A Guide For Your First Competition

This picture was my very first Figure competition! I had a lot of fun and it was a great and unforgettable experience! I remember how I felt leading up to this competition, STRESSED! I decided to do my own prep, which I do not recommend because it was very stressful to learn everything on my own. I did all my research online about diets, training and posing, and frankly there is too much information online that can leave you more stressed then its worth.

I recommend spending some time to figure out the most appropriate way to prep for your first show. This includes trainers, coaches and last minute prep. Your first competition should be a great experience, not a stressful one that makes you never want to work out again!

Here are a few tips that may be helpful for your first competition:

1. Hire a qualified trainer. Do your research on local trainers in your area and make sure that they have a competition background. Trainers who do not have this background may be a little confused as to how to get you ready for your competition.Choose your organization wisely. There are many organizations to choose to compete with.

2. Do your research. Read up about different organizations online and see what they have to offer. You can also email a few seasoned competitors with some questions you may have with the organizations they have competed with.

3. Pick the appropriate category. Avoid choosing the bodybuilding category if you look like a bikini competitor. I actually have seen this on stage before and it is quite strange.

4. Find a reputable company to make your suit. Do your research online and even look through Facebook groups and pages. There are
a lot of reputable people who have lots of experience with suits and what looks good on stage. If a suit is out of your budget, try to find a used one on www.divaexchange.com or ask around about possibly borrowing a suit.

5. Pick out your suit and shoes in advance. Do not leave this until the last minute. Not only is this stressful, you need your shoes well in advance to practice walking in and also you may need to make alterations to your suit before going on stage.

6. Make arrangements for hair and makeup. If you do not think you can do this on your own, find a hairstylist and makeup artist who
can do this for you.

7. Figure out your tan. You need a tan on stage and some shows offer a professional spray tan artist. If this is out of your budget, you can buy tanning products online. I recommend Protan and Dream Tan.

8. Purchase a photo package for your big day. Every organization has a photographer who will do stage shots for around $100. It is worth it to always remember what you looked like on your big day!

9. Always be ready. Always have your food prepped and handy when the unexpected happens to keep you at work late, or if you have
errands to run. Your diet is the key to get you ready for the competition and the last thing you want to do is make a poor decision with food.

10. Practice makes perfect. Find a coach that will help you with your posing and practice every day. It is so important to do this and a lot of times this is where competitors lack. With the right posing, you can look leaner or bigger depending what your category is.

These are the things I have learned over the last 4 years of competing and I hope this has helped you in some way. You have taken the time and effort to lean down and train hard, so make sure you take all the extra steps to look professional up on stage to “wow” the judges. Keep your mind open and let go of the stress and negativity. This is your time and you deserve it!

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