Posing isn't a vain or arrogant thing to do. On the contrary, it's not on a good indicator of progress, it's a lost art. If we are sculptors, our bodies are our canvas, and posing is how we display our work of art.
One of the main scoring rounds for bodybuilding is the posing routine. Judging is determined by a series of 6-8 mandatory poses that emphasis different areas of the body. Bodybuilders generally have 60-90 seconds to pose and show off their physiques in their most flattering poses. This is where those who can pose well have an advantage.
I learned how to pose from Tanji Johnson, IFBB Fitness Pro, back in early 2006 - before I competed in my first show. She flew into the small town in Montana where I lived and held a full day posing and competition workshop for 5-6 of us would-be competitors. It was one of the best investments I've made. Not only did she provide information about competitions, Tanji also talked about hair, makeup, nails, suits, and judging criteria. The most important part of the day, though, was posing.
Tanji is known for her ability to look natural and comfortable on stage, while showing her body off in the most flattering poses. Despite my lack of lats, she taught me how to do a lat flare (or front relaxed pose). She walked us through quarter turn transitions and gave feedback on how we should each angle our bodies to highlight strengths or hide weaknesses.
In the weeks following the workshop leading up to my first show, I practiced, practiced, practiced. When I walked on stage that sunny Spring day in Washington, my body knew just what to do.
|Emerald Cup 2006: My first show|
|2010 Arnold Amateur|
For all you competitors, how often do you practice posing? Have you taken any posing workshops?