So You Want to Compete? http://soyouwanttocompete.com For those looking to step on the Competition Stage Wed, 20 Sep 2017 22:25:13 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.2 http://soyouwanttocompete.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/cropped-SYW2C_Logo_SQ-32x32.png So You Want to Compete? http://soyouwanttocompete.com 32 32 5 Tips to Make Contest Prep Easier http://soyouwanttocompete.com/2017/09/20/5-tips-make-contest-prep-easier/ Wed, 20 Sep 2017 22:23:09 +0000 http://soyouwanttocompete.com/?p=800 Whether you’re a first time competitor or a long time competitor, here are a few things to make your prep go a little easier. Get Your Sleep – Make sure you’re sticking to a sleep schedule. Your body needs to rest and repair overnight. Lack of sleep can affect your goals. Here’s a link to […]

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Whether you’re a first time competitor or a long time competitor, here are a few things to make your prep go a little easier.

  1. Get Your Sleep – Make sure you’re sticking to a sleep schedule. Your body needs to rest and repair overnight. Lack of sleep can affect your goals. Here’s a link to a great article on Bodybuilding.com: The Importance of Sleep!
  2. Treat Yourself – Don’t forget the self care rituals. Get a massage, see your chiropractor. We are hard on our bodies and demand they do some amazing things. Reward yourself for your success! Just don’t use food as the reward. Terry Cross over at Climbing.com stated “Without effective recovery, you can experience a drop in performance, an increase in pain, or even worse, injury. The key to quick recovery is flushing out lactic acid and metabolic waste, so you can come back the next day feeling fresh and ready to crush. ” You can check out the article on “Recover Faster: How To Perform A Healing Self-Massage” here.
  3. Plan Your Workouts – Have a plan before you walk into the gym. Know which days you’re going to work which body part. Keep track of your workouts in your favorite fitness app or a good old fashioned note book. You’ll want to track your progress. Want an app that shows you video’s of your workouts? You can sign up for the Strength & Grace Fitness app that we created for $10/month. Other great ones include Under Armor’s Record app and the every popular MyFitnessPal. You can check them both out here.
  4. Take Breaks & Rest – Prevent burnouts by stopping what you are doing and do something else. Create a different atmosphere, add some novelties in your daily routine. Try a new gym or a new class, recruit some friends to go running, or schedule a team workout. Vary your routine to shock your body. And don’t forget to rest! Rest = Recovery Time.
  5. Learn Something New – Learning helps to create new connections in your brain and to come up with new ideas and new opportunities. Plus, it keeps you from thinking about all the foods.

Most of all, have fun with it. This process is a great way to push your body and see what you can achieve. Just remember to also LISTEN to your body and always, ask questions!

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SYW2C June 2017 Bootcamp – Taking it outdoors! http://soyouwanttocompete.com/2017/06/12/syw2c-june-2017-bootcamp-taking-outdoors/ Mon, 12 Jun 2017 18:16:41 +0000 http://soyouwanttocompete.com/?p=629 The post SYW2C June 2017 Bootcamp – Taking it outdoors! appeared first on So You Want to Compete?.

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SYW2C May 2017 Bootcamp http://soyouwanttocompete.com/2017/05/27/syw2c-may-2017-bootcamp/ Sat, 27 May 2017 00:46:27 +0000 http://soyouwanttocompete.com/?p=562 Thank you to all the new faces who showed up to our monthly SYW2C Bootcamp. We had a great time working out, chatting about peak week and what happens after your show and rounded it out with posing practice. Check out these great photos from our lovely photographer, WS Poole!

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Thank you to all the new faces who showed up to our monthly SYW2C Bootcamp. We had a great time working out, chatting about peak week and what happens after your show and rounded it out with posing practice. Check out these great photos from our lovely photographer, WS Poole!

