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So you wanna compete….the cost of competing.

You see your body making changes and you say to yourself (and only to yourself until you investigate it a little more), ‘I think I wanna do a competition’. So you get on the internet and Google everything under the sun about figure/bikini competitions. You look for motivating photos of Pros and/or Fitness Models, capturing their photos and making them your background photo on your computer. Or you print pictures of amazing physiques and tape them to your fridge to deter you from eating that pint of ice cream sitting in the freezer. Dam you ice cream!!!!

And so weeks have gone by and you finally threw out the ice cream and really made a decision to go for it, to get on stage. Why the hell not? You’ve worked hard and you want to show the world what hard work looks like. Once the decision is made to compete, you have a choice to do it all on your own or seek out professional assistance to make the transition from the gym to the stage easier. Of course, hiring a group of professionals cost money and you don’t realize how much everything costs until you are in the middle of your show prep and by then, you don’t wanna jump ship because that would be quitting and you’re not a quitter!

Competing in any sport is expensive and this sport is no different. I decided to put a list together and this is not all inclusive but it will give you an idea of what to expect.

Certified Professional Trainer – budget:$50-100/hr It’s always a plus when the trainer has worked with competitors in the past. They know what areas of your physique will need work based on what you’re body looks like and what category you’re competing in. You may not push yourself as hard as a trainer would so hiring a trainer is always a benefit. Some trainers are also certified to do nutrition so you get more bang for your buck when you find one that can manage both aspects of your training. Your eating becomes 90% of the results you want in order to get on that stage. Some trainers offer 30 minute sessions as well and that will cut the cost of your expense, always good to ask during the consultation. If you are serious about competing, start researching trainers in your area and meet with them for a consultation to see if they are a good fit for you and what you’re trying to do. If this is your first show, it’s always a good idea to start training at least 12-16 wks out from a show.

Nutritionist – budget: $1000-1200 (based on a 3 month period) I never had to hire a Nutritionist only because my trainer is qualified to do weight management but I did reach out to one particular Nutritionist that was known for working with natural athletes. He was not cheap but his rate included contest prep (this means his nutritional plans would take me all the way to the day of the show). Remember, ninety percent of your results comes from what you’re eating and how much you’re eating. If you are highly motivated to get to the gym and know what you’re doing, then this might be the route you should take. It’s best to give the nutritionist and/or trainer more than 6 wks to prep you for a show. Your food plan should individualized for you versus a generic menu that’s given to all their competitive clients.

Posing Coach – budget: $50-100/session, session times vary with coaches and are usually 30 min, 45 min, or an hour depending on the coach you work with. The posing coach pulls it all together in terms of your total presentation package. She will assist you on shoes, suits, hair, makeup, tanning, jewelry, and of course the posing. Recommendations on presentation (shoes, suits, hair, makeup, etc) will be made to you based on your budget. The posing is another beast all together and a good posing coach will teach you basic and advanced poses for the stage, your stage walk, and your transitions so you will look polished and professional on and off the stage. Best time to start working with a posing coach is 8-10 wks out from the show. Think of her as your event planner and stylist all in one. She will make sure you are prepped 100%.

Competition Bikini by Lollie Rocks, cost range $150-300 for Bikinis.

Christine Anderson, Figure Suit by Tamara Oakley of Bikiniguru.com Figure suit price range $150-1000

Figure/Bikini Suits – budget: $150-1000 Now this is where it gets expensive. It used to be bikini suits were less expensive than figure suits but it seems the bikini suits are getting more and more expensive. I have found the simple suits look the best on stage and if you can find a local designer in your city, this is an added plus. The more ‘bling’ you have on your suit, the more it will cost. At the end of the day, it’s not the suit that will get you noticed, it’s your physique. I could go on and on about the do’s and don’t’s of suit choices but that will have to be saved for another blog, don’t want to get off this subject of ‘budgeting’!

Julie Hyde Stockwell, Themewear round. Costume made by Julie.

Theme wear/Sports wear – budget: yikes, now this really varies because it depends on how elaborate your costume will be. Some organizations have a theme wear/sports wear round to see how your physique looks wearing a different style of clothing. Check with local seamstresses to get a quote on how much your outfit will cost. Custom made theme wear can range $150-300, store bought costumes can range from $50-150. Although purchasing your theme wear is a great money saver but you run the risk of having another competitor wear the same outfit.

Shoes – budget: $45-100 Typically, your competition shoe will cost around $45 and can be purchased at any local lingerie shop or online. The difference between the $45 and $100 shoe is where it was made, your pricier show will be made in the USA. You can even rent shoes which normally cost $5-10/rental.

Food – budget: $100-150/week This will vary with each person but think about it…you’re probably saving money from NOT EATING OUT FOR AT LEAST 16 WEEKS.

Supplements – budget: $100-200/month This varies with each person and each program should be tailored but this is based on general health, muscle recovery, and fat burner supplements.

Entry fee & membership fee – budget: $100-200/show Every organization will have a yearly membership fee and separate entry fee. If you compete in two different categories, you pay an additional entry fee for each category.

