What it means is that with the exception of the NPC Nationals in Ft. Lauderdale this coming weekend, the competitive season is over.  If you plan on competing in 2012, now is the time to start making those plans.

When making plans with clients, it all starts by assessing what happened the previous year.  For someone new to competing, this is easy.  We make an honest assessment of where your body is at right now, and set a target date to step on stage.  Part of that process involves deciding what particular show might be best suited for each individual – do you prefer a drug-tested show or a larger, non-tested show?  Something close to home or something farther away?  Check out my handy WNC-Accessible Bodybuilding Contest Calendar for details on all shows within a 6-hour drive from Downtown Asheville.

For someone ending a competitive season and looking ahead to 2012, the process is more involved.  We need to first look at the shows you competed at in 2011 and decide if those were the right ones (for whatever reason) and if they are worth repeating, or trying a different plan in 2012.  Picking the right show can be difficult – depending on your job, you may need to schedule time off well in advance.  If you’re nationally qualified and want to enter a national level show, you’ll likely need to book air travel.  With the ‘boring’ stuff taken care of, we need to get down to the nitty-gritty details of figuring out how to improve.  This involves pouring over old log books, looking at pictures from previous shows, and taking a detailed look at your body to determine strengths and areas needing improvement.

The off-season starts now.  Depending on your plans for 2012 it may be ending soon.  If you’re looking to get started in the world of physique competition or take the leap up to the next level, talk to me and let’s get started now.

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