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SYW2C April 2017 Bootcamp http://soyouwanttocompete.com/2017/04/27/syw2c-april-2017-bootcamp/ Thu, 27 Apr 2017 08:00:39 +0000 http://soyouwanttocompete.com/?p=615 We had to change it up a bit this month! Instead of the GGX room, we took over the Zen Studio – and yes, we were all thinking about lowering the silks and testing out our upper body strength 😉 Bootcamp was followed up by a great discussion with NPC Expediter Tony Roberts. We missed […]

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We had to change it up a bit this month! Instead of the GGX room, we took over the Zen Studio – and yes, we were all thinking about lowering the silks and testing out our upper body strength 😉 Bootcamp was followed up by a great discussion with NPC Expediter Tony Roberts. We missed out on chatting with the gorgeous IFBB Pro Fitness Competitor, Kristine Duba – she has some amazing projects in the works for up and coming Fitness Competitors. Hopefully, when she’s done with all her travels, we can invite her back to talk about the Fitness Division.

In the meantime, here’s the photo gallery!

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2017 March SYW2C Bootcamp http://soyouwanttocompete.com/2017/03/12/2017-march-syw2c-bootcamp/ Sun, 12 Mar 2017 21:43:22 +0000 http://soyouwanttocompete.com/?p=385 Bootcamp #3 was hosted by Gold’s Gym ETC in Woodbridge, VA. We had not only NPC Bodybuilding competitors attend, but also Motorcross athletes, some athletes who do marathons and triathlons….and several every day athletes who are just getting started back on their fitness journey. Thank you for all those who attended! We hope to see […]

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Bootcamp #3 was hosted by Gold’s Gym ETC in Woodbridge, VA. We had not only NPC Bodybuilding competitors attend, but also Motorcross athletes, some athletes who do marathons and triathlons….and several every day athletes who are just getting started back on their fitness journey.

Thank you for all those who attended! We hope to see you on April 2nd, back at Gold’s ETC!

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#prepmode Egg White Cups http://soyouwanttocompete.com/2017/02/05/prepmode-egg-white-cups/ Sun, 05 Feb 2017 19:45:24 +0000 http://soyouwanttocompete.com/?p=244 Because I don’t have a lot of time during the mornings, I tend to prep as many things ahead of time as I can. My Egg Whites are one of the easiest. I get a large muffin pan, with a least six cups. Preheat oven to 425. Saute 1 cup of fresh spinach with coconut […]

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Egg White Cups with Spinach

Egg White Cups with Spinach

Because I don’t have a lot of time during the mornings, I tend to prep as many things ahead of time as I can. My Egg Whites are one of the easiest. I get a large muffin pan, with a least six cups.

  • Preheat oven to 425.
  • Saute 1 cup of fresh spinach with coconut oil and lemon juice for each cup. Place in bottom of cup. (I do each cup separately so I know I have the correct amount for each.
  • Pour into each cup, ¾ cup of egg whites.
  • Pinch of Himalayan sea salt for each

Bake for 25 minutes or until egg cups look done. Timing can vary depending on your oven.
Let cool! Place in bags for easy to go option.

 

When I’m ready, I warm them up for 30-second in the microwave and put my guacamole or fresh sliced avocados on top.

You’re ready to go for 6 days.

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What is Classic Physique? http://soyouwanttocompete.com/2017/01/18/classicphysique/ Wed, 18 Jan 2017 01:49:56 +0000 http://soyouwanttocompete.com/?p=117 Relatively new to the NPC/IFBB bodybuilding community, Classic Physique started to hit the stage in 2016. Many were excited as they felt this was a return to the old school days of bodybuilding. From one of our So You Want To Compete athletes, Alan Guevara (pictured above): It takes it back to the old days […]

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Relatively new to the NPC/IFBB bodybuilding community, Classic Physique started to hit the stage in 2016. Many were excited as they felt this was a return to the old school days of bodybuilding.

From one of our So You Want To Compete athletes, Alan Guevara (pictured above): It takes it back to the old days in terms of physiques. Aesthetics play a bigger role than size. Imagine Frank Zane, even though he was less than 190lbs at 5’9″, he rocked the stage every time due to his symmetry. You have a cap for your weight depending on your height. Awesome division if you ask me!
Here’s a great video from the NPC about the Classic Physique Division.

