So you’ve been getting ready for your competition for months. You’ve perfected your biceps, ripped out your calves and look better than you ever have before. You’re feeling confident and ready to go, but while attitude and muscular definition are key to dominating your competition, there are some last minute things you can throw into your pre-show routine to give you the upper hand.
Posing may seem like the easiest part of your competition process, but that doesn’t mean it should be overlooked. Work your pose over and over in the mirror. Keep your head up, stand up straight and pull your abs in. You will want to practice holding your pose for up to 60 seconds that you will be able to withstand the long periods of posing holds that you’ll have to do on stage.
Practice in front of friends and family, so you’ll be used to posing in front of others and they’ll be able to give you feedback.
Ditch the hair:
As you know, your body will look its best and most defined when you remove all of your hair. However, hair removal choice and timing is key. If you’re going to wax, which can be costly and time consuming, be sure to do it at least 48 hours beforehand. This will allow your skin to calm down after it’s initial reaction. As an alternative, you can also use a hair removal cream. This should be done a day or so beforehand too because your skin may not react well to the product. Finally, if you’re going to shave, make sure you shave the day of the competition so that you can minimize your level of stubble.
It’s hard to think about calming down when you have so much to do and so little time leading up to your competition, but it’s important to slow down and breathe prior to hitting the stage. This will help you relax, focus and be ready to take the stage with force. Try hitting up a yoga class a day or so beforehand, take a long bath or even squeeze in some sexy time with your partner or with yourself with the help of Adam & Eve. The best part about taking the sex route is it will help your skin radiate and give you an added boost of confidence.
Cut the water:
Give your muscles the most definition you can by cutting your water back 4 to 5 days prior to competition. Slowly deplete your water intake over the four days. This will help you ditch the water weight your body typically holds on to and force your skin to be taut around your muscles. You will also want to slow down your intake of sodium, as it increases water retention. Finally, max your definition by applying Preparation H a few hours before showtime. Preparation H helps draw water from your muscles. Just be sure to drink plenty of water once the show has ended.
Have a glass of your favorite alcoholic beverage prior to show time. Alcohol constricts your blood vessels and will cause your veins to be more pronounced on stage. Be sure to limit yourself to one since you are severely dehydrated and stay away from anything that may stain your teeth, like red wine.