When I first started considering fitness model competitions, I laughed at the idea of posing practice. I had no idea how technical it is and how important it is to start posing practice as soon as you decide to commit to a fitness model competition.
I discuss the posing routine that I am expected to perform on stage for my next fitness model competition. I also discuss how I started my posing practice when I was travelling through Thailand and late at night at the gym, when everybody had left for the day.
For my first fitness model competition, I was doing 3 hours of training a day. One hour of weight training, one hour of cardio, and one hour of posing practice. And initially, posing was challenging. There is an expression known as “posing fitness” where there is a certain amount of endurance required to hold a flexed posed for a period of time, while smiling at the audience and judges.
So if you are just starting out your competition journey, you need to start practicing your posing routine yesterday. I hope you like this audio.
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In this episode I’m going to be talking about posing practise and how I thought it was a complete joke. When I first started my journey to get ready for my first ever fitness model competition only a few weeks ago. As I record this now on the 29th of March 2017, I had my first ever fitness model comp on the 5th of March. Last year, when I was getting ready for my first ever competition I laughed at the idea of posing practise. I thought, “Are you kidding me? Come on. I’m a dude. I’m a guy. What is this posing practise business?” I laughed at it and it was like, “This is ridiculous. Why would anyone have to pose? Why would anyone have to get ready for posing? Why would you need to practise posing?” I had this impression that you just got up on stage in front of judges and people and just kind of went into a natural, whatever felt natural standing up on stage. Maybe a hand on your hip or maybe a little butt wiggle or something. I don’t know.
I didn’t realise how technical it was and that a lot of practise was required to get all the posing correct. With the federation that I’m competing with, again in about five and a half weeks from now as I record this, there are mandatory poses that you need to do. They call them the quarter turns. It’s hard to describe via audio, but I go into this in more detail in my video blogs. My vlogs on my YouTube channel. Essentially you’ve got a front pose. If you can just picture this, you’ve got a front pose, you stand a certain way. Then the judges say, “Quarter turn to the right.” Then you turn to your right so that your bellybutton is kind of facing the right side. Then you have a little twist so that your torso is facing toward the judges. Then you hold that position and then maybe 10, 15 seconds later the judges will say, “Quarter turn to the right.” Now your back is facing the judges and then they’ll say, “Quarter turn to the right.” And then “Quarter turn to the right.” Now after four quarter turns, you’re now back to the front.
You’re now facing the judges again. Then they’ll say, “Strike an ab pose.” You’ll push out … Step out with one foot and bend it going into an abdominal pose. Which again is hard to describe, you have to see it. What you’re doing is, you’re demonstrating muscularity with your abs. As a fitness model you need to have ab development. Anyways. I underestimated and I underrated the importance of practising this. However, I learned one thing very early on in my prep journey. That was, I needed to start my posing practise very early on in the piece. Whereas a lot of guys, they leave their posing practise till the last week out from the competition. Girls are different. Apparently girls kind of all over their training and their posing practise and their makeup and hair prep and all that sort of stuff well in advance. Guys are very much disorganised and I get it right. Being a guy. However, the posing practise I started probably several months out and I was practising whenever I had the chance. I was in Thailand for the beginning part of my prep and I was practising in Thailand.
I was in my hotel room practising . I was in gyms in Thailand practising . Wherever I had the chance. Then when I got back form overseas I continued practising almost every night in the gym. I would go into the gym late at night and at about 10, 12 o’clock at night and I’d take my camera with me and I’d film myself posing and practising and then I’d watch the video and them I’d improve and make it better and then I’d do it without the mirrors so I’d knew how to pose without the mirrors. Remember you have to pose without mirrors. You going to be standing on a stage. There’s going to be judges and there’s going to be people looking at you. You need to learn how to pose without mirrors, which is another challenge. I did this maybe four, five times, six times a week and I was doing up to 40 minutes to an hour each session. That was on top of my weightlifting session, on top of my cardio. I was doing about three hours of training a day. It’s a lot right?
Getting ready for the stage is literally an hour of weights, an hour of cardio and 40 minutes to an hour posing practise. I did this and it got to the point where I really perfected the quarter turns and the transitions, the feet positioning and so forth and I did really well in that respect. I believe it was one of the main reasons why I came first, because I was looking at photos of the other guys in the same position as I was and I was really lucky in that I was able to bring out my entire muscularity because I practised my posing. I spent a lot of time refining it. Whereas guys were as lean as me, some were even leaner than me, but they didn’t bring out that muscularity. I believe, and I don’t know this for sure, but it could be the reason why they didn’t place as high. I put that down to posing practise. I bring this out to the open because I laughed initially at posing practise. It is very challenging. It is hard. When I first started learning the posing routine, I was sweating.
