Getting Started with Female Bikini Bodybuilding.

WITWIBB? What is the world is bikini bodybuilding?

One day about three weeks ago during Superbowl Sunday, a friend of mine mentioned that she was going to start bodybuilding. I looked at her like she was crazy. She is very tiny, and exceptionally fit (she is an officer in the US Marine Corps), and I didn’t see how someone with her body type would ever be a bodybuilder as I understood it. I started looking into bodybuilding, and suddenly realized that this sport is the perfect marriage of all of the items that matter to me in my life; fitness, beauty (inside and out), challenging yourself, competition, healthy living, and a splash of glamour.

With that said, I set out to try to understand if someone my age (37), at my fitness level (about a 6 on the 1-10: 10 high scale) could ever get into something like this, and how. The following is a list of the things that I did last week while I was doing research. It’s by no means comprehensive. It’s just what I did, and if you find that valuable, then it is here for you to use as well. If you want to add something, please contribute below:

-Read Wikipedia to understand the industry as a whole; history, stars, icons, and future.

-Learn about the different types of bodybuilding/modeling (bikini, figure, physique, fitness) and understand the differences.

-Decide which body type/class that you are going to work towards as a goal.

-Understand the various parts of this industry: nutrition, supplements, training, and finances, and compensation (these will be the subjects of some of my future posts).

-Make a commitment to yourself that you are done making excuses, and that no one is responsible for your body but you!

-Make an appointment with your general doctor and get the all clear before embarking on this journey. Ask your doctor for a referral to a nutritionist if weight loss is a part of your journey, or visit the National Association of Fitness Professionals to find someone local.

-Find a model(s) that motivates you. This will usually be people who are like you; moms, military wives, etc.

-Order the correct supplements and print out their nutrition guide (usually this comes right from the models page on bodybuilding.com).

-Find a local networking/trade event to attend to ‘see the industry’. You may locate this by visiting the websites of the various organizations in this industry, for example NPC.

-Pick one date to go and observe,and then another date to compete. Write it down/stick to it (you know, add it to your calendar)

-Discuss your new decision with the people who you spend the most time around (family, friends, etc) as they will have a heavy influence on you and your success.

-Set up a profile page on bodyspace.bodybuilding.com to be both visible and accountable.

-Start networking right then and there to develop relationships, motivate, and be motivated. Facebook and Twitter are fantastic for following your idols and seeing what they are doing.

-Order at least two industry magazines to help you on your journey (Oxygen and Eating Well are fantastic).

-Dust off your workout clothes, or go buy some new ones.

-Reach out to Shannon Dey at Team Bombshell Fitness for training boot camps, posing coaching, etc. If you are serious and you mean to win, then you work with the best. Period.

Get Focused and Get Ready!

Running To The Bikini,

Raphaela

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