- These are the 'relaxed' poses you do in prejudging.
- This is the first time the judges get to see you, so you need to master these poses.
- Figure, Bodybuilding and Physique competitors do the same quarter turns seen in the video.
- Bikini competitors do the same quarter turns but their poses are a little different and you don't try to flex as hard BUT, nowadays bikini competitors are more muscular so you definitely must know how to flex your upper and lower body (just not to the extent of the other categories).
Creating the V-Taper look is VERY Important in every category in a physique competition. This makes your upper body/shoulders look bigger/wider while making your waist look smaller. This gives you a more athletic look. A person without a V-taper is just standing there with their arms at their sides, this will NOT make you stand out onstage.
- Bodybuilders, Figure & Physique competitors should get their V-Taper out as much as possible.
- Bikini competitors should not max out the V-Taper but you want to perform it so that your shoulders appear wider which will make their waist look smaller.
If you cannot perform this when first try it, don't get frustrated, it may take awhile to learn this because most people have never had to flex their upper backs before.
Flexing the legs
The key to many competitions is definition in the legs. The legs are the most difficult body part for most woman to get lean which means that if your legs are lean then you are at a GREAT advantage.
- It is very important that you learn how to flex your legs correctly.
- Your legs may be leaner than you think but if you can't contract them properly then that definition won't come out. Watch the video and you will see that when Kelly's legs are relaxed they don't look lean, but once she flexes them her definition comes out.
- Getting lean enough to get your leg muscle to come out when flexing puts you in the running for placing well in competition, because many woman can't get that by contest time and therefore are at a disadvantage when they are onstage