Over the last few months, I’ve had the awesome opportunity to attend and speak at the New York, Houston & Boston NPC Seminars. These free events provide a great opportunity for those considering competing, newbie competitors and seasoned veterans to learn from some of the best in the business like IFBB Judges & District Chairmen STEVE WEINBERGER
& LEE THOMPSON
, Bombshell Founder SHANNON DEY
, Muscular Development Senior Editor & NPC Judge SEAN ANDROS
and fellow athletes like NICOLE NAGRANI
, INDIA PAULINO
& GEN STROBO
These information-packed seminars cover a wide variety of topics from how to get started and what judges are looking for to presentation & posing and training/nutrition techniques. For those of you who could not join in on the fun, here's a few stage tips that were covered in the seminar:
- Longer isn’t better when it comes to your individual presentation. Judges are able to assess you fairly quickly, so your goal should be to make a strong impact in a short amount of time. This doesn’t mean you should rush through your poses and not give yourself enough time to put your hard work on display—rather, you should just be cognizant of moving deliberately and eliminating superfluous poses that don’t add benefit to your presentation. The last thing you want is for the judging panel to feel like they want you to hurry up and get off the stage. Bottom line: Your individual presentation should leave the judges wanting to see more of you—not less.
- Suit cut is more important than “bling.” When choosing a suit, focus on getting the perfect cut to highlight your assets. This is a much more important investment of time and money than searching for the most blinged-out bikini.
- Don’t choose distracting jewelry. A lot of attendees asked questions about jewelry. While the judges agree that a little jewelry looks attractive on stage, it shouldn’t stand out. “If we notice your jewelry, there is likely a problem,” stated one of the seminar speakers.
- Don’t cover up tattoos. It’s obvious to the judges when a tattoo has been covered up. The “cover-up” is usually more distracting than the actual tattoo, so just go ahead and proudly show off your ink.
- Make eye contact with the judges, but don’t stare them down. Yes, it’s important to connect with the judges by making eye contact, but take it easy. An intense stare down doesn’t win hearts and minds—rather, it can make them want to look in the other direction.
- Always be “ON.” Whether you are in the wings getting ready to take the stage, standing on stage waiting for call outs or transitioning from one mandatory pose to the next, you are always being judged. So, keep your energy up, be mindful of how you look at all times and shine like the star you are!
Until next time – keep pushing toward your best!
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Jaime Baird can be contacted for appearances throughwww.fmg-fitnessmanagementgroup.com