Misconceptions About The Men’s Physique Division

Originally published on mensphysique.com on Wednesday, 16 July 2014. It was a pretty popular post!

http://www.rxmuscle.com/blogs/the-news-the-newest-in-mp/11258-misconceptions-about-the-men-s-physique-division.html
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The Men’s Physique Division has stirred up tremendous interest and a decent amount of controversy within the IFBB and NPC, with a plethora of fans as well as a camp of haters. Perhaps the most exciting thing about the inception of this division was the door of opportunity which opened for men who were interested in competing on a bodybuilding stage but who did not want to sign up for the rigors of a competitive bodybuilder’s regimen. As expected, the floodgates opened and the Men’s Physique Division became wildly popular, not just among competitors within the division, but also among its ever-growing fan base worldwide. Sadly, there have been naysayers who have popped up with scathing criticism of the division which echoes the main misconceptions about the division.

Here is a breakdown of the three main misconceptions which have been circulating since the division was established in 2011.

“The Men’s Physique Division should be renamed Men’s Bikini.”

Ever since the Men’s Physique Division (MPD) was established, insults began flying about how it had no business sharing the stage with Bodybuilding. The ideal Men’s Physique body is supposed to be distinctive from a bodybuilder’s body, balanced with a pronounced v-taper, and without the excessive muscularity that is so celebrated in Bodybuilding. The more abbreviated posing which characterizes the MPD, along with the specific poses, the beach god look, and the model type good looks which many competitors possess have prompted many bodybuilders and fans of old school bodybuilding to compare MPD to a beauty pageant.

I will admit that there have been rare instances in which I have seen MPD competitors exaggerate their posing in such a way that it becomes a bit comical and somewhat pageant-like, but such instances are isolated. I think it’s important to remember that MPD competitors train HARD, and the best in the industry are very well respected athletes. It is outrageously rude to make comparisons of these tremendous athletes to pageant contestants.

“Men’s Physique (MP) guys don’t have wheels.”

The regulation garment which was chosen for the MPD, the board short, was selected primarily to evoke the idea that the competitors were supposed to look like they had just walked off the beach, embodying the ideal buff beach body. However, this particular short style is cut in such a way that it always hides the quads and hams, so it is often impossible to tell whether a competitor has well developed legs or is hiding toothpick legs under all that fabric. My experience has been that I have seen quads on many MP competitors which rival the wheels of seasoned bodybuilders, blowing the idea that MP guys have stick legs completely out of the water.

Many MP guys lift heavy, and they certainly do train legs! Every once in a while you might see an MP guy with spindly legs, but the division certainly does not deserve to be picked on about leg development. It has in fact been suggested by many to implement a shorter cut onstage in order to reveal the quads and hams. Perhaps once that occurs, MP competitors will finally be able to dispel this rumor.

“All Men’s Physique guys are divas or gay.”

First of all, anyone who is narrow-minded enough to make a blanket assessment of the sexual orientation of an entire division of competitors simply because many of them are visually very appealing is completely ignorant. It seems like the haters who make such comments are mostly envious because the MP guys are the ones who usually turn heads and make the ladies swoon. As a matter of fact, many women, including me, were ecstatic when the MPD was established because we as spectators finally had our eye candy. Many MP competitors easily fit the expression “pretty boy” due to their Abercrombie & Fitch boyish good looks. Honestly, I don’t see how that is a bad thing!

Though I have observed a high maintenance and diva-esque attitude in some MP competitors, that type of attitude by no means pervades the division. Let’s face it: the world of competitive bodybuilding can sometimes spark up a picky, persnickety attitude in competitors regardless of gender or division, and that certainly includes competitive male bodybuilders, who can be the biggest pains in the ass because their regimens are so extreme.

It has been exciting to watch the MPD grow from the new kid on the block who got picked on, to now being a well-respected division which has enhanced the sport of competitive bodybuilding. Not only has the MPD brought in massive revenue for the NPC and IFBB, it has brought competitive bodybuilding to the mainstream with its more attainable body silhouette.

