More than 600 women stand side by side and line up on the stage and pose their best where they are judged. They only wear a pair of bikini and high chunky heels.
United Kingdom Bodybuilding & Fitness Federation is known to organize a huge number of men’s bodybuilding and bikini competitions all throughout the year. These competitions draw millions of bodybuilders from all over the world. But one category which majorly earns dark and negative reviews is the bikini category.
One of the UKBFF spokespeople said
“Bikini-Fitness is a category where the athlete shows on stage that she has trained hard, keeps fit and lives a healthy lifestyle,”
This event is divided into three categories majorly for the first-timers. Juniors (16-23 years), masters (35 years and above) and a rookie.
When asked what motivates females to take part in such bikini competitions then swiftly came the reply
“It was like a science experiment to see how I could change my body. I learnt so much about training and nutrition,”
Said 24-year-old fitness Instagrammer and presenter Chessie King.
When asked what does it take to reach there, then came the reply
“To compete, the girls have to embark on a calorie-controlled diet,”
explained the UKBFF spokesperson. Typically, this is maintained by cutting out major food groups like gluten and/or dairy.
“They still have to eat very healthy food, like chicken, rice, fish, sweet potato etc, in small meals,” they said.
“Competing is not easy in any sport, and it takes dedication and willpower. It takes courage to go on stage and show the audience what you have achieved. Our advice is to always enjoy it.”
She further added
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“None of them had any energy. All of them were drinking red wine to dehydrate. They were so drained and it was just so sad to see them.
“It’s a lifestyle for people but it’s not healthy,”
“It was awfully difficult putting so much pressure on my aesthetics for a prolonged period of time. You are focussed so much on the process, but at the end of the day you are literally just being judged on how you look – the judges don’t care how you got there,”
When asked what kind of support does the fraternity provides, then we got a reply that UKBFF runs posing courses for which the competitors can pay for. Here they are taught how to stand and pose correctly in front of millions of judges and audience.
When asked about the diet part, then is what the participants replied
“I literally couldn’t wait to have a bag of white chocolate buttons” said King, who headed straight to the food shops following her competition.
“I ate them before we’d even gotten round the supermarket. I showed the guy at the till my packet and he was like, ‘Have you just eaten that whole family bag?’
“I had to really learn to find that control again,”
She also revealed that post-competition she had no control and was eating for months.
Lastly, she concluded by saying that
“It certainly is not a healthy lifestyle for anyone, constantly putting your body under stress both during prep and off season,
I personally would never compete again. I don’t think that I would gain anything from it and it definitely affected my mind set negatively afterwards when I was putting on weight.”