TOP 5 TIPS FOR COMPETITION
BY ANDREW MCDEVITT // PHOTOS BY DALLAS OLSEN & ROSS BROWNSDON
Brought to You by New Dawn Nutrition & New dawn Nutraceuticals
I have competed in a number of competitions in different federations and categories. I know how to win and have coached many clients to similar results. The following are my top 5 tips for competing …
NUMBER ONE SET YOURSELF A GOAL AND COMMIT YOUR WHOLE BEING TO IT – IF YOU TRULY WANT SOMETHING, GO AFTER IT. BUT YOU NEED A REASON TO DO THE THINGS YOU DO.
Why would you train your heart out? Why would you stick to your nutrition plan? Why would you miss out on certain events etc…? Decide on the goal, put it up somewhere you will see it daily, like in your bedroom, and it will remind you every day why you are doing it!
“…your metabolism, as well as your willpower, can only take so much.”
NUMBER TWO GIVE YOURSELF ENOUGH TIME TO PREP – YOU HAVE A GOAL. NOW SET A REALISTIC TIMEFRAME. TOO MANY TIMES I’VE SEEN PEOPLE GET ON STAGE WITH AVERAGE (OR SOMETIME NO) CONDITIONING AND I WONDER WHY THEY GOT ON STAGE IN THE FIRST PLACE.
Now to be fair, it is an awesome experience to get on stage and to complete a comp prep but it is a whole lot better when you feel like you belong up there and have a shot at a placing.
That being said, your metabolism, as well as your willpower, can only take so much. A bad experience during a prep or competition can turn people off from competitions and even the healthy lifestyle forever. It doesn’t have to, and shouldn’t, be that way. Assess your progress towards your goal and and keep in mind that you may need to adjust your timeframe. There will always be another comp.
NUMBER THREE DO YOUR RESEARCH – WHICH FEDERATION DO YOU LIKE? WHICH CATEGORY DO YOU FIT INTO? HOW WILL YOU KNOW? YOU NEED TO RESEARCH EVERY ASPECT OF YOUR GOAL, OTHERWISE HOW CAN YOU GO ABOUT ACHIEVING IT?
Are you a Natural Athlete? And if so, maybe you would be better off entering a natural, drug-tested federation?
Choosing a category can be hard, but the easiest way to determine which category you should be in is to look at your conditioning. If you don’t have much conditioning you either shouldn’t be competing or maybe you should consider Bikini or for males, Beach body. If you have abs then you could probably do Fitness or Physique and if you have size then you could do Figure or Bodybuilding with the exception of also having conditioning. Most federations will have their set criteria for each category. Have a look so you know where you fit in.
“…you have more in common with your competitors than you realize.”
NUMBER FOUR PRACTICE – PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT AND THAT’S WHAT YOU HAVE TO BE IF YOU WANT TO WIN.
Practice preparing your meals and sticking to them long before you decide on a comp. Can you train consistently and at a high intensity even if you have a rough day at work?
Practice posing until you can do it in your sleep. You need be able to stand out from the crowd and show off your strengths and hide your weaknesses and posing will play a key role in doing that.
NUMBER FIVE BE A NICE PERSON – THIS IS THE MOST OVERLOOKED ASPECT IN A LOT OF COMPETITORS.
Everyone will play their own game but you want to be happy and proud of the way that you played yours. You also want to win because you were the best and competing against the best. So, if someone needs help and you can give it to them, help them.
Smile and say hello as you have more in common with your competitors than you realize. You have all gone through a challenging prep and you all live and breathe fitness and by getting on stage you will be sharing a special moment in your life. So it would really make it a better experience if you are nice and genuine and hopefully the other competitors will do the same.
I hope this has given you some insight into competing or at least how I look at it. At the end of the day it will come down to how bad you want it. NMI
Andrew Mcdevitt | Contributing Writer
Andrew went from skinny backpacker to Natural Olympia Physique Champion in his first year of competing and now plans to take on the best physiques in the world. Being a qualified personal trainer and nutritionist, he has helped transform the lives of many of his clients. Andrew used his determination to transform a small run-down gym into one of the biggest gyms (Next Level Gym) in his area and offers an atmosphere like no other. His passion for the industry is second to none and he prides himself on being a natural ambassador and believes that it is possible to achieve an aesthetic physique while maintaining a healthy and balanced lifestyle.
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