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What To Bring To Your First National Show Besides Your Physique

Originally published on mensphysique.com on Monday, 07 May 2012

http://www.rxmuscle.com/blogs/the-news-the-newest-in-mp/5580-what-to-bring-to-your-first-national-show-besides-your-physique.html

So you competed in a national qualifier and got your qualification…fantastic! But now you may be wondering how to prepare for a national level show, what to pack, and generally what to expect at the national level. I can’t tell you how many times I have seen competitors who are newbies to the national circuit and have that deer in headlights look. They are completely stunned by the magnitude of a national show and intimidated by all the other nationally-qualified athletes who, for the most part, look amazing. Quite frequently these new competitors have no idea what to pack for a show outside of their local region and end up scurrying all over the place trying to procure the items they neglected to pack.

In light of this, here is a list of essential items to pack for a national level NPC/IFBB show, along with explanations. If you go to a national show fully prepared, you won’t have to deal with the stress of having forgotten something.

Board shorts (at LEAST two pairs, in case something happens to your main pair)
Dark towel (you don’t want to get tanning solution on the hotel towels because the hotel will charge you to replace them!)
Dark t-shirts (these make great pillowcases at the hotel)
Umbrella (you never know if it might rain)
Close-toed shoes
Flip-flops
Driver’s license or other ID
Cash for incidentals, cab fare
Basic toiletry items (toothbrush and toothpaste, moisturizer, hair gel, deodorant, razor)
A good skin scrub – sugar scrubs are much gentler on the skin than salt scrubs. Make sure the container is leak-proof and place in a Ziploc bag for extra security. If this is being packed in a carry-on bag, make sure the container is 3 ounces or less.
Touch up foundation or bronzer for your face to match up with airbrush color on body
Baggy pants with NO elastic at waistband
Loose brushed cotton or flannel button-down long-sleeved shirt
Socks (your tanned feet will stain the sheets!)
Underwear
Enough changes of casual clothes for the time that you will be at location
Nice outfit in case you feel inclined to go out to celebrate after finals
Diuretic (if your coach advises it)
Food – make sure to pack extra food. You can freeze your food then pop it in the microwave as you need it.
Supplements
Safety pins
Moist wipes – travel pack size

If you map out your packing strategy you should be able to remember to pack all the essentials.

Shaving Basics

Original Post can be found by clicking on this link:

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Published on MensPhysique.com on Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Shaving is the cheapest hair removal method, especially for morerazor hirsute individuals who want to don the stage with a minimal amount of body hair. Keep in mind, though, that this method can result in uncomfortable itchiness as the hair grows back. If this is something you feel you can handle, then let’s discuss the best approach to this method.

A good way to prep for a massive assault on body hair is to clip the hair either with a small pair of scissors or an electric clipper. Some men will often abandon shaving after completing this step, but others will carry through with removing the remainder with a razor. Once this is done, it is always best to hop in the shower and allow the water and steam to soften the hair and open up the hair follicles for easiest shaving.

Make sure to use a blade that is fresh and sharp, and shave with the direction of hair growth. If you are NOT prone to ingrown hairs you MAY wish to shave against the grain after shaving with the grain. Use a glycerin or aloe based shaving gel to allow the razor to glide more easily along the surface of the skin.

If you happen to get any irritation from the razor you may use hydrocortisone cream to soothe the afflicted area.

Links To All My MensPhysique.com articles

It has been an honor and a blessing to write articles for MensPhysique.com! I have written 44 articles between April 2011 and December 2014. Check all of them out via the links which I have provided here:

What Do You Bring To The Table? Know Your Worth
http://www.rxmuscle.com/blogs/the-business-fitness-modeling-and-showbiz/11909-what-do-you-bring-to-the-table-know-your-worth.html

Are You A Sponsored Athlete Or An Unpaid Salesperson?
http://www.rxmuscle.com/blogs/the-business-fitness-modeling-and-showbiz/11790-are-you-a-sponsored-athlete-or-an-unpaid-salesperson.html

The If-It-Fits-Your-Macros Trend
http://www.rxmuscle.com/blogs/the-kitchen-eating-strategies/11653-the-if-it-fits-your-macros-trend.html

Supplements You Should Be Taking Based On Your Age
http://www.rxmuscle.com/blogs/the-lab-supplement-school/11503-supplements-you-should-be-taking-based-on-your-age.html

Of Crossfit Boxes And Boxy Midsections
http://www.rxmuscle.com/blogs/the-training-room-workouts-and-tips/11345-of-crossfit-boxes-and-boxy-midsections.html

