Bodybuilding takes a lot of control, dedication, and hard work, so if you’re prepping for your first competition, you’ll want to make sure you’re doing it right. If you come up with a plan, but don’t know how your body will react to it, you could be risking weeks of hard work. Below are some tips to consider when planning how to prep for your first competition.
Watch your meals carefully. Regiment your protein, carb, water, and salt intake and experiment with what works best for you. The amount of each of these will depend on your weight, height, etc., and will vary during your prep week. If you’re unsure of how your diet should change during your prep week, please as a professional with guidance and how to best achieve your desired look the week before the competition.
Your training and cardio will vary from day to day, with some days being your upper body, some days only including cardio, and some days having no training at all. Light cycling or other forms of cardio are great ways to include a light workout the week of your competition, along with doing quick sets of each part of the upper body.
Practicing your posing the week before your competition is very important. You should be able to complete each pose perfectly so you know exactly what to expect on stage. Practice holding each pose for at least one minute for a minimum of one hour the entire week leading up to your competition so you know you’ll be comfortable with them on stage.
Try on and practice in your competition outfit. This will ensure that you’re 100% comfortable not only on stage but what you’ll be wearing in front of people. While it may seem uncomfortable at first, keep practicing until you feel you’ll be able to put your best foot forward.
While bodybuilding is a lot of hard work and dedication, it can be one of the most rewarding fitness goals to accomplish. If you think bodybuilding training and competition is your next big fitness goal, Twisted Iron Fitness is here to help. Give us a call today at 407-848-7736 to set up a consultation, or visit our services page to learn more about how we can help you!