Two-time Classic Physique champion Breon Ansley is returning to the Classic Physique Olympia potentially for the last time in 2022 before changing divisions. The 42-year-old bodybuilder maintains a tight physique but has changed his diet in the 2022 off-season to bulk up in an attempt to dethrone three-time reigning Classic Physique Olympia champion Chris Bumstead.
Along the way, Ansley will also have to compete with the elite posing of two-time Classic Physique Olympia runner-up Terrence Ruffin. Ansley is no stranger to the artistry of displaying his physique and shared his knowledge on how to perform three poses in a video published on his YouTube channel on Sept. 25, 2022. Check it out below:
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Ansley’s breakdown of each pose is a culmination of what he teaches others and what judges have relayed to him throughout his career.
The front double-biceps pose starts “from the ground up.” That means the base of the pose is setting one’s feet in the correct position on the same plane. Placing one foot in front of or behind the other is a trap — set the feet in the same horizontal plane and then flex the legs.
The legs are there — I should not lose the legs. Once they’re set, they’re set.
Continuing up the body, the fists, when flexing, are positioned by the temples. Ansley wraps his fingers around his thumbs. The elbows and wrists are rotated backward from that position, allowing the lower back to move into slight extension. Ansley used the cue “stand tall,” which helped him correctly set his lower back. A smile ties the pose together.
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If one leg is more dominant than another, Ansley offered insight into a leaning variation where weight sinks into the non-dominant hip to display the stronger quad better. This lean can also accentuate the shoulder-to-waist ratio.
Working each pose “from the ground up” is a pattern Ansley relies on to not allow any gaps in his posing that could cost him points with the judges. For the side chest, the downstage foot is positioned in line with the arch up the upstage foot, allowing for a bend in the downstage knee. Panning around to the front of the pose, Ansley’s legs are touching — there should be no space between the legs.
The vastus medialis of each leg — also known as the tear-drop muscle — should connect for the entirety of the side chest pose. The pressure from the upstage leg helps pop the striations of the downstage leg, emphasizing the quad sweep and visual separation between the glute and hamstring.
With the upstage hand over the top of the downstage wrist, the downstage forearm drives back into the downstage lat. The shoulders remain parallel to the hips as the chest is popped out. Again, the smile ties the pose together.
Hitting the correct angles on stage and ensuring the posing is conducive to those angles is make or break for a podium position. If the pose is not appropriately angled, shadows will not accent the muscles as well as they could, and the visual benefits of that shading could be lost from the judge’s view. The best physique does not win the Olympia if the bodybuilder with that physique cannot correctly showcase it.
Working from the ground up, place the more dominant leg (i.e., the better hamstring) behind the other in a balanced, shoulder-width stance. The gap between the feet is approximately a half-foot. Both feet are turned at a 45-degree angle so that all the detailing can be seen when the legs are flexed.
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The upper body mechanics are the same as the front double-biceps pose, except a slight tilt backward is preferable because the judges often look up at the stage rather than at an even eye’s view. A slight backward tilt allows more details to be seen from their angle. Turning the head from side to side can offer additional feathering to the traps.
At the time of the publication of Ansley’s video, he was 13 weeks out from the 2022 Olympia. Should he find his way back to the Classic Physique Olympia throne, he would tie Bumstead for the most titles all-time with three.
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