What Do I Wear on Stage?

Men’s Classic Physique shorts must be black, matte, spandex, square cut. There should be no padding or endorsements (other than small logos from NPC, UnderArmor, Nike, etc.). You’ll attach your number on the LEFT side of your shorts. You cannot wear watches, jewelry (other than wedding bands) on stage.
You can purchase NPC shorts here.

What do I need to know about Tanning?

It’s highly recommended that you work with the tanning sponsor for whichever show you are competing in. They will know exactly how dark you need to be under the stage lights. The excessive application of oils, moisturizers, skin creams, tanning creams and like products is prohibited and may be used only in moderation. The application of tanning products must produce a natural tone so as to give the appearance of a natural tan. Products that produce an unnaturally colored tone, with an orange, yellow, red, green or gold hue, are prohibited. Bronzing agents that produce a metallic look are also prohibited. NOTE: Many venues/promoters will prohibit tanning in the venue other than with the official tanning sponsor. You might run the risk of disqualification.

Classic Physique Competitors need to Provide Music, Correct?

Yes. For the Finals portion of the show, you will be doing your routine. Please make sure the lyrics are CLEAN. House music will be provided during pre-judging. If you need help cutting your music, one of our partners will give you a digital copy of the length and cut you want for your show. Check on CatKlaw’s “The Sound Scene” to see if they can help you.

What am I Actually Doing on Stage?

You’re dancing! No, seriously, during Pre-Judging your entire class will be called out on stage and placed on diagonal lines in numerical order. The head judge will then call you up in groups to go through quarter turns and mandatory posing. Mandatory poses are:
  1. Front double biceps
  2. Side chest
  3. Back double biceps
  4. Abdominals and thighs
  5. Favorite classic pose (there is no most muscular pose)
Then, you are called back out individually to do the same mandatory poses, in the order they’re listed. You’ll have 60-seconds to do the 5 poses. You will head back to your diagonal line for the other competitors to do their mandatory poses.
Finally, the entire lineup is then called back onstage in numerical order along diagonal lines at each side of the stage. The head judge then directs selected competitors through the callouts (know your number), where the selected competitors are compared against each other in the quarter turns and mandatory poses. If the head judge calls out your number and asks you to switch places with another competitor, raise your hand and step to the back so you can rearrange yourselves on the center line.
For Finals, you’ll be stepping on stage by yourself the first time to do your routine. You have up to 3 minutes to complete all your poses. Once done, you’ll head off stage to get lined back up so that when your group is done with routines, you will all be called back out and placed on the diagonal lines. The head judge will again do callouts for quarter turns and mandatory poses.
And finally, the overall winners for each class? You’ll get 60-seconds to do pose downs to determine the over all Classic Physique winner.
Awards will be given at the end of every class.
If you crossover and do more than one class, for example, you decide to compete in Open and Masters, you will only do your routine once.

Height and Weight Limits

Classic Physique has both a height and weight limit. As of this posting, the following heights/weights are in effect.

DIVISION “A” (UP TO AND INCLUDING 5’ 7”)

Up to and including 5’ 4”                            Up to and Including 155 lbs
Over 5’ 4”, up to and including 5’ 5”         Up to and Including 160 lbs
Over 5’ 5”, up to and including 5’ 6”         Up to and Including 165 lbs
Over 5’ 6”, up to and including 5’ 7”         Up to and Including 170 lbs

DIVISION “B” (OVER 5’ 7”, UP TO AND INCLUDING 5’ 10”)

Over 5’ 7”, up to and including 5’ 8”         Up to and Including 177 lbs
Over 5’ 8”, up to and including 5’ 9”         Up to and Including 185 lbs
Over 5’ 9”, up to and including 5’ 10”       Up to and Including 192 lbs

