What does it cost to compete in a bikini competition?

If you are contemplating a journey to the stage, my goal here today is help you navigate the cost of competing!

First of all, I believe that if you are reading this, you have been in the process of searching. You’ve been looking at Instagram and seeing all the gorgeous competitors.  You’ve thought about bikinis and maybe you don’t actually know where to start for this process!  So let’s make a plan.

Gym Membership:02

I’m assuming you have one. You need one.  Cost  will depend on your area. If you need to train at 3:30am  because that’s when you can do it.. get a 24 hour one!!
I own a gym. I have two other gym memberships too. One is the biggest gym in STL and the other is a 24 hour one. I need to train when I can!!
$35+ per month.

Coaching:

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I love being a coach!!  My girl Julia and her hardware!!

I fully believe that ALL first time athletes need a competition coach.

I don’t believe all competition coaches are good or qualified. I believe that YOU must interview your potential coach and get as much information as YOU can about what your coach will do for you.  If your coach only gives workouts, no support, no information, no posing, nothing but a cookie cutter diet and that’s ok with you.. you can find so many  who will take your money.

Your coach might be online, or in your area.   Decide which you prefer!!  If you  have actual personal training time with your coach, you are going to pay a lot hourly.
I charge $75 per hour for privates.  Some charge more!!

Please do your research and learn as much as you can about how your competition experience will be. 

Finances: Many coaches make you sign a full year contract that includes off season and prep. You can pay anywhere from $150 monthly to several hundred dollars a month.
Phone calls from the best coaches can be up to $600! I know because I requested one!!

Some coaches will require you to pay in full ahead of time for your prep.  That  could run you $600 or more.

Coaching is generally non refundable and non transferable.  If you don’t keep your end of the bargain, you can be dropped for non compliance.   This may upset some people but if a client is not ready for stage because they are not following their plan, that falls on the client. As a Client  it’s YOUR job to hire the best person then follow through.

Perspective:
Our  bikini team offers a  monthly package of $175 on an auto bill.   We require our clients to stay with the team for at least one month past their show so we can help them reverse diet.

You can find us at SLEEKBIKINITEAM.COM

You may also find coaches who will do monthly payments as well.

I found a coach who is super cheap!!
You probably found a coach who hands out cookie cutter diets and workout plans. 

I want to stress to you.. Find the right person and pay them to help YOU.  

ADVICE: if you see any ads that say “I can take anyone to stage in 12 weeks” 
Run away.  Trust me, every client is different!  I’ve seen this so often and it’s a low calorie, low carb,restricted plan.  Find someone who is a good fit for YOU.  Did I stress this enough?  

Do you need more help choosing a coach?  Look here!

POSING

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Karina posed with our Skype posing coach and it was a game changer. 

  Please do not over look posing.  Please do not useYouTube videos to learn to pose.  Please pay the right person to give YOU the best presentation.  If your posing coach gives everyone the same routine, that’s a bad thing!!   Posing coaches with “signature” styles make it obvious to judges who posed the athlete.   The better choice is to find a posing coach who will teach YOU how you look your best.   They will teach you how to
create a presentation for the federation you want to compete and they will be vested in your progress!!  You can look to some amazing Skype coaches as well as local ones.  Please do your homework.  Posing will cost $40-60 per hour.

Do not make the mistake of skimping on your presentation. Hire someone who will be truthful and honest and help you win.

If your posing coach has no idea what to give you for your federation, find someone else!  Don’t waste your money.  Your posing coach should pose your early and then tweak you again when you are stage lean. Things a look different when you are stage lean!!

Do not wait! If you made the decision to compete, hire a coach  right away!

Supplements:

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Just a smattering of my supplements.

  The basic supplements you may be using  for bikini are Whey protein (or the equivalent), BCAAs,  Pre-workout, multi vitamin, fish oil etc.
I know, I know.. you might know someone who did it without any sups. That’s awesome but most of us will be taking at least a protein supplement.  My first coach had me on a vitamin regiment that was about $200 a month and I purchased from her friend. ASK questions before you sign up!!

Items like Whey will range from about $30-50 a tub.  Shopping places like Amazon, Body building.com and local stores, you can get rewards, points or sales.  Basic supplements will cost $100 a month give or take.

