Thinking of stepping on a bodybuilding stage? Maybe competing in a Figure or Bikini competition? One of your first steps should be to write yourself a competition budget.
It’s important to realise Bodybuilding is an expensive hobby and you don’t want all your hard-work derailed at the last minute due to financial pressure, yes there are ways to compete on a budget (I will cover these in future posts) however before you start your competition prep do your homework, know the costs involved and what you can afford then set a competition budget. The less stressful you can make your competition prep by not adding financial pressure the more you will enjoy the process and be able to present yourself to your best advantage.
Expenses to consider can be broken down into three parts (and are not limited to):
Post-competition expenses (tan removal, diet reversal plan etc, and maybe even a Personal professional photoshoot to celebrate your achievement)
However, today's post is about Competition costs The expenses that occur during the month of your competition, some you may be able to re-use for another competition, but most are essential expenses every time you compete.
Federation Membership (usually one-off annual fee, each organisation has their own membership fee)
Competition Entry Fees (per class entered, every time you enter)
Travel and accommodation costs (if competing out of town)
Skin preparation products (to prepare your skin for tanning, body scrubs, pre-tanning products etc)
Hair removal (i.e. waxing)
Competition Tan (dream tan, spray tan which can include base tan and top coat by different tanners)
Stagewear (bikini, figure suit, posing trunks, themewear, make sure you invest in your stagewear as cut and fit is most important to frame your physique as well as wearing the right style for your competition class)
Dumb bell and/or resistant bands for backstage pump up
Long mirror for backstage
Professional stage photography/competition video
PLUS, for the ladies -
Make-up artist (stage make-up)
Hairdresser (hair styling)
Also, other beauty considerations are haircuts/colouring, hair extensions, acrylic nails, lash extensions, tan removal products etc
Side note for the GUYS - a well-groomed physique will stand out for the right reason (think skin, hair, nails, beauty routines aren't just for the ladies), just as made-to-measure posing trunks will enhance your physique when worn correctly.
Lastly think of all these items listed as an investment in your stage presentation which it is just as important as all the training and nutrition that got you there.
Remember, you are stepping on stage to present your physique and the finishing presentation touches can mean all the difference between a win and runner up.
“Before anything else, preparation is the key to success.” – Alexander Graham Bell