If you are thinking about taking your fitness to the next level and competing in a bodybuilding competition, you might want to consider some of the following things.
- First off, what is your motive? What is your reason for wanting to compete? If you are doing a show with the intentions of simply losing weight, you might want to reconsider. Losing weight as your motive to do a show will be short lived. Contest prep is not for the faint of heart. It's a strict diet, hard training sessions and a lot of self motivation. Losing weight is not a good enough reason for all of that.
-Think of where you are mentally and emotionally right now? Do you have a good relationship with food? Do you have a history of yo-yo dieting? If you struggle with extreme emotions or a poor self-image, it is likely these issues will be magnified during contest prep, not resolved.
-Do you have time? Time is critical for preparing for a show. Your workouts are long between cardio ( sometimes multiple sessions) and weight training. You can't just push it off to another day or time because you have other things to train those days too. Depending on your style of diet and training, contest prep can feel like a full-time job.
-Start saving now because shows are expensive. You have hair, makeup, tanning, then your show fee plus a fee for the federation. Not to mention your suit, shoes, jewelry and fees for a hotel. Those are just the required items. Then you have coaching fees, food, supplements and other misc. items to add to the list. Start small and pay off things as you go.
-The demands of a show become hard. Do you have a plan for your training and cardio? Are you ready to be judged and criticized for what you do ? Are you a good self motivator? Figure out what you’re willing to give up to compete.
-Honestly assess each of these questions so you understand your decision to compete. You will be better able to make the smartest, healthiest, and best choice for you and your body and ensure a positive contest experience.
- Are you ready for post show? There is a real issue called post show blues because it will feel like you got broken up with. You strive for 12+ weeks to bring your best physique to the stage and then it's just done. What is your next plan? Having a post-contest plan will help you ease back into a balanced lifestyle without the potential emotional and physical turmoil that can occur after the stage experience.
The contest prep process will teach you about yourself, your true abilities, and your true strength. It will transform you physically, mentally, and emotionally.
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