Wanna Compete?

I get a lot of questions from women that would like to compete in Bikini or Figure and have no idea where to start.

I know exactly how that feels. It, in fact, feels like a black hole.

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Apparently this is 50 million light years away, which is about how long it feels like getting into competition shape may take… (Photo via NASA Goddard Photo and Video)

There are tons of things to learn about and do when you decide to compete:

  • Training
  • Nutrition
  • Diet
  • Supplements
  • Bikini styles
  • Federations
  • Tanning
  • Bikini Bite
  • Hooker heels
  • Peak Week
  • Macronutrients
  • Training cycles
  • HIIT

The list goes on and on and on but beyond all these details, there are 3 things I wish I had known before I decided to compete.

1.  You deserve to hire a fabulous trainer and not spend months of your life Googling.

You are about to embark on an epic journey and you do not know how to reach your destination. In fact you probably don’t even have a map. Do your research and find a fantastic coach that has successfully trained many, many competitors before you. I work with Joe Klemczewski who is very skilled and knowledgable.

If you’re nervous or scared to hire someone who works with the pro-athletes, it is time to get over it. You will need someone that has extensively traveled this path before, so much so that he rarely has to refer to the map because he knows every rock, hill, and obstacle that you are about to encounter.

2.  Raise your hand!

You’ve never done this before, but that doesn’t mean you don’t have the right to ask questions. If something feels completely weird, random, confusing, or you don’t know WHY you’re supposed to do something. Ask. You are one smart cookie and ultimately responsible for your health, what goes in your body, and your results.

Ask your amazing coach that knows exactly where you are going. If answers are not given or you are supposed to ‘trust the process‘ and then no information is given, you need a new coach.

3. It changes more than your body.

Competing is intense and all aspects of you life are impacted. When you step off that stage and are the color of an oompah loompah you are not the same woman that started out on the journey months and months ago. It is up to you if the changes are going to be good or bad.

Choose to be better.

And yes, the suit gets glued on your arse by a perfect stranger backstage and oddly enough there is nothing weird about it on competition day.

If you want to compete and have questions, I am always happy to help or point you to someone that has the answers.

Ask away!

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  1. “Competing is intense and all aspects of you life are impacted. When you step off that stage and are the color of an oompah loompah you are not the same woman that started out on the journey months and months ago. It is up to you if the changes are going to be good or bad.” Oh my goodness how TRUE. I knew this would be the case but until it happened I didn’t realise quite how profound it would be. And it was literally at that moment – when I stepped off stage after prejudging.

    I am still astounded at how many lessons bodybuilding/competing has taught me. I come from a very varied and pretty intense sporting background but nothing has had the effects on me that prep and competition has.

  2. YOU ARE ABSOLUTELY RIGHT….and I have learned so much this time around and what to do for Comp 2! I don’t think I would have been able to make it through my crazy ups and downs if it wasnt for your help.
    I hate the whole “trust the process” mentality. it trully is not how I roll. but am going to walk away knowing that while this is the best version of my yet, the next one will be even better with your tips!

    Thank you : )

  3. I swear I just want to HUG you. Lol. I don’t know why but your posts just make me want to. And yes–I love your photos. 😉

  4. Hiring a good coach is definitely worth it. I actually just read pieces by Joe Klemczewski and Mark Campbell in the WNBF magazine last night!! I usually tell anyone who is willing to listen that hiring my coach, Kurt Weidner, was the smartest thing I ever did in my life.

    Actually, he’s a trainer here in town and I hired him to lose weight… he helped me lose something like 30 lbs and THEN coached me through prep. It was awesome. He retaught me how to live and be healthy.

    • YES. Being healthy, happy, and full of life is what this sport is about in my opinion. NOT doing anything and everything to look a certain way, rather BE a certain way. Awesome.

      I am so glad you have a great coach; it makes all the difference in the world.

  5. Couldn’t agree more. I knew I was training & eating a certain way for something, but being on a stage was such a foreign concept to me (I’ve never been on a stage for ANYTHING since I was about 3 years old) and the comp itself was so completely unknown I called it black hole hundreds of times.

    And it totally changed ME. I hated every second of everything I did in preparation (except the working out part) but it made me learn who I am today. I’ve never in my life loved my body the way I do now and I think it took competing to find this self-love.

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