BCABBA Upcoming Fitness Competitions 2017

 

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Thinking of competing or just interested in checking out a fitness competition in BC? Here is a list of upcoming shows being held by the BCABBA in 2017.

  • OPEN STREAM – Non-Tested Show
  • TRADITIONAL STREAM – Tested Show
  • You must place in the Top 3 in the Open stream or Top 5 in the Traditional Stream to move onto a Tier Two show.

 

2017 BCABBA LBMC – March 18th (New Westminster) – Open Stream, Tier One

2017 BCABBA Kelowna Classic – May 6th (Kelowna) – Traditional Stream, Tier One

2017 BCABBA BC CUP – May 20th (New Westminster) – Traditional Stream, Tier Two

2017 BCABBA Northern Classic – June 17th (Fort St. John) – Open Stream, Tier One

2017 BC Provincials Championships – July 8/9th (Vancouver) – Open Stream, Tier Two

2017 BCABBA Knight of Champions – September 9th (Surrey) – Open Stream, Tier One

2017 BCABBA Iron Ore Classic – September 30th (Prince George) – Open Stream, Tier One

2017 Vancity Showdown – October 14th – (Vancouver) – Traditional Stream, Tier One

2017 Popeyes Fall Classic – Potential Date Nov 18th (waiting on venue availability) – Open Stream, Tier One

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Fitness Competition Prep B.C.- Backstage Etiquette

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When preparing for a fitness competition there are many things to consider such as choosing a show, a suit, planning out your tan, hair and makeup and so on. One thing that may not cross your mind but is just as equally important is backstage etiquette. A lot of work, money and time goes into preparing a show for us athletes so it’s really only fair that we do our part as well to keep things running smoothly and stress free for everyone!

BE KIND!

If I could stress one thing, this would be it. Everyone backstage, from the other athletes to the volunteers are all a little stressed out and anxious to do their best. The volunteers work their butts off for us so be sure to treat them with the respect they deserve, without them we would be a lot more stressed out as we attempted to oil our own backs and glue our suits to our behinds! It’s a long day for all of us but even more so for these volunteers who stay behind to clean up after us while we’re out celebrating with our friends and family.

Every athlete has a story and a background you may know nothing about so don’t be quick to judge or assume. You can only control your own words and actions so keep them kind and avoid gossip or judging other competitors. If someone treats you disrespectfully or is unkind to you just remember that this is most likely their own insecurities talking. Be the bigger person and don’t indulge in such childish behavior.

Clean Up After Yourself

I really shouldn’t have to say this but you’d be surprised at how messy things can get backstage. Garbage and pee cups probably being the two main things people seem to have a difficult time tossing into the trash :/  I have never seen a shortage of garbage cans at a venue so why this happens is beyond me.

Backstage can get pretty chaotic and you can expect to share small quarters with a lot of other competitors so keeping your personal items neat and organized can not only help keep the space uncluttered but can help you avoid losing or misplacing items.

Sportsmanship

Perhaps you don’t place how you expected, this is no excuse to be rude to anyone or throw a fit. How you act both on stage and backstage matters, be an adult and keep yourself together. It’s ok to be upset, its natural, but taking others down to make yourself feel better is just not ok and will speak volumes of your character. Being happy for others is a great feeling and I highly recommend congratulating those who deserve it!

This can go for those who place well too. Being pompous or arrogant because you placed better than others won’t make you any friends and can be hurtful.


Backstage can be a lot of fun and you can create some amazing memories, meet some truly inspiring people and make a lot of new friends. Not everyone is going to be friendly or helpful but I can tell you from my personal experience, many will be and if you go in with a positive attitude and a kind demeanor you’re going to have a much better time 😉

 

 

Competiton Prep B.C. – Women’s Bikini with Annette Mountford

13708309_10153533031681557_2314448385603230473_oThe time is now.

It’s busy, really busy. There’s bustling and hustling.  People are rushing around.  Other people are standing still in lines. There are beautiful, tanned bodies all around me.  It’s dark, it’s loud.  There is a unique smell in the air; Like sweat and peanut butter, spray tan and high protein diets.   “Look at your number Annette, don’t forget your number” I say to myself as I chant 565 in my head.

A stranger rubs shiny glaze all over my body, and glues my suit to my ass. Is it too late to pee?  I begin pumping up my shoulders and back muscles, with oily bands and spray-tanned weights. This is it. This is the place I worked so hard to be.  This is the pinnacle of a year of sobriety and hard work in the gym, even harder work in the kitchen, and 4 months of intense, focused competition and posing training.