Leah Egwuatu, Bikini competitor has 2 spray tan coats on her body to give her a glow on stage and prevent stage lights from being washed out.

Spray tan – budget: $20-30 do-it-yourself product, $80-150 professional spray tan at the venue Most shows have an official spray tan company that will spray tan your body and will be back stage assisting you with glazing and tacking your suit so it does not ride up the butt. These professional services tend to be on the pricier side and typically give you 2-3 coats. But if you’re on a budget and have someone else that can apply your competition spray tan, you can purchase your spray tan in a bottle and apply it yourself.

Hair & Makeup – budget: $150-200 Every show has an official hair and makeup team to service the athletes but it’s not uncommon to have a friend help you morning of the show, just be sure they are capable of stage hair and makeup.

Athena Cahill: mom, wife, client. Hair by Lily Pham, Makeup by Kalina Fashaw of Flawless Makeup

Kathy Laucious, Figure competitor doing a Fitness shoot.

Photoshoot – budget: $500-1000 Some athletes like to capture photos while they are in the best shape of their life so every show will have an official photographer that does shoots the weekend of the show.

Photoshoot outfits – budget: varies on your taste You really need 3-4 outfits for a shoot: a bikini, workout wear, classy/sexy dress. These are a great start if you’ve never done a shoot before.

Hotel – budget: $85-130 per night

Then there are little things like: waxing, manicures, pedicures, and facials to think about when budgeting for a show. So that’s about it, I hope I didn’t miss anything and if I did, please feel free to comment so everyone can benefit from this post!

June 28, 2012 0 Comments

I have a confession…in case you didn’t know

While having lunch with a few coaching colleagues a discussion came up about competing and how we love being on stage ourselves. The high we experience the week of the show is unbelievable and there’s nothing like that feeling of being in total control of your body. The motivation we feel when we go to a show and want to get on that stage too! As I listened to them talk about the desire to want to get on a competition stage, I found myself saying to these ladies that I don’t experience that anymore. I used to go to competitions and get so excited about my contest prep I couldn’t contain my energy! Putting together a professional package on stage along with a posing routine performed like I was born to do it was so much fun for me. Now, I go to shows and take notes on how to be a BETTER COACH. I help others put their stage package together, I help others put together a posing routine that makes THEM look like they were born to do it. The challenge of teaching them how to execute the poses with little effort is what I love the most. So here’s my confession – I experience more joy and more fulfillment from seeing my WORK through OTHERS take center stage. I have no desire to get on stage because the feeling of self satisfaction is fleeting. Oh, and let’s not discuss the post competition blues, that’s another blog for another day. It feels like I achieved what I set out to do: to be a top athlete on my terms (with integrity) and make a name for myself. There is no other feeling like watching your clients on stage feeling so confident that they become another person. There’s no other feeling than reading a text or email from a client thanking you for being part of their life. Someone really smart once told me the shows are magical and he’s right, they are magical and I’m a part of that magic every day.

June 24, 2012 0 Comments
Stacie Hansen, Figure Posing Client via SKYPE

CAC Skype Client, Stacie Hansen

I was a posing client of Christine for my first Figure Competition in April 2012. We worked via Skype. This was very convenient for me, I am a single mom who works 12 hour overnight shifts. As any competitor knows, there is a lot that goes into competing. You spend hours in the gym and kitchen to transform your body. Continue Reading →

June 20, 2012 0 Comments
Nichola Smiles, Bikini

CAC Testimony by Nichola Smiles, Bikini Competitor

NICHOLA SMILES, BIKINI COMPETITOR

I first met Christine Anderson at a Musclemania Posing Camp in February 2012. I remember being an hour late, and Christine spending a few moments with me so I could “catch up”. First off, I didn’t realize posing was so much work! Continue Reading →

June 17, 2012 0 Comments
2012 prep camp

Musclemania Texas Camps

The next camp will begin on June 30th at One2One Training Center in Sugar Land from 9-11am.  Athletes from all divisions are welcome, we have coaches to provide you the information to prepare you for a Musclemania competition. Continue Reading →

June 11, 2012 0 Comments

10 QUALITIES OF A CHAMPION

These are not my words, I found this in a club management magazine a long time ago and made sure to save it. I’m sorry I’m not able to site the source but this is a blog and not a fitness article so I think I’m safe to express myself freely, RIGHT? All of us want to be champions and we are! But sometimes certain situations put our champion-like thoughts to the test and these qualities puts it back in the right perspective. I hope you will enjoy reading this and take some bit of knowledge.

#1. THE CHAMPION IS GOAL ORIENTED
A champion has a carefully thought out, well-defined, realistic goal that she works for, on a daily basis.  A goal is to a champion, what a target is to a bullet.  If you don’t have a goal how can you ever know when you have achieved it?  A goal gives direction to the champion’s efforts.

#2. THE CHAMPION WALKS A PATH OF NEVER ENDING SELF IMPROVEMENT
A true champion always challenges herself to achieve more and more, and never rests on her laurels. A true champion doesn’t get comfortable. She is always looking for ways to improve.  She realizes that the road to oblivion is paved with remains of those that got complacent. A champion realizes that to win externally in the outside world, she must first win internally, at the very core of her being.

