Posing practice is one of the most challenging aspects of preparing for a fitness model competition. I discuss how I am getting posing lessons from Vicki Arief, one of the competition judges.

I have visited her in the past but it is important to get several posing classes as you will develop bad habits if you continue posing on your own. Every now and again, you need to see a posing coach to tweak and fine tune. Vicki made the smallest of tweaks on my physique in our session.

The judges feedback from my first ever fitness model competition was quite good. The only suggestion they provided was that my back pose could have been improved. The judges couldn’t see my lats properly as they were closed off.

I also discuss how I need to avoid complacency as sometimes I am not feeling the pressure of pushing myself, given that I came first in the previous fitness model competition.

I talk about who my biggest competitor actually is.

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Brad Newton:

In this episode, I’m going to discuss posing practise that I had last night with one of the competition judges and the importance of avoiding complacency when you come first in a fitness competition and I want to talk about who my biggest competitor is, so this might interesting everybody listening to this. Without further ado, let’s get straight into it, posing practise.

Now, I’ve talked about posing practise in the previews audio. Last night, I ride out on my motorbike to see one of the judges, actually, for the federation that I’m competing in and she’s also a posing coach. She’s been in the industry for like forever. Lovely lady, Vicki Arief. She’s one of the nine judges, actually, which sits down on the panel as your up on stage [inaudible 00:01:04] your stuff. I’m getting coaching from her for all my posing because I think it’s wise to do that because she knows exactly what she wants to see and so I think it’s wise that I get lessons from her.

I’ve been to her a couple of times in the late up to my first competition and she was very, very helpful and she got me where I needed to be and, of course, winning the competition twice. What happens is that when you practise posing on your own, you start to lose the edge. You start to pick up dirty habits. Even though I’ve recorded our one-on-one sessions in the past with my camera and I usually put the private one-on-one sessions on my YouTube channel so people can watch them as well. If you haven’t already, check it out on youtube.com/seekfitlife.

In saying that, I went back to her and it was really just tidying up little things like the small piece that would complete the whole puzzle of getting the poses right. It’s going to be hard to describe what those corrections were via audio, so if you’re interested, I actually will have the complete one to one posing session on my YouTube channel. You can go watch if you’re interested. Essentially, she corrected the smallest of positionings of different parts of my body so that I can really bring out my complete musculature.

See, when I got my feedback from the judges from my first competition, they said everything was great. They were happy with pretty much everything except one thing they didn’t like and that was my back pose was not good because it closed off my back. My back was closed off. What that mean is that when you’re standing up on stage and you have your back to the judges, they want to see the muscular development of your back.

I was standing in a way where I was closed off and they couldn’t see that full musculature because I was closed off. My lats were closed off and the reason why was because I injured my back in [inaudible 00:03:17] up to that first competition and so I actually avoided doing the back pose because it aggravated my injury. Vicki knew this, but of course, the rules are the rules. I get it. I appreciate it. I’ve now practised the back pose and she gave me good feedback or she gave me advice on how to correct that as well yesterday. She took some photos of that. I’ll actually put those photos up in the show note section of this audio so you can see what those posing positions look like. She took some photos. That was correcting my back pose and that was correcting a few other little things as well like my hand positioning, and also my shoulder positioning, and a few other things as well.

You might be listening to this and if you’re not interested in the competing world of fitness modelling, you might be thinking this is so obsessive. It is. It’s seemingly crazy, but this is a sport and like any sport, like tennis or basketball or baseball, we’re talking [ins 00:04:26] degree. We’re talking millimetre shifts. We’re talking the smallest of changes. For a tennis player or for someone playing golf, the angle of attack of the ball might be half a millimetre different, that completely change the ball and you might think, “But that half a millimetre is nothing,” but that half a millimetre can be a game-changer.

In the fitness modelling world, the same thing applies. The shoulder drop, if your shoulders are not aligned, then they can completely change the symmetry of your physique and if your elbow is too far back on the front pose, it will close off your lat and so it will give you asymmetry. You won’t be symmetrical to the judges even though you are physiologically symmetrical.

You’re not demonstrating symmetry by having your elbows in the correct position and it could be that your elbows are in the wrong position because your hand position is not placed correctly on your hip and/or maybe your hip is not swung out and the weight is not completely on your left or right leg, which is also going to give you more taper because when you have all your weight on, for example, your left leg, that will allow you to have more taper because your hip will now be essentially swivelled to one side and then you can accentuate that taper by just pushing out your foot, your left foot by about 30 degrees so it’s out on an angle. By doing this, you’ll maximise your taper, in addition, by flicking your torso around so that your shoulders are square on with judges will give you maximum taper.

You’re probably just sitting there going, “Gee, this is intense.” It is and remember, it’s a sport and so that’s how it is. As a sport, you need to find ways of getting the edge in any competitive sport and this is no different. Yesterday, it was a fun session. I loved it. I had a great time and Vicki is a great lady and she gave me great feedback. I’ve recorded the session and I will be going into the gym to practise late at night. When everyone’s at home watching Netflix, I will be in the gym and I’ll be practising .

