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Should I Compete in Bikini? I'm Not Ready

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There is an article flying around social media at the moment that irks me a bit, pertaining to those "not ready" to compete in bikini. Okay... maybe it irks me more than a bit. I won't go into the details, but in essence the author states only those "serious" about competing should be competing. He adds that those who aren't in "peak" condition have no business stepping on a stage. I think this author needs a little reality check (and yes you read that right... "he"). So... I'm here to very cordially hand that reality check.

Should I Compete in Bikini?  I'm Not Ready

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Competition Tips > Heel height

Imola Heffley

I am 5'6" tall and I own a 5" and a 4" heel competition shoe. Whenever I wear the 5" i stumble around a lot and can't pose very well. When I wear the 4" shoe, I nail my posing. So my question is, can I wear the 4" shoe on stage knowing that the 5" is probably make my legs better but sacrifice my posing?

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Competition Tips > To get a coach or do it alone?

Imola Heffley

I have had two different coaches in the best and one did not have me eat any carbs and messed up my body and the other had me eat too much calories and wasn't losing any weight. I am going coachless now because I feel like I spent a lot of money for bad advice. Be careful. Coaches do not always give you the best advice, some just do what worked for them in the past and do not understand that everyone works differently.

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Diet > Carbs 12 weeks out

Kristin Shaffer

Hi Imola, I'm sending you a separate email. :) With love, Kristin

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Diet > Carbs 12 weeks out

Imola Heffley

Hello, I am new to the site. I have a question regarding the carb sources closer to competition. It says that you are not allowed starchy carbs, only fibrous vegetables. I don't understand how you will meet the required carb grams only eating fibrous vegetables. Thanks in advance

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Welcome - From the Editor > Newbie here

Jessica Hamilton

I am super new too! I am trying to determine weather or not 19 weeks out for my very first competition(figure) is enough time to obtain the proper results. I am a mom of four ages 10-1 and I have been lifting with my husband for about 12 weeks now. I know I need to add cardio into the mix, well more cardio, and to meal prep better. I have been working on my meal prep for a couple weeks now and I am seeing awesome results I just kind of want to make sure I am heading in the right direction.

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Competition Tips > How old is too old?

Kristin Shaffer

Never too old!!! :):):) Seriously... you're never too old to get going. Candidly 43 is young. I stepped on stage with an amazing-looking 62-year-old and she didn't start working on her sexy body until she was 50! And even if you don't ultimately compete, why not work toward getting into the BEST shape of your life anyway right? You'll have more energy, more vitality, and more confidence than you've ever had as a result. It's a beautiful thing. With love, Kristin

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Competition Tips > How old is too old?

Hello, I will be turning 43 next Saturday and I have never competed or worked out like a "bodybuilder" my entire life. I am more interested into finding out more info because one of my former co-workers is competing in her first show coming up. She is darn motivating but she's also about 11-12 years younger than me. Thoughts and advice?

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Competition Tips > Help for first time NPC bikini competitor!

Kristin Shaffer

Hi there and thank you so much for being part of our community. Unfortunately we can't allow comments on specific trainers on here. In general though, if you are not 100% confident in your trainer's advice then you need to find another trainer. If you ARE confident in your trainer's advice then follow what he/she tells you to do to a T. :) With love, Kristin <3

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Competition Tips > Help for first time NPC bikini competitor!

Hello everyone!!! So I am halfway through a training program (not prep just trying to lose some fat) with Nikki Blacketter. I have found a coach for prep, Brittney Stracener, and she has told me she wants me to reverse diet for 10 weeks before starting prep with her. The plan was for me to start prep July 20th after finishing with Nikki but with this reverse diet I won't be able to start until August 24th. I wanted to compete October 24th and November 7th which will put me at 8 weeks and 5 days out and 10 weeks and 5 days out respectively. Will this be enough time to prep and be successful? I have been lifting 5 days a week since February 25th and just upped my cardio from 2 HIIT sessions a week to 4 HIIT sessions a week. Right now I'm 5'6 145 (still need to lose fat which I'm worried about not doing when I reverse diet). I've lost 20 pounds since February 25th and several inches. Also, I'm following IIFYM and calories are 1500 fat 40g, carbs 160g, and protein 125g. Which is why my coach needs me to reverse up to give me room to lower when I start prep! Thanks so much for any advice!

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Welcome - From the Editor > Newbie here

Kristin Shaffer

Sharon how exciting!!! I love your light bulb moment with meal prepping. I swear if there's anything I accomplish in this life (other than being the best mom I can be), it's going to be teaching the world about the benefits of prepping clean meals in advance. There's no better way to eat healthy with the added bonuses of saving money and time. :) It sounds like you hit the ground running. That's awesome! Your approach on the veggies is spot on and your choice of veggies is perfect. And... since you love veggies so much don't be afraid to back off percentage of protein and increase your carbs. Then when you're selecting your meal choices in the Meal Planning Tool select "fibrous veggies" for one carb and something else for another carb. Measure out both carbs, then mix them together and divide them up among your meals. :) Also thank you for your kind words about my videos. I love doing them... they're so fun. I've been so busy lately with work, family, and prepping for the Nationals that I haven't done many. I'll get back to it super soon. :):) I hope that helps! Don't hesitate to email me personally with any other questions. It's Kristin@FigureAndBikini.org With love, Kristin

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