How to Pick a Competition Bikini

Bikini Competitions are the “new wedding”!!   I spent more time selecting all my suits than I actually did selecting my wedding gown 20 years ago.   If you are new to competing, it might seem overwhelming.  Have no fear!! This is the fun part!

What kind of suit do I need for my bikini competition?
If you are doing bikini, the suit you will buy will be like these!

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You can see that suits come in all colors and styles.
They are two pieces and have connectors . Most girls have their suits custom made but many designers have ready to go designs available. They come in all price ranges.

If you are FIGURE, your suit will look like this.
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Figure suits are connected and cross in the back. . This girl looks awesome.
If you are a figure girls, this is the suit you will buy. It can be blingy, very blingy, plain, OMG or in between.

You need to know!
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The bottom cut of your suit will depend on the federation you compete in.
You will check with your coach or federation guidelines on their website  for more details. NPC will be a much smaller cut.
Many natural federation like NANBF require the moderate back.
Origninally,  it was said tht UFE bottoms should cover 30 percent of the glute, although they recently posted you could use pro or standard back.
If you are doing shows in different federations, you can order two bottoms with your top.

Wait: my husband said the bottoms are too small. That happens a lot. The bottoms are very small to show off your glutes. You will use Bikini Bite to secure it down. It will look amazing.  If your bottoms are very large you will not be able to show the judges your best package. No thongs though!!

Can I buy one at Walmart?
Sure. If you want to wear off the rack that’s up to you.  We’ve seen a few ladies do that.
I’d never recommend it, but it’s your show. If you have the package and presentation to pull it off, why not.  If your federation has rules, please abide by them.

When do I order?
Typically, suits are ordered 8 weeks out from your show. Some designers require more time because of stoning or volume of work load during the show season. You will find that info on their website.  If you need it, many designers have a ‘quick ship’ or quick turnaround for an additional charge.

What color should I pick? I don’t know? I don’t know.. what do the judges like?
Do they like girls in red suits?  

Good gravy!!  Calm down.  Pick the suit YOU like. What color do YOU feel amazing in?
You are judged on total package. If you feel like Queen Bey in in your suit then you will give them all the sass. If you pick a color you aren’t feeling, it will show!!  I want you to love your suit.

Things I’ve learned.. Jewel tones look brighter on smaller frames and athletes with dark hair and skin.  We had a lovely athlete who was had a bit of a darker complextion and brunette hair. She chose cranberry and she just got lost on the stage. We put her in yellow next time and she just shone bright.

I like to google for athletes who resemble my skin and hair.  It’s nice to see some red heads in something other than green.  I have done every color out there.

On another note: Stop with the “do the judges like brown hair, short hair, tattoos, red suits.. mentality.  Stop it. This imaginary group of people who work up in a shitty mood or great mood or just got off a plan are real people who are rushed to look at 100’s of physiques and score them subjectively.  One judge said he hated red suits because his ex wife wore those in shows.  Some judges are obsessed with blondes.  Some hate redheads.
There’s’ no  criteria for our sport. I said it out loud. It’s one of the biggest complaints.
So here’s what you do, bring your best package and look exactly like YOU want to. Show them you are amazing and engaging in your favorite suit and that you are a winner.

I’m so excited, I want to order it now.
Please don’t. We have seen time and time again that jumping the gun will bite you in the booty. If you are 8 weeks out the designer will know how to cut it for show. Most ladies who pulled the trigger early had to have their bottoms remade because they looked like a diaper. You have no idea how tiny you will be at show. They won’t fit until right before your show.

Ack. there is a sale and I want it.
You could pay your designer for your suit and place the order 8 weeks out.

Where will I find designers/suits to look at?I love Instagram! If you look for #competitionbikinis, #competitionsuits, you will find some amazing designers!
Google will give you some great results too, but you’ll miss out on some of the newer designers. I say.. use IG!

Glamfitbikini’s has the coolest IG page on the planet. @Glamfitbikini
They get big ups for color coding their entire feed. They are in Australia but ship to the US.
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Katkinis has some beautiful suits!

The connectors!!
 Another cool designer is @Bikini_voronina_Official

 

 

How much should I spend?
I bought my first suits from RavishSands.com. They are amazing to work with. There are so many price points when you are selecting your suits. Pricing can depend on amount of stones, upgrades in stone colors and connector choices. You can spend as much as you want!

