Dr. Mandy in a bodybuilding competition

Why Compete in Figure Competitions?


Ridiculous spray tan…

Sky-high stripper shoes…

Teeny-tiny pink bikini…

Uncomfortable body positions…

These are a few of the things competing in a bodybuilding competition entails.

So why the heck would I want to do one? Let alone a SECOND one??


Bodybuilding competitors posing

Well for starters, the actual show is only a drop in the ocean of bodybuilding, in my opinion. I didn’t do the first one for the 5 minutes of stage time, and I certainly am not doing my second one for that reason either. It’s never about the end game. It’s all about the journey.

1. They’re Fun 🙂


I’ll be honest. Getting hosed down with spray tan is not fun. It’s sticky and weird and I feel like an oompa-loompa. But the rest of it…the rest of it is very fun!

Bodybuilding combines all the things I love – working out, hard core nutrition and supplementation, hormones, getting my hair and makeup done, high heels and sparkles.

It’s really fun to watch your body morph over just a few months 🙂

Dr. Mandy in a bodybuilding competition waving

2. Practicing Discomfort


I love a good challenge. And bodybuilding is certainly a challenge.

I didn’t really know what I was getting myself into when I signed up for my first bodybuilding competition 2 years ago. I was told it would be a lot of work, but for some reason, I thought it wouldn’t be THAT hard.

It turns out, IT WAS VERY HARD.

But, I learned so much about myself. The preparation challenged me in ways I had never been challenged before. There were many uncomfortable moments that I had to work through, which is why I’m doing another one. I’m choosing to practice discomfort.

Because life isn’t always comfortable. I think the more we consciously practice being uncomfortable, the better prepared we become for those unpredictable, uncomfortable situations Life throws our way.



bodybuilders showing back muscles

3. Self-Learning


I love learning 🙂 And since I did not hire a coach for my first competition, I had to do a lot of research and reading to figure out what the heck I was doing. I ended up learning so much valuable information that has helped my practice in countless ways.

I will undoubtedly build on that knowledge this time around – although, I may hire a coach this time around.

Dr. Mandy in a bodybuilding competition walking

4. Sharing/Showing/Applying My Knowledge


I recently read the book, ‘The Go-Giver’, and it resonated so much with me. My default idea of giving is financial or acts of service. But there are so many other ways to give – like giving pro tips and tricks 🙂 Which is another reason why I’m doing this. So I can share my knowledge with whoever wants to listen.

Bodybuilding competition are all about show. It’s what the judges see that matters the most for doing well in the actual competition if your goal is to win. My goal is to enjoy the process and apply all the knowledge I have obtained over the years. I think this is a great way to show the world I kind of know what I’m talking about when it comes to fitness and nutrition 😉

Dr. Mandy showing back muscles in a competition

Just showing off my anatomy…

5. Anatomy Love


My follow class-of-2015-mates can attest, I am obsessed with anatomy. Anatomy was my favourite class in undergrad, and in medical school, and don’t even get me started on the cadaver labs! Love, love, love.

The human body just fascinates me so much! I can’t learn enough about it. Especially the musculoskeletal system. I love muscle, I love my muscle, and I want to show it off. If that means prancing around on a stage with a spray tan wearing stripper shoes, so be it.

In Summary


So there you have it. 5 reasons I’m getting ready to prance around on a stage in front of people I don’t know 🙂

Let the preparation commence!

Let me know in the comments section below if you’re interested in seeing my game plan, my progress, and all my naturopathic tips and tricks.