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Age When You Started Competing?

how old? And how long did it take you to get into competition shape? Im looking to start soon

[quote]gshoty40 wrote:
how old? And how long did it take you to get into competition shape? Im looking to start soon [/quote]
How old are you? And what kind of shape are you currently in? I believe 12-16 weeks, sometimes 20, is pretty “standard” for a contest prep, but your starting point is certainly going to play a factor, especially for your first contest.

You might want to check out this thread, with some guys talking about when they knew it was time to compete:

And this thread about competing as a teen:

I competed for the first time last year, aged 22. I had the idea of competing though from around the age of 20.

I was 45 for my first contest…

Diet was too long…

Hire a coach if you are unsure… Actually hire a coach period.

First competed at 35. I gave myself 16 weeks, but admittedly I was much leaner starting out than most people are.

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