Thought I would contribute since I just competed in June and did quite well.

1.) Do not carb deplete and load- Too many guys/girls mistime this and ruin the weeks of prep it took to get in contest shape. Save the carb load for the endurance crew!!

2.) Do not drop water too soon- Muscle is 70% water so never understood "drying" out days before a comp. More than likely, that is fat and not water they need to lose. Then they go flat and "Look great the next day"

3.) Be in shape 2 weeks before the show. If you are, there will be less chance of screwing up the final touches.

4.) PRACTICE!!! So many competitors feel they do not need to practice posing. Especially without a mirror. I like to have a watch on the mirror and hold quater turns for one minute and each pose for about 30 seconds. Close your eyes, pose, open eyes and see if you are holding the pose right. Feel what it is like, there will be no mirror on stage.

Hope that helps kids!