Someone asks me what my number is, and files me into a line up of bodies that are all in peak condition. What have these athletes gone through, to get here?  What challenges did they have to face, and overcome to get to this moment. What an amazing group of humans.

It’s almost time! I can hear the crowd from behind the red velvet curtain.  I can see a sliver of light, and a small glimpse of the class before mine.  They are on stage, presenting to the judges. Now I can see the crowd. I have adrenaline surging through my body. I live for this feeling.  “Butterflies in my stomach”, “nerves and fear” kind of feeling.  It is only when we face our doubt, and our fear, that we can truly grow.  These moments mold us. These moments are what life is all about.  I calm my mind.  I have to focus.  This is no time to let myself get distracted.  “565” I say again.

The line ahead of me begins to walk out.  It feels like a wave pulling me forward.  I take a breath, check my posture, and step out.  The light washes over me. I feel the adrenaline rushing through my body.  Exciting every cell. My senses are all overloaded with energy.  I am addicted.  That was all it took.  One moment.  In that one moment, I knew my life’s path.   I am a competitor.  This, is my destiny.

12234966_10153034054796557_6939018595250375587_nMy path to competition wasn’t something that I really planned for or expected.  I simply made choices. Choices everyday, to better myself.  To become more of what I was really meant to be.  Competing was just the final step for my sobriety and new lifestyle.  It was a celebration of all that my husband and I had done, not just to get to stage, but to make better choices for our lives.  No one sees the 2.5 years of training in the gym, of learning food prep, of posing class every weekend, of changing our whole lifestyle.  It takes a lot.  It takes everything you have.  But that, is why it is so worth it!

Competition has taught me the value of working hard for what you want most, and when you finally reach your goal, it is a feeling that will never leave you.  It is the feeling of achieving something you cannot buy, and can’t fake.  Bodybuilding is a total solitary thing.   You may be on a team, or have a coach, or a trainer.  But it is YOU that will have to do the work. You will have to push yourself, push yourself past the point you were once comfortable with. It will be YOU that hits every rep, every set. And in the end, it will be YOU that grows, and gains from it.

Starting out competing can be difficult. Especially if you are not a “gym person”.   My first suggestion is to make sure you love the process.  It is a very challenging road to walk down.  If you do not already love lifting, cardio and eating clean, it will be even harder for you.  There are days when you fell like you are running a non-stop 16 week marathon.  Am cardio, then food prep, then back to the gym for weight training, then work, life, family, then laundry, then pm cardio… and repeat.  You are sore, you are smelly, you are tired, and you are broke (lol).   But did I mention it is worth every minute of it!?

I would make sure that you go to a few shows first.  Check out how the show is run.  Find a team that you feel will fit your needs.  Do your research.  There are so many coaches out there, and no two are alike. You should always feel confident in your coach.  Prep should never feel unhealthy.  I was eating big, well balanced meals, every 3 hours. I wasn’t doing crazy cardio, until the final few weeks.  If you are doing a prep on your own, make sure you are doing loads of research, and really design a plan for yourself.

Try volunteering with the BCABBA.  Both my husband and I volunteer for the BCABBA.   He bought a support membership so he can come to all the events and meetings and be a part of the experience, even though he is not a competitive member(yet).  You do not have to be a bodybuilder to be a part of this amazing group.  Because I only did one show at the local level, and winning overall at the Popeye’s Fall Classic 2015 qualified me for Provincials, I didn’t really get to have a lot of show/stage experience.  I found that volunteering gave me great insight and experience into how the shows are run.  I met all the amazing people who organize and run the shows (volunteers).  I was able to really be there for the other athletes, on their special day and made so many new amazing friendships.

By the time I stepped on stage at my second show, Vancouver Pro\Am 2016, I knew all the amazing volunteers and I knew so many of the amazing athletes I was competing with.  It really felt like a huge family reunion!   I was so grateful that I had volunteered at all the shows, it made me feel like I was really a part of the bodybuilding community and I was able to share such an amazing day with everyone I loved.  It was such a great feeling being on stage. Knowing that so many of the people in that room, were my friends, and team mates. For Steve and I, sharing our journey with everyone, was what really made it so special.

