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Sticky Thread Sticky: Official NPC Competitor Thread!

HEY GUYS/GALS! Please post your show info, stats, etc. Ill start: David Alvarez As of now, 7 weeks out of the Tournament of Champions

iForce Dave‎, 08-05-2008 03:26 PM
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Sticky Thread Sticky: Fitness and Figure Posing Guide

Hey Everyone, We get a lot of questions about proper posing, so I have created this Fitness and Figure Posing Guide for any of the ladies interested in competing in Fitness or Figure. This guide is mainly aimed at NPC / IFBB competition, but the basic concepts will apply to almost any...

EME‎, 08-17-2005 02:02 PM
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Lightbulb Sticky Thread Sticky: Layne Norton's Peak Week Official Q&A Thread

Layne Norton's Peak Week Q&A Thread with Pro Natural Bodybuilder Layne Norton, Ph.D. "What Went Wrong? I Looked So Great A Week Out, But Then I Looked Terrible Onstage... ?" How many times have you heard a competitor say that? If you've said it yourself, or are contemplating your next...

BodySpaceAdmin‎, 03-23-2011 02:19 PM
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Arrow Sticky Thread Sticky: General Forum Rules

Welcome to the Bodybuilding.com Forums It is our hope that the members of the forums will help each other in providing motivation and information to those looking to reach their fitness goals. To protect our members and the forums, the following rules are effective in all sections. Please take...

ForumSentinel‎, 05-19-2014 08:12 AM
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This is what I do to prepare for contests

bit.ly/2X5CirS hope this helps. Been competing for 18 years

jakeanddaniel‎, Today 01:30 AM
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Peak Week Carbing

For those of you who have competed in a bodybuilding competition, for your peak week (Final week before competition): (1) How long did you carb up for, leading up to the competition? (2) How effective was your carbing up method, in arriving in shape at the competition? (3) What type of...

Ruben777‎, 06-05-2019 02:36 PM
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NPC contest for foreigner

Hey Guys! At first i want to say, that english is my second language, so i can do some mistakes. I'm writing this post, because i'm european, and i want to compete in NPC and then IFBB PRO league contests, Instead of IFBB Elite Pro/ European League. And my question is In which competitions can...

bodyb0000‎, 06-09-2019 03:41 AM
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Tanning Solution

I will be competing in a natural bodybuilding competition, and just found out that they do not allow Dream Tan. I remember Dream Tan was the tanning solution most everyone was using back in the early 2000's. I have returned to competition after a 17 year layoff, so I am a bit behind the times. ...

Ruben777‎, 06-08-2019 09:04 AM
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How to pick posing trunks

When preparing to compete in a bodybuilding competition, how should one go about deciding which style of posing trunks to use? I thought I heard that one factor is if you have a big waist or small waist, should depend on what style of posing trunks you use. I also know there are different...

Ruben777‎, 06-08-2019 09:31 AM
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NPC? OCB? IFPA? Pro Card? So confused! Please help clarify.

I have recently begun prep for my first ever figure competition. I chose an OCB show that is close to me. It said that winners of the open will move on to another level, which is an IFPA Pro Qualifier. That all makes sense to me. However, I see that a lot of the "Pro Qualifier" shows listed have...

AllisonM114‎, 05-04-2015 10:19 AM
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Arrow Natural Bodybuilding Organizations: Which one?

Hi All, I am looking to compete in my first Bodybuilding competition. I was looking at Natural Bodybuilding Organizations and there are so many of them. The main 3 organizations that I felt comfortable with is INBA/PNBA, INBF/WNBF and OCB. Does anyone have any insight of any of these 3...

ajz‎, 11-19-2018 07:21 AM
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Moderate Sodium

How much sodium per day is a "moderate" amount of sodium? Is it up to 2,300 mg per day?

Ruben777‎, 06-05-2019 12:59 PM
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Prepping for very first competition

Haven't ever had a desire to compete, just to get big as fuark. Currently 5'10 245lbs. My goal this year was to get to 250 with abs (so around 10-12% bodyfat.) I haven't really put much effort into clean eating or anything like that. I Eat good foods for the most part.. but enjoy my sweet foods as...

QuadDamIt‎, 05-03-2019 04:25 PM
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Bikini competitor

Hey everyone!!! So I’m new(ish) to weight lifting but have been doing cardio my whole life running in every 5k I can find. I’m addicted to weightlifting and love seeing the progress. This week I started carb cycling. Today was my high carb day (my carbs being brown rice, sweet potatoes and...

AceCaldwell‎, 05-09-2019 03:53 PM
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Smile First Competition: Natural Junior Bodybuilding (20 weeks out)

Hey Guys! Would appreciate some help, I plan on competition in my first bodybuilding show in about 5 months, I'm 21 & competing in the junior division where I live, the show doesn't have too stiff of competition typically, but I guess you never know year-year. I plan on bulking for the next...

