I've already covered the physical challenge of training. Here's something else...getting on stage is scary for me There is discomfort and sacrifice in preparing for a figure competition. But the final 48 hours is over the top. I practice with a posing coach who critiques my body and the way I present it. I have to stand naked in front of my air brush artist (my partner), getting myself painted a dark hue of brown. In daily life, I don't style my hair, wear much makeup, except for some lipstick or paint my nails. I wear runners all day every day. Uggs in the winter. Pj's all weekend. I know, I'm a shocker!! Creature of comfort. The week before the competition, I will spend six or seven hours in a beauty salon, getting dyed, waxed, and pedicured. The day of the contest I have to walk to the middle of the stage, alone and under the lights, in front of an audience of bodybuilding afiocionados, and smile at a panel of judges, who I will know actually as I am normally on the judging panel with them. I don't want to look like a fool. I want to look like I belong, and garner respect.
If you compete – you can too. All of these things may, or may not be provided to you if you compete. These are my reasons and I have always said on FIO you should compete for 'right' reasons, for 'good' reasons, not reasons such as validation, or to 'prove a point, or worst of all in an effort to control your body fat and control your body.