Bodybuilding posing is vitally important
because, after years of hard training, working out for hours a day in
the gym, and dieting with great discipline for ten to twelve weeks, you
can win or lose a bodybuilding competition with the same body! It isn't just your physique
that is being evaluated; it's your physique as you are able to pose it
to the judges.
The key to posing
in bodybuilding, as well as in other sports, is painstaking and careful
preparation. Bodybuilders need preparation to ensure their performance
will represent their best efforts in a bodybuilding contest - their
"performance", of course, being their ability to show off their
physiques to maximum advantage in front of the judges.
Training involves one set of skills.
Bodybuilding posing involves another set of skills completely. You have
to practice bodybuilding posing for endless hours to learn those skills,
and you also have to compete in a lot of bodybuilding contests in order
to be able to use those skills under the pressure of competition. Of
course, many beginners don't realize how much there is to learn when it
comes to bodybuilding posing. Bodybuilding posing can seem much simpler
to master than it really is.
- You have to master each of the
individual compulsory bodybuilding poses.
- You have to practice these
bodybuilding poses until you have established total control over
each of the muscles involved.
- You need to devote many, many
hours to practicing so you can hold your bodybuilding poses for long
periods of time without feeling undue fatigue, having your muscles
start to shake, or developing muscle cramps.
- You have to create an individual
bodybuilding posing routine that best displays the qualities of your
- You have to practice your routine
until you can do all the transitions between bodybuilding poses with
- You have to actually use these
skills onstage because only experience teaches you to pose correctly
when under pressure at an actual contest.
- In addition to working on the
bodybuilding poses themselves, you need to work on your facial
expressions. Part of the impression you make on the judges depends
Hitting and holding your bodybuilding
poses correctly in front of the judges is essential. But you also have
to realize that you are posing all the time you're onstage, not just
when you are out front hitting shots. We can't count the number of times
we've seen a bodybuilder who looked good when he was posing go to the
back of the stage and suddenly start to slump down, to let his stomach
stick out and in the process totally destroy the good image he had
It doesn't matter what kind of physique
you have if you can't display it properly. In addition to being able to
pose, you have to pay careful attention to your overall appearance. The
judges are not just looking at your muscles and your cuts, they are
looking at the total you - everything from how you stand, move, and
pose, to your skin tone, haircut, and posing trunks, to your overall
demeanor. This is where facial expression becomes so important. Do you
look confident, like a winner? or anxious, like a loser? When you hit
your bodybuilding poses and are contracting your muscles as hard as you
can, is your face all screwed up, are you grimacing like a gargoyle - or
have you learned to pose "from the neck down" so that your body is
flexed but your face is relaxed?
Bodybuilding is a sport, but it is also
theater. You not only have to be good, you also have to make sure the
judges take notice. The point is not to fake the facial expression, but
to really believe in yourself and to let that belief show to everybody
in the audience.
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