How do I Prepare for a Bodybuilding Championship?

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  • Written By: Tara Barnett
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  • Last Modified Date: 19 June 2018
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Preparing for a bodybuilding championship begins long before the actual championship. A person must generally be in excellent physical condition in order to successfully fine-tune the body for a championship. Approximately four weeks before the competition, the athlete should begin to make minute adjustments to achieve peak physical condition for the bodybuilding championship, which may include diet and exercise changes. Learning about bodybuilding demonstrations and preparing both physically and mentally for competition is essential as well.

There are many different theories of dieting that can be used to achieve an appropriate body for a bodybuilding championship. In general, consulting with a nutritionist or a trainer is a good way to maintain a safe and effective diet. Different people hold vastly different beliefs about which diets work and which do not. If you have found a diet that is effective, then that diet is likely the best for your body.

Exercise before a bodybuilding championship must take an aggressive approach in order to improve your chances of winning. You must maintain muscle, but must be absolutely certain that you will not become injured or disrupt your bodily symmetry. Training should be approached with even more devotion than usual, as every motion makes a difference when competition time draws near. Making more time for exercise is essential when preparing for a competition.


The key to effective diet and training is supplementing your current procedures rather than overhauling that process entirely. Experimentation can lead to mistakes and unintended consequences. Intensity must be increased, but changes in exercise types or diet can be dangerous. Having a trainer to monitor your progress and make sure that you will not compromise your body attempting to change too much is a good idea when possible.

One thing many people forget to do before a competition is practice posing. Posing is a large aspect of most bodybuilding championships, and emphasizing the body that you have built is almost as important as building that body. In some cases, practicing your routine in front of a mirror with the chosen music may be sufficient, but some people find that working with a trainer is better. Dance classes, instructional videos, and documentaries about bodybuilding can all provide useful posing information.

The final step in preparing for a bodybuilding championship is preparing for the competition mentally. A bodybuilding championship can be stressful, and even perfectly prepared athletes may get nervous on the day of the competition. By preparing mentally, you can best show off your hard work and improve your chances of winning.



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