#3. THE CHAMPION PERSEVERES
Perseverance is the relentless pursuit of a goal. It is the ability to endure hardship, the ability to walk away from distractions and temptations, the ability to maintain focus and doggedly pursue that which is desired. To persevere, the champion must desire her goal more than anything else. That’s one reason true champions carefully assess their goals before committing to them.

#4. THE CHAMPION IS OPTIMISTIC
The champion has internalized her goal and expects to achieve it. She has faith in herself and in her calling allowing her to overcome all obstacles. The champion practices positive thinking, recognizing the irrefutable law that “as a woman thinks, so shall she become”. Positive thinking begets positive results. Think about it.

#5. THE CHAMPION HAS HUMILITY
Those that don’t learn, learn it the hard way. A champion realizes that winning or accomplishing doesn’t make her “better” than anyone else. Although a champion has a healthy ego, she is never conceited. She respects the God-given intrinsic worth of every human being.

#6 THE CHAMPION IS A GOOD SPORTSWOMAN
A champion is humble in victory, and gracious in defeat. She never talks about her competition unless she has something positive to say.

#7. THE CHAMPION IS INTROSPECTIVE
She gives herself credit not only for her successes, for even the basest woman do that but also takes responsibility for her failures. The champion doesn’t blame others or factors outside herself for her shortcomings. Instead, she looks inside herself for ways to improve, learning from his failures and realizing that failures are only opportunities to improve.

#8. THE CHAMPION IS SELFLESS
The champion gives back. She is friendly and helpful. And always looking for ways to improve the lot of others. She realizes that it is a privilege to be regarded as a champion and held in high esteem by others, and will act accordingly. The champion works not only to better himself, but to better the field in which he excels.

#9 THE CHAMPION EXERCISES THE RESPONSIBILITY THAT HIS POSITION CARRIES. Like it or not, a champion is a role model for others, may times children and young people. A champion lives his life correctly, knowing that others will be watching and emulating him. The world is full of superstar athletes that live lives of debauchery and excess. They are not to be confused for champions if it weren’t for their God given talent, they would be losers.

#10 THE CHAMPION KEEPS IT ALL IN PERSPECTIVE
A champion realizes that she is a physical, mental, and spiritual being and keeps balance in her life. She realizes early on that the world does not revolve around her.

June 6, 2012 0 Comments

My First Official Blog Entry – Don’t Let One Setback Define Who You Are

For months leading up to this blog, I’ve had a list of ideas of what to write about but now I’m staring at my computer thinking, ‘where do I start?’. Everything has to be perfect, this is how my mind works. Well everything doesn’t have to be perfect and my competition life in the past few years is proof. I’m going to share a part of my journey and what ultimately led to the birth of my Coaching business, Christine Anderson Coaching.
‘DON’T LET ONE SETBACK DEFINE WHO YOU ARE’ ~ Joel Osteen
I competed for years in the Figure division doing extremely well at local and national level competitions. There was a short 3 year break during my competition career to start a family and I decided at the time I would not compete again. Well that decision didn’t last long because I found myself training for a show again just to get my pre baby physique back. The pressure of bringing a package that was even better before I had my daughter was enough to get my butt out of bed everyday at 4am to get cardio in. My first post baby show was in Austin and I was so nervous I think I was shaking. Then to make the nervousness worse, I was the first to do my intro walk. I mean, really? So many people came out to support me, it was overwhelming – more added pressure. I did well, winning Open and Masters and then it was on to the next show which was even sweeter winning Overall. Things got even better once I hit the National circuit, placing in top 5 and 6 out of 30+ girls is tough to do at this level but I did it and decided to compete for another year at the national level only. This is when I really believe I reached a turning point in my career but didn’t even realize it until AFTER the dust settled. I was already coaching ladies on posing but never turned it into a full blown business. In the back of my head, I was telling myself that if I had a PRO CARD TITLE to attach to my name that’s when I’ll go gangbusters with my business. Wrong. That pro card never happened and if I let that define who I am as a person I would not have my Coaching business where it is today. I realized that I can do whatever I want to do and not one person or organization can prevent me from doing it, only I can. Once I opened my mind and heart to other things,  many more doors of opportunities have come my way. I filmed a Posing Video with Fit To Be In Your Kitchen, about to carry a small clothing line, been approached to put together an upscale seminar for non-competitive ladies on being photo shoot ready, and Musclemania camps keep getting bigger and better. Don’t get me wrong, it took me 6 months to get over my last competition in July 2011. I placed 7th out of 10 ladies in a National Masters competition, I expected to do better but I didn’t and internally worked through the process of getting over it. I didn’t realize how much I learned in the course of the years competing until I starting sharing my knowledge with others. I went from being a competitor into a business woman, which in my honest opinion is much tougher for me to do. Everything will not be perfect and things happen for a reason, such an old cliche but it’s true.  For anyone who competes or competed, the decision to not compete leads to this question ‘NOW WHAT?’.  Now, I enjoy helping other competitors get on stage through my coaching business and didn’t let one setback define me.  I allowed it to make me stronger.

June 3, 2012 0 Comments