A few weeks ago I competed in my second bikini bodybuilding event. Looking back on my last competition I could see just how far I had come in the five months in between. There are two elements of the bikini competitions that are hard work to me. The first one is leaning down and the second is making sure you know the required poses while looking confident and graceful.
1. Leaning down
As a vegan athlete I cannot and do not cut out carbohydrates (which I personally feel is better anyway) so I have to learn what helps me lose fat. My goal was to be under 10% body fat by the time the competition day arrived while still maintaining good muscle size. About three weeks out I started cutting a lot of the healthy fats in my diet down some as well as moving from protein shakes to dry protein instead, such as dry roasted garbanzo beans and dry roasted edamame.
I also started doing fifty minutes of early morning, fasted cardio before work – walking on the treadmill at a thirty incline and a speed of about 2. Once I added in this component I really saw the fat disappear and the weight drop. It was amazing how quickly my body burned the fat and started cutting.
For the last five days before the competition I used a water pill,Expel to rid of the excess water weight while still drinking water to make sure I did not dehydrate. The results were that I competed at 110 lbs and less than 10% body fat.
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Posing is an important component of the bodybuilding athlete’s training. Although the poses for a bikini competitor looks deceptively easy they are hard to perfect and is extremely physically taxing. Both the front and back poses are isometric exercises and have to be practiced so that the athlete can get used to holding the pose while looking relaxed.
Of course there is the added element of wearing the required high heels which makes it even more challenging. For someone who is more of a tomboy like me I had to also practice to be more fluid and flirty on stage since 50% of the points come from how you pose. This time I decided to invest in a good posing coach and it made all the difference in the world. When I got on stage I was relaxed and a lot more comfortable with moving my body into the poses. Money well spent!
Every competition is a learning experience and shows how far I’ve come and what to work on next. The challenge of seeing what I can achieve next is what keeps me competing.
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