How To Prepare For Your First Figure Competition

Video Mailbag: Preparing For Your First Figure Competition

Today’s video mailbag question comes from Mary, who is thinking about doing her very first figure competition. Mary says that this is something she really wants to do, and it’s on her bucket list. But, she feels like she has a long way to go, and is wondering if it’s a realistic goal.

Well Mary, I say that the fact that you feel you have a long way to go, is exactly the right time to start and do it. Here’s why.

First figure competition video transcription:

Anything that’s done safely is going to take longer than the shortcuts that are out there. This is no different. I would recommend a six month training period for someone doing their first competition. The main reason is to do this slowly, methodically and safely.

I’ve got two major tips for you in starting out in the contest world. The single most important thing you’ve got to have is a good trainer. Here’s a blog post on how to pick a personal trainer that’s right for you. There’s a couple of unique aspects to this when it’s your first competition. You want to make sure this trainer has trained someone who was doing their first contest before. It’s a little different process when someone doesn’t know what to expect from a trainer’s perspective than someone who has gone through it before.

That’s important. The other thing that’s important with the trainer you pick is that you want to make sure they subscribe to natural, safe training. That is very important so that you make sure you don’t do any harm to your body later on.

The third thing you want to make sure on with this trainer, especially since you’re a newbie, is that they’re going to be coaching you and with you after the contest. They need to coach you through the post competition coming out of that. The referring and getting back to normal. It’s getting used to the things in your life that you started to take out towards the end.

Those three tips are all important with the trainer you pick.

The second thing that you need to be ready for your first contest is a budget. A budget of money, and a budget of time. You need to know what you can absolutely work with because this is going to take quite a bit of money and quite a bit of time to do right.

Lots more details, but you don’t want to go into this blindly and this can hopefully get you started on the things you need to be thinking about, researching and talking to people about. Then you can set your sights on the contest. And I’m happy to help you along the way with more specific questions as they come up.

Wish you best of luck Mary. This is fitness chef Jen Arricale telling you to love yourself, love your life and spread it around.

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You might think that just because I’m a foodie who likes being fit and healthy that I was always that way. The fact is, for most of my life, I was the opposite. Growing up in a Bronx suburb, part of a close Italian family meant big family dinners and celebrations. I loved those times, getting together, laughing and sharing. From my earliest memories, food became a connection to the people I love, and it gave me comfort. Unfortunately, comfort through food became comfort through processed food. And exercise? Well, I didn’t even consider it. My destructive behavior of bad food and no exercise went on into early adulthood along with smoking and drinking. I took a look in the mirror and realized how far I had fallen. I was unhealthy, overweight, broken…devastated. I thought, I could either continue this downhill slide emotionally and physically or make a right turn in my life. I didn’t have much of a choice. I wanted to live again, and once I was on a new path, I quit smoking, drinking and began reading about alternative ways of eating and cooking. I set out to learn how to eat and live on my own. Eventually, I joined a gym, started exercising and began experimenting with vegetarian cooking. I felt reborn, and I guess I was. The joy and comfort of food and family was back in my life. I also discovered how to fit a healthy lifestyle into a busy career and how to create healthy dishes for friends who don’t want to eat tofu. Today, I’m sharing my love for food, and togetherness in a very big way. The comfort that sharing with loved ones gave me, as a child, is alive today. You can get healthy and fit and still eat great! I’m living proof that it’s never too late to decide you are a priority. Join me in the journey. I’ll join you in yours!

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