTH BEAUTY COUNTDOWN RIGHT HERE.
WORDS BY AMANDA FISHER
So you’ve decided to compete, congratulations! Doing a bodybuilding competition is an excellent way to challenge and push yourself to see what you are truly capable of. But there is more to getting ready for a body building competition than just diet and exercise. To truly shine up on stage, you need to look and feel as confident and glamorous as possible. There is a lot of work outside the gym that you will need to do in order to get yourself ready for the big day, so let’s get started.
TIME LEFT: 12 WEEKS PLUS
The focus: You may not need three months to get into competition-ready shape, however if you don’t have an advanced level of fitness already, you should definitely allow more time. You don’t want to risk metabolic damage, or not being in good enough condition all because you are too eager to compete.
The admin: Pick your federation and pay the registration fees. Each federation has its pros and cons, so you should pick the one (or ones) that sound most appealing. Then choose your division. Each division has a different look, so you should make sure you check out the rules for that specific division. If you haven’t competed before, it is a good idea to look into some coaching from someone who regularly competes, or has successful athletes in the federation and divisions you are aiming for. Go for a coach you really gel with, as you are going to be on a rollercoaster ride up until that moment you step on stage. You’ll need someone who will support you, but who isn’t afraid to crack the whip if need be.
The beauty spot: Start thinking about booking in your tan now, there are very few places which actually do really good competition tans and they book out quickly! My personal fave is Bellabronze, and they do an all-inclusive hair, make up and tan package, which is awesome!
Don’t miss the chance to: Book a photo shoot around the time you compete so that you can capture some images of you at your physical peak. There are lots of great photographers out there who specialise in fitness shoots or competition packages, such as ABC Creative, Marc Thyssen and Dallas Olsen.
TO 8 WEEKS
The focus: Finalise your competition bikini. If you are having it custom-made, allow a little bit longer. Check the rules for your federation and division as each have different regulations as to what is allowed. Generally g-strings are not allowed, and some federations even disallow any bikini that is covered in too much bling!
If you are doing fitness model division, remember that not all federations supply your sportswear, so find out if you need to buy your own. You may also need theme wear and evening wear in certain divisions.
Strike a pose: Begin practicing early. Posing is a major part of the competition, giving you the opportunity to show off the best aspects of your body (as well as hide your flaws!). You need to feel and look confident in your poses, so don’t leave it to the last minute. If you can’t afford a coach to help you with your whole prep, invest in some lessons, or attending a posing seminar.
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