Posing What is It All About

By: Dalon K. Myricks
Magazine Summer 1997

Dalon Myricks is a natural champion and posing consultant to IFBB professionals Mike Francois, Laura Creavelle and Gayle Moher.

Here is a situation we see all the time at bodybuilding and fitness shows. You have male and female competitors who have trained long and hard, and who have made sacrifices to look their very best on the day of the show. If you've ever dieted for a show, you know what I mean. Competitors spend most of the morning and afternoon presenting themselves to the judges in compulsory, comparison and free posing without music. Throughout the prejudging process, competitors perform pose after pose while the judges decide which competitors look the best during this round. Then comes the evening show.

During the evening show, competitors perform their free posing routine to music. Now, think for a moment as a spectator. How often do you see a great body on-stage perform a routine that doesn't seem to make sense. How many times have you said that routine was terrible. This is because of all the preparation that goes on for a show, the free posing routine receives the least amount of attention. Often times, competitors don't make a serious effort to perfect a routine in the final weeks leading up to a show. There are a couple of reasons for this.

In most shows, the evening routines are not judged and the competitors know this part of the show will have no impact on the final decision made by the judges. The importance of a good routine is not stressed as a critical part of the entertainment phase of the show. This is where competitors miss the importance of the evening show.

The evening show is a production designed to showcase the efforts every competitor has made. It’s meant to be entertaining and offer enjoyment for the fans who attend. It’s a way to say thanks to the many people who have been involved with your training, diet, and sacrifices. So, what does it take to have a good routine? Several things, let me suggest a few of them:

First, competitors should place as much emphasis on this part of the show as they do for the prejudging. Second, competitors should select music which is motivating to them.

Third, competitors should consider their own strengths and weaknesses when it comes to posing. Fourth, competitors should consider the message they want to express during the routine. This is perhaps the most important part of developing a good posing routine.

When developing a routine, try to outline what you

the audience’s thoughts will be when you perform to music. The challenge becomes whether or not you get the audience to feel the moment as you do. Also, you must work on your facial, arm, and body expressions as a way to convey your message. Transition from one pose to the next becomes a major part of the routine. It is the way you tie your message together.

Once you successfully incorporate these elements in your routine, you’ll start to feel the routine instead of "Just going through the motions". It's not easy and it takes a lot of practice. I recommend you practice your routine with the same frequency and commitment you do for your prejudging poses. Make yourself comfortable with the routine and the fact that you will be the center of attention when performing in front of a large, enthusiastic crowd.

Competitors are not the only ones who make an impact on the quality of the performances during the evening show. Promoters can make a difference by offering incentives to competitors. Try having awards for the best posers in each weight class, novice, or open divisions (men and women). Also, promoters could consider creating a stage background which adds a little flair and style to the show. Doing these little things could make a difference in the quality of a body-building or fitness show. Remember, the evening show is meant to be entertaining and a way to showcase the full expression of our sport. Give it a try, you might like it.

Dalon Myricks

Summer 1997

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