DIVISION “C” (OVER 5’ 10”, UP TO AND INCLUDING 6’0″)

Over 5’ 10”, up to and including 5” 11”    Up to and Including 200 lbs
Over 5’ 11”, up to and including 6’ 0”       Up to and Including 207 lbs

DIVISION “D” (OVER 6’ 0”)

Over 6’ 0”, up to and including 6’ 1”         Up to and Including 215 lbs
Over 6’ 1”, up to and including 6’ 2”         Up to and Including 225 lbs
Over 6’ 2”, up to and including 6’ 3”         Up to and Including 232 lbs
Over 6’3”, up to and including 6’ 4”          Up to and Including 240lbs
Over 6’4”, up to and including 6’5”           Up to and including 247 lbs
Over 6’5”, up to and including 6’6”           Up to and including 255 lbs
Over 6’6”, up to and including 6’7”           Up to and including 262 lbs
Over 6’7”                                                        Up to and including 270 lbs

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Association Registration Cards http://soyouwanttocompete.com/2017/01/11/association-registration-cards/ Wed, 11 Jan 2017 01:29:52 +0000 http://soyouwanttocompete.com/?p=56 We were asked about show registrations vs. association memberships. Each association (NPC, NGA, OCB, etc.) has their own association membership rules and applications. If you are competing in the NPC this year, your membership is good for the 2017 calendar year. You can get your card here: http://npcnewsonline.com/join-the-npc/ – you can purchase it online or […]

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We were asked about show registrations vs. association memberships. Each association (NPC, NGA, OCB, etc.) has their own association membership rules and applications.

If you are competing in the NPC this year, your membership is good for the 2017 calendar year. You can get your card here: http://npcnewsonline.com/join-the-npc/ – you can purchase it online or at any NPC show during check-ins. (If you’re purchasing them during check-ins, please note, you will need cash.)

We highly recommend, that if you are planning on competing in the 2017 year, regardless of WHAT association you choose, that you get your membership card earlier rather than later to help you offset the costs of competing. Competing, regardless of the association, is costly with training, nutrition, coaching, show registration fees, suits, and tanning.

Check the links on the Body Building Associations Posts in the News area for the lists of different associations and to find their membership information.

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Body Building Associations http://soyouwanttocompete.com/2017/01/02/body-building-associations/ Mon, 02 Jan 2017 08:00:39 +0000 http://soyouwanttocompete.com/?p=59 The post Body Building Associations appeared first on So You Want to Compete?.

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Bodybuilding is a popular outlet for many people focused on health and fitness around the world. It’s evolved over the years, and we continue to expect it to do so. And as such, there are a number of different associations to look into when you’re thinking about stepping on the stage.

**Special Note – Content about each association is based on the information we were able to find online. If you have updates to any information listed below, please let us know!**

International Federation of Bodybuilders (IFBB)
http://www.ifbb.com/

Founded in 1946 by brothers Ben & Joe Weider, in Canada and the USA respectively, the International Federation of Bodybuilders has grown to include National Federations in 191 countries. The IFBB Mr. America was first held in 1949. Currently, the IFBB is headquartered in Madrid, Spain and oversees many international events, including the World and Continental Championships, and the Olympia and the Arnold here in the United States. The IFBB has been a member of the General Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF) since 1969 and is a founding member of the International World Games Association (IWGA), which are both recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

National Physique Committee (NPC)
http://npcnewsonline.com/

In the United States, the National Physique Committee is the amateur arm of the IFBB. The IFBB recognizes only one amateur physique federation per country. The NPC was formed in 1982 after government legislation caused many sporting events – like track and field, and physique competitions – to break away from some of the other federations.

National Gym Association (NGA)
http://nationalgym.com/

The National Gym Association was founded in 1979. The NGA promotes and sanctions “all natural” professional, amateur, and figure competitors with over 50 contests nationwide. The NGA was founded by Andy Bostinto.

