Have you been to a bodybuilding show and noticed that no-one smiled on stage? Even the bikini, fitness and figure competitors only smiled for short periods of time? Sometimes the athletes frown and look miserable. This is not a good look on stage, and the judges will take note of it immediately.
Smile to set your tone
Do not make this mistake if you compete. Smiling is very important for your stage presence. It creates an element of confidence and an air of fun, and that’s what bodybuilding is all about. After all of the struggle with dieting, training and managing your life, your smile should symbolize your positive stage presence.
Smiling creates a level of stage presence that is very important; whether you are a figure competitor or bodybuilder. In many cases, smiling gives you an edge over other competitors.
Smiling is harder than it looks
Although the pro bodybuilding athletes make it look easy; smiling is hard to do while posing. That’s why it is so important to smile during posing practice. You should treat your smile as a pose during each posing session. When you do one pose, you should smile through it.
How long should you hold your smile?
You should hold your smile on stage during and throughout each bodybuilding, fitness, bikini or figure pose. Since the judges can hold you for a long time; hold your smile, also. The length of time you will be held for mandatory quarter-turns will vary. Bodybuilders, who have eight compulsory poses, a pose down and a posing routine, will not smile as much, but a seasoned bodybuilder will do their best to add a smile whenever possible.
You should be able to smile throughout your entire individual presentation, posing routine or T-walk, as well. You should also smile if you stumble or falter. If you falter, and stop smiling, that will be more noticeable than faltering.
Practice to reduce lip and eye twitches
What happens if you don’t practice? If you do not practice your lips and eyes quiver and twitch. That’s right, they will twitch uncontrollably, and you will feel like everyone notices it. Practice will help reduce twitching.
When you have held your smile for as long as possible on stage, release it to give your face a break. Then start smiling again.
Use Vaseline on your teeth
Also, don’t forget to use Vaseline on your teeth before heading on stage. It will keep your lips from sticking to your teeth if you are dehydrated. This look is unattractive, and will undoubtedly be captured on camera. You can purchase small tubes from almost any retailer.