I was completely clueless a year ago when I (unknowingly) made a decision that would completely change my life.
The journey into your first bikini competition is one riddled with the unknown, a series of remarkable transformations and ultimately, a life-changing event. Granted, it will change some people’s lives more than others, but it will change you nonetheless.
My hope is that while you pursue your goal of competing you may not have to experience some of the harsh realities and, to be blunt, mind fucks, that so many competitors go through during and after their first show prep. These next 30 pieces of knowledge are tidbits inspired by things I have witnessed after following pro and amateur competitor’s journeys, personal conversations with fellow bikini girls and some are things I’ve had to experience first hand, aka had to learn the hard way.
There is a slew of information out there and sometimes knowing too much can be just as detrimental as knowing too little. This list isn’t about how you should or shouldn’t diet, what exercises you should be doing, but rather, how to stop you from losing your sanity.
Enjoy the journey, embrace the suck and keep these things in mind.
30 Things Every Bikini Competitor Needs to Know
1. You need a qualified coach. Note the emphasis on qualified.
2. Don’t worry about your competition.
3. Let your coach worry about your competition. That’s part of their job.
4. Run your own race.
5. You CAN do this.
6. Each day will not get easier, but each day you will get stronger.
7. Food is not an enemy, don’t view it as such.
8. You may feel tired or hungry sometimes- that’s okay. If you feel completely exhausted or legitimately starving, that’s another story.
9. If you stick to the plan, it will work.
10. Don’t doubt the plan.
11. Stick to the plan.
12. Seriously, stick to it.
13. Don’t complain about how much you’re doing. You want it? Put in the work.
14. Train insane or remain the same. Make every workout count, don’t slack honey.
15. On the other hand- don’t sacrifice your long-term health and well-being for a $10 plastic trophy. It’s not worth it.
16. You don’t have to share your journey with the world. It’s cool if you do, but it may be putting unnecessary pressure on yourself.
17. Do this for you, no one else.
18. Listen to your body.
19. Rest days are essential for both your physical and mental well-being. The #teamnodaysoff mentality can be detrimental to your health if taken to extremes.
20. There will always be another show.
21. Stress can hinder progress, learn to let it go.
22. Not every day is going to be amazing but not every day should be miserable.
23. Trust yourself, trust the process, and trust your coach.
24. If you fail to prepare then you are certainly preparing to fail.
25. Get creative with your meals. You aren’t doing yourself any favors by eating the same, boring, bland food day in and day out.
25. Carbs are not bad. You need them to survive.
26. Make time for your friends and family. Don’t become a hermit.
27. There’s more to life then working out and “eating clean”. Remember that.
28. If all you talk about is prep, fitness, etc. you’re going to get real annoying. You’ll probably even annoy yourself- that’s how you know it’s bad.
29. Be focused, not obsessive.
And most importantly..
30. You are not your body.