Preparing for an NPC bikini competition can be quite a challenge for some women, however if you can survive the diet and the work out programs it can be extremely rewarding! It is best to join a team from my experience so you can get the proper guidance, and coaching. If you’re thinking about becoming an NPC bikini competitor read my blog for tips!
After 3 and a half months of intense preparation I gathered that you CANNOT be a beautiful face and expect to win top five in your first NPC show! The judges want to know that you’re serious, and want to see you on that stage multiple times before you win a title. I have only competed in several shows back to back thus far, and got lucky. In order to qualify for the Nationals you must place 1st, 2nd or 3rd place. Each pose and performance is based on a point system. The judges are looking for symmetry, glutes, hamstring tie in, big shoulder's, tiny waist and confidence! Most people get addicted to competing like myself, and train for the Nationals for an IFBB Pro Card. The NPC season is from March until November.
Competing can be quite costly as there are many things to consider such as:
NPC bikini division registration
Competitors are expected to show up at the venue at about 10am to register for their division and check in. I always get my last coat of pro tan as soon as I arrive to the venue. Once you find a spot to get settled, you then get your hair and make up done. All competitors are verbally warned 30 minutes prior to their stage performance. Most Competitors prefer to bring their own resistance bands to work out their muscles for the "pump," before entering the stage, and eat carbs and sugar (generally rice cakes, jelly or honey)! This makes your body look more vascular, and have a fuller illusion (less flat on stage).
The NPC shows generally start at 12pm. Pre judging usually is from the hours of 12pm-4pm. Bikini competitors perform on the stage last for pre judging out of all the divisions. Once all of the competitors have been evaluated by the judges, there generally is a 3 hour intermission. Usually at 7pm the show starts again for the finals. Finals usually run from 7pm-12am (depending on however many competitors there are). Most competitors will spend approximately 10 hours that day at the venue! You will most likely see a lot of the same exact competitors multiple times throughout a season.
My experience was not only rewarding, it was life changing! It helped me become a lot more disciplined with my eating habits, learn a lot about my body, and now I love to carry on this knowledge to you ladies that have the same passion as I do. Good luck to you all!