In bodybuilding competition round four, you stand onstage with the
other top bodybuilding competitors, go briefly through some compulsory
bodybuilding poses, and then are free to hit any poses you want while the judges
watch you and make their final determinations. You don't go through one
set routine; you are in direct competition with the other bodybuilders
for the attention of the judges. They have only a minute or so to make
up their minds, so you need to make a quick and decisive impression.
During this short, intense bout of
posing competition your most formidable opponents are right onstage next
to you, which gives you a tremendous opportunity to convince the judges
that you are the one who ought to be declared the winner. But to use
posing to gain that end, you need to use your mind. Posing at the
highest level is almost more mental than physical, a kind of
three-dimensional chess game.
By the time the bodybuilding posedown occurs,
everyone is tired - you have been posing all day in the prejudging and
done your posing routine under the pressures of the evening show. It is
very easy to let down at this point. We have seen bodybuilders in the
middle of a posedown begin to hesitate, lose track of what they were
doing, and then have to quickly hit any random pose so as not to make
complete fools of themselves. Fatigue, both mental and physical, becomes
the enemy at this stage. The only way to avoid burning out before the
bodybuilding posedown is finished is to prepare for it thoroughly, to practice this
kind of free posing over and over. Only constant conditioning will
prepare you for the rigors of this phase of the bodybuilding competition.
preparing for a contest, always made it a point to know who you would be
posing against and planned accordingly. Look at tapes of opponents
posing routines when possible and study each one to see how they put
each sequence of poses together. Look for inconsistencies indicating an
opponent who was not sure of his routine, one who might be looking for
something better. A consistent routine, on the other hand, would always
indicate that a given opponent was satisfied, so take what he considered
to be his best poses and improve on them. Too many bodybuilders in the
posedown just hit their best shots and pay little attention to the other
competitors. The only time this works is when you are clearly the most
superior bodybuilder onstage - and as competitive as the sport is these
days, this is something that rarely happens.
You have to pose smart as well as hard.
Being able to exercise this kind of strategy takes a lot of time and
experience to learn, and most beginners shouldn't worry about such
things but instead ought to concentrate on showing off their physiques
as competently as possible. But it is the kind of "smart" bodybuilding
posing you'll need to learn in the future if you want to be truly a
master of bodybuilding posing.
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