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Veteran Thread Are you thinking of competing on a bodybuilding stage? Tips and suggestions here

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Fol;lowing on from a members log here's a few tips, thoughtgs, ideas and suggestions on how to get the best from yourself and the strain., effort, time and money you've invested in yourself

Pick as few classes as possible - ideally one
There's something of an issue with a few members considering or actually competing. I've written in another log (might do a thread on it) of one member who competed in 2 and occasionally 3 different classes all in one day. These last few years the fees and restriction have turned into money makers. Now I completely understand promoters not wanting to lose money (I've put on grip competitions and spent good money competing elsewhere). Ditto having to pay federation fees to organisations like the NPC or IFBB etc. But when it can easily be $1000 in total fees for ONE class (stuff like you can ONLY use the tanning people they have costing $100-250 alone) you want members picking the right class. Not just to be in with a chance to do well but because it actually suits their physique. Otherwise you're just giving money away and or doing it just cos.

By way of example Monstro competes in ONE class per event as far as I know. And does well. I've only ever been allowed to compete in the open/pro classes of events I've done.

Now classes chosen can change over the years. Middleweight becomes heavy. 30+ becomes 50+ and so on. Equally the OP might well be too light right now but may well fill out slowly in years to come. Realistically if they have any freakish genetics we will see right away if they have a chance of competing in the open.

Train for your frame
One more tip (from years back): train like the person you most closely resemble if you want to follow a pros program. So if a light weight train like Frank Zane. If you have a heavier structure Mike Menzter and so on

Hire a posing coach
Don't work your damn ass off and look wooden and rigid on stage. If (and its a BIG IF) you dance well and know how present yourself you MIGHT be ok posing. Everyone else would benefit from hiring a posing coach even if just for a few hours. Even working with an experienced competitor will help

Pose for the judges first
The crowd second. The first pick the winners. And remember judges sit near to the front so the angle they view you at differs from the majority of the audience. If there are a LOT (as many as 12) judges you'll see pros show the left, middle and right what they have.

Don't ask friends and family how you look
They WILL blow smoke up your ass (if only cos they love you)

More tips to follow. Add yours
 
Excellent advice mobster, I truly enjoy reading the tips tricks and insights.

I am on the journey right now trying to compete one day at the amateur ranks and I specifically picked men's physique, mainly because my leg genetics aren't as good as my upper body genetics are, I can grow at a pretty rapid rate for upper, not so much lower, so knowing that men's physique isn't based on leg judgement I picked that one class to focus on and only that one class.

I work all body parts every week always have always will, I just know what my weakness is and it is definitely leg size and leg development, my legs slim down and get strong and cut, I never put alot of size on them.

The coaching I still have to figure out as far as money goes and who to try and work with, but that is for a future date in time, for now im focusing on cycling and picking the right compounds for my goals and getting into shape and symmetrical aspects first before I do anything else, one goal at a time and advance from there.
 
Excellent advice mobster, I truly enjoy reading the tips tricks and insights.

I am on the journey right now trying to compete one day at the amateur ranks and I specifically picked men's physique, mainly because my leg genetics aren't as good as my upper body genetics are, I can grow at a pretty rapid rate for upper, not so much lower, so knowing that men's physique isn't based on leg judgement I picked that one class to focus on and only that one class.

I work all body parts every week always have always will, I just know what my weakness is and it is definitely leg size and leg development, my legs slim down and get strong and cut, I never put alot of size on them.

The coaching I still have to figure out as far as money goes and who to try and work with, but that is for a future date in time, for now im focusing on cycling and picking the right compounds for my goals and getting into shape and symmetrical aspects first before I do anything else, one goal at a time and advance from there.
Can't wait see you on stage brother
 
We all have to take that step brother. First time Is the hardest. All of us here are right behind you. One thing to remember is that everytime you step on stage the main goal is to be better than last time. That is a win.

I believe in you, been following you long time now. Your dedicated I sure you will do very well1💪💪
 
We all have to take that step brother. First time Is the hardest. All of us here are right behind you. One thing to remember is that everytime you step on stage the main goal is to be better than last time. That is a win.

