Top 10 Bodybuilding Show Tips for Bikini Competitors
Candice Perfect is this week’s guest writer for FitBodyHype! She is a rising NPC bikini competitor and a member of Team EDGE (a professional fitness team coached by Ingrid Romero and Joe Discuillo). Candice placed 4th at the 2012 LA FitExpo/IRON MAN Magazine Naturally Bodybuilding Championships, and just placed 2nd at the NPC Amateur Grand Prix. Look for her on the stage at the NPC USA National Championships in July.
Here are 10 tips for Bikini Competitors
#1: Practice your stage presence and posing BEFORE the day of the show! You should practice posing a little bit every day so you know which angles are flattering. Make sure to practice with your stage shoes on. The same pose feels much different once you put on those heels! Practice in front of a mirror to learn your angles and poses, and then practice those poses without a mirror so you don’t become dependent on being able to see yourself.
#2: Wearing 6” heels with platforms will not improve your placing if you cannot walk in them. I have seen countless girls stumble, trip, or klutz up their walk because they insist on wearing them. Sure they make your legs look longer, but what does that matter if you’re fumbling all over the stage?
#3: Make sure you purchase a custom stage bikini that has been tailored for your body. The bikini you wear can have a big impact on your scoring and placing. Make sure you don’t just settle for an off the hanger one. It doesn’t need to have all the expensive bells and whistles, but it does need to flatter your curves and/or accentuate areas that may need a little something extra.
#4: Don’t try to save money by applying your own spray tan. You might think a cheap tanning product looks good enough, but once you get on stage you will pale in comparison to the other competitors (no pun intended). Try your hardest to use the show’s spray tanning sponsor so that your tan looks uniform with the other competitors. Using the spray tan sponsor is also advantageous for touch ups before the prejudging and finals.