I didn’t write on my blog for a while because I have been busy studying, working and working out. However, much has happened and I have a lot on my mind, which I want to share with you all. I want to tell you about one of the most amazing experience I had this year, which was my first competition as a fitness athlete. The competition was in the weekend from the 11th-13th of September and it was worth all the hard work. People have been asking me many questions about the competition and what you need to do on stage. In this post, I want to share my experience and try to give some answers to some of the questions.
What kind of competition is it?
The competition is called New Comers and is the competition all new athletes need to take part in and get a certain score to be able to compete in further competitions. I am competing in the category called Bikini Fitness, which is the most feminine kind of bodybuilding for women. Inside the category there are different senior height classes (+172, -172, -169, -166, -162 and -160), as well as two junior (under the age of 23) classes (-163 and +163) and a master class (over the age of 35). I was competing in the junior +163 class. Other than Bikini Fitness, women can compete in Body Fitness, Athletic Fitness, Bodybuilding and Physique.
How are you judged?
On the stage, you need to show four different poses. A front pose, a side pose, a back pose and another side pose. It’s called a quarter turn every time you go from one pose to another. The judges are judging the different poses by looking at the symmetry of the body, but also the charisma and charm is very important. In Bikini Fitness, you need to be fit, but feminine at the same time.
What is happening on stage?
There can only be 15 girls in the competition, which means that if there are more than 15, there will be an elimination round.
All girls enter the stage, and everybody will go to the front of the stage in small groups and do some quarter turns until the judges have made a decision. This takes about 10 minutes, and the athletes are leaving the stage again.
All the athletes enter the stage and the girls, who are not in the top 15, get an applause and leave the stage, while the rest stays. Then everybody need to do quarter turns again before leaving the stage. There is something called ‘call-outs’. If you are one of the best athletes, you are in the first call-out, where four-five girls are called out in the middle of the stage. Next is second call-out etc.
Backstage, the athletes who are in the finals are informed. The top 6 is in the finals, which is a bit different from the elimination and pre-judging rounds. In the finals, the girls enter the stage one by one showing the t-walk. In the T-walk, you can decide yourself, which poses you would like to show. You walk in a ‘T’ shape form the middle of the stage to the right side of the stage, then to the left side of the stage (or the other way around), and back to the middle. In the T-walk, you have the possibility to show your best sides.
My experience at New Comers 2015
Friday was registration day and in the morning, I met with my team in a big house, we rented for the weekend. Here we all got the first layer of tan, before we drove to the place where the competition took place. When we got there, many athletes were already waiting in a line for the registration. We joined them and stood in the line for a couple of hours before finally reaching the registration room. Here they measured my height (168 cm), approved my shoes and bikini, and handed me my athlete number 88.
Most of Saturday I relaxed, and I practiced my posing one last time. A few people from my team were competing, and we went to watch and cheer, but most of the day was just waiting for Sunday.
Sunday morning, we had to be at the competition at 5.30am. Athletic fitness was the first category, which had to go on stage at 7 am, and backstage we all started to get ready one by one, in the order of who had to go on the stage when. We had to get spray tan (I was so pale I got three layers) and get our hair and makeup done. There were around 24-25 athletes in my class so there had to be an elimination round. We went on the stage and did quarter turns before leaving the stage again. Backstage we waited five minutes while the judges where deciding the top 15. I was in the top 15, and I was so happy, I still had a chance to get to the finals. Again, we did the quarter turns a couple of times, before leaving the stage.
Unfortunately, I didn’t make it to the finals. Instead, I went home with my family and we ordered burgers and fries for lunch. Afterwards, I went back to the place of the competition to watch my teammates and enjoy the rest of the day.
I placed 9 in the competition, which meant I qualified for the Danish Championship last weekend. I will tell about this and show pictures in another blog post.