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    Is a coach necessary for your first contest?

    I'm looking to do a show this summer (most likely Men's Physique, although possibly classic physique if I can find a show near me). I've never done a show before, although I did recently do a practice prep to see what it takes to get lean enough. I'm just curious as to whether or not its necessary, or at least suggested, that I find a coach for the prep/show?

    For what it's worth, I'm a college student, so I don't really want to drop a bunch of money on a coach if I can get away without one.
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    It's not NECESSARY, especially with the beauty of the internet, but it is HIGHLY advisable to have an expert guide you through the process, especially the first time.

    I would highly recommend it.

    I just started prep for my 3rd show and I still use a coach because between work, cooking and training, it's nice to have someone do all the homework for you and just tell you what to do. Plus, I think it helps keep you accountable because one, you do not want to disappoint your coach and two, when you pay those fees for his service, you are less likely to fall off track because it's your money you do not want to waste.
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    I've done my own prep, diet and training, for all my shows.
    For my first show I hired a posing coach eight weeks out.
    I knew him beforehand. He has since become an NPC judge.
    I have since joined a his team and have weekly posing practice available.

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    It seems like my best bet would be to try to find a coach for the last leg of the prep if possible. I don't know that I can shell out the money for a full time coach (broke college kid), but I would definitely appreciate having someone in my corner to help me out. If any of you have done an entire prep on your own, did it get super difficult? Like to the point where you really regretted not having a coach?
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    Originally Posted by b3jh24 View Post
    It seems like my best bet would be to try to find a coach for the last leg of the prep if possible. I don't know that I can shell out the money for a full time coach (broke college kid), but I would definitely appreciate having someone in my corner to help me out. If any of you have done an entire prep on your own, did it get super difficult? Like to the point where you really regretted not having a coach?
    If I were going to hire a coach it would be for the last 4-6 weeks of prep just to dial me in better.

    My first prep did get tough.
    I even did a trial run prep the year before I committed to a show.
    It did take will power not to eat more food.
    The diet does take its toll, tired, grumpy.

    I just focused on the goal to acquire The Shredz.
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    Ive done three without a coach and enjoy the process of learning this myself as ive been doing this fifteen years coming up in April.

    A great coach will definitely make the prep much easier than doing it by yourself. If youre smart and can figure it out yourself, thats great. Its taken me quite a bit of trial and error compared to some ive seen
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