Food:
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If you are eating Bro (turkey chicken or fish and veggies) your grocery bill is going to be spent on all of that!!  Walmart, Costco, Sams, these are great places to stock up!
If you are IIFYM you can have more choices but you can still stock up!!   Depending on prices in your area, you will spend a good amount on food. Athletes pretty much eat all the time.   I spend about $175 a week on my prep food.

 

Bikini:

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This one is mineeeeeeeeeee! It was $185 from Crystallini Bikini

Stage Bikini’s come in all price ranges!!  If you want to have   super blingy suit you can spend as much as you want!!  My first two suits from Ravish Sands were $650 each.   I have gone to sequin suits now because I can compete in more than one in my show.  I love them. They are fantastic on stage!  I paid between $150 -$185 for my sequin suits.
Plain suits can be purchased too. Most sites have plain ones for sale so you can really choose one based on your budget.  If you are so inclined, you can purchase your own crystals and bling your own.

Suits are ordered 8 weeks out.
Do you need more info on choosing a suit?

Rental: Of course you can rent or buy second hard also!!  Facebook has several groups for reselling!
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Stage shoes :  Most of us will wear the basic style 5 inch clear heel from Ellie “Brooke”.  This shoe is amazing. It fits great. Easy to walk in too!   You can get them on Amazon for about $30.  Of course you can choose your own shoe style and bling.  Price range is up to you!!
Advice: Buy two pairs.   I’ve seen girls blow out a pair of heels backstage and hobble out. I’m an over thinker.

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Jewelry:  We love our bling!!  I have a huge collection of stage jewelry that I’ve accumulated.  Let me tell you a secret.. don’t spend a fortune!  It gets janky from the tan and it can get lost.  I’ve been at so many shows where someone broke an earring or needed a bracelet and someone gave them their extras.

I purchase my jewelry locally at the import stores. They have huge selections and I got 10 pieces for about $70!!   Amazon has blingy jewelry and you can search IG for the high end suppliers to competitors.  I find it’s not worth the expense because backstage is very chaotic. I’ve lost plenty of things!!  Save your good jewelry for date night!!

Tan
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This is where you do NOT want to skimp!!  Please hear me on this.  You have trained and dieted for months so do whatever it takes to bring your best package to stage. You will tan with your backstage tanner.  Don’t go to the local tan company and try them out.  Your stage tan is unique!!  It does not have DHA so it will wash off and you do NOT want to look green on stage!!  Your tan will be $100-$200 and you will receive touch ups all day backstage. You should have your tanner providing you with gloss and glue too!   The tanning backstage is generally wonderful!

Hair/Makeup: Someone posted “Do judges like you better if you have long hair, dark hair, extensions. Are you dinged for bangs?  ”

Ok listen to me now.. you are in a subjective sport.  You may find a judge that likes blondes better than redheads. You have one who loves girls in blue suits but hates red because his ex wife wore red.  So the only thing you can do is bring your best package.  The overall package will win. If you want extensions and you love your look, do it.  If you rock a look that isn’t at all you, it will show!   Be the best version of YOU and rock it like you are Beyonce.

Get your nails done with Gel so the tan will not stain it.  That’s an additional 30-40 dollars and remember you need to do your toes in Gel too.  The top coat is fine.
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Hair:/makeup: Can you do your own stage hair?  If you are good at it.. awesome. I can’t. I’m far to hungry and emotional to do anything day of show.  I use my own hair and makeup artists.

Backstage will have some options for hair and makeup.  Do your research!!  If you are comfortable without a trial run, they will be a great resource for you and they will most likely touch you up during the day. That will be  about $100 each for Hair/Makeup
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Private Artists:  Search Facebook Makeup artists group and find the best one for you.   You will have to pay travel for some artists but if you work with them ahead of time, you can show them the look you want.  I’ve paid $180 for makeup with travel.

Do I recommend it. Yes I do.  I need 3 hours to get my look together. That’s just me.
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Doing your own makeup: I set out to do my own makeup. I took lessons from an artist. That cost me about $100 per lesson.  I purchased a rolling makeup kit and about $650 worth of the right color cosmetics for stage.  I ended up paying an artists simply because I ‘m too low carb to do much day of show.   Some ladies are skilled.  Here’s more on makeup if you want to try to do your own.

