1. UNDERSTANDING WHAT YOU ARE ACTUALLY BEING JUDGED ON. What I've learned over the years is when clients understand the reason behind each of their poses, their purpose, the goal from head to toe, and don't just model after what they see in videos, they start to connect with the poses totally differently than just winging it from a tutorial they found online. If you don't know what you are being scored on, and why you are making the shapes you are making, how will you ever know if you are posing effectively?
I recently asked a group of new clients to tell me what they believe they are being judged on in their competition. And this was a group of men and women in all federations and divisions.
You know what they said?
They really didn’t know.
Once I taught them the reason behind the poses and the goals of each and every one of them, no one looked at posing the same again... and their posing skills improved dramatically.
2. BUILDING A PROPER POSING FOUNDATION FROM THE START SO YOU DON'T DEVELOP BAD HABITS THAT ARE TOUGH TO BREAK. Posing is creating shapes with your body. Each of these shapes require you to twist, contort, and position your entire body in a specific way for the judges to compare you with others on stage.
You need to understand the goal of every shape and how to make them look their best on your specific body.
What looks good on someone else will not necessarily look good on you.
You also need to do this without a mirror, since there are no mirrors on stage.
I break this sequence down for every one of my competitors from the start so that within no time their poses become like second nature to them.
3. ACCOUNTABILITY. Let's face it. Striking a pose in front of the mirror once in a while for a selfie isn't going to translate into looking your best on stage. You need legit posing practice. It's your PRACTICE that will GUARANTEE your PREPAREDNESS. Posing on your own can become monotonous so find ways to hold yourself accountable so you can do it regularly.
I have worked with HUNDREDS of clients – both men and women and many have become champions. Do you know what stands out about the ones that won shows and became professionals in the sport?
...it's the amount of time they spent practicing their posing!
And accountability was absolutely critical for each and every one of them to ensure they invested enough time into practicing their posing.