I have competed in 3 shows from Nov 2015 – July 2016.  One local level, one Provincial level and one National level.   I must say, at the core, they were all basically the same.  There is an athletes meeting the Friday night before the show.  Make sure you bring your suit for check in and lots of meals.  You never know how long they might take.   Bring (at least) 2 suits just in case you do not get passed, and be aware of the suit requirements.  At Nationals they are very firm about these requirements so make sure you fit your suit properly.  Bring your ID, and cash is usually required for booking the stage photographer(highly recommended and usually around $100).  If you do not buy the professional stage shots, the judges cannot give you feed back.  So be prepared for this extra fee.   You usually get your first coat of tan on the Friday night too, don’t get wet after you have your tan on.  Make sure you prep your skin properly the week before your tan.  Ask your tanner for specific instructions to get the best result. Get good rest, and be packed up and ready the night before.

The morning of your show, will start early.  Make sure you are listening at the athletes meeting, to know when you are supposed to be at the theatre.  Do not be late.  It is impossible to know exactly what time you will be called on stage.  Some shows go really slow, but some shows go very quickly, so if you do not show up on time, you might miss your call.  On show day, your only job is to NOT MISS YOUR CALL.  Do not hang out in the parking lot, do not wander around the venue…just wait where the volunteers tell you to.  They will find you when it is your time, but only if you are in the athlete’s area.  I have seen competitors miss their stage, because they were on the phone in the parking lot, or they fell asleep between the morning and night show.  You worked for 16 weeks, and show day is not the day to mess up.

For show day you may want to bring:

A big mirror, blanket, pillow, spray tan, bikini bite, water, snacks, paper towel, towels, shower cap, cups (lol), bands or weights, glaze, ID, magnesium for cramping, umbrella…

It is very chaotic backstage, and very messy. So try to keep your stuff all in one spot. Once you have your tan on, you cannot get wet. One drop of water, can run a streak down your whole leg.  Touch-ups are usually available and can help, but its better to try to not ruin your tan. Make sure you are covered up until your group is called. If someone splashes water, clothing will protect your tan a little.

Make sure you are practicing your posing before you go on.  Do not go out there “cold’.  Run through your routine a few times to get your body ready.  And also stretch! Get those beautiful muscles nice and limber.  Once you are about to go on stage, remember, you are there to show people, what can be done with hard work and determination.  No matter what happens out there, always present your best and have fun!  You never know who you are inspiring!  Always smile. Even when your face starts shaking, keep smiling.  You want to make sure that you are projecting your energy outward.  Shine!  Be confident.  Own your moment!

I would suggest booking photo shoots around your show day.  Some people like to do the week before, and some do them the week after.  It is important to capture all your hard work.  If you are going to look for sponsors or start a fitness business, you will need pictures of yourself.  Its really fun to look back and compare my stage and photo shoot photos, from each competition.  It’s a great way to see your growth.

The goal is to place well on stage, yes.  But what you gain is not from a trophy or placement.  What you gain comes from every time you stepped into the gym, from every weight you lifted.  Don’t forget, no matter what happens out there, YOU did all the work, and YOU overcame challenges.  YOU are an absolute rock star!   You will forever be apart of a family of people, who love what they are doing, and who live with passion.  You will learn things about yourself that will surprise you.  You will become stronger than you ever though you could be.  You will rise, and you will lift others too.

Your time is now.

Annette Mountford

Follow Annette on Instagram @Annette_Corvette

The Cost of Competing in Fitness Competitons in B.C.

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So you have decided you want to compete in a fitness competition and want a rough idea of what it’s going to cost you to do so. Well, I’ll be in honest in that competing is not cheap, there are ways to save money and we will go over that in another post but first, here are some things to consider when deciding to compete in B.C. and a rough estimate of what they may cost you.

 

 

Membership $100

  • you must register and pay to become a member of the association. To join the BCABBA it will cost you $100

Show Registration $100

  • you will pay $100 to enter a show. If you plan to enter more than one category it will cost you an additional $50

Tanning $150

  • depending on the official provider of tanning/hair & makeup, the spray tan alone will cost you roughly this amount.

Makeup $125

  • again, this is the estimated cost if using the official provider of the show and dependent on who that provider is.

Hair $125

  • same as tanning and makeup, estimate of cost if using the official provider.

NOTE – if you chose to have the official provider do all 3 (tan, makeup & hair) they will offer you a discounted rate bringing your cost down slightly.

Suit $150 +++

  • you can pay as little as $150 for a custom suit with an upwards to well over $1000 depending on what you want and how much you are willing to spend. You can purchase off the rack suits for your show but make certain they fit the rules for your category.

Shoes $40+

  • if you are competing in bikini or figure you will need heels! cost depends on where you buy and the style you choose. I was able to get mine on sale for $65 which isn’t bad considering I can wear them for my future shows.

