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Bodybuilding Competition

As you get more and more into the sport of body building, you may want to consider showing off your hard work by entering into a body building competition. There are many local gyms that hold contests as well as national competitions that are held on an annual basis.


Before you actually enter a body building competition, you really need to know what they’re all about in the first place. Take the time to attend a competition before entering and pay close attention to the techniques the exhibitors use and ask questions about what the judges are looking for.

Do not enter a body building contest just because you’ve lost a bunch of weight. These contests are about great physiques with toned muscles – not about people who’ve lost body fat. Your muscles must be well-defined and toned ready for display. Remember early on in the book when we talked about the “Grecian Ideal”? That’s what body building contests are really about.

Be realistic about your chances the first time out. While it is possible to realize a “Cinderella” story finish, it’s not really probable when you consider that some of the other entrants are very experienced. Tell yourself that you’ll be happy with not being cut from the lineup or taking fifth place, for example, which is a realistic goal for many beginners.

Once you’ve decided on a competition, you need to start planning well ahead of time to become fully prepared for contest day. You need to concentrate on any problem areas you have and work them hard. Keep up with your regular routine, so the muscles that are already toned don’t lose their definition.

Think about what you will wearing during the contest and what songs you will want played while you are posing. You will also want to start thinking about your posing routine. We’ll interject a quick note about suits here since it’s not really that complicated choosing what you’re going to wear. You have worked very hard on your body, and in a contest, you will want to show off as much of it as possible.

Pick a suit in a color that is complementary and one that is as skimpy as you are comfortable with. Just don’t over-do it – it’s not about who shows the most skin but who shows the best muscles. With music, you will want to choose songs that will activate and excite the crowd. Judges will respond better to you if you have a lot of clapping and cheering going on for you. Your posing style will be dictated by the music, either elegant or aggressive depending on your selection.

Your style of music is important. Your mood, the mood of the audience and the judges will be set moment by moment, heavily balance by the competitor’s choices of music. Clearly defined space in the music for major poses is usually extremely important.

Some routines flow perfectly and gracefully through music without accentuating beats, but you can be confident that only a few competitors in a hundred can successfully achieve the beauty and grace of such a performance.

If you don’t have a childhood background in dance or ballet, or you don’t have a nearly perfect body with matching symmetry, try to select music with a pronounced beat where you can clearly put your strongest poses. We can’t stress enough that you can have a great physique, but if you don’t know how to show it off, you won’t be doing any good in a contest.

Posing is so very important in competition. It gives the judges an idea of what they are looking for in a contestant which is symmetry, muscularity, aesthetics, and proportions. A good place to start learning about posing is to look through body building magazines to see how the models are presenting themselves.

Try out a few of these poses while looking at yourself in a full-length mirror. What works for one person may not work for you, but it just might! Think about the beat of your music and then choose poses that go along with that beat. Start out with your most powerful pose and hold it for 3 to 5 full seconds. Make sure that your routine flows smoothly and there is enough time in between poses for a little fun.


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