It’s almost time to step back on stage. I’m in the gym lifting, in the kitchen preparing all my meals, trying to get all my water in as ordered and walking around the studio in my shoes trying to improve my posing.
I decided to take matters into my own hands and venture into the city for some help before the next show. As a bikini athlete, it’s important to learn poses that best suit me and my body. It does no good to look good but not be able to show it off.
And because not everybody is the same, I wanted to take a posing session to help figure out what angles look best.
Posing session in the city
I worked one-on-one with Tennille Ray, Chula Fitness, for two days.
We broke down everything including my walk, individual routine, transitions and comparisons. I was able to work and ask questions about everything – Where should my weight be distributed? What’s the best way to pivot? Which direction should I turn? Am I leaning enough?
Am I comfortable yet? Ummm. No. But will I be by October? That is the plan.
My routine is completely different than in June. I have work to do if I am going to rock the NPC Mid-Atlantic Classic stage.
As a competitor, your posing should be elegant, graceful with the ability to hide flaws and highlight strengths. I mean why not? You put in the hard work to get your body stage ready, why not show it off?
While in the city
After the posing session, my aunt and I decided to enjoy a pretty NYC day.
One thing on my list was pizza.
We had pizza at a local neighborhood joint, spent a little time in Bryant Park and made our way to H&M.
Pizza was necessary. My coach said to get it in as a part of my high carb week. Who am I to argue? I really didn’t think twice.
Posing can make or break you
The one thing I am very conscious about improving from my last show is my posing. I have looked at the photos and video and know that I can do better. It is definitely better than the first show at the beginning of the season where I was horrible – stiff, misaligned, awkward and uneven.
I also have watched other people who I thought looked more elegant to try to emulate them with my own flare. I want to look as good as I can and that means being willing to learn. In doing so I have been able to present my physique better each time.
For the next few weeks I will be practicing every day. It’s the only way to get comfortable.
Have you ever taken a posing class? How often do you work on your posing?