Jewelry $25+

  • again, depending where you shop and what you buy. The basics are bracelets and earrings. I purchased my bracelet and earrings from Aldo Accessories (great selection) for $50.

Those are definitely the musts, however the list does not end here. There are many other things to consider when competing and the prices will vary depending on many different factors.

  • training
  • nutritional coaching
  • posing coach
  • supplements
  • meals (although these can be simple as you may eat a lot of the same things, it can add up)
  • travel costs, hotel, gas, food etc
  • manicure/pedicure
  • hair removal for show day (waxing)
  • haircut/color/style
  • hair extensions
  • bikini bite (suit glue)
  • photography
  • show tickets for family & friends

So, as you can see, competing is not cheap, it is however, totally worth it!! I will be following up with a post on How to Save Money When Competing so be sure to check back for that. 😉

 

Competiton Prep B.C. – Women’s Physique with Amy

May 7th, 2016- BCABBA’s Kelowna Classic. My first ever show- what a ride. Being who I am- of course I chose Women’s Physique to compete in. If I was going to go through with it- I was going to hit that stage packing more muscle than I’ve ever had in my life.

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I started out 5 years ago at 250 pounds and miserable. I hit the stage at 147 pounds and loving life. I worked for it. Every second of everyday. Sure I wasn’t shredded like the other women- but I guarantee I was 10000000% more proud of myself. I worked for 6 months- everyday- never cheating on my diet- and I placed an honorable 3rd place! As a first ever competitor- bringing home a trophy is a big deal.

But that wasn’t the win for me. The win was getting on that stage after losing 100 pounds and for the first time ever, actually being proud of myself for what I had accomplished. I didn’t just get up there for me. I got up there for my kids- to show them what hard work and determination can do for your life. I got up there for all of the men and women on social media and in the gym and on the streets that have watched my journey, supported it, and started one of their own because of it. I got up there to prove myself and my nay-Sayers wrong. But most of all- I got up there because I deserved it. I worked for it, I sweat and cried and bled for it.

The experience, the energy, and the sheer passion of every human being in that theater amy stageabsolutely radiated from every corner of the building. People laying down all over backstage waiting their turn on stage. Rice cakes and Nutella galore, the smell of spray tan and bikini bike wafting through the air- absolute perfection. I think the best part for me is the family dynamic that the association provides. The support the association provides is like no other- But the support between athletes- there are no words to describe it. I met and made friends with countless athletes over social media and I was blessed enough to have the chance to run into a bunch of them backstage. I had a TONNE of people see me in the halls of the hotel or backstage and make a point to stop me and tell me that they followed my journey over Instagram- and show me nothing but love and support. What an amazing feeling. I will always and forever cherish my friendships with each and every one of them.

The hardest part- my constant switch up of coaches. I had a hell of a time getting one coach to have the time or knowledge to stick with me and get me to where I needed to be. I did a lot of research and self teaching to get myself to the stage. Getting to know what worked for my body and what didn’t was trying- but an absolutely amazing adventure. Now that I know- prep for Popeye’s Fall Classic 2016 will be amazing. I am currently packing on muscle, eating TONNES of clean food, lifting some crazy heavy weight, and creating a whole new physique. I’m going to be the image for each and every single woman and man out there that doesn’t believe they can do it. The time is now. Find yourself. Find your dream, your spark, your fire. Chase it. Don’t ever let go. Once you let go of your “thing”- you let go of your soul, of what makes you, you. Push. Harder. Everyday.

#skyhighbaby

Follow Amy’s journey to Popeye’s Fall Classic on Instagram @Muscle_Nuggett

Fitness Competition Prep in B.C.

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Last January I decided to compete in my first fitness competition and so of course, I spent a lot of time searching Google for any and all information on Fitness Competition Prep, with my main focus on Bikini Competition Prep since that was the category I would be competing in.  While I was able to find a TON of information on prepping for a fitness competition, I found it difficult to find information relevant to competing in B.C. and more specifically as a BCABBA athlete.  So, I have made it my mission, as I prep for my next competition, to share as much information as I can in regards to preparing for and competing in B.C. as a BCABBA athlete.

That’s not it however, I have decided that while I may now have some experience in prepping for a fitness competition, there are many others out there who do as well, and some have a lot more, so I have reached out to them and have some pretty exciting content coming. My main goal is to leave no stone unturned, cover every category there is and help you prepare for your first fitness competition!

We are #TeamBC and as you will see on the BCABBA’s Mission statement, “We do more for others as a team than any one person can do”

Stay Tuned …

xo