Misconceptions About The Men’s Physique Division
http://www.rxmuscle.com/blogs/the-news-the-newest-in-mp/11258-misconceptions-about-the-men-s-physique-division.html

Creatine-Rich Foods Or Creatine Supplements?
http://www.rxmuscle.com/blogs/the-lab-supplement-school/11157-creatine-rich-foods-or-creatine-supplements.html

Worth Your Weight In Salt: Why Some Dietary Salt Is Good
http://www.rxmuscle.com/blogs/the-kitchen-eating-strategies/10971-worth-your-weight-in-salt-why-some-dietary-salt-is-good.html

One Step Forward Two Steps Back: Fighting Muscle Loss As You Age
http://www.rxmuscle.com/blogs/the-news-the-newest-in-mp/10590-one-step-forward-two-steps-back-fighting-muscle-loss-as-you-age.html

Sleep Deficit And Muscle Loss
http://www.rxmuscle.com/blogs/the-news-the-newest-in-mp/10329-sleep-deficit-and-muscle-loss.html

What To Do After You Have Slayed The Dragon
http://www.rxmuscle.com/blogs/the-life-inspiration-and-dedication/10154-what-to-do-after-you-have-slayed-the-dragon.html

How To Avoid Post-Contest Rebound
http://www.rxmuscle.com/blogs/the-training-room-workouts-and-tips/10049-how-to-avoid-post-contest-rebound.html

Social Media: A Double-Edged Sword
http://www.rxmuscle.com/blogs/the-business-fitness-modeling-and-showbiz/9773-social-media-a-double-edged-sword.html

Fit For Stage: There Is A Difference
http://www.rxmuscle.com/blogs/the-life-inspiration-and-dedication/9699-fit-for-stage-there-is-a-difference.html

Slow Cooker Sweet Potatoes
http://www.rxmuscle.com/blogs/the-kitchen-eating-strategies/9393-slow-cooker-sweet-potatoes.html

That Ever-Elusive Pro Card
http://www.rxmuscle.com/blogs/the-life-inspiration-and-dedication/8988-that-ever-elusive-pro-card.html

Natural Libido Enhancers
http://www.rxmuscle.com/blogs/the-lab-supplement-school/8399-natural-libido-enhancers.html

The Incredible Edible…
http://www.rxmuscle.com/blogs/the-kitchen-eating-strategies/7870-the-incredible-edible.html

The Many Benefits Of Cinnamon
http://www.rxmuscle.com/blogs/the-kitchen-eating-strategies/7644-the-many-benefits-of-cinnamon.html

What Is 7-Keto?
http://www.rxmuscle.com/blogs/the-lab-supplement-school/7523-what-is-7-keto.html

The Importance Of Digestive Enzymes
http://www.rxmuscle.com/blogs/the-lab-supplement-school/7476-the-importance-of-digestive-enzymes.html

Fenugreek Enhances Performance
http://www.rxmuscle.com/blogs/the-lab-supplement-school/7362-fenugreek-enhances-performance.html

Why Zinc Is So Important
http://www.rxmuscle.com/blogs/the-lab-supplement-school/7294-why-zinc-is-so-important.html

Why You Should Add Curcumin To Your Diet
http://www.rxmuscle.com/blogs/the-lab-supplement-school/7143-why-you-should-add-curcumin-to-your-diet.html

Should You Block Cortisol Production?
http://www.rxmuscle.com/blogs/the-lab-supplement-school/6894-should-you-block-cortisol-production.html

High Fructose Corn Syrup
http://www.rxmuscle.com/blogs/the-lab-supplement-school/6661-high-fructose-corn-syrup.html

Protein Denaturing And What It Means For You
http://www.rxmuscle.com/blogs/the-lab-supplement-school/6456-protein-denaturing-and-what-it-means-for-you.html

Collagen Controversy: Is This Protein For You?
http://www.rxmuscle.com/blogs/the-lab-supplement-school/6215-collagen-controversy-is-this-protein-for-you.html

Should You Be Afraid Of Water Bottles And Cans?
http://www.rxmuscle.com/blogs/the-lab-supplement-school/6078-should-you-be-afraid-of-water-bottles-and-cans.html

What To Bring To Your First National Show Besides Your Physique
http://www.rxmuscle.com/blogs/the-news-the-newest-in-mp/5580-what-to-bring-to-your-first-national-show-besides-your-physique.html

