Tips for Your First Bodybuilding Show


If you are interested in entering a bodybuilding show then you will need to know what it takes before you embark in a bodybuilding show.

Here are some tips from, which you can follow for your first bodybuilding show.

Tips for your First Bodybuilding Show


  1. Go to a Show

It’s all well sitting at home and seeing a bodybuilding show and thinking that you want to do it, but you should go to a bodybuilding show before you decide to take the plunge and go on stage yourself.

By attending a bodybuilding show, you will become familiar with how they are run, judged and what it takes to show confidence on stage.

  1. Commitment

If you believe that you are able to handle the spotlight, then you need to decide if you will be able to handle the commitment that it takes. When it comes to competing in a bodybuilding show there is no room for slacking off. You need to be able to commit at minimum 12 weeks for contest preparation and in most cases you should actually plan for 20 or more weeks.

  1. Diet

When it comes to diet it’s not so much about what you eat but the macronutrients that you are consuming, those are your carbohydrates, fat, proteins and such. You need to know what macronutrients are entering into your body and the quantity. If you hit the desired number of each of the macronutrients then you will be able to reach your goal physique.

Each macronutrient has a caloric value those being:

  • Carbohydrates – 4 calories
  • Fat – 9 calories
  • Protein – 4 calories

A simple macronutrient breakdown would be:

  • Carbohydrates – 300 (1200 calories)
  • Fat – 50 (450 calories)
  • Protein – 200 (800 calories)

If you are unsure how to set your macronutrients, then you can contact a contest preparation coach.

  1. The Workout

During your contest preparation you should train the same way that you always have. If the way that you have been training shows the results that you want, then there is no need to change the way you train. A progressive overload in contest prep for a bodybuilding competition will aid in the maintaining of your muscle for as long as you can.

  1. Competition Choice

You will need to decide on the organization that you would like to compete in. there are many organisations to choose from whether you are interested in the natural bodybuilder and the equipped bodybuilder. You can do some research on the various organisations a see which of them best supports your views and beliefs on bodybuilding.

Once you have chosen your organization, you will then need to decide on the show you would like to enter. You can choose a local show so that your friends and family can support you and you can choose to compete in multiple shows to gain experience and to showcase what you have accomplished.

  1. Posing

Once you have chosen the organization, you should have a look at what their posing guidelines are. You will need to become familiar with the posing call outs so you know what you are doing when you are on stage.

You should then practice all the poses so you can impress the judges.