The tan, the sparkle, the muscles, the photoshoots, the prizes, the trophies … It all looks very glam doesn’t it…
Over the past year or so it seems to have become quite ‘trendy ‘ to enter bikini competitions and I’ve seen so many people go about it in great ways but also some very dangerous ways also.
First off the big question…. why do you want to compete?
• because the girls on Instagram are doing it?
• for the likes and follows on Instagram?
• for the free stuff you might get along the way?
• because you hate your body?
All of the above are the wrong reasons!
Competing isn’t something to be taken lightly. It isn’t easy. You have to love your body In your off season as well as when you’re on stage otherwise no improvements will be made. In order to build muscle effectively you need to be in quite a calorie surplus so 1500 calories in your off season just isn’t going to cut it. You have to trust the process that it isn’t going to happen over night, it’s going to take time, it’s going to test your patience and it’s going to take everything you’ve got.
You HAVE to be strong willed and in a good place mentally. It is very much a psychological journey as much, if not more than a physical one. If you can’t fathom being near to a maintenance calorie level or a surplus at all, this is not the sport for you. It isn’t all about dieting and cutting.
You HAVE to do your research. Which federation do you want to compete with? Which coach can get you there? Which coach has good experience prepping people for that show? What category do you want to enter? What’s your budget?
There are some very dangerous coaches out there who have girls on 500-1000kcal per day with hours of cardio…. THAT IS NOT SAFE. I’m not even sure how these girls function. Do your research!
So you’ve found yourself a coach….
They know their shit. If they’re telling you to eat x amount of calories and do x amount of training, you do it and if you’re concerned talk to them and they’ll be able to tell you their reasonings. Otherwise you’re wasting your money, your time, their time and you’ll be moaning that you aren’t seeing progress but it’s actually really your own fault. If you’re straying from your plan, stay accountable, you are to blame. There’s a reason they’re your coach. Listen to them and TRUST THE PROCESS.
There probably will be mornings close to show day where you have to get up at 5am to sneak in the extra cardio, or night’s where you have to stay up just a little bit later to prep your food. It’s just part of it.
I LOVE the whole process, seeing my body build, learning more about myself and about training every single day, surrounding myself with other people just as passionate as I am. I have got the best and most supportive team behind me and I really feel part of something. I know my nutrition plans and trainings plans are made for me and aren’t a ‘one size fits all‘ job.
Sometimes the days I don’t feel like training actually turn out to be the best sessions and I just get in and get it done.
Sure, I have more opportunities now than ever before with brands/ photographers/ other athletes etc but that’s because you can see it’s something I’m truly passionate about. When I get in the gym I train HARD, I don’t just move things around. At the end of the day you’re only going to get out as much as you put in.
Have I won a trophy yet? no. Is that okay? YES! I’m working for bigger things and always bettering myself, you’ve not seen the best of me yet…
You are not in for an easy ride.
If you’re doing it for the Instagram likes. Don’t.
If you’re in it because it’s something you really truly honestly want to do. Then you’re in for the best time of your life.
But before you make any decisions just ask yourself…. why?
lots of love, Char xx
Here are some proud competing moments:
1.Me on stage
2. Zoe winning twice at the UKBFF at Fitcon
3. Curtis and Rico winning their categories at the Coleman Classic