Here at Hoops we’re committed to bringing you the most informative and motivational content possible – after all, we want you to love sport as much as we do! But we don’t know everything. So we’re going to be enlisting the help of regular columnists to help us fill in the gaps.
This week, personal trainer and fitness model Brigita Bonas explains the benefits of bikini fitness eventing and posing workshops – on her birthday to boot!
What is bikini fitness?
Bikini fitness events are ran by the United Kingdom Bodybuilding and Fitness Federation – but that doesn’t mean it’s a competition to gain the largest and most well developed muscles.
Of all the events that come underneath the bodybuilding umbrella, bikini fitness requires a more traditionally feminine body image, a bit more body fat and not as much muscle mass.
When you compete, you’re scored on your overall appearance and your bikini, as well as your balance on stage and of course your body!
For a full list of rules, check out the United Kingdom Bodybuilding and Fitness Federation website.
“Why I love it”
I love it because you get a chance to present yourself in a completely different way than you would in your daily life. Sometimes it’s just nice to put on high-heels, a bikini that emphasizes your figure and just go and show-off. Girls need that.
The best part? You do it in front of a public that understand what you do as they are doing it for the same purpose, so you don’t feel any judgement for what you do, just appreciation and you just have fun.
It’s also very interesting to see what other girls look like and compare yourself to them, share experiences, workouts, nutrition etc. as you all strive for this perfect body.
How does it work?
When you’re on stage, you are judged after completing five different poses.
- Front stance: Competitors stand with one hand resting on the hip and one leg slightly moved to the side.
- Quarter turn right: Competitors perform the first quarter turn to the right. They stand left side to the judges, with upper body slightly turned and face looking at the judges. Right hand resting on the hip, left arm down and slightly back from the center-line of the body, with open hand relaxed. Left foot nearest the judge, on the toe, slightly in front of the right foot and hip slightly raised.
- Quarter turn face the back: Competitors perform the next quarter turn to the right and stand with their back to the judges. Legs apart, but not too wide apart, relaxed stance with stomach in, chest up, one hand on the hip. Stay upright, no curved back or sticking out of the bottom. The judges are looking at the whole physique, balance and symmetry between upper body and lower body.
- Quarter turn right: Competitors do the next quarter turn to the right and stand their right side to the judges, with upper body slightly turned toward and face looking at the judges. Left hand resting on the hip, right arm down and slightly back from the center-line of the body, with open hand relaxed. Right foot nearest the judges and on the toe, slightly in front of the left foot and hip slightly raised.
- Quarter turn front: Competitors do the last quarter turn to the right and perform front stance again.
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Posing workshops: “A workout in their own right”
What’s more, preparing for events at workshops is a workout in its own right.
When posing, you have to constantly think about which muscle groups to contract and which ones not to in order to get the best visual result for the different poses.
During your time on stage, you have to do that for only a few minutes, which is completely fine. In the workshop, however, you do this for at least 2 hours.
That’s when the soreness comes in as you’ve just been contracting the different muscle groups for two hours straight!
Whatever shape you’re working towards, posing tips are always favourable from professionals. That’s why I can’t wait for Hoops to be available so I can join any posing workshop, whenever I find it convenient!
Happy birthday Brigita!
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