The Fledgling
http://www.rxmuscle.com/blogs/the-news-the-newest-in-mp/5364-the-fledgling.html

To The New Model On The Block
http://www.rxmuscle.com/blogs/the-business-fitness-modeling-and-showbiz/5254-to-the-new-model-on-the-block.html

Picture Perfect With The Ladies: How To Model With A Female
http://www.rxmuscle.com/blogs/the-business-fitness-modeling-and-showbiz/4796-picture-perfect-with-the-ladies-%E2%80%93-how-to-model-with-a-female.html

Selecting Board Shorts For The Stage
http://www.rxmuscle.com/blogs/the-look-skin-attitude-attire-and-persona/4343-selecting-board-shorts-for-the-stage.html

Why You Should Build A Show Strategy
http://www.rxmuscle.com/blogs/the-life-inspiration-and-dedication/4258-why-you-should-build-a-show-strategy.html

Dry Skin Is Not Sexy
http://www.rxmuscle.com/blogs/the-look-skin-attitude-attire-and-persona/4101-dry-skin-is-not-sexy.html

Shaving Basics
http://www.rxmuscle.com/blogs/the-look-skin-attitude-attire-and-persona/3995-shaving-basics.html

Ingrown Hairs – Ouch!
http://www.rxmuscle.com/blogs/the-look-skin-attitude-attire-and-persona/3426-ingrown-hairsouch.html

Taming Of The Brow
http://www.rxmuscle.com/blogs/the-look-skin-attitude-attire-and-persona/3329-the-taming-of-the-brow.html

Holding Onto That Faux Bronzed Glow
http://www.rxmuscle.com/blogs/the-look-skin-attitude-attire-and-persona/3217-holding-onto-that-faux-bronzed-glow.html

How To Remove Self-Tanner After A Shoot Or Show
http://www.rxmuscle.com/blogs/the-look-skin-attitude-attire-and-persona/3216-how-to-remove-self-tanner-after-a-shoot-or-show.html

The Hair Issue: Getting To The Root Of The Problem
http://www.rxmuscle.com/blogs/the-look-skin-attitude-attire-and-persona/3174-the-hair-issuegetting-to-the-root-of-the-problem.html

My Bio
http://www.rxmuscle.com/contibutors/3032-stacey-naito-do-aobfp-mensphysiquecom-blogger.html

Slaying The Dragon aka Reaching IFBB Professional Status

This was from 2013 Team Universe where I finally attained IFBB Pro Status...after 14 Pro qualifers, folks!

This was from 2013 Team Universe where I finally attained IFBB Pro Status…after 14 Pro qualifers, folks!

Last weekend Gary Udit’s NPC Teen, Collegiate and Master’s Nationals took place in Pittsburgh, and many top notch national competitors graced the stage in hopes of slaying the dragon and going Pro. I cheered for my friends who have been competing at the national level for far too long, eager to get through the bottleneck and finally feel the exhilaration of becoming a Pro. I felt the pain of every seasoned competitor who walked away from the event without hitting that pinnacle. I know that feeling all too well since it took me 14 tries before I finally got my Pro Card. Anyone who thinks it’s easy to get onstage over and over again and get VERY close to winning a class without earning IFBB Professional status has no idea of how much it can rend someone’s spirit. Sure, there are always more contests, but it can be very difficult to re-ignite the fire after walking off the stage with yet another “almost”.

To those of you who have been hunting down that Pro Card, especially those of you who keep getting great placings, remember WHY you compete. Remember the drive and determination which got you to compete in the first place. Think of the family members, friends, coworkers, fans and followers who believe in you and regard you as a champion no matter what. The quote which kept me going, and which keeps me going with everything I tackle in my life, is:

“FALL DOWN SEVEN TIMES, GET UP EIGHT.”

If you are a seasoned national level NPC competitor and you get smacked down again at a Pro qualifier, you will probably feel dejected and pissed off to the point of saying, “F*&% this!”. The best thing you can do after an outcome like that is to give yourself time to calm down after the blow and dust yourself off. Believe me, I have been there before. I have hidden in my hotel room post-contest, stuffing my face with contest-busting foods, feeling sorry for myself and letting loose a barrage of cuss words. So I completely understand how it feels to miss the mark.

