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What I learned from my first competitive fitness experience (Introduction)

I’m introducing a blog series here, based on my first and recent NPC competition. If you don’t know what NPC is, you’re not alone. NPC stands for “National Physique Committee” and is the governing body (no pun intended) of competitive fitness, or bodybuilding, competitions.

When I say “bodybuilding” you probably think of Schwarzenegger or worse the very strong ‘true’ bodybuilding women. But these days the sport of “bodybuilding” (also known as competitive fitness) is much broader and allows a variety of people interested in fitness. For women, there are now five ‘categories’ in which to compete: Bodybuilding, Physique, Fitness, Figure, and Bikini. Within each, your height and/or age determines your “class.” If you aren’t familiar with the sport, this article gives you a run down of the female categories in competitive fitness http://www.examiner.com/article/introduction-to-competitive-fitness-for-women

My five part series will focus on what I learned from my experience, and what I’ve taken away in my everyday life. Because training for a competition is anything but ‘real life,’ although there are some great lessons to be learned.

So look for these articles in upcoming blogs in the weeks to come:

  1. Making the decision to compete: Committing, Planning, Telling your friends
  2. The Training: What it’s like to kick your own butt
  3. The Diet: You aren’t going to starve, but it’s going to be tough
  4. Posing & Presentation: It’s harder than you think
  5. Mental & Emotional: What you need from yourself and your support “crew”
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