Other expenses: 
Federation Card : $60-$100
Price per category you compete in
Example: Bikini open  $60+ and Bikini  Novice  $60+
Fee to register for the show  $75 +
Hotel  and other travel expenses TBD
Photography varies by photographer!!!  Backstage photography is worth it!!
At UFE I paid $75 for 10 pics. Stage pictures were about $200.
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Photoshoots: As you are stage lean, you will book your own photoshoot!!  This is well worth it!! We shoot in every competition season!!  You can do your research on quality photographers who shoot fitness.  Prices will vary in your area.

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Karina always had bomb shoots around her shows!  LOVE this.

I know you are working hard. I hope this helps! I wish you so much luck on your plan!
Baby Iggy has no knowledge of competition costs but he supports our desire to shine.
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Peak week 2016

Hey.. weird.. I purchased pics from my show last year and never looked at them.
Found a couple on their website.  LOL.. can’t wait to see how I looked last year.

Last week we had our photo shoot and it was the bomb.com! So now it’s time to
dial it in.

I started peak week today!! everything is fine but that water load.  Oh man..
I peed at every fast food place, Ross Dress for Less and Starbucks.

Today was hair day with my glam squad, Melissa Lambert. I’m freshly colored and ready to go. I have my wardrobe fittings on Sunday and hopefully pick them up on Monday!

My workouts are slow as molasses and I’m tired as can be but I’m ready to finish this strong.

I wish you luck with your competition too!
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Competition 101: Facing doubt

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If you ever think or feel

“I’m not going to make it”
“I’m not changing fast enough”
“I won’t be lean enough”

You are normal. It’s ok! Don’t let doubt overwhelm you! 

I quit 3 times in prep. My 5 week out mark is always my worst. I  am 5 weeks out. I just hit milestone goal in my prep and immediately threw myself under a bus. It’s almost funny how I always self -sabotage and get down on myself at this point.

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Trust the process. Don’t give up

Three weeks out is another hard time. Suit arrives . Never fits.  I know I’m not going to make it.Crying crying then I pull it together and ROCK OUT with a vengeance.

I always make it. You will too. Everyone who is on stage has doubts.
They don’t weigh you on stage. You will be lean enough. You will get you there.
Skip over those doubts and know that you are going to be spot on. Visualize your success!
Every aspect of it.  When you step off stage, you will have done something very few have done!

For my clients..Believe me.. if you are worried, I’m on it. I will adjust you so we are on point every step of the way.

Trust this process.. cliche but real.
Your job now is to focus each day and bring your best! I believe in YOU.
You have this!

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Competition 101: Read this before you quit your show.

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So you have been prepping for your show and right now you want to quit.

Trust me I have been there!  If you discover that competing isn’t for you, I get it. Maybe you are on the fence. Maybe you need some tough love and strategies. 

PREP
First of all, during prep, there are a lot of emotions.  Being a competitive body builder is hard. It’s HARD. It doesn’t matter if you’re bikini, figure or body building, it’s incredibly demanding.  That is what sets us apart from fitness seekers.

Reasons you might find yourself wanting to quit.
1. Restricted dieting.
As you get further into prep, the food gets harder. Even doing flexible dieting you still have to be leaning and that means eating less.
I typically question why I ever started competing when I see people leaving Quik Trip with bags of treats. What did I do? They look happy. I am dying. Sometimes I actually get angry!

2. Schedule:  Contest prep training schedule is very demanding.  We all have to work, tend to our families and obligations.  I am up sometimes at 3:30am for my workouts. Many people have to carve out the time to make it happen.  It can be very overwhelming and exhausting.

3.  Fear of not making it. I usually quit 3 or 4 times per prep. The worst times are at about 5 weeks out. I lose it.  I just know I won’t make it. It’s not worth it. I’m hungry. I’m tired. I’m sick of whatever.  Then I cry and refocus.   I also freak out when I get my new suit and it doesn’t fit.  About 3 weeks out I break down in the gym and cry then I get my eye of the tiger back.   So much of prep is mental.  We all already know how to lift.

4. Negativity from those who are close to us.
When others question you, it’s easy to question yourself.  Frankly, body building is a lonely sport. You often train alone, eat alone.  If your friends/family are critical or not understanding it is very hard to sustain the drive to succeed.

Let’s just say.. the bloom has fallen off the rose.

5. Derail
If you end up having a weak moment and derail, that may cause you to want to quit altogether.

I want to share with you some things that helped me considerably in my preps.  Let me explain how they were different.

