What You Need For Competition Day

MSgt Troy Saunders (middle) and SrA Justin Usery (far left) are amongst members of the American Team who competed in the Mr. Universe competition. All of the American competitors placed in the top-15 of their classes. Saunders and Usery are both assigned to Spangdahlem Air Base. (Courtesy photo)


If it is your first bodybuilding competition, then one of the things you will quickly learn is that the competitor that takes home the crown doesn’t always have the best body. That may be a hard pill to swallow, but swallow it you must, because it is part of it. There are other things you need to be aware of and need to bring to a competition; things that will give you an added edge over those posing around you.


So here is what you need to know.

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Pose In The Mirror

The most important part of absolutely every competition is the poses you perform, so make sure you absolutely nail each and every one of them. This is your chance to show off your body, your muscles, your physique. Every training session, every bead of sweat, has been in preparation for this moment, so make sure you know your posing routine better than you know your children. How you present yourself to the panel is critical. Every line matters. So know your strengths and weaknesses and plan your routine around them. Perception is the reality, remember that.


The Right Clothing

We know, we know, bodybuilding suits tend to be rather expensive, but they can be worth their weight in gold if you find the right one. So don’t cut corners and don’t skimp. Your best bet is to go to a specialist, someone who knows about the sport, about the importance of lines and cuts, and knows what will accentuate your body, and knows what will make your butt look great. Your suit needs to fit well, it needs to suit you, it needs to be the right color and shape; so make sure you speak to someone who knows what they are doing.


Ooze Confidence

If you are a bodybuilder then you have watched endless Youtube videos of Arnie – you have watched Pumping Iron 300 times – and what you will realize is that Arnie gave himself an edge by being the most confident guy in the room. That is how he got under the skin of his competition, and you must too. This means walking into the competition center with an array of bodybuilding tank tops that compliment your physique and a winning smile, and an attitude that is friendly yet imposing. If you believe you cannot be beaten then your competition will start to believe it too. It isn’t just about how you perform on the stage, it is how you perform backstage too.


Nail Your Hairstyle

Bodybuilding is all about presentation and knowing what works best for you, and this couldn’t be truer when it comes to your hair. For women, longer hair typically works best, but if your face structure is complemented by shorter bangs then go with shorter bangs. As for men, there is a little bit more room to play around in but, as a rule, make sure your hair doesn’t detract from your body. Another thing to remember is, it’s not just about the style, it is about the condition of your hair too. So make sure you look after it.


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