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Bikini Competitions – the nitty gritty

My STRONG GIRLS made quite a debut in competing this year. I couldn’t be more proud of how hard everyone worked and how bright they shined on stage. Because of them I have been receiving Contest Prep inquiries on a daily basis and am excited to slowly reveal some of the new STRONG GIRLS over the next few months.

One of things I wanted to address regarding competing is the time commitment as well as the financial obligations. Competing isn’t cheap. It never has been and never will be. 

There are so many costs to work in such as your Contest Prep Coach, posing classes, your contest bikini, hair/make-up, tanning, shoes, registration, and organization membership. Of course there’s also your food (you’ll be eating a heck of a lot) and also your time and commitment. None of these items can be overlooked.

There are probably a handful of little things I’m forgetting to mention but the bottom line is competing on stage isn’t something you should consider if you’re on a budget. I remember speaking to a very prominent fitness competitor years ago and she said, “Fitness is a very expensive hobby”. Her words still echo in my mind today.

Is competing worth the investment? If done correctly and with the right mindset – ABSOLUTELY! It can be positively life changing. The competitive fitness world is a very tight knit community and is also a universal language. Ask any competitor and they’ll tell you it’s also a badge of honour anywhere they go and to anyone they speak to.

Please remember the costs don’t stop just because you think you’re fit. I don’t mean to quote AMEX but membership also has its privileges and competing on a stage is a forum to showcase all of your hard work, sacrifice, and commitment judged by physique experts. These competitions have been the stepping stone for many of the world’s leading fitness experts, personalities, and entrepreneurs.

Competing can be costly and your Return On Investment (in yourself) is high risk but I assure you the journey can be an exhilarating, “once in a lifetime”, never-stop-talking-about-it, and oh-so-proud experience that you’ll never forget. 

I like those betting odds 🙂

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My name Jennifer Van Barneveld-Pe and this is a collection of my experiences through blogging on balancing the life of a Fitness Expert/Nutritionist and brand new Mommy.

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