How to Compete & Still have a Normal Life

Okay – so, you’ve heard that competing in an NPC show is all consuming. You’ve heard that it overtakes your life. Well, from a girl who has competed several times, let me tell you that you CAN compete and still have a somewhat “normal”  life. Don’t get me wrong, competing IS a major commitment, and it is time consuming. It takes a lot of hard work, but you can do it along with your work, family, and other activities. You can even stay sane doing it all! I like to think of the extra time I devote toward a competition as pampering I am granting myself; it is something I do for me. Even though it is for me, it’s hard to have a normal life if I try to compete and make it all about me. Kristie Trasey-Winter always says “Competing is not all about you”, and if you make that your motto during your prep, you can be successful living a pretty normal life while competing! Here are a few tips that will help you:

  1. Plan your time. Work with your coach and make a time plan. Figure out how many hours a week/day you will need to invest in your competing endeavor. Most girls that I work with need at least 1-1&1/2 hours a day, most days each week, to invest in their competition prep leading up to the show. Part of that time is spent working out (of course), but you also need to plan time to meal prep and practice posing. You need to make time to communicate with your coach. Many girls get up earlier to take care of the time they need to work out. Some girls use their lunch breaks to practice posing, communicate with their coach, or do whatever needs to be done on their competition prep plan. You might have to get creative, but collaborate with your coach and come up with a plan that will work for your lifestyle. You’ve heard it said that we all have the same 24 hours each day, and if a person wants something bad enough she will make time for it. One thing we pride ourselves in as Elite Coaching coaches is how we work with the individual needs of our teammates. We help girls make a plan that works for their individual lives. Having a coach who will meet you where you are and work with your individual needs is a very important aspect of the competition journey. 
  2. Don’t draw attention to the changes in your lifestyle. If you want to have a “normal” life during competition prep, you can! You don’t have to post a picture every time you work out. In fact, you don’t even have to post pictures of your contest prep at all. You don’t have to post pictures from your competition day. You don’t have to tell anyone if you don’t want to. You can even use a stage name so your real name doesn’t show up on the internet or in any publications. Not drawing attention to what you are doing is an easy way to keep your life more normal.  I have been known to take my competition prep food to an event and go out and eat it in my car, so I don’t draw attention to myself. I make sure that I look like I’m eating with everyone else, and then I slip away when it is least obvious and eat my planned food. If you want to have a “normal” life while you prep, you can do it. You just have to live your life as normally as possible, but make the necessary changes in a low key fashion.

You may be a girl who doesn’t care if her competition journey is public. More power to you if that is you! Sharing your journey on social media and with friends and family will likely inspire others and in turn promote them encouraging you as well! Some people shy away from competing because they don’t what their journey public. Either way, just know that you can do it!! You can still have a somewhat normal life, if that’s how you want your journey to look. Having the right coach is key to all of this. If you are looking for an elite competition experience, one that is tailored to your needs, check us out. We service our clients in a way that is second to none! We would love to talk to you about the possibility of you joining our amazing team of driven women! Check us out today at or email us at!

By: Tanya Burk

Krista Abraham