This one is mineeeeeeeeeee!
This one is mineeeeeeeeeee!

I’ve had suits that were very blingy but this year I went with the stretchy sequins !I bought my suit this year from a picture I saw on IG! @crystallinibikini/   I paid $180 for it and it’s  my favorite suit! I actually felt that the stretchy sequin fabric was a better fit for my implants! I had some trouble with my stoned suits coming up .  I love the connectors. Sequins looked great on stage too!

You can also buy plain suits and stone them yourself if you are up to the challenge!!

MuscleDazzle.com
My new obsession this year is Muscle Dazzle. I saw a girl at my last show with a fantastic suit from them. It came in a pretty sleeper box! Their prices are fantastic!

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Can I borrow or rent or buy a gently used suit?
Sure. Facebook has a great group of ladies on the
Figure/physique, bikini competitors ‘buy and sell’ board.
TameeMarie.com rents her suits out as well. They go fast though. You should watch her FB page too.

Does color/style matter to judges?
Tamee Marie her self told me that blondes in pink suits is cliche.  I don’t know. I’ve been to lots of shows and the ONE thing I do know is.. the total package matters. If you pick a suit that makes you feel awesome, look awesome and you rock it, that counts for a lot.  I love blingy suits on stage, the lights make them look amazing but I’ve also seen girls with plain suits win.  Oddly, a girl won in bikini wearing a figure suit at one show. I don’t even know how that worked out, but my guess is ‘suits’ aren’t the thing that makes the judges pick you over another girl.

Suit designers I like
RavishSands.com
They are very very good! This year, they remade my old suit bottoms to fit the federation I was competing in. I sent them the bottoms and they had them back promptly! Great customer service too. I have had amazing luck with them.

Crystallini Bikini (Ellen is your girl).

I got my suit! It doesn’t fit!
If  you are a girl who has to lean out for stage, your suit may not fit until the last week. If you try it on 3 weeks out and you still have work to do, try not to panic. It will fit! The designers are good at their job!

I wish you much luck!!

xoxo

2016 Mayhem recap and pics

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UFE HALLOWEEN MAYHEM 2016 CHICAGO IL

I love this show. I am so excited to share with you how fun it is to compete in UFE.
So.. I did this show last year and I wanted to really raise my game for the judges!!

I started working with my designer in January!!  Ideas were solidified in May and we brought 4 amazing looks to this show. They were exactly what I wanted.

Ok.. so here’s how it all went…

My peak week went really well . I woke up Thursday looking great! Nice and tight. Friday I woke up looking like ET. Horrible.  My suits were way way toooo big. Oh no… I went  straight to eating!! Carbs. mmmmmm. I started looking better immediately!!  mmmmm carbs. Best day!!

Friday night we had our meeting and tan.
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You know how pale I am. That tan was spot on. The tanner for UFE is Fitworld and they are amazing.And just so you know.. when you are competing with UFE, Rachel and her team will help you backstage. They glued me so many times, fixed my tan and just went out of their way to make sure I was taken care of. They also do hair and makeup!!
I will encourage you to use Fitworld Competition Services for all your backstage needs.
They are in the host hotel with us!! It’s fantastic.

Oh.. I loved my tan.. it was very sunkissed and not orangey.

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My goal this year was to do my own hair and makeup. I hired an artist and did my lessons.  At the end though, I couldn’t make it happen. I was just too overwhelmed. I worked with a local Chicago Artist  Sabrina Ramirez. She gave me my best VS look. I loved that she used the colors I bought for my show so I could touch up.  This is my favorite look I’ve done for stage! In UFE your stage presentation is a large portion of your score!!  I needed full on glam to complete my looks.hair
I want to thank Melissa Lambert who is my dear friend and hairstylist. She created my red color. This is Tracy Red. I also wanted to homage Prince and the color purple in my show for her. She is an amazing friend to me and so gifted at her job.

My nails are done with love and care all year by my dear friend Rose. She is so good to me! Both ladies would love to work with you!

Ok.. so back to show day!!

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In my suit ready to go.
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Selfie with the mister. This guy is my rock. You all know he food preps like a boss. He has my back. I could not do this without him
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Oh man.. I was the first one on stage this year!  Oh man.. I was nervous but I went out for Glamour in my bikini for judging. We come back in our themewear later.

