As a regional NPC judge, I have seen my share of dos and don’t walk across the competitors stage. Other than the obvious of not being in shape, I’d like to cover a few mistakes I see many competitors make that are easy to correct to bring your A-game to your next competition.
Having bad stage color. The products on the market these days are top notch. I highly suggest having the on site tanning company spray tan you. It’s worth the money and peace of mind not having to stress over it, not to mention making a mess of your hotel room. And speaking of tan, do not use it on your face. Use a make up to match your tan.
Get a suit that fits and in a color that flatters you under the bright lights. I always suggest bright colors, gem tones is always a good choice. I never suggest colors that blend with tanner such as Browns, golds and other earth tones. And say no to white. It can be a disaster with tanner.
Hair and make up is your crowning jewel ladies. Don’t skimp here. If you can’t afford to have to done by a professional, look on you tube for instructional videos. Stage make up is very different from every day.
When the show is over, definitely seek out feedback from the judges. Judges are typically available after the show or accept email or Facebook messages. It’s important to send a picture so the judges can remember which one you were.
And last, but probably the most overlooked thing is posing. I have seen some beautiful physiques get placed down from not showcasing themselves properly with poor posing. It should be as important as your diet and cardio in your preparation for stage. I would find a coach for one on one, a posing clinic or Skype to learn how to pose to bring your best package to the stage.
Best of luck everyone in your prep for the 2016 season!
Tammy Patnode is an IFBB pro physique competitor and NPC judge. She is a certified personal trainer and sports nutritionist. She offers contest prep, general training and weight loss programs for men and women that are customized for each client.
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