Muscle Mania
http://musclemania.com/

Founded in 1991, MuscleMania is a natural bodybuilding organization with physique, fitness, sports model, and natural bodybuilding competitions. There are two branches of MuscleMania competitions. One is MuscleMania World championship and other one is MuscleMania America. MuscleMania World Championship is open to all natural body builders. MuscleMania America is only for competitors from Canada, Mexico and the US.

Organization of Competition Bodies (OCB)
http://ocbonline.com

Membership: http://natural.wildapricot.org/
Matt Shepley founded the OCB in 2003. The OCB promotes Natural Bodybuilding, Figure, Bikini and Physique Competitions in the US.

The International Federation of Physique Athletes (IFPA)
http://ifpaprobodybuilding.com/

Membership: http://ifpaprobodybuilding.com/membership/

The IFPA seeks to improve the health, awareness, and quality of drug free competitive bodybuilding while maintaining the integrity of the sport. The IFPA is dedicated to the growth, education, awareness and proliferation of competitive drug free bodybuilding on a global scale. It is their mission to ensure drug free athletes are provided the opportunity to compete with other natural athletes, that they are judged fairly and are rewarded for their efforts.

World Beauty Fitness & Fashion Inc. (WBFF)
http://www.wbffshows.com/

The WBFF is a lifestyle brand servicing the fitness, beauty, fashion, competitive sport, health, and wellness industries. Through event production and mass media the WBFF is a quickly growing beauty and fitness organization in the industry merging fashion and beauty in a unique and spectacular events.The WBFF hosts events across North America and around the globe and is home to some of the most fascinating, glamorous and most beautiful models in the world.

North American Natural Bodybuilding Federation (NANBF)
http://nanbf.org

In the early 80’s, the North American Natural Bodybuilding Association (NANBA), was founded by Jim Evans in Minnesota with a goal to promote drug tested bodybuilding shows. Through the 80’s and early 90’s, under the leadership of Jim Evans and later Lee Graese, the association became the leader in the drug free movement. The organization then changed leadership and the momentum was lost. Problems developed and the organization began to struggle. In 1994, the state chair people, regional chair people, and promoters met and decided that a new direction, and in essence, a new beginning was required. Three individuals stepped forward to head up the reorganization: Scot Dickerson from Des Moines, Iowa; Dave Cammon from Flint, MI; and Todd Mills from Omaha, NE. Under their leadership a new organization was formed and the North American Natural Bodybuilding Federation was born.

International Natural Bodybuilding & Fitness Federation (INBF)/World Natural Bodybuilding Federation (WNBF)
http://www.worldnaturalbb.com/

Membership:https://www.worldnaturalbb.com/join-inbf-2/

INBF is the amateur division of the WNBF. Since 1990 the WNBF has been promoting stringently drug-tested, professionally produced bodybuilding events in the U.S. and abroad. The first professional drug-tested bodybuilding contest, the WNBF Pro Natural Mr. Universe, was held on March 17, 1990 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Thirteen men, from 10 different US States took the stage.

United Natural Bodybuilding Association (UNBA)
http://unbainc.com/

The United Natural Bodybuilding Association promotes health and wellness through physical fitness and proper nutrition. UNBA’s goal is to provide the natural athletes a place in which to compete in a fair and fun environment, where competitors receive great awards, have good sportsmanship, and no politics. All UNBA contests are drug tested.

You can learn more about the UNBA at:

International Natural Bodybuilding Association (ABA/INBA/PNBA)
https://naturalbodybuilding.com/

International Natural Bodybuilding Association (also known as INBA) is an Australian bodybuilding, physique; figure, fitness and bikini competition business. In 1991, Wayne McDonald established the Australian Natural Bodybuilding Federation (ANBF). During 1991-1992, the ANBF “natural” status was 12-months drug-free, later in 1995, a full five year drug-free minimum standard was introduced. In 1998, INBA created the annual Natural Olympia contest. The first contest was held in Greece, Australian athletes joined 160 others at the inaugural event. The INBA Natural Olympia is also unique as contest travels the globe; hosted each year in locations like Hawaii and Las Vegas. In 1999 the Australian Natural Bodybuilding Federation changed the name to the International Natural Bodybuilding Association (INBA). INBA Australia has been an accredited member of WADA (and formerly IOC) drug testing body and the Australian Sports Anti-Drug Authority (ASADA).