There was beads of sweat running down me and I was like, “This is crazy.” Then someone, I think it might have been my coach, someone refer to it as having posing fitness. That makes complete sense because posing fitness is an entirely different type of fitness. You can be lifting weights and a had been doing that for years and you can have great athletic capacity or aerobic capacity rather and then the moment you start posing you don’t have any capacity. You don’t have any posing fitness. It takes time to … You wouldn’t think this, oh flexing a muscle, how hard is that to do a bicep pose. It is challenging at first because you have to not just flex the muscle, but you have to hold that position. You hold that position while smiling and still remaining connected to the audience and the judges and things. You have to make it look like you’re in a perfectly comfortable position, even though internally you’re in a meltdown mode because you’re struggling to hold that flex but at the same time you’re smiling.
There’s this interesting paradox that happens, where you’re outwardly smiling but you’re inwardly cursing and you just can’t wait for the judges to ask you to move into the next pose so you can have a short half a second break. Usually I would always suggest to someone who’s just starting out with their competition journey, to really get on top of their posing because it is something that I’m lucky enough that I did pay enough attention to people in the very beginning that said, “Brad, you need to practise now. You need to start now.” That stuck with me. However, a lot of people don’t get that. They just take it for granted, they think, “Oh no, I’ll just start practising in the last few weeks.” When they get on stage they look terrible because they’re self conscious, they’re still thinking about their posing position. Whereas if you’re doing it enough it becomes automatic and so when you’re on stage you don’t even think about your feet and where they’re positioned. You look out to the crowd and you’re connecting with people. That’s when you focus.
But if you don’t practise then you’re going to be … You’ll be very self conscious about your positioning and you’ll be all over the place and it will look embarrassing and everything. Posing fitness is very important. At the moment it’s two, almost three o’clock in the afternoon. As I record the audio I actually have a posing session tonight with Vicky. She’s actually one of the judges for ICN or I Compete Natural, which is one of the federations that I’m competing through. I’m doing practise with her. Just going over a few things to make sure that I’ve got everything correct. There’s a few things I need to work on, i.e. my back pose, because the judges and their feedback to me from my first ever competition was that my back pose was closing off my back, my lats. I needed to open up my back more and of course the reason why I didn’t was because, I’m not sure if you’re familiar with this, but I had a back injury going into that competition so I didn’t actually practise the back pose.
When I was practising my posing, I skipped it because it hurt my back and it aggravated the injury so I skipped it all together. Now that I hadn’t had the injury I feel really good. Now I can practise it and hopefully I can completely nail it by the 7th of May, the next competition that I’m coming up to. I’m seeing Vicky tonight. I can’t wait. She’s a lovely lady. She’s going to rock it for me. She’s going to give me tips and pointers and ultimately take things to a whole new level for me with my posing. I hope this is informative. If your looking at competing, get on top of your posing. It’s absolutely essential. Go to a posing coach that’s familiar with the posing required for the federation that you plan on competing in. Make posing part of your routine. If you’re not looking at competing, you’re just a listener and really curious. I know it sounds crazy. It’s still crazy to me and it hasn’t fully sunk in yet just how important posing is. I, at times, still laugh at the idea of posing practise because it just seems so unusual.
You’re putting your body into these unusual position that seem completely unnatural and it’s a difficult reality at first to face, but I think over time I’ll get more and more used to it and it will just become more a way of life. That concludes the episode. If you’d like more information about this, please send me an email, firstname.lastname@example.org. If you like what I have to say, review it on iTunes. If you want all the behind the scenes of what I do then hit me up on SnapChat, which is seek fit life. Add me on there and you’ll get to see all the stuff I do behind the scenes. Meal prep in the kitchen. Practising posing 11:42 at night when everybody else is watching Netflix. I don’t know, it might inspire you or it might annoy you. I don’t know. If you think you’ll get some value from it, why not add me on there and reach out to me. I get back to everybody that reaches out to me and keeps me busy at times but I love doing it. Love connecting with people. I had someone from Pennsylvania. Where else in the US?
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