You Might Not Win
You may not place how you expect. You may not think it is fair. DO NOT LOSE YOUR COMPOSURE! Do not even give a hint with your body language that you are disappointed. Never stop smiling. Competitions are marathons, not sprints. It can take years to achieve what you expect. If you show that you’re are upset, expect the judges to remember. If you do not have the CHARACTER of a champion, you can never be a champion, and the judges will make sure of that.
You Are there to be Judged
You will be judged by the judges. You will be judged by the audience and fellow competitors. You will be judged on social media, in forums and magazines. Prepare yourself and prepare to use the feedback for logical steps toward improvements. Whatever you do, do not let it affect you personally. Remember, you have achieved what 99.9% of the population will never achieve.
Tanning can make or break you. It would be a shame to work so hard for 12 weeks and not place due to a bad tan. A competition tan is much darker than you’ll get naturally or at a tanning salon. You will stick out (in a bad way) with that type of tan. Tanning in a bottle will look blotchy and uneven. The best bet is always to go with the contest-tanning partner. Most Contest will provide an official tanning company. This is always your best bet as they will be on site until you walk on stage to help you with any mishaps like the inevitable pee drops on your legs or a sweaty streak. No other tanners will be allowed backstage.
Prepare for Tanning
- Starting early in your prep, begin conditioning your skin. Address scars and stretch marks at the beginning of your prep.
- Prep your face early as well. Keeping your face moisturized and healthy is important as your body will go through many stages of fat loss and a challenging diet which can cause collagen imbalance.
- Before going on stage, we recommend a firming product. You will see instant results that will last several hours.
- Do use a tanning bed up until four days before the contest for at least three sessions. The natural base will help your color, and the tanning process will remove subcutaneous water. BE SURE YOU DO NOT BURN. If you burn your skin will swell and your conditioning will be destroyed.
- Be sure to prep your skin for the actual spray tanning. We recommend the skin prep products offered by ProTan. Center Podium Productions uses ProTan Solution for all shows. Browse their website to purchase skin prep products along with scrubs and tanning removal. It is important that the skin prep product is the same brand as the spray tanning solution. Using different brands may cause undesired reactions.
- Luffa for several days before the show. Shower shortly before tanning and wear no deodorant or lotions.
- Tanning can be a bit of a surprise. You will be completely naked with other competitors of the same gender. Tanning needs to be applied everywhere that skin is exposed on stage. This includes creases under your glutes, breasts, inner thighs, armpits, etc.
You will be in the best shape of your life and you want to capture it! Purchase the professional photography packages that the show offers. Also, should you want feedback from the judges they will need to see professional stage photos. Cell phone photos simply do not have the resolution that judges need to give you effective feedback.
Competition make-up and hair styling are provided at some shows. Getting assistance with this is important as it is far more extreme than anything you would wear in public. Improper make-up can make you look pale. This is especially important, as not only is your physique judged but your over-all look and femininity.
Some shows offer a coaches pass. The backstage coaches pass can be purchased to allow your coach or trainer backstage to assist you with your final preparations for competition. Every trainer must purchase a pass for backstage access. All NPC some shows require the trainer/coach hold a current NPC Membership.
Posing is one of the most overlook parts of competing. Proper posing can be the difference between 1st and 10th place. We highly recommend you work with an experienced posing coach. You can find on on our recommended coaches page. Take many videos and photos as you approach competition to find tune your posing. Practice your posing many times a day. It is always disappointing to see a competitor who clearly worked hard on diet and training but did not put in their time practicing their posing.
Things to bring to the competition
- NPC Card – You will need one to compete. If you don’t have one, you can purchase online at NPCNewsOnline.com or at check-ins for $125. (Cash or check only for NPC Cards)
- Gym bag for your clothes and food
- Resistance bands – although some shows have weights in the pump up room, it will be very busy. Resistance bands are a great way to get pumped up backstage.
- Towel – prepare to sweat
- Layers – you may be hot or cold. There are variations in the venue plus your body does weird things when prepping for a show! Also when you get cold, your muscles flatten out, and you’ll lose vascularity.
- Clothing – prepare to be covered in tanning, so wear black. Loose clothes like sweat pants or a robe are best to keep your tan looking good. Flip-flops are recommended for footwear.
- Extra Razor – in case you missed a spot
- Handheld mirror – As you may sweat, you may need touch-ups.
- Bodybuilders, Classic Physique, Fitness and Women’s Physique bring your music for your routines to check-in. Other divisions do not need to bring music.
Things NOT to bring
- Professional camera equipment
- Professional video equipment
- Unsanctioned professional tanners
- Unsanctioned professional make-up artists
Violations will result in disqualification.