Thousands of women are becoming more interested in bodybuilding and eventually aiming to compete on stage as a result of the explosive growth in popularity of micro bikini competitions. However, competing in bodybuilding involves more than simply exercise, dieting, or wearing a micro bikini competition suit, the whole process has an impact on your mental health in addition to your physical health.

You should not decide to participate lightly, and before you aim for a show, you should weigh all the options.

This is why, this article is all about competing, or more precisely, about the preparations you should make before stepping onto the stage in order to present your best self and muscular body.

Why are you planning to compete?
You need to think about your reasons or the motivation behind your competing in a bikini competition before you choose a competition and start getting ready.

Preparing for a competition is one of the hardest things one can do, and if you are doing it for the wrong reasons, you will not succeed. Like any activity, having the correct mindset both before and during the prep cycle is most important to a successful prep and run on stage. These days, bikini competitions are so intense that winning a trophy is never guaranteed.

So charge ahead if you’re doing it for the challenge, to show off your best self, or just because you enjoy the sport.

First, select a division!
So, now that your head is in the right place mentally. You must acquire some background knowledge at this point so that you know what to aim for when you are in the competition stage. There are many leagues & divisions you can choose to compete in.

If you are a beginner, don’t worry there will be a league that fits you based on your goals, finances, and maybe place of living. There are several leagues to pick from, and each has requirements specific to eligibility, posing routine, and micro bikini competition suit styles. To make it easier for you to understand, let’s focus on the NPC (National Physique Committee) league, one of the largest bodybuilding leagues. If you plan to make it in the fitness world for real, pro status in the International Federation of Bodybuilders, or IFBB, is possible by participation in the NPC.

Going a little further, you can choose between a bikini, figure, fitness or physique or bodybuilding depending on your form, goals, personality, and personal taste for aesthetic appearance. Examine the winners who have consistently won in the division you have selected, and strive to emulate their best appearance.

How to choose a competition division?
1. Bikini – The least physically demanding category, bikini contestants are judged on their symmetry, tone, and leanness. They think that the back wins bikini contests since full, round glutes are highly prized in this category. If you have a tiny waist, you can think about competing here. Appearances and posing techniques are important in this division more than in any other, as they make up half of the final score.

2. Figure – A slightly enhanced version of the bikini division. Figure competitions require athletes to have more muscle than bikinis. Figure athletes are distinguished by their prominent v-taper, well-defined legs, and full, round delts. Although figure athletes are more muscular than bikini athletes, the judging criteria still require them to be quite feminine. Before they pose, a figure athlete and a bikini athlete may appear to be quite similar.

3. Fitness – In terms of appearance, fitness athletes will resemble figure athletes in terms of their muscularity. The addition of a performance round, when competitors showcase their strength and athleticism through a posing routine, is what distinguishes fitness from the figure. Do not take the posing routine lightly because it can make or break your overall competition score.

4. Physique – Athletes in this division are noticeably thinner and more muscular than in any the other divisions. Competitors in the physique division have a lot more required poses to fulfill and complete their free-posing exercises barefoot.

5. Bodybuilding – These are top-tier competitions. The most physically demanding category in women’s bodybuilding features athletes who have a high degree of muscularity and leanness while maintaining their femininity. Most athletes who select this have been competing for years.

Every division has required micro bikini competition suits and mandated posing routines, making them unique. Pick the one that attracts to you the most, keeping in mind that each has a unique appearance.

Accept and embrace the process
We’ve reached the most difficult phase of the completion preparation so far: the preparation. Preparation involves intense physical training and almost compulsive food prep.