THE REAL COST OF COMPETING…
Let’s start off with the cost of personal training you will need prior to competing. Don’t forget the supplements you will need to help prepare you to compete. Then you have the cost of food. Most athletes bring their meals everywhere (however prep time and cost is a factor).
Once you have decided who to do a competition with, many federations have membership fee. Unlike a gym membership, you don’t get anything in return…so what are you paying for? Shouldn’t membership at least entitle you to one free class, or one person of your choice free entry to the show? Maybe even give the second class for free if you decide to compete in two or more classes.
Secondly you have the fee you pay per class. Then you have the backstage pass for the coach they know you need to have someone backstage. Then there is the audience entry fee, because they know your family and friends always come and support you.
Then you have the hotel cost, if the event is out of town. Thank goodness the cost of gas is reasonable. You’re looking at about $100 or so dollars for travel MINIMUM!
Now for the good stuff. The cost of your outfit will range anywhere from $400…in some cases $1,500 or more. Have a nice outfit if you want to place. Many people learn this lesson the hard way…sad but true! You will need a spray tan for the judges to notice you…or forget about placing. Cost is $150…want touch-ups $175. And don’t forget about hair and make-up…it can make the difference in your placing.
The night after the show most athletes go out for a night of dining and drinking…have some extra cash for that.
Another aspect that many would be competitors forget, is that since you will be competing, you will not be able to give your full time job your full attention. Competitors need to ensure that they are getting their workouts in – many split their workouts into twice a day. They also need to ensure that they are practicing their poses/walks – you need to add that to the total. Some need to hire a baby sitter. I suggest most athletes stop working the Wednesday before their contest. These last three days are huge for the final stage prep. Many don’t, and show up to the contest tired and strung out. This will dramatically affect your placing. Unfortunately many learn this lesson the hard way.
Now do the math and let’s see what you come up with 🙂
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