Let’s Do This!
My goal is to motivate and inspire you to become the best you that you can be. Whether you’re just thinking about the idea of competing in a bikini or figure competition, or you are ready to commit to a competition, here is what you need to begin your transformation.
I had never thought of “bodybuilding” before…it sounded too manly. I don’t want huge muscles and a deep voice. Then I was introduced to the world of bikini and figure bodybuilding. I had been living on an island in Japan for a few years, and felt like I missed the news when this became the new “trend.” Fit is the new thin!
In 2016, my workout routine and diet needed a change. I’ve been aware of calories (tracking on and off) since 2000. I decided to increase my protein drastically (100 grams or more per day) and started following a few different bodybuilding.com training plans. After a few months, I felt better than ever! I was inspired to look into bikini and figure competitions; however, I was already signed up and committed to run my first-ever marathon. I spent 2016 (and most of 2017) researching bodybuilding competitions, articles, and learning a lot. Even if I didn’t do one, I wanted to learn what it takes, but after crossing the finish line at 26.2 miles, I could not wait to get back to heavier weight lifting!
There are so many articles to give you a glimpse of the day in the life of a bodybuilder. (I should note, when I say “bodybuilder” I am not planning to get huge and unnaturally large, I am talking about bikini and figure competing.) You can read about the different categories (bikini, figure, fitness, physique, and bodybuilding) to see which bodybuilding category interests you most and would work with your lifestyle and goals.
Pick a Competition
You will need to find a competition and create a fitness and nutrition plan to reach your goals by the deadline. I decided to look at National Physique Committee (NPC) competitions (http://npcnewsonline.com). I have actually been looking since summer, but noticed most are not posted until the winter time for the following season. If you already exercise regularly, eat fairly healthy, and are in decent shape, I recommend 16-20 weeks of time to commit to training before the competition. If you are worried about the timeline, you may want to start earlier, 6 months to a year or more, depending on how much improvement you are seeking. (Consult with a doctor if you have any health concerns, and personal trainer can help guide you too!)
What Will You Need?
It is overwhelming! How will you track everything you need to do? Will your transformation happen in time? What should you eat? How often should you eat? Do you need supplements? When do you take supplements? When will you fit in your work outs? How often will you weight lift? How many sets, reps, and moves? Two-a-days? How soon should you order your suit? Heels? Practice posing? Yikes! Hair? Makeup? Skin care? Tanning? There is so much to think about, but it will all come together. Just take a moment and visualize your goal, and how good you will feel walking across stage, the progress you made, the hard work you put in to get there, and the accomplishment of reaching your goal.
Let’s break it down.
-Fitness clothes that motivate you!
–Sports Underwear (I like moisture-wicking fabric.)
-Fitness shoes (I wear old running shoes, once I’m done using them for running.)
-Weight lifting gloves (protect your hand from unnecessary calluses!)
-Food scale (Always weight your food! Weighing is much more accurate than measuring cups.)
-Glass food portion containers (meal prepping is critical)
-Water bottle (drink at least a gallon of water per day)
-Supplements (see separate post about supplementation)
-Groceries (see separate posts about food and nutrition)
-Proper suit, heels, and jewelry according to the rules of the division you are competing in
-Competition Day Items! (Coming soon)