“I’ll never be a bikini chick, prancing around in heels and a bedazzled thong. Not my thing”
This was me, two years ago. It is kind of crazy to believe that same girl is getting ready to begin preparing for my first bikini competition in October.
Now before my fellow competition chicks raise an eyebrow, let me explain myself.
When I first began in the fitness industry, I was a boxing chick; spitting into buckets, getting slammed on the ground by sweaty MMA dudes, and brushing my hair, well, never.
So imagining myself onstage, with big hair, make up, and the whole “fancy walk” thing was far from obtainable in my mind. As much as I tried to shun the bikini world, I always admired those chick’s bodies!
Besides, I was an “athlete”, I wasn’t one of those girls. I couldn’t have been more wrong.
I picked up an Oxygen magazine one day, to get new workout ideas and ran across an article on Erin Stern. I was blown away by Erin’s physique, training techniques, and impressive college track background. Here was an athlete, doing competitions and making a name for herself; and no one was talking about a bedazzled thong. Besides, I needed a new challenge, and holy crap was I in for the toughest of my life!
After going to a show, talking to fellow competitors, and doing my research, I set out for my first show. I began training and dieting with help of a friend that had coached a couple of competition girls, and set out for 12 weeks. This was my first and biggest mistake; I never made it to my competition and I’ll tell you why:
First thing is first, you need a coach and you need a program. I have been a personal trainer for 5 years; writing workout and diet programs, helping clients reach amazing goals; but that didn’t mean I knew anything about training for a bikini competition.
My diet was too strict and my training was too intense to sustain for 12 weeks. I ended up injuring my patella and almost killing my boyfriend over blueberries at 5:30 A.M.
I was so frustrated and down, I said I would write off competitions forever. Thankfully after speaking to a good friend of mine and WBFF Pro Ashley Schoultz, she explained to me how to do competitions, the right way.
So here I am, on a path of redemption, determined to do this damn thing, and the best part is, I’m doing it right!
Tips Before You Decide to Compete:
- Go to a show. Get a good look at what the end result will be and if you’re up for it.
- Talk to a pro or competitor. They will give you the expectations of what your life will be for 16-12 weeks, and believe me, you’ll need to put your big girl pants on.
- Find a coach, and not just someone who has done a show. Seek someone out who has a proven track record of successful clients and who knows what they’re doing on diet programming, training, and posing. Google or facebook local pros in your area and ask them for referrals or if they coach themselves.
- Do a practice diet and training program. Even though I didn’t make it to my competition, it was a great way for me to practice how to get disciplined on diet and workouts, as well as learning how to do time management.
- Make sure you have the moula. Competitions are expensive! Coaching, bikinis, tanning, it all adds up, so have the funding to support a stress free prep.
- Timing, timing, timing. Make sure you have a schedule to support competing. Between two a days and basically a non-social existence, you need to make sure you can have the time to get it all done. I suggest picking a show that is between the big holidays, because believe me, when you want to eat everything in sight, the last place you’ll want to be is at a holiday party.
- Have the right mind. This is the most important tip I can give you. Some days, you’re going to be girl gone crazy, so make sure you’re in a good, content place with your life. Break-ups, work conflict, and major drama is not the time to compete, you’re going to need all the support you can get; from yourself and your team.
Here’s the deal, I’m starting my 12 week competition prep for the Colorado Naturals State Bodybuilding Bikini Class, in Denver, CO next week, and I’m bringing you guys with me; I’m holding nothing back, and giving you the truth, honest to goodness truth, about competing.
I’ll be walking you through my workouts, giving you my diet, tips I’m learning along the way, and in the end: if I’ll ever do it again. Follow me for inspiration, answers, and probably some comedic relief along the way (Did I mention posing?).
Here I go; this fit chick is going to be a bikini competitor.