Wearing the right fitness bikinis will go to waste if you do not know how to highlight your physique properly with the right posing techniques. In competitions, even if you have all the right muscles in all the right places but are not seen by the judges due to your pose, you will be under rated and all your preparations will just be for nothing.
Making the right pose
You must know how to tighten the muscles from your quads to your shoulders as this will make the muscles look dense. You must not, however, tense to the level that they require in bodybuilding as fitness competitions prefer natural-looking poses compared to strained positions. Be conscious if your angles are soft and not too sharp. For example, bend your elbow ever so slightly that the bend is visible but not jagged.
For open hand posing, your elbows must not be squeezed back or low and your shoulders not scrunched. During the front double bicep and back double bicep poses, turn your pinkies back. Make sure that when doing the back poses, your shoulder blades are flat against your back. During the front poses, point your toe in order to enhance your quads.
Quarter turns are a staple in any competition so you should master this. Your movements should be deliberate, flawless, and have a graceful flow to them. Unless otherwise specified, when you are doing a side pose, have the arm facing the judges lie back a bit so they can see more of your body.
Overall, your chin and head should always be kept up, shoulders set back and out, chest out, and abs tight. Keep the legs tense a little bit for all poses, especially when doing turns and hike your hips a bit. Don’t forget to project a relaxed smile.
It is possible that judges will talk to you to correct you when you are on stage so have the presence of mind all the time. Listen to their instructions closely and follow accordingly. Do not panic if you are corrected, as this will not bring down your score.
How you carry yourself while walking on the stage is important as well. Keep your head up, shoulders back, and chest out. Your feet shouldn’t be too far apart from each other when walking. Walk at a slow and even pace, avoid hips from swaying too much, and angle your body to face the audience and judges.
All these important points look like a lot of things to remember. If you are too conscious to do all the correct posture and movements, you might end up looking stiff. Thus, it is important to practice till the movements become second nature. Practice in front of a mirror. Better yet, have someone videotape your walk and turns so that you can go over them as you try to improve your posture and poses.