My first show prep was adrenaline driven. The show was ALL I thought about. It was  my everything. I had zero balance. I feel like this is common with a lot of competitors in their first show. It’s actually pretty awesome. It doesn’t mean it isn’t grueling, or you aren’t hungry. It’s just different.
Stepping on stage after that prep is a high I cannot begin to explain.

Subsequent preps I try to do with more purpose. I work hard in off season to bring up lagging parts, improve my physique each time. Prep is now very different.

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Thank you for this!

I, in fact have a love/hate relationship with prep.   I think it’s incredibly grueling  and requires much more focus and strategies than adrenaline.

Mistake number one
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I don’t want to be perfect. I want to eat. Ice cream is all I can think about.. Why am I doing this?  
 Do NOT throw everything away for a cupcake. If you are truly, at wits end because of the food, try to find something in your macros that will feel treat like.  What I know is after a free-for-all food binge, many clients suffer with remorse.  A weak moment can wreck your prep mentally! Trust me.     Problem solve! Talk to your coach.
Remember:

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A betchy word about discipline and commitment and being elite. 
Discipline and  following through on what you said you would do is an elite quality.  Every lay person who fails at a diet proves this point. Yes.. that was super betchy.  I’m not speaking to fitness seekers who need help with their diet. Competitive athletes set them selves apart from fitness seekers by choice and by their actions..  I’m not being touchy feely here and  I’m not apologizing. Wanting to drink with your friends and throwing your whole training away for that is NOT what athletes do.  Sometimes you flat out have to remind yourself  YOU set yourself apart from the other fitness seekers.  Level up!

Before you quit: Ask yourself these questions. 
1. Will you feel remorse or relief?
2. Are you quitting for someone else? Because of pressure from others?
3. On the day of your show, will you be upset that you are not there?
4. What will be different when you officially quit? Do you have a plan?

Sometimes I just need to accept that I feel this way and refocus.

How I focus
First and foremost: Reminding myself I chose this journey.

I also want to remind myself I can finish  this project …

1. Knowing I am capable to do what needs to be done. Fear has no place here!

2. Knowing my food will be colorful. I will eat things I like and that are fulfilling because I choose the right things to forward this process. My health is important to me!

3. Knowing that it’s going to be very hard sometimes but I will prevail. 🙂

4. Knowing that skipping the struggle isn’t an option.

5. Knowing that I’m going to feel weary, and want to quit but I won’t.

6. Visualizing myself being on stage with my best package.

7. Knowing that others will question me not support me, be rude, comment on my body/food or try to make me feel like it’s ok cheat on my plan. I will prevail because my goals are important.

8. Knowing that everything that tempts me, will be there after my show.

9. Knowing that this challenge is something that very few people actually complete and that I can do it.

10.Knowing there will be times when I doubt myself, feel I won’t be ready, feel I’m not going to do well . I will push past that with the mindset that I am bringing my best. Negative self talk is out of place.

11. Knowing that I can give 100 percent to this goal every single day. I will be disciplined when desire/motivation fails me.

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Stop trying to skip the struggle:
So, in my last prep,  I realized that I’m pretty much,  always wishing I could skip the struggle. It’s not an option.  Did I embrace it and work  through it?  Sometimes. Sometimes I was just angry and questioned why I ever really wanted to compete.  Once that light came on for me, I really found myself pulling it out at the end. This is typical Tracy fashion. Getting out of the comfort zone is like me jumping off a cliff willingly.
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Sometimes I wish I was flying blind again like I was in my first show.However, I have learned a lot about myself.  I find the challenge of prep the thing I  most appreciate about doing this sport. My goal is always to bring a better package but now I also have a goal to perfect my prep each time.  I grow an incredible amount during this process. It is worth it on the other side because I prevail on the challenges I set for myself.   When I step on stage, no one knows all of this, no one cares. It’s my journey.

I encourage you  pause and make peace with the rest  of your journey whatever it is. The internal struggle is by far the hardest thing about prep. Every prep.

I believe we can push ourselves far beyond what we think is possible. Whatever you decide I wish you luck in your journey!

Boss workouts:Booty builder

This workout is one of my favorites for competition training.
I do this on my big leg day.  I set the big leg press up with 4 plates. Yeah, I can lift a lot more than that but this one is a volume set so I keep it on the light side-you know.. like Luke Skywalker.

