How to Choose The Perfect Fitness Competition Suit

September 13, 2016 1 Comment

How to Choose The Perfect Fitness Competition Suit

How to Choose The Perfect Fitness Competition Suit

By: Tara Thatcher

How to choose the perfect fitness competition suit

 I have been in the fitness industry for over 10 year, competed in 13 shows myself, and now coaching hundreds of competitors over the years, it is fairly safe to say that I have a lot of experience and knowledge when it comes to being on the stage. One of the most important things can be your suit selection!

 I remember ordering my first suits through the mail. Back in 2006 the figure division required a one AND two-piece suit for different judging rounds. Oh, and did I mention they were made of velvet? LOL! So many things have changed since then. Both Women’s Physique and the Bikini division have been added. The fabrics, designs, and cuts have changed a little. But the purpose of the suit has not changed. To help you highlight your physique on stage through use of color, flattering fit, and choice of how you decorate it.


  1. Suit color. “What color should I wear on stage?” This is one of the biggest decisions you have when choosing your suit! Think of the suit as part of your creative expression. What is YOUR favorite color? What does it mean to you? What color makes you feel beautiful, radiant? I generally prefer to see deep, rich colors on stage. The harsh lights on the stage wash out your skin tone, so you wear a very dark competition tanning solution. These lights do the same to your suit. Much as like lighter colors, your best bet is to do a deeper, darker version of what you like. There are also different trends on colors. So pay attention to which colors are popular, and steer to a different choice.


  1. Cut of the suit. This is very important. A well-fitted, well-made suit will not only be more comfortable, but will help highlight your physique. The fit of the suit is also specific to the division that you are competing in. So know if you are looking for bodybuilding, physique, figure or bikini. Be sure to discuss this with the suit maker. The suit should lie flat against your skin, without any pulling or bunching. If it is a bikini suit, the connectors should lie flat on your skin, not cause any bulging above or below.


  1. Deciding how much to spend. Have a budget in mind. Competing is an expensive hobby, so have an idea of how much you want to set aside for a suit. Suits can range from a few hundred dollars to several thousand.

 How to Choose Your Perfect Fitness Competition Suit

A few questions you can ask yourself to help determine your budget:


  1. Are you planning to use the suit for more than one competition?


  1. What do you plan to do with it when you are done?


  1. Is the suit maker you are working with willing to make something for your budget, and open to adding crystals, changing connectors down the line?


 Here are a few tips to maximize the use of your suit:

  1. Remember to take good care of your suit. It is an investment in your competition journey.
  2. Treat it with care. Make sure you have a clean dry place to store it, either a bag or Tupperware.
  3. Keep it away from any fluids or competition tanner the weekend of your competition.
  4. Be cautious putting it on over competition tanner and taking it off. I have seen light colored suits ruined by careless changing.
  5. If you are using any kind of adhesive to secure your suit in the rear, use sparingly only on the seams of the suit.


I believe that putting together your suit is one of the most memorable and exciting parts of competing! So make sure that you equip yourself with some ideas of what color you want, making sure the fit of the suit is right, and decide on a budget that works for you. Take good care of your investment to maximize the use or resale of your suit. And best wishes to you when you take the stage! This is YOUR time to shine!


Tara Annemarie Thatcher is a STRONGCAMP Ambassador and founder of Perfectly Prepared, a business, in which she’s coached hundreds of competitors on Posing, Presence, and Mindset. She believes that all three work synergistically to give clients the best experience possible, and help improve other aspects of their lives.

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1 Response


September 17, 2016

I loved this! I compete(when I have the money) in NPC bikini competitions. October is when I would like to do my next show but however I still don’t have a new competition bikini. The one I wore to my other 2 shows is awful! The judges asked who made the ugly suit. The suit I would like is about $500. I am a single mother which is one of the main reasons I cannot afford to compete as often as I would like. Is there anyway to have them made just as good but cheaper?? Do the suits really need to be so expensive? Help ansingle mother out?!

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