So you want to be a bodybuilder?

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So you want to be a bodybuilder?

Bodybuilding is becoming massive again, just like it was in the 80/90s and it seems that everyone is training, either for vanity or for competitions. Line ups at shows are becoming harder across all classes now and overall it's becoming the 'thing to do' again. I get asked a lot about competing, how I got into it, how they should go about getting into it. Below are 5 key points which I advise to anyone looking to start competing.

Pick a show!!

This seems the most simple thing to write but it's one of the most frequent things I realise people don't actually do. There are many different federations in the UK in which may have different rules/classes that could benefit or hinder your physique on stage. People want to compete but never actually really chose a show to get ready for. So firstly look on the Internet, find out the show schedules and chose one.

Find someone local who's been there themselves

This is probably the most important thing to do when getting ready for a show, especially a first show. Experience is invaluable in bodybuilding and having someone to help you through your prep is a must. This person maybe able to take care of your diet or just simply assist you throughout but will know all the little things which aren't easily accessible like where to buy tan or venue of shows. It is important you can see this individual weekly so they can see changes to your physique and they will be able to predict how long you need to diet and how much you need to diet off.

Practise your posing

There is nothing more frustrating than seeing a good physique on stage that can't pose. This is what the sport is about, posing!! The more you practise the better you will be and the more relaxed you will be on stage. Getting on stage for the first time can be nerve racking so making sure you have done everything possible to make it less stressful is a must. Be prepared!!

Study the federations rules

All federations carry different rules and regulations so make sure you read them thoroughly before turning up at show. Things like different tans to posing trunks have different rules across different federations so don't look an idiot on the day of the show by not reading through the specifications.

Attend as many shows as you can

Prior to competing I advise you go to as many shows as you can to get a feel for how the show runs for competitors. If you have an idea of what to expect, you can be more relaxed on the day which is needed. Stress can lead to the body holding water.

Dave Young

Who is Dave Young?

I am a Level 3 Qualified Personal Trainer, with plenty of CPD courses including level 3 GP and Exercise Referral. I am based in the Wakefield, West Yorkshire, area and currently train many competitive athletes as well as non competitive athletes too. I offer full Nutritional and Training programs online, with prices starting from as little as £20. Please feel free to contact me via email on dave.young.diets@gmail.com if you are interested in any of my services.

Last update: Feb 06, 2014

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