Quarter turn to the right, quarter turn to the right, quarter turn to the right…thank you ladies. Sounds easy enough, right? Well, not so fast. Between the weight training, daily cardio sessions, intense dieting and proper supplement plan...
...fitness & figure athletes work hard everyday to reach their goals. This sport encompasses all aspects of your life...while you whip your body into competition shape. You have to be lean, muscular and feminine and that takes a lot of sweat and even some tears. Anyone that has experienced a figure or fitness competition knows that the physique comparison rounds are anything but easy.
One area that even the most prepared women overlook is posing. Posing is displaying your physique in the best possible way while following the contest guidelines. It is a series of isometric contractions that are guaranteed to make you sore in the days following your show. Posing is so important that I have seen several women that had the potential to win a whole show, miss out a top 5 placing because they did not know how to pose correctly for their bodies.
For fitness and figure, the athletes are compared through a series of quarter turn comparisons.
The mandatory poses include front pose, back pose and both left and right side poses. Each pose will show your physique in a different way however they should all demonstrate your V taper (wide, well developed shoulders that come down to a lean and muscular waist with shapely and toned legs). Your posing should also complement your strengths while down playing your weaknesses. Here are some guidelines for each pose.
Side Pose (Right & Left):
Optional: If you prefer, the front shoulder can be dropped back slightly while the back shoulder is pulled forward a bit. This will help you appear a little wider at the top and narrower at in the waist. Avoid twisting your upper body completely toward the judges however, as this is not allowed.
For detailed information be sure to check out my Ultimate Posing & Contest Day Guide for Fitness & Figure