10 leg presses
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10 pop squats
10 rounds

Of course, you can use your regressions and cut the sets down and lower the weight.
If you don’t have a leg press, you can rock the power cord version which will burn like
Hades. Just saying.

I wish you well in your competiton! Keep pushing!

 

 

 

Competition 101: Master your prep mindset

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If you have been training hard and have a show picked out, you will be starting your “prep” about 12-16 weeks out from your show date. Perhaps you are sick of feeling fluffy and ready to get lean! I get that!! This is very very  exciting. It’s mind blowing how quickly things just got real.

You are officially just weeks away from stepping on stage! OMG! 

I want to share with you some things that helped me considerably in my preps.  Let me explain how they were different.

My first show prep was adrenaline driven. The show was ALL I thought about. It was  my everything. I had zero balance. I feel like this is common with a lot of competitors in their first show. It’s actually pretty awesome. It doesn’t mean it isn’t grueling, or you aren’t hungry. It’s just different.
Stepping on stage after that prep is a high I cannot begin to explain.

Subsequent preps I tried to do with more purpose. I worked hard in off season to bring up lagging parts, improve my physique each time. Prep was very different.

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Thank you for this!

I, in fact have a love/hate relationship with prep.   I think it’s incredibly grueling  and requires much more focus and strategies than adrenaline.

Mistake number one
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I’ve had coaches in the past tell me to  go eat whatever I wanted right  before prep  because it’s the last meals I would get for 16 weeks. I hate starting like that. I’m immediately feeling deprived and my focus is on what I am going to miss out on, not what I’m gaining. I do not ever want to start prep, bloated,  and mad at myself for a “sanctioned binge”.

Going straight from several dessert runs to turkey chicken and fish effected me negatively. It reminded me of all the “I’ll start my diet on Monday so I may as well eat everything I want” experience.  This is NOT how I want to start an competitive training schedule.

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How I focus
I choose to start my prep in a positive mental state..

1. Knowing I am capable to do what needs to be done. Fear has no place here!

2. Knowing my food will be colorful. I will eat things I like and that are fulfilling because I choose the right things to forward this process. My health is important to me!

3. Knowing that it’s going to be very hard sometimes but I will prevail. 🙂

4. Knowing that skipping the struggle isn’t an option.

5. Knowing that I’m going to feel weary, and want to quit but I won’t.

6. Visualizing myself being on stage with my best package.

7. Knowing that others will question me not support me, be rude, comment on my body/food or try to make me feel like it’s ok cheat on my plan. I will prevail because my goals are important.

8. Knowing that everything that tempts me, will be there after my show.

9. Knowing that this challenge is something that very few people actually complete and that I can do it.

10.Knowing there will be times when I doubt myself, feel I won’t be ready, feel I’m not going to do well . I will push past that with the mindset that I am bringing my best. Negative self talk is out of place.

11. Knowing that I can give 100 percent to this goal every single day. I will be disciplined when desire/motivation fails me.

 

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Stop trying to skip the struggle:
So, in one of my  preps,  I realized that I’m pretty much,  always wishing I could skip the struggle. It’s not an option.  Did I embrace it and work  through it?  Sometimes. Sometimes I was just angry and questioned why I ever really wanted to compete.  Once that light came on for me, I really found myself pulling it out at the end. This is typical Tracy fashion. Getting out of the comfort zone is like me jumping off a cliff willingly.
hmmm..
Sometimes I wish I was flying blind again like I was in my first show.However, I have learned a lot about myself.  I find the challenge of prep the thing I  most appreciate about doing this sport. My goal is always to bring a better package but now I also have a goal to perfect my prep each time.  I grow an incredible amount during this process. It is worth it on the other side because I prevail on a real  challenge I set for myself.   When I step on stage, no one knows all of this, no one cares. It’s my journey.

I encourage you to take some time before you begin your prep and make peace with the next part of your journey. If it’s your first time, you can benefit from adrenaline prep and strategies!

I believe we can push ourselves far beyond what we think is possible. I wish you luck in your competition journey! xoxo

Competition 101: Which shoes are best for stage?

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If you are new to bikini/figure competitions, you may be curious as to which shoe is best for stage.  There are so many styles and many of them look similar.

