The Onstage Look


A dark tan enhances your physique, making it easier for the judges to assess your muscularity. There are a few tricks to achieving an even tan.

You can start with a tanning bed, but the advantage of the new dyes is that this harmful step is no longer necessary. The new stains that are available specifically for body building competition do not need to be applied to already tanned skin.

If using a tanning bed, don't forget your "hidden" parts. Tan in different positions (arms overhead, on back and on front, legs apart to get inner thighs) for an all-over tan.

Keeping shaved will result in a better tan. This also prevents skin rash later when the dye is applied. Dye on sensitive, newly shaved skin often causes a burning rash.

If you are hairy, use a trimmer or an electric razor to take off heaviest hair and do close work with a regular razor. Shaving creams for women are less drying that men's creams. If using Neet, do a patch test first!

Start using body moisturizers well before the contest date. Tanning products do not look good on dry, flaky skin.

There are basically two main ways to get yourself stage-ready with regards to tanning - A "home, self-application" or using a spray tanning service. Regardless of the option you choose, proper skin preparation is still highly important!

If using Dream Tan cream, avoid using the gold/bronze formula and stick with the red/brown (forumla #2)

TEST YOUR TANNING PRODUCT WELL IN ADVANCE FROM CONTEST TIME TO SEE HOW YOUR SKIN REACTS TO IT!


Applying the Dye (self application):


Wednesday: Thursday: Friday: Saturday:

Using a Spray Tan Service:


Airbrush spray tanning is has really gained popularity as a solution to becoming stage-ready tanned. It is a quick solution that produces great results. Application can vary somewhat depending on product being used but generally the procedure is done the day before the show and in some cases, the day OF the show. Feel free to contact us regarding suggestions for local spray tanning services.

Week before show: Thursday: Friday: Saturday:
PAM MAY NOT BE USED IN THE COHN!

Posing oil may be used for the evening show. Use sparingly, however. Using too much oil will cause the lights to glance off of the oil instead of enhancing your muscles.
Special Tips
  1. Buy several pairs of surgical gloves to keep hands free of dye.
  2. Use an old sheet to stand on when applying dye. This prevents drips from ruining carpets.
  3. Apply dye evenly with a sponge paint brush. If using a spray dye, some areas will still need to be touched up with a sponge.
  4. Many competitors keep an old set of sheets to use whenever staying at hotels at contest time.
  5. Recommended products: Jan Tana, Muscle Up, Andreas Cahling. For Faces: Muscle Up, Estee Lauder, Neutrogena and Vaseling Sunless Tanning.

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Last Updated: Sep 14, 2016
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