Jballer17‎, 05-31-2019 10:17 AM
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new coach or wait?

Long story short: I met a lady at the gym who is an ex-bodybuilder. We hit it off and exchanged info when I asked if she did any coaching. I asked how much, and she said she wasn’t charging me--she was excited to get back into the sport again. We would meet up at the gym once a week or once every...

klmno9‎, 05-28-2019 01:21 PM
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First Show in Five Years, Advise?

I will be starting my first contest prep in over 5 years next week. I plan on getting on stage in August sometime. I've built in some extra time as I have a bachelor party in Germany to go to about 3 weeks before the show, so I want to have time to lose the damage I will do. I was going to start a...

TrainBeastMode‎, 04-04-2019 04:53 AM
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Competing in BOTH Women's Physique AND Figure?

I'm relatively new to women's figure competition, but have run into something I cannot figure out. In my two most recent shows, there was a Female competitor who won BOTH the Figure Overall AND the Physique Overall. Is this normal? I had assumed that what the judges were looking for...

wendymyersfit‎, 05-28-2019 11:13 AM
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DIET MISTAKE! 2 weeks out bikini

Hey there, So I am currently 2 and 3 weeks out from my first bikini competitions of the season. I am carb cycling, and doing 3 high carb days per week on the days I train legs, and 4 low carb days. On my low carb days I add an additional 20g of almond butter. HOWEVER, I have read my plan wrong...

HayleeRae‎, 05-18-2019 07:10 AM
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Reputable Online Coaches?

Hello, Looking to get serious about competing. I'm looking at online coaches but I'm having difficulties deciding which ones are reputable and what I should look for in a good coach. Any suggestions would be helpful.

lbloir‎, 04-25-2019 11:09 AM
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Question Teen Physique

I am wishing to compete in a Teen Physique show, 20 weeks out. Is there any muscle I should train more, any advice for prep? Prep such as tan, water retention, bulking/cutting. I am currently focusing more on shoulders and back since they have been lagging behind v shape wise. ...

Oxxxx‎, 05-24-2019 11:22 PM
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Unhappy Macros & Calories 6 weeks out: left without a trainer or guidance

I competed in April and did pretty well for my first show. Most of all, I loved every second of being on stage. I planned to compete again in early July and wanted to work with my trainer but I'm having communication issues. Long story short, 2 months post-show, I'm left without a plan and have yet...

maeva27‎, 05-23-2019 10:56 AM
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Tanning/waxing timeline

ok, I sometimes break out from a waxing but the new place I went to, seemed to do ok and I am 10 weeks out. I usually shave from the waist down and wax above but I am thinking to grow it and wax everything. I do get tax in the summer but I will need spray tan help, so when should I do each...

AnotherOldGuy‎, 05-20-2019 01:56 PM
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Post contest huge water retention

So after I competed, I've been eating for 4 days everything I wished for the past 4 months. I've done competing before 3 times and after each competition I ate the same. Only this time, after 4 days I was weighting 10 more kgs, and my feet and calves are swollen I can barely walk ! What should I...

anetoiu‎, 05-18-2019 09:33 AM
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Help Needed | First Contest Prep (No Beuno)

Hello everyone, Long time viewer, very recent poster here. I entered a physique competition for August 3, 2019 in Knoxville. My motivation for doing the contest was to help me work on my discipline and I could not think of a better way to create some great healthy habits. I started this journey...

chavist‎, 05-06-2019 10:14 PM
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Too many classes?

I'm 50 and I've never done something like this and want to scratch it off my bucket list. The NPC event in Myrtle Beach is Aug 3 and I'm starting to reduce calories to drop from 190 to 175 under supervision from my coach who learned/trained under Mike Metzer. Obviously entering the 50+ Masters...

AnotherOldGuy‎, 05-15-2019 01:37 PM
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What to do if spilled over (back load 2 days out).

The show is on friday and I spilled over (ingested too many carbs yesterday). Today is Thursday. Should I fast? Protein and veg only? fats? How will you go about fixing this? My show is at 5.40pm on friday so quite a while a way. It is currently the morning of Thursday where I am .

jlai928‎, 05-08-2019 11:49 PM
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First contest - True Novice or Open?

I am registering to compete in my first ever men's physique competition, but the divisions are TRUE NOVICE, NOVICE, and OPEN. They clarify that True Novice is for first time competitors, but can I just register for the Open division and try my luck, or am I forced to register for the true novice...

R1DINGPwnies‎, 05-08-2019 06:46 AM
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Beginning of prep for first competition

Hey guys! Looking to do a physique competition sometime this fall so that gives me about 20-25 weeks. Pics of what I look like now are attached. 6' 2", 195lbs, 13% body fat (according to a body composition scale which I know aren't that accurate) Since this is going to be my first...

mefelsen‎, 05-03-2019 10:08 PM
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