What is a TaMaarta Physique Competition?

What is a TaMaarta Physique Competition?
We get this question often.

Is it a bodybuilding show? No.
Of course there are some similarities in stage presentation. But bodybuilding’s innate focus is on building big muscles and getting shredded (super lean). That’s not the goal of TaMaarta which has a focus of what’s called Physique Sculpting.

Physique Sculpting- The art of transforming the body and mind through proper balanced nutrition, wholistic functional body exertion, drug free supplementation, and a positive, deliberate mental focus.

So is it more like CrossFit? No.
Again, there are some similarities. But where CrossFit incorporates many Olympic styled lifts. TaMaarta focuses more on core, bodyweight, basic lifts and reps against time to build endurance and strength.

So What is a TaMaarta Physique Competition?
The answer is simple. It’s a test of strength/endurance combined with a physique showcase/presentation on a stage. A TaMaarta Athlete doesn’t just look strong, they are strong.

The competition has two Phases.
Phase One is a ten exercise circuit.
Phase Two is a stage presentation.

Primary Divisions
Women’s Sculpting (figure)
Women’s Swimwear (bikini)
Women’s Fitness Model
Men’s Sculpting
Men’s Athletic
Young Adult Athletic (15-17)
Juniors Athletic (11-14)

Secondary Divisions
Figure
Bikini
Classic Physique
Physique
Diva Model

During Phase One
IN THIS PHASE OF THE COMPETITION, TWO COMPETITORS WILL GO HEAD TO HEAD TO COMPLETE AS MANY REPETITIONS OF A CHOSEN TAMAARTA 10 EXERCISE AS POSSIBLE WITHIN 60 SECONDS. A COMPETITOR’S SCORE FOR THIS ROUND WILL BE THE NUMBER OF REPS HE OR SHE IS ABLE TO ACHIEVE WITHIN THE ALLOTTED TIME. THE COMPETITOR ACHIEVING THE MOST REPS IN THIS HEAD TO HEAD ROUND WILL EARN 1 ADDITIONAL POINT TO BE USED IN THE CASE A TIE BREAKER IS REQUIRED LATER IN THE COMPETITION.

During Phase Two
THE SECOND PHASE OF EACH COMPETITION IS STAGE PRESENTATION. COMPETITORS WILL FIRST PARTAKE IN A COMPARISON ROUND DURING WHICH PARTICIPANTS WILL WALK ON STAGE IN A GROUP AND PERFORM THE MANDATORY POSES AS DIRECTED BY AN OFFICIAL. COMPETITORS WILL THEN PERFORM AN INDIVIDUAL WALK, WHEREIN EACH WILL HAVE 60 SECONDS TO WALK THE STAGE ALONE, DOING VARIOUS POSES OF HIS OR HER CHOICE, SHOWCASING PERSONALITY, POISE, AND PHYSIQUE.

For Primary Divisions, scores from each phase are combined to you your overall score. Highest score wins.
For Secondary Divisions, score from Phase Two only determines class winners.

To Learn More about the Judging and Attire.

Why I Hate The “Cheat Meal”

The “Cheat Meal” is often a term used when someone dieting rewards themselves with the occasional indulgent meal. The word “cheat”, by definition, means to act dishonestly or unfairly to gain an advantage. Usually the feelings around the “cheat meal” begin with excitement and anticipation and end sadly with guilt and dissatisfaction. Food should not be referred to as something dishonest or shameful but should be transparent and celebratory.

I love food. I am an athlete, bikini competitor, and body builder; and therefore thought I would have to break up with my second love, (my first being my family) food. I was warned by fellow athletes that I would have to give up all my favorite foods and then only “cheat” once in a while. Honestly, the thought of this delayed my training….for seven years. Now I have to add that I am also a Nutritionist and thought that there must be a way to enjoy my favorite foods, have a healthy relationship with food, and STILL meet my body building goals on a competitive level. HALLELUJAH, I have found a way!!

I STOPPED having cheat meals.

I recognized this self defeating cycle of dieting hard and then celebrating with my favorite foods one meal out of the week. I would wait with anticipation and excitement (just like Christmas morning) for my four slices of meat lovers pizza, lots of beer, and a bowl of ice cream. It was glorious! Then I would weigh myself the following morning with this gut wrenching feeling. I would loathe myself for the three pounds I had gained and start the week all over again…playing catch up. I do believe the cheat meal is why leaning out can be so emotional and physically painful. I decided, as a nutritionist and food lover, I had to find another way.

I pronounced that I would eat what I wanted in moderation to fit my dietary needs. EUREKA!

What an original idea! The problem with “The Diet” is the mentality that it is an all or nothing life style. We have been taught to look at all calories as equal and they are not. We have put “cheat foods” on this pedestal and treat healthy foods as something to just sustain life. There must be a way that I can truly enjoy foods on the healthier spectrum and not feel guilty when I did consume foods on the opposite side of that spectrum. This would involve the reversal of some hard wiring. I would have to learn how to approach food choices in a whole new way.

Every snack and meal should be consumed with the question, “What is this choice doing FOR my body?” If the answer is obvious then consume happily and stop when full. If you can’t answer that question then consume consciously, enjoy the indulgence and move on to your next healthy choice. I truly live by this method and to make it work you have to be honest with yourself.

I am eight weeks out from my next bikini competition. In the past, my diet would have normally looked very different then it currently does. I would be constantly living on the edge of hunger, planning out my next cheat meal, and then holding myself in contempt for any weight gain. It has been a long life journey to come to this place of food appreciation. To truly respect all food, I stopped over indulging in unhealthy food choices, living guilt free when enjoying food, and appreciating what healthy foods are doing for my body. This diet approach, that you can “have your cake and eat it too”, can be difficult to accept and practice because there are no objective guidelines. This mentality takes practice and discipline but I promise that you will not only have a new respect for food, but for yourself.