I am going to keep this short and sweet, but feel that it is important to share this message with anybody thinking about entering in a bikini bodybuilding competition.
It can be very addictive. The stage, makeup, lights, music, hair, posing, strutting and showing off your hard work. You train all year and diet for a brutal 12 weeks all for 30 seconds on stage. But it is addictive.
That being said, your self assurance, mentality, and past experience will determine how well you cope before, during, and after the show and whether you have the stamina to compete for years to come.
If you have or had any of the below…
- disordered eating
- perfectionist tendencies
- control freak
- less than 2 years of consistent weightlifting
- broke up with someone within the year
Be wary! As glamorous as it might look, the entire process is a grueling mental and physical test of your endurance and willpower. What happens behind the scenes is not pretty. It’s pretty damn rewarding, but plenty of sacrifices are made for the top bikini athletes to get to where they are today.
I see a lot of women decide to compete in hopes of self discovery and to mold a new identity, but really it should be the other way around. This journey should complement your existing identity. It should be an expression of your passion to want to grow as a person.
If you end up basing your self worth on your shredded 6 pack, the number of IG followers, how well you adhere to your restrictive meal plan, the titanium willpower you have, you will not last.
We buy based on emotions, a perceived fulfillment of dreams, hopes, self identity, and destinations, all the time. True success in this sport is the opposite: the journey is the destination.
It breaks my heart when I see women thrown into uncontrollable binges, depression, anxiety, because after the show they feel lost and directionless. Before you compete, find your true WHY.
Need some guidance on finding your true WHY? Try this exercise – answer the below six questions in order. Write the first thing that comes to mind and write for as long as you want. The more, the better.
Why do you want to compete?
I have accomplished my goal of losing weight to my pre-pregnancy stage. This new lifestyle of mine has made me feel strong, empowered, and confident, and I’d like to continue feeling that way by reaching new goals. I have a thirst to push myself even more.
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I have always been athletic and fit and I need a challenge so I don’t get bored.
What are you hoping to accomplish by competing?
I am hoping to accomplish the journey itself. It will be a true testament of my willpower and discipline.
– OR –
Sponsorships and publicity, product endorsements, etc. maybe start my own fitness brand.
Why are you hoping to accomplish that?
I have learned so much about myself and I feel that I am capable of so much more.
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Because I want to be recognized as the best at what I do.
Why is that important to you?
So that I can inspire others to discover their true potential.
– OR –
It makes me feel important, accomplished, and sought-after.
Why is that reason important to you?
It makes me feel like I’m responding to a sense of purpose..a calling.
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So I can share my knowledge and give back.
And why is that important to you?
Isn’t that what we’re placed here on earth to do?
– OR –
It gives meaning and purpose to my life.
See what happens? It’s like peeling back the onion layers right? You scratch the surface then drill deeper and deeper until you find your true WHY.
Until next time,