Fitness Figure Models
Fitness figure models, just like fitness models, undergo similar training and preparation. However, contestants don’t have to prepare for a routine as this is excluded in figure competitions. These fitness competitions for women usually include two rounds, although this may differ from organization to organization. The focus of these contests are muscle tone and symmetry. This should not be confused with bodybuilding, which focuses on muscle mass.
Rounds included in figure contests
The first round usually showcases the participants’ symmetry by letting them stand side-by-side while facing the judges. They do several quarter turns to let the judges compare each contestant to the others in terms of presentation, symmetry, style, hair and make-up, and complexion. The outfit worn during this round is a one-piece bathing suit and a pair of high heels.
For the second round, the contestants return to the stage while wearing a two-piece and high heels. The criteria for this round include leanness, conditioning, athleticism, and feminine curves as opposed to a purely muscular built.
Several organizations behind such events also include a catwalk show wherein contestants parade down the catwalk individually. This part of the show features the participants’ grace, poise, professionalism, confidence, and presentation.
Two well-known figure competitions for women are the Figure International and Figure Olympia. Both these events are managed by International Federation of BodyBuilders or IFBB. Previous winners for the Figure International are the following: Jenny Lyn (2003, 2004, and 2005), and Mary Elizabeth Lado for 2006 and 2007. For the Figure Olympia, previous champions include Davana Medina (2003, 2004, and 2005), Jenny Lyn (2006 and 2007), Jennifer Gates (2008), and Nicole Wilkins-Lee (2009).
Diet and training tips
If you are really serious about becoming a fitness model or a contestant, changing your diet is an important part of the preparation. Although your goal is not to increase muscle mass, additional intake of fiber and protein is very important in achieving a leaner look. You can do this by including protein shakes and lots of oatmeal into your daily diet. An increase in water intake can also help you shed off those excess fat.
As for the training, cardio workouts can help you gain a more toned look without building up too much muscle mass. Hiring a professional trainer is a good idea especially if you’re planning on joining international competitions that offer great prizes such as modeling contracts or photo shoots with renowned figure photographers.
During training, it’s important not to develop too much muscle mass as this may result in negative feedback from the judges. Also practice your posing skills since these events involve plenty of posing in front of the crowd and the judges. Make sure that your poses present your best angles and highlight your toned muscles.