If you choose to get back on the horse again, do it for YOURSELF, not for the judges, family, fans or whomever. If you choose NOT to get back on the horse, make sure that decision is made when you are thinking clearly. Whatever you do, don’t walk away from the competitive life with your tail between your legs! Channel your energies into other areas of your life and know that stepping onstage takes tremendous courage. And YOU DID IT.

Misconceptions About The Men’s Physique Division

Please read my latest article for MensPhysique.com! Original post can be found by clicking on this link:

http://www.rxmuscle.com/blogs/the-news-the-newest-in-mp/11258-misconceptions-about-the-men-s-physique-division.html

The Men’s Physique Division has stirred up tremendous interest and a decent amount of controversy within the IFBB and NPC, with a plethora of fans as well as a camp of haters. Perhaps the most exciting thing about the inception of this division was the door of opportunity which opened for men who were interested in competing on a bodybuilding stage but who did not want to sign up for the rigors of a competitive bodybuilder’s regimen. As expected, the floodgates opened and the Men’s Physique Division became wildly popular, not just among competitors within the division, but also among its ever-growing fan base worldwide. Sadly, there have been naysayers who have popped up with scathing criticism of the division which echoes the main misconceptions about the division.
Here is a breakdown of the three main misconceptions which have been circulating since the division was established in 2011.

“The Men’s Physique Division should be renamed Men’s Bikini.”

Ever since the Men’s Physique Division (MPD) was established, insults began flying about how it had no business sharing the stage with Bodybuilding. The ideal Men’s Physique body is supposed to be distinctive from a bodybuilder’s body, balanced with a pronounced v-taper, and without the excessive muscularity that is so celebrated in Bodybuilding. The more abbreviated posing which characterizes the MPD, along with the specific poses, the beach god look, and the model type good looks which many competitors possess have prompted many bodybuilders and fans of old school bodybuilding to compare MPD to a beauty pageant. I will admit that there have been rare instances in which I have seen MPD competitors exaggerate their posing in such a way that it becomes a bit comical and somewhat pageant-like, but such instances are isolated. I think it’s important to remember that MPD competitors train HARD, and the best in the industry are very well respected athletes. It is outrageously rude to make comparisons of these tremendous athletes to pageant contestants.

“Men’s Physique (MP) guys don’t have wheels.”

MP Quads
The regulation garment which was chosen for the MPD, the board short, was selected primarily to evoke the idea that the competitors were supposed to look like they had just walked off the beach, embodying the ideal buff beach body. However, this particular short style is cut in such a way that it always hides the quads and hams, so it is often impossible to tell whether a competitor has well developed legs or is hiding toothpick legs under all that fabric. My experience has been that I have seen quads on many MP competitors which rival the wheels of seasoned bodybuilders, blowing the idea that MP guys have stick legs completely out of the water. Many MP guys lift heavy, and they certainly do train legs! Every once in a while you might see an MP guy with spindly legs, but the division certainly does not deserve to be picked on about leg development. It has in fact been suggested by many to implement a shorter cut onstage in order to reveal the quads and hams. Perhaps once that occurs, MP competitors will finally be able to dispel this rumor.

“All Men’s Physique guys are divas or gay.”

First of all, anyone who is narrow-minded enough to make a blanket assessment of the sexual orientation of an entire division of competitors simply because many of them are visually very appealing is completely ignorant. It seems like the haters who make such comments are mostly envious because the MP guys are the ones who usually turn heads and make the ladies swoon. As a matter of fact, many women, including me, were ecstatic when the MPD was established because we as spectators finally had our eye candy. Many MP competitors easily fit the expression “pretty boy” due to their Abercrombie & Fitch boyish good looks. Honestly, I don’t see how that is a bad thing! Though I have observed a high maintenance and diva-esque attitude in some MP competitors, that type of attitude by no means pervades the division. Let’s face it: the world of competitive bodybuilding can sometimes spark up a picky, persnickety attitude in competitors regardless of gender or division, and that certainly includes competitive male bodybuilders, who can be the biggest pains in the ass because their regimens are so extreme.

It has been exciting to watch the MPD grow from the new kid on the block who got picked on, to now being a well-respected division which has enhanced the sport of competitive bodybuilding. Not only has the MPD brought in massive revenue for the NPC and IFBB, it has brought competitive bodybuilding to the mainstream with its more attainable body silhouette.