People that follow my stuff know I generally write about nutrition, supplements, training, and other topics that are more science based than very subjective topics, such as what is covered in this article. I decided to shuck my science geek personality, and write on a topic I know will be useful to thousands of would be and want to be fitness models.
As well a known “hard core” science based no BALONEY writer, why I am writing what some will perceive as a “fluff” article? Over the years I have gotten hundreds, perhaps thousands, of ladies that ask me via email, letters, or personally “how do i be a fitness model Will? You have been in the business a long time, surly you of all people should be aware of. inch I get this from newbies and I get this from women which have been at it a while but have been unable to “break in” effectively https://apnews.com/press-release/newmediawire/7799dc8a7083f61bb1c9f1f3dba8c30a.
The fact is, I have been in the fitness, health, and bodybuilding biz a long time, and though I am known as a science and nutrition based “guru” type, I have trained many an exercise sportsperson, and judged fitness and figure/bikini shows for the NPC, Fitness America, Fitness USA, and other federations as well as given marketing and business advice to all sorts of athletes, including fitness models. So, it’s not as far fetched as it can certainly seem that My goal is to make use of this space to cover a not for scientific topic, which is, how one goes about being a fitness model.
This article will be useful to both experienced and novice types looking to “break in” to the biz. If you are already a professional and successful fitness model, I am sure you may still glean some useful information from this article.
First the bad news, there is no one way to be a successful fitness model. There is no single path or magic secret. There are however some key things a person can do to greatly improve their likelihood of “making it” in the fitness biz as a model, along with perhaps using that success as a launching pad to greater things, such as movies, TV, etc.
A number of the top fitness models (Trish Stratus and Vicki Pratt one thinks of but there are many others) have gone onto careers in entertainment of all kinds. Bottom line, though there is no magic secret to being successful as a fitness model, this article will be about as close to a system for success as you will find.
“Do I must compete? inch
This is a question I get asked all the time and it’s really not an easy one to answer. In fact, the answer is (drum roll) it all depends. The person has to deicide why they are competing in the first place to answer that question. For example, do you need to compete if your goal is to be a successful fitness model?
The answer is no. Many of today’s well-known fitness models haven’t competed, or they competed in a few small shows and it was clearly not part of their success as fitness models. However, competing does have its potential uses.
One of them is exposure. At the second level shows, there can be writers, publishers, professional photographers, supplement company owners, and other internet marketers. So, competing can improve your exposure. Also, competing can make sense if you are trying to build a business that is related to your competing or will benefit from you winning a show.
For example, say you have a private training gym you want to build. Sure, having the title of say Ms Fitness America, or winning the NPC Nationals and being an IFBB pro, will help your reputation and the notoriety of your business. There are many scenarios were it would help to have won a show for a business or other interests.
On the other hand, it must be realized that winning a show does not in any way guarantee success in the business end (and it really is a business) of being an exercise model. The telephone won’t ring off the hook with big offers for contracts. Also, it’s very important to realize that it’s common that the fourth of july or sixth or 9th place finisher in a fitness or figure show will get more press than the winner. Why? Though the winner might have what it took to win that show, it’s other ladies the publisher, publishers, supplement companies etc, feel is more marketable.
I have seen it many times where the winner was shocked to find she didn’t get nearly the attention she expected and other girls who placed lower have gotten attention in the form of photos sets, journal coverage, etc. Something to bear in mind when you ask yourself the key question “do I must compete and if so, why am I competing? inch Answer that question, and you will know the answer to the heading of this section. Winning a title of some type can be a stepping stone, but it is not inside of it any guarantee of success in the fitness industry. It’s like a college degree; it’s what you do with it.