Bikini Competition: If I knew this before competing in NPC…

From personal experience this information is dedicated to those who have an interest in the sport of bodybuilding and want to compete. If only I knew this things ahead of time.

The bikini division just started when I got interested and there was no information available on the pros and cons of NPC and IFBB.

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First time squatting in 2013 ( practicing form) –…







FTC: This is my own opinion, NPC / IFBB / or any other bodybuilding federation did not sponsor me to give feedback.

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22 Responses

  1. 2:10 ‘So much more ‘scientifical’

  2. My first bikini competition was with WBFF. It was fun but way more expensive than other organizations and they were experimenting with a new tan product which turned some contestants green. Tho it was fun and the gals competing were great, I have done more research and found another organization that is more budget conscious.

  3. Nicole Parry says:

    Thank you for this!!!!!!! Such a great video!!!

  4. I know this video is old, but I just came across your channel! Who was the trainer you were working with that gave you a cookie cutter plan? Ive had bad experiences like this too!

  5. Natural shows do make you do a lie detector test 🙂 And I am sad to hear things like this, I was unfortunate enough to have run into a coach like that too who had me so low calorie and on hours of cardio. Not doing that since then but I wish I would have never done that. Good luck to you!

  6. Can i get the name of the person you're recommending?

  7. Joy Villa says:

    Great video! What is a "Squeem"?

  8. Kathi T says:

    I'm sorry you had such a terrible experience. I hope people do not take this bitterness as advice… If you want to train for and attempt a competition, it is a goal worth attempting.

    I competed once, it was fun. I did not do it the way you did it. I went with short hair, did Jan Tana tan, did it all natural, used a coach that was not a competition trainer, designed my posing suits and had a friend sew them (still cost a small fortune), built my own nutrition plan without using a nutritionist. There is a lot of good advice out there for free, it all depends on how hard you are willing to work to put it all together for yourself and how deep you go on finding facts not BS. I actually did better than people who hired a name "nutritionist", who put people on such restrictive diets that they lost muscle and even got sick before the competition. It was a lot of fun and I have some great memories and pictures.

    Again, I am sorry you had such a negative experience. You sound really bitter and hurt… your voice cracks so many times in this video, your pain is obvious. It is true that some people are dishonest and some people do not have credentials, but that is true about anything, anywhere. Your story sounds a lot like some of the complaints people make about dog showing. LOL

  9. Loved this video! It's so helpful & it seems as though your very truthful & genuine. This is the first video i watch of yours & i immediately subbed.

  10. I love Ashley!  Met her at the Arnold 2015.  Loved her Pizza onesie!  Lol

  11. I'm thinking about doing my very first men's physique show in October and training very hard!  I know this is for bikini girls but it was good advice for me as well.  I'm trying to find videos like this for guys and I can't seem to find anything.  Good stuff.

  12. I enjoyed the video, thank you for sharing.  Do you have suggestions for finding a coach?

  13. J D says:

    Thank you for posting this video. My Coach is a certified NPC trainer and also a Sponsor for NPC/IFBB. He told me it's all about "Politics" in this sport. You are correct, they already picked out the Winner way before there is even an event/show. They put up the money to Sponsor the show and they choose the Winner in advance. Looking at his Instagram, ALL of the girls he chose to go on stage always wins. Also, he told me these girls are on Clenbuterol, which is an illegal drugs but it helps people to lose body fat. It's disheartening to know that I'll never win on stage because the Winner(s) are already chosen before hand. Some of these Winners were previously a model, or had some kind of status or popularity.

    He gives me a cookie cutter plan, and the same exercise program for 9 months straight, diet only changes every 2-3 months.

  14. Bilma Diaz says:

    Thanks for putting this out there Stephanie, I'm sharing this on my page. We need a lot more education for athletes, especially females who are usually in the dark in this area of fitness. I'm right with you about your comments about the credibility and accreditation of prep coaches and trainers. 

  15. bluved100 says:

    Thank you for shedding light on some important aspects that us newbies need to know. Blessings.

  16. Who do you recommend? Norton Lang? I can't find info anywhere:)

  17. YouTubeName says:

    I'm a little confused about your statements in the beginning about the magazine diets vs. your coach's prescribed diet. It sounded like you were going to say the magazine diets were inferior & unsafe, but you actually said it was your coach's diet that was unsafe. But then you recommended your coach. ???

  18. Thank you for sharing this with us. I am not planning on competing but I am interested in the industry and the people and it is so very insightful to get a look behind the scenes. It also helps me put my own body in perspective when I am tempted to compare myself with all the beauties on stage and on instagram.

  19. SienaFit says:

    I finally signed up for my first show! This was helpful! Thanks!

  20. Clarissa says:

    Thank you so much for making this video and being very honest with your experience.  You were the first person who motivated me to want to compete but through your honesty and really looking into the reasons why I wanted to compete,  I realized it's not what I really want to do.  The way you look now, is what I strive for and only because I see how fitness is just part of your life. No stressing over it, no forcing it.  Thank you so much for sharing your story with us always, I find you so inspirational. 

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