This is the correct shoe! It is by the company “Ellie” and the shoe is Brook.
Specs:
Color: Clear

  • Heel measures approximately 4.75″
  • Platform measures approximately 0.75″
  • Pig leather insole
  • Heel measures approximately 5 inches, platform 0.75 inches
  • Available in whole sizes only. Half size order upThis shoe fits true to size!! I love it. You will see most competitors wear this exact shoe.Where should I get it?
    Amazon.com has this exact shoe for about $25.
    You can do a google search for it, but you will get lots of different Brook/Brooke Styles and heel heights.
    Be sure the specs are the same as above. This is not an expensive shoe.Benefits:
    The base of this exact shoe is perfect. Your toes don’t dangle over the end. Some shoes that ‘look’ like it have a more narrow base.

    It’s seriously  comfortable the minute you put it on for the first time.

    It’s easy to walk in. Seriously easy to walk in.
    Confidence level.. sky high!

    When should I order shoes?
    Now. If you have decided to compete, don’t wait another minute. Order your shoes! Having your shoes makes it real. You need to practice walking too.

    Do I have to ‘break them in’?
    I didn’t have to at all. They are awesome. Fit’s like a dream from day 1 to stage. Even as I lost body fat, I just tightened the straps.

    Shouldn’t I get a strapless shoe? Straps make my legs look fat?
    My first coach told me that.  That’s weird.  I had strapless shoes and my toes fell out over the toe of the shoe.  I like this better. You can get what you want unless your federation says differently.

    UPDATE 2016  I have had 2 pairs of these in the last year. I practice a lot in my shoes so I blew them out. I’m not going to lie, I bought an extra pair with me to my last show.  However, I jumped on Amazon and had them the next day.

    I want shoes with crystals.
    You can add your own if you like. I stoned my shoes in 2013.
    I actually bought this pair from Amazon too.
    I thought it would be good.

    shoeI actually did not wear these in 2015 but I did in 2016. They were great.

    Funny story: A girl at a show I worked, had a broken strap on her shoes. She said it broke a few weeks before the show but she was too lazy to get a new pair. Her body was banging but she walked like she was hobbled. Her T walk was  terrible. I can’t even!

     

    I wish you much luck in your competition!!

  • xoxo
    Here’s a picture of  my little TatuBaby. She has no opinion of shoes.
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Competition 101: Let’s pick a 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 this

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This one is from Saleyla.com. Bikini’s come in any color you like, blingy, really blingy, plan and in lots of top 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 cut.
If you are doing shows in different federations, you can order two bottoms with your top.

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.

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

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 secrets: what’s in my suitcase

What’s in my suitcase.

If you are a competing in a fitness competition, you may not know what to bring with you to your show.

Suit (or 3)
Shoes
Black Silk Robe: VS sells these. Black because of your tan!
Loose black pants with NO cuffs or elastic to mess up your tan
A small towel
Styrofoam cups. Poke the bottom out and  pee through that so you don’t mess up your tan.
Glue ( Bikini Bite )
Gloss : Baby oil gel is good. Do not use PAM cooking spray. Don’t be that girl!
Baby wipes
Bobby pins
Hair brush
Curling iron (it rained on me, I had to borrow)
Hair spray
Makeup : for sure a lipstick for stage!
Vasoline
Band-aids
Tylenol
Mirror for touch ups.
Pump up power cords
Cell phone charger (long day)
Snacks
Your food for the day
Phone/take lots of pics!
Vodka. just sayin.. I saw it. lol
Bring snacks for the girls backstage. They will love you.

Edit: I want to show you Bikini Bite. As a competitor you can bring your own.  My coaches have used 3m spray on me. It’s not ‘recommended’ for skin but it holds like a mama.
The people who do your tan, “may” or “may not” glue you. Bring your own just in case. I went  on stage unglued! OMG.
Bikni Bite is at Amazon or Bodybuilding.com
I keep this with me for my competitors when I travel with them.
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IMPORTANT:::If you are coming in from out of town
Also bring with you these things so you don’t get charged for ruining the hotel’s items.
Dark sheets for the bed
Dark towels and wash cloths

Backstage at UFE Mayhem
Backstage at UFE Mayhem

This is backstage at UFE Mayhem. The venue was amazing
and had a beautiful green room with lights and outlets.  Best venue I’ve ever seen.
The girls were fantastic. Everyone was very willing to share. If you can help a sister out
I hope you do. Everyone has their own journey. I learned about some fantastic women who
worked so hard to get to this show. Any time we can help each other.. we win!

I wish you so  much luck on your competition! xoxo