Before you decide to compete, you should definitely make sure you are prepared for the expenses. It is totally worth it, but don’t go into it uninformed. Everyone agree with me on that one?
I was plugged into a good *fitness community before I started and my trainer was very informative, so I felt very prepared and nothing took me by surprise.
They warn you it will be expensive, but let me break it down for ya…
- $$$$ Trainer – depending on how often you see your trainer and for how long you train with him/her before your competition this can be up to the thousands. Estimate between $50-80 per session
- $$ Posing classes – price varies, usually the cost of a training session or slightly less
- $$ shampoo and conditioner and exfoliating scrub (so your tan wont get splotchy) and lotion that you will blow through because you will be working out every day and sometimes twice (or more).
- $20 food scale
- $ per month you will need an average lifetime supply of ziploc baggies and foil 😛
- $80-150 per week on food
- $40 per month on supplements (protein, amino acids, liver, vitamins, glutamine, pre-workout drinks etc)
- $40-100 Massage
- $7.99 Half gallon water jug
- $100-$900 Posing suit – depending on how elaborate your suit
- $35 5″ clear heels
- $10-30 Miscellaneous jewelry
- $150+ Make up and Hair
- $115-150+ Tanning
- $45 Manicure/fake nails
- $25 Pedicure
- $100 Official NPC card
- $75+ Competition Entry Fee
- $100+ Hotel (+applicable taxes/fees) – even if it is local you will probably need to get a hotel unless you live close by, because there is usually a meeting in the evening, then you have to wake up EARLY for final tanning, hair and make up before the prejudging in the morning
- $20 Resistance bands to pump up back stage (it’s nice to have your own so you don’t have to wait and can even continue pumping while lined up before walking up)
- $250 Photo shoot (you’re in the best shape of your life, lots of people like to capture that accomplishment)
- $100-200 photo shoot apparel
- $10 Body scrub to exfoliate for at least a week before spray tan
Am I missing anything?
*fitness community: (1) Donloree Hoffman blog and community: BikiniorBust.com, (2) Fitness Spectaculars, (3) twitter, (4) Jerome’s gym, (5) Bodybuilding.com
Everyone around me is cheering me on – THANK YOU!! You have no idea how much I NEED it and how much it really means to me. Sometimes it’s your “I believe in you” or “you’ve got this” that gets me through the last mile in my morning run, or the last half hour of my workout.
I could not have done this alone. No way.
I already feel like I have accomplished what I set out to do, but I still have the excitement of the stage (and backstage) experience to look forward to!!
I still can’t believe I am doing this. I set out to compete in a natural bodybuilding event and …I will actually be doing that next weekend??….. Un-stinkin-real.
10 Days till the Ronnie Coleman Classic – I can do this. 10 more days of eating perfectly. 10 more days of ZERO cheats. 10 more days to stay focused. That’s only 8 days and 48 hours 🙂
A week is nothing!
(Hah…for all you competitors, you know a week is not “nothing”, but we can survive, we will survive, and we will succeed!)
The other day on our way to church I was bent over my lap digging in my purse to make sure my chicken was not leaking and my husband got a glimpse of my delts and back muscles through my blouse and exclaimed, “Wow! You’re a monster!” I sat upright quickly and with eyes wide and batting Shirley-Temple-style I raised my hands to my face and said, “oh, thank you!!!” ^__^
Ah, the life of a competitor – what crazy comments are made that we take as compliments! ha! 🙂
With a mere 11 days ahead I press on with excitement, perseverance…and…extreme fatigue 😛
I want to stay ridiculously fit! After my competition I can see myself totally eating snacks outside of meal time. Snacks…during movies, or with my coffee, or with my family, or just cuz Im hungry… What will stop me?!
Can I determine in my mind to get back in the groove?
I believe so.
I’ve learned so much from Susan. One of which, competition body is not a maintainable body, but there IS a super fit me than I can maintain. I’m stoked to find that body in me and learn how to maintain it! I’ve more or less decided that I want to continue training with Susan for a bit after the show so she can help me find my happy, maintainable medium!
Right now, the competition drives me. Psychologically, after the show, I can imagine I will feel like its over and done with so it will be so important that I create my new drive or reason for healthy living.
I would love to know what competitors do to stay focused during off season. I have seen some totally let go because they know they can snap back.
Do you peeps have any tricks you plan on using post-comp?
Today I had to take my dad to the airport. Naturally I was thinking days ahead about how I was going to eat my breakfast – food is almost all I think about now. My scheduled breakfast for today was egg whites and spinach. Thanks to the amazing Google, I found a healthy recipe from iateapie.net for little frittata muffins! They look so cute!
I tweaked it to work for my diet and taste buds, but kept pretty close to the original.
French toast flavored coffee, black and 6 of these little babies made me one happy competitor 🙂
Get my recipe from my kitchen at faithkeith.com OR get the ORIGINAL recipe here
I had my first posing class on Saturday with Susan Groshek! It was great to be there with the other girls and get to watch them and then try to imitate. Let me be honest and say I really thought it wasn’t going to be that hard. But it was like stand up tall, shoulders back, but dont pinch them, lift them, but don’t roll them, flare your lats, just look confident, exaggerate your hips and move your shoulders, stick your butt out but dont look like a slut, oh and keep your elbow out, not behind you, smile, make eye contact with the judges, oh…and try to look natural.
So, now I won’t judge the girls on stage that seem stiff, or seem to not be able to concentrate on anything except their pose. I’ve seen girls on stage, instructed by a judge to step forward and they practically stay in position and just scoot. NOW I KNOW WHY!!!
Workin’ a cat walk is harder than it looks!
I’ve got work to do. And by work I mean…I’ve got a lot of staring in the mirror at myself to do and trying not to freak out that I might look like the spawn of Frankenstein (in posing suit).