23 Jan Why Compete?
One of the benefits of competing is improved progress. Girls who compete make better progress then those who do not. One reason is that regular competition forces you to cycle your training, so your body is constantly receiving new training stimulus and responds with new muscle growth.
Another reason that competitive bodybuilders make better progress is because they tend to make a great effort to learn as much as possible about the sport. With more knowledge comes better progress. Knowledge is power!
And there is nothing like competition to bring out the best in someone. A fifth place finish last year will motivate you to bust your butt to place higher this year. This constant effort to be the best will only lead to the top.
When choosing your first competition make sure it is far enough down the road that you have enough time to prepare. Deciding to enter a contest that is only a few weeks away is crazy. There is no way that you can get into top shape and have a good posing routine prepared in such a short period of time.
The best position for your first bodybuilding contest is the audience. It makes little sense to get on stage without learning the finer points of the sport. There is much more to a competition than just getting up and hitting a few poses. Most competitors will admit that preparing for a contest is like a second job.
While you watch your first contest take in the big picture. Watch the judges, which competitors do they call out? What seems to impress them the most? Notice the audience, which music selections get them most excited? Which put them to sleep?
It’s a proven fact that bodybuilders who compete make better gains than those who don’t. The reason is because you will have to push yourself much harder than usual to succeed. Wanting to place higher in another contest will drive you to new heights and will make you better than you are now.
Entering in a bodybuilding contest will swiftly improve your self-esteem. You will be more in touch with your body and you’ll feel good knowing that you’re making the very most of yourself. The look of envy when you step on the stage will also make you feel good about yourself. After seeing your peer’s eyes light up when you flex your guns you will certainly be more confident than you use to be.