Natural Body Building Contest Preparation Tips For Amateurs

Natural body building contests are a great place for amateurs to start showing off their muscular physiques. However, there are some tips that must be borne in mind. This article will reveal natural body building contest prep tips for amateurs and people just starting out.

As a start, it is a good idea to actually watch some contests before you decide to enter one yourself. The reason for that is you will be able to see for yourself how contestants put their programs together and how the winners stand out from the other competitors. It’s a good idea to take note of the music they use, the tempo of the music and the poses that they make. If you are able to, ask questions.

There is a lot that can be done as contest prep as much as six months to a year before the competition is set down. It takes a lot of commitment and if you are not sure you can follow through then it is best not to try.

About a year to six months before the contest have a good look at yourself in the mirror and look at where you need more muscle definition. Contestants are showing their muscular physique as best as they are able to sculpt it. It is important to have as little body fat as possible, with strong, cut muscles throughout the body.

Your music choice is also important. Ultimately your routine will either stand out from the crowd or be a routine they’ve seen hundreds of times before. Your music choice should help you choose your poses and your pace.

The body building clothing you perform in is also vital to showing off your physique. Be sure to choose tasteful but revealing clothes. Ultimately speedos for men and a bikini for women are ideal. Also be sure that the clothing you wear in flattering, a color that suits you and is extremely comfortable and not restrictive.

It is a good idea when you are practicing your routine or playing around with it that you have a third party video tape it for you so that you can watch it critically. It is also a good idea to have someone you trust watch it with you also for competing views.

In the lead up to your competition you also need to pay strict attention to your workout and diet plan. There is no time to slacken off when getting ready for a contest. You must be persistent and consistent and ultimately your hard work will pay off.

There are a large number of contests that you can enter as a body building. Not only are there local competitions but there are also national body building contests that can be extremely competitive and gruelling so start at a local level and work your way up as your experience increases.

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3 Mistakes to Avoid at All Costs

With 20 years experience as a natural weight trainer, I have made many mistakes. Especially in the first two years. I fell for many of the fads made the rounds at the time, in the same way that novice natural bodybuilders do today. It was that search for bodybuilding’s ‘holy grail’ that made me basically waste the first 2 years. And it’s not like I didn’t put in a really solid effort either.

Fortunately, I came to my senses and got good advice and also used some common sense, which got me the muscle growth I wanted. If you remember to avoid the following 3 mistakes, then you will already be better off than 90% of the other natural bodybuilders out there:

1. ‘Magic’ supplements

I’m sorry to disappoint, but they don’t exist. If they did, then they’d stick around on the market for much longer than they do. Stick to good nutrition and use a good quality protein supplement, and you’re set.

2. Over training

I’m sure you’ll hear the line: “there is no over training, only under eating” at some point. Do NOT believe it. Over training is your biggest enemy. It almost always happens when natural bodybuilders train too frequently and for too long, with too many exercises and sets per muscle group. If you’re training hard (BE HONEST) more than 4 days a week and 45 minutes per session, then you’re over trained or well on your way there. Drop that routine you got from that freak in your gym. That point brings me to probably the biggest mistake that natural bodybuilders make…

3. Believing the hype in the bodybuilding magazines

To be blunt, the routines in the bodybuilding mags are meant to sell you those snake oil ‘magic’ supplements I mentioned above. Each and every major bodybuilding mag owns a major supplement line – check for yourself. Oh, and that huge ‘natural’ bodybuilder who gave away his ‘secret’ routine? Don’t believe it for a second. She or He is not natural, or did s/he even write the article. Don’t follow any routine from a bodybuilding mag – unless its from the 60s maybe.