If you are an experienced NPC Bikini Competitor or are a novice planning to compete in your first show,the best way to prepare for your competition is by learning what the judges want and work backward.
Get clear on what the judging gold standard is and develop an overall training and stage presence strategy that helps you achieve that standard.
So you might be asking, what is the Gold Judging Standard For NPC Bikini Competitions?
After speaking to several NPC/IFBB judges and attending some top-level judges’ clinics this year, here are a few foundational tips I took away from the judges AND that every Bikini Competitor should know and embrace:
The following are tips and advice from the most noteworthy of judges:
NPC Bikini Competitor Judging Blue Print
1.Be Your Authentic Self
The best way to win a competition is by being original. If you are merely doing something that someone else has done/is doing, that really does not help you stand out from the crowd.
Your walk, competition suit, hair, poses, tan and overall style should be reflective of YOUR personal style.
Judges love seeing their competitors’ personality shining through their entire performance. If you are attempting to be a bad copy of someone else then that isn’t really helping your case.
The key takeaway is nailing down what looks and works best on and for you. Going with your own style and committing to the style which feels right is the best approach, because you know you put YOUR heart and soul into it.
2.Shine Through With Unstoppable Self-Confidence
Judges love confident competitors, even if it is overconfidence!
What might seem contrived and over the top to you is actually preferred by the judges, even over someone who may possess a better physique.
If you do not have attitude, I suggest you fabricate one. The crowd and the judges have no idea who you are, so leave your shy personality behind and be as bold as you can!
With that said there is a big difference between bold confidence and acting trashy. Kisses, wink’s and lip licking are not what we are talking about here.
More times than not the trashy stuff will get you talked about at the judges lunch break but not at the scoring table.
3.First Impressions Stick Like Velcro
You have to make your first few steps count because as soon as you step on the stage, your confidence and style are judged right away.
Judges admit that as soon as a competitor sets foot on stage, they know whether she is a winner or not. This is why your first impression should be as strong as your last impression.
As soon as you come into the view of the judges, the competition has essentially started.
So, what are the judges looking for?
They are looking for confidence, a genuine bright smile, artistic posing that shows off your amazing physique and a style that reflects elegance as well as strength.
What are judges not looking for?
They are not looking for a poor unsure walk, weak transitions, inability to pose your physique correctly and petrified facial expressions!
4.Stand With Elegance And Own The Stage