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There are a lot of people that are really into bodybuilding who start to develop an interest in the idea of competing in competitions for bodybuilders. At contests like these you can find bodybuilders from all walks of life showing off their amazing bodies they worked so hard to sculpt into a form that's truly amazing. Contests are good for becoming more confident and getting motivated to not give up on your bodybuilding goals. What do you need to know before embarking on such a path?
First of all go to some competitions yourself as an observer before entering one. Notice the way in which those competing put their routine together and what those who win had done that those who lose hadn't done. Also watch the way in which they move and pose their bodies and what they do to bring out the best in their muscular structure. Note down everything you feel will be helpful in your own endeavors later on. If possible, speak with those who've gained the wisdom of experience by going before you, and take full advantage of this opportunity by trying to think of any questions you'd like to get answers to.
It'll take a while of planning in advance before you enter a contest yourself, so get an early start-plan for up to 6 to 12 months lead time. You'll have a lot prep work that needs to be done before you're ready to appear on stage.
Consider which areas of your body aren't yet in as good shape as you want, and concentrate on those. Strive for getting as close to perfection as you can. You'll need to not only be fit, but also have superior strength and definition to be a winner.
Choose a soundtrack that'll get the audience riled up. The program you design for yourself is your hallmark, and it determines how strong your performance will be. Keep in mind that when you make your appearance before the judges, your poses will be executed in synchronicity with the music you select.
A bathing suit (Speedos for a man or a bikini for a woman) is the best outfit to wear at a contest, as it fully shows off the physique, yet does so tastefully. Comfort is important too for ease of movement.
Get a friend to film you doing your routine so you can critique it, and get a few other people to give you a more objective viewpoint as well. Practice till you're happy with it.
You'll want to have a good dietary and exercise plan in place. Staying in good shape overall is more important now than ever.
Once you're ready, you'll find there are plenty of competitions you can participate in, both locally and nationally. Just realize they can take a lot out of you, so be prepared to take good care of yourself, to compensate. Show them what you're made of!