You’ve noticed some beautiful physiques in fitness magazines, websites or have friends that have competed in figure and you thought about competing yourself, but you don’t know where to start. Don’t worry this article will cover everything you need to know.
For starters this is about you and only you! You cannot do it for anyone else. The commitment it takes to compete is surely above what any average person simply looking to lose weight. You must love your journey every day from morning until night. Every step you take will lead you in the right direction or not. So, it is very important to love the way it makes you feel and look. This should be fun! If it’s not then it’s not for you.
What is Figure and what am I judged on?
Figure is about presenting a physique that is athletic looking without being big like a bodybuilder and without deep cuts and cross striations to the muscle. Competitors are judged on symmetry and muscle, stage presentation, suit-fit and overall look. There is much less emphasis placed on muscle size, as in bodybuilding.
Judges are looking for a tight athletic look that is still feminine. They also look for symmetry, which is demonstrated by a V-taper, small waist, developed lats, nice full shoulders, and full quads.
Even though figure guidelines are written out in detail, it is a subjective sport. For instance at one contest the judges might be looking for a very lean and muscular physique, while at another a softer look might be rewarded. Therefore, you must accept the possibility that you could come in with your best possible physique and it might not be what the judges are looking for on that particular day. My best advice to you is to enjoy your journey, learn from everything you do and talk to the judges for feedback after the show.
Competition Suit and Shoes
Figure competition suits are a considerable cost. You can spend anywhere from $300.00 to $1000.00 or more for your suit. You can save money by renting a suit or by having a suit made for you and accessorizing it with rhinestones yourself.
Competition high heels are a must and are typically 5” high. Any shorter or higher shoes really don’t look good on stage.
Stage Presentation – Posing Clinics/Posing Coach
Knowing how to present yourself on stage is something you are judged on. Walking the stage in those 5” heels with confidence and poise takes practice and hard work. If this is your first competition, you’ll need to take a clinic or hire a personal posing coach to help prepare you.