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Our green room is the bomb. This is a good shot of my Prince Purple Rain bikini. All the connectors were hand made from jewelry by my costume designer, Rebel Tart. I love sequins on stage.
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Hit the stage again in my blue bikini.
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This suit. omg.  We have that puppy glued down. I love the flat sequins. My dragon look for themewear held together with chains.This was entirely the vision of Cindy from Rebel Tart
We needed to get me out of the “pink and girlie” box for this Halloween show. The chains were inspired by Britney Spears costume at the Billboard awards this year. The Harness is from a VS fashion show outfit. The chains are held on with jewelry hooks and have spikes.
I got the shoes from amazon!! They are now going to be pole shoes!! ha.

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I want to tell you about the Wings. We got these wings custom from a seller on Etsy. They were horrible. The broke immediately and were totally shoddy work. Cindy’s friend Terry creates wings for movies. She enlisted his help to recreate them so they were wearable. My clients know how much stress these things gave us. Cindy then stayed up all night filling out the feathers and building them into these stage worthy masterpieces. I did not just ‘get these’. People’s hearts and souls were put into making this look.

UFE has the fabulous Glamour Category that is the Victoria’s Secret Fashion show category. You can choose any type of glamour outfit you like. I want you all to do this category!!  OMG .

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UFE Halloween Mayhem has a costume contest. I wanted to do Batgirl to celebrate 50 years of Batgirl. Cindy Henry took the original design for Yvonne Craig’s suit from the old Batman Tv series. She hand crafted Bat-a Rangs for the closure on the back and on the utility belt. The bat is inset into the fabric! This costume is 100 percent my favorite thing I have ever worn.  I will transition this outfit to my pole now.
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My kiddos told me that I have to high kick. .

Back stage! The Chicago Boys were awesome. They put on a fantastic show. They are acrobats and it was mind blowing! The energy at this show is off the chain!

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These ladies. Omg sisters in iron. I have so many friends in UFE and they all have amazing journeys. The girls on stage.. never discount what they have done to get there.  We had so much fun!
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Backstage with Donna!

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Awards at the night show.  this is the Glamor Category. I’m still in Batgirl. We could wear what we wanted for awards.

9My dear friend and fellow Sleek Body coach Michelle brought me a cupcake and a vat of icing. She and Lar Bear drove 5 hours to support me in my show. Our Team mate Jessica also came!  I ‘m so freaking happy. I placed  1st in Bikini Masters, 2nd in Glamour and I was in the top 5 of the bikini open.  UFE does top 3 for trophies but I will take the victory of being in the top 5. I am now able to compete in the Elite Category for UFE and will be able to compete at UFE Worlds.  I will bring a better package next year!
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One more shout out to the mister who brought his best John McClain from Die Hard!
We are a great team. I’m so happy to have such support from my family, my clients, my friends.  The folks who believe in me make me work harder.
I love my UFE home and am so happy to be in the UFE family. They treat their athletes so well. I feel they are very fair in their judging. I am excited to help bring UFE Rampage to St. Louis April 22, 2017.
If you want to learn more about competing in this great federation, please visit ufeshows.com or contact me for more info about Rampage. You can also join our FB group!

If you are looking for a bikini team home.. please check us out at SleekBikiniTeam.com
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UFE Halloween Mayhem show


This is the stage and a bit of our competitor meeting before the show.

I competed in Masters Bikini at the UFE Halloween Mayhem at Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU) in Chicago.
This was really one of the best shows I’ve done. I enjoyed it very much. It had a Halloween costume portion also.
Unfortunately, I was confused on that and didn’t bring one. The girls at Fitworld Tan created a costume for me on the fly so I wouldn’t look like total jerk.  I am grateful.

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The mister and I left the hotel and headed to the venue. I’m rocking my Team Sleek tank! Representing my girls. We are over 100 strong all over the world!
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Heading into the venue with my lucky suitcase, 6 pack cooler. I’m ready.
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The green room for this show.. OMG. It had lighted mirrors. It was nice and big and it had a bathroom for us as well. Best venue to date! The promoters had water and cookies for us too! We went straight into our meeting.
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Our meeting took place on the stage. This stage was FANTASTIC.  After our meeting my group was called to line up. Unfortunately, I did not get glued into my suit before I went out on stage. That was a bummer. I did my best to get something down but time didn’t permit.
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For Masters Bikini the age range was 35 and  up. I am 50. I am the oldest bikini competitor in this show.
We did a T-walk in the pre judging and waited on the pink line behind me.
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We walked to the front of the stage.
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We went through a very quick round of quarter turns. Then left the stage. This was the fastest judging I’ve ever done.
We were off the stage and I was actually done until the night show.
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The night show was really fun. I did not place in the top 3 for this show. I’m very happy with the package  I brought to the stage. I weighed 131 pounds on stage. I’m 5’8″. I have not weighed this little since I was 11 years old. I think everyone thinks you look huge on stage but competitors are actually itty bitty.

