If you're a Real Housewives fan, you may have followed the fitness journeys of Tamra Judge and Teresa Giudice as they trained for bikini competitions. (Shout-out to those super impressive muscles, ladies!) But beyond the Bravo-lebrities' experience...the world of bikini competitions probably feels like a bit of a mystery. What's going on behind-the-scenes of those photos of ultra-tan, ultra-fit women in flashy two-pieces on Instagram?
Well, the spectacle is only part of what bikini competitions are actually about. Beyond the sky-high heels and smiles are months of intense preparation, which can be detrimental to physical and mental health, for some.