Actually, if you’re curious, you can always add me on Snapchat, SeekFitLife, because what I do is give all the behind the scenes of everything I do with my practise, my training and everything through Snapchat with good commentary, and how I think and feel, and how my progress is going. If you want to see me practising  behind the scenes and getting ready for competitions, Snapchat is a great place that I storytell, so go and add me there as well, SeekFitLife, S-E-E-K FitLife, and I can share stories that way as well. That’s posing practise.

Next one I wanted to talk about was avoiding complacency. I wanted to talk about this because even though I came first in this fitness competition on the 5th of March, 2017, it puts me in a position where I feel like I don’t have much to do. The judges gave me feedback and they didn’t really give me much feedback. They didn’t give me much to work on. They just said that my back was closed off and I needed to work on my back pose. Easy, right? That’s nothing. I can do that. Then other than that, there was no other feedback given. That puts me in a really awkward position. Now, what do I do? What do I practise? How do I improve? How do I get better? It’s like I don’t want to overimprove because what I did on the stage several weeks ago worked. It worked. What do I do? Do I try to make what I did better or do I leave it alone and only focus on the areas that the judges wanted me to improve on?

I want to mention that I’m not sure about anybody listening, but if you’re in a situation where you ever lose at something, some people get more hungry and more driven to win and I’m one of these people. I know that if I lose at something that it creates an inner drive within me to push harder, to find a way to make it work. I had something very recently, yesterday actually, in trying to launch this podcast, logging into my Apple account and I locked my account because someone’s trying to break into it. Someone’s trying to hack into my Apple account so they’ve locked it down. I spent four hours persistently trying to get this unlocked contacting support and that kind of thing and it’s like the rejection of not being able to get what I want has created more of a drive for me to try and figure it out as opposed to just giving out.

This is just really the thing with my life, but I didn’t lose. I won this comp. There are probably going to be people out there that I’ve beaten that are going to back with fury and kick my ass and I don’t want that. That puts me into the next part of the discussion which is how I not become complacent is that I always refer back to my biggest competitor being myself. There is no John Smith. There is no some guy that’s my biggest competitor that I’m most fearful of.

I am my biggest competitor. Me. I’m always looking to beat myself. I was like, “You know what, I can always improve my posing. Even though I won this comp, I could probably walk into the next comp doing the same thing. I could probably win again doing the same thing, but do I really want that? You know what, there could be someone that comes along and beats me because they are a little better at doing the back pose or whatever or they’re a little bit leaner than me.

I’ve gone back to Vicki yesterday so I can get the edge, so I ca make the smallest of changes to my posing to absolutely 100% maximise my performance on stage. I have no problems with audiences. I don’t get nervous. I get excited and it actually creates energy within me. I feed off the audience and I feed that energy back to them. That’s not a problem for me. Stage presence is not a problem and I’ve learned that. My thing that I’m looking at improving is my posing so I can bring my best physique to the stage. There’s no point working hard on this physique in the gym training, meal plans, that kind of thing, if I don’t bring it to the stage in the best possible form with the correct poses at the best I can do.

My biggest competitor is myself. It’s like how can I improve on the smallest of things? I think with that mentality, I can never lose. If I do lose, it’s within myself and not necessarily by somebody who beats me be I think the moment I start to attach the fact that somebody else is my biggest competitor, that puts me in a position where the control of that defeat is in somebody else’s hands and is dependent on somebody else’s capacity whereas if I put myself in the position of being my own biggest competitor, then that allows me to still have control to make the changes necessary to beat myself. I won’t be using anybody else as a marker for my success or failure, only myself.

I’ve always had this mentality of always becoming better even as a pilot. It’s like when I was doing my circuit training, I was never happy with it and it wasn’t like comparing my circuit flying performance with other students. I was like, “Okay, great. When I get to 750 feet on the upwind, then I [commence 00:13:03] my turn,” but I wasn’t doing it correctly. I’m like, “Okay, I need to look left. I need to look right. I need to lift the wing and then I need to go into a slow turn 15-degree angle and bank turn to the right or left to go into the crosswind. Then 950 feet, level off.”

I hit exactly 1,000 feet and if I hit 1,050, 1,100 or even 950 on the level out to the downwind position, I would be annoyed and I’d always have to be better. I’d always have to improve it in some way. This is really a function of my life, a feature of my life and there’s no right or wrong, but I think, yeah, if you always reference yourself as your own biggest competitor, then it gives you that control of always feeling like you’re in control because you are. Ultimately, you are.

That wraps it up. I wanted to discuss that. I got it off my chest now. If you like what I had to say, go to iTunes, write it and/ or if you have any questions about what I do, send me an email, brad@seekfitlife.com. This entire competition journey of mine is being documented not just in audio form now, which I’ve just started doing, but also in video form, which I’ve been doing for a while now. I’m much better, I believe, as a video storyteller, so if you want to see my journey in video form, you can always go to YouTube.

I actually documented my entire competition preparation for my first ever fitness mode competition and is documented, [thrown 00:14:45] up on Amazon, and YouTube, and Facebook, so you can actually watch the entire 4 seasons, 60 episodes there as well. I’m actually shooting the next series for my journey to the world titles. Everything I’m doing now as I record this audio is in preparation for the world titles in Thailand in June and the national titles in Australia in October. Please stay tuned. I am super excited to bring this journey to you via audio and I hope you enjoyed it. Thank you so much. This concludes the episode. If you like it, share with your friends, reach out to me. You are totally awesome. Have an awesome day. Thank you



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