I believe in you, been following you long time now. Your dedicated I sure you will do very well1💪💪
It really truly goes a long way hearing from someone who does compete and understands the headspace and place I am in currently with trying to enter the arena and step on stage, I agree the ultimate goal is better today than I was yesterday.

I've been thinking about this for years pigsy and I was just never brave enough to actually try and attempt it, I can't live in fear any longer, one day life will pass me by and I don't want to live with regrets and say I should have or could have.

Time is the most precious thing in life it is the one thing you can't buy or buy back, with that in mind I must go for my vision and try again and again till I reach my goals I have set with this.

I also greatly appreciate you following me and supporting me brother it means the world to me having like minded people rallying around my journey.

I hope you enjoy the interview I gave and hopefully it will let you learn a little bit more about me, I think it is a wonderful idea they are letting loggers do this on a platform!

The community is what made me truly believe in myself and a huge reason why I am chasing this vison and attempting my steps onto the stage one day it made all the difference for me.
 
I going to listen to the podcast your on today
I hope you enjoy it, I was nervous as I had never had the opportunity doing something like that, Stevesmi is a class act and made me feel right at home and I hope everyone who does play it understands me a little bit better with my drive who I am and my mentality.
 
Yeah it is definitely something new and you don't see many of us get that opportunity, I would love hearing from everyone who does put up logs.
Just finished listening you interview. Great stuff. Good to see you researched well before hops on cycle. And a good story to boot
 
Just finished listening you interview. Great stuff. Good to see you researched well before hops on cycle. And a good story to boot
I just spoke from the heart pigsy, this lifestyle and journey is my true passion in this world. I appreciate you giving it a play brother 🙌 I can't just blindly jump on something without proper education, health is wealth, must always be prepared.
 
I just spoke from the heart pigsy, this lifestyle and journey is my true passion in this world. I appreciate you giving it a play brother 🙌 I can't just blindly jump on something without proper education, health is wealth, must always be prepared.
We never stop learning and improving. That what keeps me interested in the lifestyle
 
Fol;lowing on from a members log here's a few tips, thoughtgs, ideas and suggestions on how to get the best from yourself and the strain., effort, time and money you've invested in yourself

Pick as few classes as possible - ideally one
There's something of an issue with a few members considering or actually competing. I've written in another log (might do a thread on it) of one member who competed in 2 and occasionally 3 different classes all in one day. These last few years the fees and restriction have turned into money makers. Now I completely understand promoters not wanting to lose money (I've put on grip competitions and spent good money competing elsewhere). Ditto having to pay federation fees to organisations like the NPC or IFBB etc. But when it can easily be $1000 in total fees for ONE class (stuff like you can ONLY use the tanning people they have costing $100-250 alone) you want members picking the right class. Not just to be in with a chance to do well but because it actually suits their physique. Otherwise you're just giving money away and or doing it just cos.

By way of example Monstro competes in ONE class per event as far as I know. And does well. I've only ever been allowed to compete in the open/pro classes of events I've done.

Now classes chosen can change over the years. Middleweight becomes heavy. 30+ becomes 50+ and so on. Equally the OP might well be too light right now but may well fill out slowly in years to come. Realistically if they have any freakish genetics we will see right away if they have a chance of competing in the open.

Train for your frame
One more tip (from years back): train like the person you most closely resemble if you want to follow a pros program. So if a light weight train like Frank Zane. If you have a heavier structure Mike Menzter and so on

Hire a posing coach
Don't work your damn ass off and look wooden and rigid on stage. If (and its a BIG IF) you dance well and know how present yourself you MIGHT be ok posing. Everyone else would benefit from hiring a posing coach even if just for a few hours. Even working with an experienced competitor will help

Pose for the judges first
The crowd second. The first pick the winners. And remember judges sit near to the front so the angle they view you at differs from the majority of the audience. If there are a LOT (as many as 12) judges you'll see pros show the left, middle and right what they have.

Don't ask friends and family how you look
They WILL blow smoke up your ass (if only cos they love you)

More tips to follow. Add yours
@Mobster DONT use diuretics period no matter what
diuretics do more harm then good
 
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