Many young women dream of being a professional model. They’re enchanted by the covers of magazines showing these gorgeous girls making a living using nothing but their charm, their confidence, and their natural beauty.
Some of these daring young women even push their dreams further. They set a goal of becoming a professional bikini model and competing with other beautiful women who strike an amazing balance between muscle, fitness, and beauty.
If you’re one of these young women, we applaud you! It takes a lot of courage to step out in front of thousands of people wearing practically nothing at all and opening yourself up to their judgment. You’ve got a tough road ahead, and there are some things you’ll need in order to succeed.
To ensure you have the best chance at success possible, read about the following four things you’ll need to compete as a professional bikini model.
1. A Great Fitness Routine
You may have natural beauty, but to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the pros, you’re going to have to work on maintaining a flawless physique. It won’t be enough to just go for a run or curl a dumbbell now and then. You’re going to have to target each individual muscle group and build them together.
To keep your routine manageable, you need to split up your workouts by muscle groups. In order to target your entire body and maximize your workouts, you shouldn’t train a muscle group more than once per week. The muscle groups you need to target include:
- Legs and Butt
You don’t have to create a workout plan from scratch. Muscle and Fitness put together an excellent bikini body fitness plan that you can use to start training safely and progressively.
2. A Balanced Diet
Exercise will get you nowhere without a balanced diet that allows you to build muscle and burn fat. An interview with Taylor Chapman, a professional competitor, and personal trainer, by PopSugar, revealed just how strict your diet has to be. Her strict diet begins about 12 weeks prior to a competition and doesn’t stop until it’s over.
Taylor ate seven meals a day. She ate a meal about once every one and a half to two hours.
Taylor made it a goal to get between 1,100 to 1,200 calories each day.
Most of Taylor’s foods consisted of lean, high protein foods supplemented with plenty of fiber. Fats were limited to learn fats like those found in yogurt and nuts, while starches were limited to rice and sweet potatoes only. Oatmeal, chicken, fish, and eggs made regular appearances throughout the day. Surprisingly, the only vegetables she ate came in the form of a salad with lunch.
3. A Competition-Worthy Bikini
You may not realize it, but most of the bikinis you find in stores aren’t designed for competition. They’re primarily designed to stay comfortable while you lounge by the pool or swim in the ocean.
Additionally, there are different divisions of competition. The type of suit you need will depend on which division you compete in. The five divisions are:
Choosing the wrong type of bikini for the wrong division will emphasize the wrong aspects of your body. In short – it’s essential that you choose the right bikini type.
4. A Strong Determination to Succeed
The final essential thing that you’ll need to make it as a professional on the bikini circuit is an unbending will. As I mentioned in the introduction, the road is tough, and you’re going to be opening yourself up to judgment. And it’s not always going to go your way.
When you’re training for competition, you can’t afford to skip workouts or eat unhealthy foods. You also won’t have much time for any normal activities. Your friends and family are going to have to understand that you’ll be ignoring them for at least 12 weeks prior to a competition.
Not only that, but all your effort may seem in vain. It’s a hard pill to swallow when you’ve displayed your body for thousands of people, only for them to say it’s not the best. That is going to happen though. When it does, you’ve got be able to bounce back, retrain, and keep competing to win.