Whatever the choice of activity to get fit is, whether running, biking, lifting, swimming, etc., a small population will be taken enough with their chosen sport enough to want to take the challenge on of competing. For runners, some will get the bug to prepare for and run a marathon. For the gym rats who love lifting heavy, some will get the bug to enter a powerlifting meet. Other gym rats will gravitate to physique competitions. Since I get asked about the latter pretty regularly, let me share some lessons learned.