You can learn more at:

Natural Physique Association (NPA) – UK
http://www.npabodybuilding.com/

The NPA successfully promotes the sport of Natural Bodybuilding in the UK, and is now in their 13th year. There are 5 qualifying competitions all leading to the NPA British Championships in October. The NPA drug tests (to WADA standards), and polygraph, at all competitions.

You can learn more at:

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=114622268548121

Natural Physique Association (NPA) – US
http://siflexphysique.com

The Natural Physique Association (NPA) is an independent organization which promotes sanctioned drug-free
amateur and professional bodybuilding, physique/figure and bikini events within the Continental United States
of America, to include Alaska and Hawaii. The NPA as it is sometimes called was founded and organized in the
year 2000, making it a true new millennium organization. It is owned by the Si-Flex Physique Club Inc. and
managed by its reigning President/CEO, Harry E. Silas. Articles and a constitution/rulebook for the NPA were
written and established in January of 2002, the same year the Pro division was birthed and the Association
registered in a USA court of law for it’s trademark name and business license. The NPA annually recruits
administrators,officials, promoters and athletes to serve in its ranks.

World Natural Sports Organization (WNSO)/FAME World Events

From its inception in 1998, World Natural Sports Organization (WNSO) was created as an outlet for those looking to compete on an even playing field…naturally. WNSO organizes natural bodybuilding and fitness competitions, TV shows and Expos across North America. Leveraging Partnerships with the biggest names in the industry- TSN, GNC, Musclemag, Fitness Business Canada, Tourism Toronto – WNSO has been able to create a quality brand faster than any other in the industry. Through grassroots advertising and strong marketing fundamentals, WNSO has become one of North America’s leading health and fitness organizations. This has been achieved by consistently providing and producing a quality product, reaching new markets and continual innovation.

Check out their website at: www.wnso.com.
FAME World Events, hosted by World Natural Sports Organization (WNSO) has fast become one of North America’s highest ranking fitness events. FAME World Events fuses together the most popular elements in today’s fitness industry, creating one dynamic show which offers an abundance of inspiration, entertainment and opportunity for all participants.

United States Bodybuilding Federation (USBF)
http://usbf.net/

Offering natural athletes the opportunity to compete in local, regional, and national bodybuilding competitions where fair and objective drug testing is a priority.

The United States Bodybuilding Federation membership covers amateurs and professionals.

Memberships are categorized as follows:

  • Men and Women’s Bodybuilding
  • Men and Women’s Physique
  • Figure
  • Bikini

Athletes can compete in multiple classes:

  • Master’s 35+, 40+, 50+, 60+, 70+
  • Teens and Juniors
  • Debut and Novice

Supernatural Bodybuilding & Fitness Inc. (SNBF)
http://www.snbf.com/

The SNBF is a Christian-based, drug free association who has been hosting events since 1996. They teach and mentor individuals and businesses on living a drug free lifestyle while focusing on healthy programs consisting of proper nutrition and training programs.

Drug Free Athletes Coalition (DFAC)
http://www.drugfreeathletescoalition.com

Run purely for the good of the natural athletes, the DFAC is a not about making profit. Thier aim is the development of natural bodybuilding as a sport. Qualification is required for the World Finals, giving a structured tiered system for the DFAC amateur competitors. The DFAC wants to present Pro competition where the athletes are showcased in a way that the high standard of these athletes deserves. The DFAC adheres to stringent drug testing and adheres to WADA. Every athlete finalist is polygraphed and all class winners at every show are urine tested. We also do out of competition Random tests. The DFAC feel that this is the best way to ensure all our athletes are truly Drug Free!

**If you know of another association we should include here, please let us know!**

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