I worked for 16 months to be in this show. I did my best! The thing I focused on was to improve my physique from last season. I definitely did. I am self coached and IIFYM. My last shows were Bro and I was miserable.
I will say that I had the best prep I’ve ever had. I learned so much!  I have already begun working on my 2016 game plan.
I wish you luck in your shows!! Thanks to UFE for having me.

UFE Halloween Mayhem Check in

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The mister and I woke up early Friday the 23 and began our 5 hour drive to Chicago.
The trip took 6.5 hours because of all the peeing I had to do. It’s all good.

The Host Hotel
We have never traveled for a show before. I would typically recommend you stay at the host hotel simply because the tanning and makeup vendors would be on site as well as your Friday night check in. Often the Polygraph testing is at the host hotel as well.  They will often have a good rate for you. They will also give you instructions as to what to bring to protect the hotel property from your crazy tan. We brought our own sheets.

Tanning
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I’ve been super fug all week. Prepping my skin and rarely in makeup. I was exhausted when I got to the tanning appointment.  I liked the girls at Fitworld Tanning a lot. They were very cool to me all weekend.  Tanning takes a good hour or more. You’re naked and people will be walking around you. If you can tan at the venue, that’s a great idea.
Your tan makes a difference in your overall appearance. Fitworld also did my hair makeup so I just purchased the entire package.  I worked 16 months to do THIS show.. I wasn’t going to skimp on anything.

Check in
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Our check in was easy!  We met our show’s promoters and got our numbers.
Super great people! Excited to do this show!!
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The mister. Man.. he just helps me so much. By the time we were done with check in, I passed out and he went to Kuma’s Corner for a burger.

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Early am on Show day!!  I woke up feeling lean and tight!
Ready to get down to hair and makeup!

Competiton 101: What to expect backstage at your show

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If you don’t have a coach to pin numbers on you, someone will help you!

Doing your first show is quite an experience on it’s own. Do you wonder what it’s like  backstage?
Here are a few behind the scenes secrets.

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This venue is always spectacular. Great promoters. Great Show! Backstage is HUGE and the pump area is huge. Huge mirrors. Love

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The pump up weights are sick at this show. Tons of weights!

It’s crowded.  The usual protocol is for competitors to be collected backstage about 1 hour before their class is to go on. Sometimes you will be seated in the auditorium with your class and a handler  will direct you backstage when it’s time. Sometimes you will be left to roam until it’s time to head back.  I’ve had clients be required to stay in the backstage area for the whole day. It’s a long day anyway! LONG

fun! sitting with my team mates
fun! sitting with my team mates

Will my coach/husband/friend be allowed backstage?
It depends. Some shows allow a ‘helper’ pass.
Some shows don’t allow anyone backstage.
Some shows require coaches to purchase a coach pass. If your coach is online  or you don’t have anyone, someone will help you glue your suit and pin your number on. You will find out all this information on the promoter’s website or at your competitors meeting.

When you are in the backstage area, you will see
Tanning tents: Touch ups  and glossing by the onsite vendors. Some glue suits, some don’t.. FYI.
Pumping up: Some pump up areas are very extensive with lots of dumbells . Some are minimal. Bring your own band, just in case!!
Suitcases, bags, purses, gear all over the place.  Everything you need will be with you. I have a rolling bag.  I prefer to roll so I don’t have to hoist a bag over my shoulder and mess up my tan.

Competitors posing. Practice walking and holding poses so you are warmed up.
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Things to look for:
It’s slippery.  Oil is slippery! If someone glosses with cooking spray (OMG) or baby oil.. (I’ve seen it) it’s a hot mess.  Some venues put down paper for you to walk of so you won’t slide.

