Competition

Competition Posing

The sole purpose of bodybuilding posing is to show your physique to the judges. You must know how to present your body from all four sides. This is where your hard training is being put to the test so if you are not training hamstrings and glutes as hard as quads and calves now, then you better start. In New Zealand we have numerous federations but...

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Competition Hair Styles

Whether you wear your hair up or down is entirely up you but you must love it on the day. There are several things to look at before your big day to ensure that you make the right choice for your bodybuilding or figure hairstyle. I always favour the hair down on the figure/bikini girls, or if the hair is put up then it is the messy look I like. I really...

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Competition Make Up

In my opinion there are four things not that you do not want on your face on contest day or in your contest photos which incidentally will haunt you forever: A white face A shiny face Non- existent lips Drag queen eyelashes Often the girls put the money in supplements, nutritionist, personal trainers, a bikini and everythign else that goes...

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Costume Designers

I have been looked after by www.bodybuildingbikinis.com ever since I started competing over 20 years ago. They are a Christchurch based company but design bikinis/trunks for competitors all over the world. I’m proud to say that they have never failed to design anything for me which has not fitted me perfectly and when I have worn their designs internationally...

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How to care for your bikini/trunks

You have spent a lot of money on your bikini so don’t think out with the old, in with the new, try to keep it as perfect as possible. You may want to keep your first one forever as a keepsake or you may want to on sell it. But whatever your choice, treat it like any other priceless delicate. Please check with your costume designer if they offer a...

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Finding the right fit and fabric

Equally as important as selecting a Bikini or trunks colour is ensuring you have the right fabric and fit for your body. Buying Second hand I’m not a fan of girls purchasing second hand bikinis unless they have been purchased from a bikini designer. However, if a competitor is prepared to buy second hand and have them altered by an experienced bikini...

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Selecting a bikini colour

Firstly, colour is a personal choice, and you definitely need to select a colour which suits you baring in mind you are going to be very brown on the day of competition, but another factor to think about is the SHADE of the colour which you choose. For a competitors first competition I nearly always recommend darker shades to my clients, just for the...

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Competition Shoes

Shoes can definitely make you or break you on the stage. I remember seeing one girl in one division at a NZ show who obviously could not walk in her shoes let alone pose. She was very clumsy on stage and not matter how good her body was on the day, she couldn't handle the shoes therefore could not impress in the prejudging. After witness that I vowed...

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Bodybuilding Photography

In our sport we use photography as a tool almost daily. Before and after pics As horrible as it is to take them, we as trainers need them and our clients need them. Sometimes simply going by the weight on the scale is not enough to keep you motivated, in fact it can depress you in our sport if you don't understand the concept of muscle up – fat...

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Competition Tanning

Tanning for a bodybuilding competition is hugely important aspect of competition. You can walk on stage as a professional athlete prepared to do what it takes to win (even though you are a novice) or you can walk on stage resembling somebody off the street just wanting to walk on stage. Years ago it was the "norm" to spend endless hours on a sunbed...

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