I find it amazing how bodybuilding is rapidly gaining popularity in Poland. The first time I ever heard – and saw – what “Bikini Fitness” was all about was at the Fit Festival in Gdańsk in 2016.

I watched the competition with great interest, finding the atmosphere and excitement of it all very intriguing. Seeing all those competitors on stage, I was fascinated with their physique. At the time, I had no idea how much work, effort and devotion have to be put in to attain such a figure.

I decided to give it a try for myself. It is worth mentioning that at that time I had been going to the gym only for a couple of months. I was pretty much convinced that I was going to achieve my dream physique by summer (how naive of me!) and that I would be able to take part in a competition in Sopot.

Now, I look back and laugh at how ignorant I was. Often, both in life and in sports, we only see the results of someone’s hard work without realizing how much time they’ve spent at the gym and how much effort those results actually required. We are not aware how restrictive a diet plan must’ve been for someone to achieve such low levels of body fat. We see a muscular guy taking part in a triathlon or a beautiful, graceful girl on stage and don’t even realize that what we’re looking at for just a couple of minutes is a result of years of hard work.

Ask yourself – why do you want to compete?

Do you want to fulfil your dreams? Do you like rivalry and will do anything to win? Will you be able to adjust your daily life to meet a restrictive diet and training plan?

For me, it was all about fulfilling a dream and the fact that I simply wanted to see what it was all about. I didn’t care about medals or winning at any cost. Despite my significant level of commitment, there were still many other contestants way more devoted than me. I am not talking about genetic predispositions – there’s no changing that – but about one’s grace, their movement, body language, the quality and size of their muscles, body fat levels and perfect posing.

Are you ready for hours of posing lessons? Walking in uncomfortable shoes? Buying a suit worth several hundred zlotys?

If your answer to all the above questions is a definite YES, then go for it. You have nothing to lose.

Preparing for a competition can take a lot of time, but it is also very exciting and motivating. The aim of this blog entry is to help you make up your mind by providing an introduction to some of the necessary preparations or to simply to get you acquainted with the subject. Each subsequent entry will walk you through what steps you need to take in order to eventually walk out on stage and step into the spotlight.