The other day I was going over my monthly expenses to trim whatever was not necessary. I suppose this means I am officially a grown up. Each time I do this, I notice the spending related to my health and fitness goals is substantial- particularly since I am a competitor. It made me think of preparing for my very first competition and how I WISH someone would have just given it to me straight so I could have financially prepared for the second most expensive day of my life (weddings come first)
What to look for in a coach
Pricing typically relates to the experience of the person and how much they delve into your background to make a truly custom plan. If you aren’t asked at least a handful of questions about what you’ve been doing or eating, it is not likely you will be receiving a custom plan. Find a coach that is continuing to learn, keeping up with current research, and striving to better themselves in coaching. I have been in fitness since I was a child but only have been competing in physique competitions for about four years and I can tell you so much has changed! Also, match your personality! You want to be able to openly communicate with your coach and receive the push you need during your prep. If you need tough love, find that, if you prefer gentle coaching, find that.
Cost: Prices vary- most are between $200- $600 a month for online training, one on one sessions may be included in the package in a limited amount or paid for separately. If you are training one on one with someone, nutrition may or may not be included. Make sure you know what is and what is not included in your monthly rate as well as how much contact you will have with your coach (do you check in once a week/ biweekly/ monthly)
Cost: 5 lb of protein is between $50- $120, you can get 2 lb containers, but you might as well get the larger size to save the money. Look for discount codes or check out sites like bodybuilding.com for great deals. Branch chain amino acids are between $30- $60 for a container that ranges between 30- 40 servings. A quality multivitamin is about $15- 40 for a one month supply.
Plan for 4- 6 meals per day including a protein source at each of those meals.
Shoes- approximately $50
Suit: rental: $75- $150, purchase completely encrusted $400- $1200
Makeup class or consult: $60- $200 for you to learn how to achieve the look yourself
Day of makeup application: $100- $200 PER DAY. You must take into consideration if you are competing in a one or two day show and plan accordingly. Also, make sure you have the ability to get touch ups from your MUA. If not, make sure you have the items needed in case you need to make a few touch-ups yourself.
Cost ranges from $50- $80 to style natural hair, possible charges to add in clip-in extensions
The cost for extensions that are placed in professionally: $400- $1200 depending on the amount of hair used and quality.
Cost: NPC membership card: $125 good for the calendar year (if you buy one in November, it is only good until December 31st)
Registration fees: $80- $100 for most shows due at registration but can be paid in advance.
Should you decide to tan yourself, purchase the kit beforehand and do a trial run to make sure, you can apply the color evenly and flawlessly while also obtaining the shade of tan needed for the competition.
Cost: About $35 for a self-tan kit. Liquid Sun Rayz, Jan Tana, or Pro Tan will have options available. The kit will allow for more than one application and touch up.
I recommend using the tanning company you will be tanning with scrubs and prep products for your skin the week before you tan.
$100- $120 for a tan that includes unlimited sprays, the cost is per day.
This comes out to approximately $1275 using the least expensive coaching and stage look options. This total is without including meals that may increase your grocery bill if you have not been purchasing many protein sources previously. You will likely also spend approximately $600 in supplements in the 12 weeks (typical prep length) leading up to the show using the least amount of supplements suggested on this list.
So you are there, you forked over the cash, and you took home the gold! What do you win? There is not a cash prize that I know of in an amateur league. If you obtain your Pro Card, you have the opportunity to win cash prizes for placing in the Top 3-5 depending on the competition.
My humble advice to you: if you have a dream to step on stage, plan in advance. Start saving now. Stress is never good for your physique, and the last thing you want to do is get your stomach in knots over financial stress about expenses. Competing is an expensive hobby, but I have found that it pays back in ways that are priceless.
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