Food. I’ve seen trays of cookies, cakes, huge tables of food wonderfully supplied by your promoter.
I don’t touch it! I am too OCD for tanned hands to be all over it. That’s up to you.. it’s probably going to be there. You have a long day, bring your own food!
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This was the backstage area at one show. It was so small only a few people at a time could go back  and pump up.
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You may see people in your show who forgot to train for a show. Just sayin…seen it a lot.  It’s real.

Lining up to go on stage:
While you are in line, stay focused. Not the time to be chatty. I’ve met some super awesome  ladies backstage and a few who were focused on sabotaging. If someone randomly tells you  you are doing quarter turns, when you know  it’s half turns.. Don’t listen!  If you are nervous, you may fall for it. If you have worked with your posing coach, then you need to do what they tell you. Do what you practiced.

If someone says there  is a change in the T Walk, tell your coach so they can verify. That could happen, due to time.

If you see oil from the body builders on the stage, don’t step in it! T walk and posing on stage is not at all like in practice. Most stages are much bigger than you probably imagined. Lots to think about.

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One of the stages had ‘grates’ at the front. Definitely avoid that!
One stage had feathers and baby oil all over it from a bodybuilding routine.  You never know!!

T Walk/Stage
You may or may not be able to hear your music during your T Walk. If the promoter plays house music, you’re pretty much going out when the last girl is leaving the stage.  I hope you practiced your posing without mirrors!
It is sometimes hard to hear the judges also during judging. Be mindful and focus on their cues. No one told me it’s hard to hear. I’ll save you that embarrassment.

Stage Ready: You are being photographed/filmed every second you are on stage. You can be seen from the side of the
stage. If you are slouching backstage, thinking no one can see you.. THEY CAN. If you are in line,  know you are on camera.
When you get your video back, you’ll see who looks like they were on point. Let that be YOU! Likewise, if the girl  next to you is pulling out the stripper moves don’t change gears and follow. Stick to what you practiced.

Other stuff.
What is check in?
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Sometimes we check in the night before a show. It’s usually at the host hotel.  You will turn in your information packet . They will ask you to write a little ‘thank you to your people’  blurb so they can read it while you do your T walk.

Advice: Type it, print it and staple it to the page. I was so carb depleted.. my handwriting was  a mess. I over think everything.
You will also get your Number to pin on your suit.  You might get your goody bag of gifts too.
You will be able to see the list of competitors in your class. Take a picture of it! You can send it to your
coach or team mates or your mom.  That way you know the order of the show and how long your family will have before they ‘have’ to get there to see you.

If you are scheduled and it’s required you might do your polygraph then.
Don’t sweat the polygraph. Just answer the questions. You’ll be fine. Bring cash.

Competitors meeting
You’ll for sure need to be at the meeting. It might be the night before or in the morning  before pre-juding starts.  You will have already been up and probably in hair/makeup/tan if you are in the first classes for pre-judging.  The promoter will go over how you will queue up and cover things to help the show go smoothly. They may remind you again of the poses and how the judges want to see them.

Attitude: From my dear friend and seasoned  body building competitor, Lisa B
“Just don’t forget the attitudes some will experience backstage not everyone is friendly. It is a competition and even if it truly is building a better you there are people that are not chatty lol Don’t take it personally just do your thing!! Go out like you are the winner cause it will show confidence and just because someone else might to you look better they might suck at posing etc so go out with class and for god sakes smile!!!”

Sportsmanship: You will see various levels of  acceptable conduct from competitors and coaches alike. I have seen coaches promise PRO cards to novice girls then have crying messes backstage when they don’t place.  I overheard a coach tell his girl, who took third place, that he was going out to the coaches table  and “bust some heads”.  You never know who will show up that day. You need to be your best on stage and off stage.  Crying because you lose a bikini competition is short sighted and reflects badly. Don’t be that girl. PLEASE!

This happened: The above girl, refused her third place trophy and refused to submit a urine test. She is now banned in that federation. When 30 girls compete and only 5 place.. someone doesn’t get a trophy! We are not five years old!

Poaching: I’m adding this just to make you aware of unscrupulous coaches who will take crying competitors and promise them pro cards if they go with them. I’ve seen it with my own eyes over and over. Coaches I actually thought were good people are unethical. Poaching clients is unethical.  If you need help selecting a new coach, read this blog post.

Good luck!!
Do you need a coach? I’m accepting applications for my team! 🙂

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