Men’s Physique bodybuilder Ryan Terry always seeks physique improvements while competing at the highest level in the sport. From improving upon training mistakes he wished he had avoided when he was younger to investigating changes he should have made at the 2022 Olympia, Terry constantly strives to be better than his previous self.
Terry finished seventh at the 2022 Olympia and blamed his posing routine for robbing him of a stance on the podium. So he linked up with the Vice President of the International Federation of BodyBuilding and Fitness (IFBB) Pro League (and one of the head judges at Olympia), Tyler Manion.
Manion gave Terry pointers on where Terry could improve his posing routine. Check it out in the video below, published on Terry’s YouTube channel on March 26, 2023:
Tyler Manion’s Posing Tips to Ryan Terry
“I’ve improved my physique to be a top three [Olympia contender], which is more thickness in my back. But we neglected the posing,” Terry stated. “I worked on posing tirelessly every day for 30 minutes for nine weeks. But I was working on the wrong routine.” Here’s what Terry learned after receiving valuable insight from Manion:
Keep Things Simple
The first tip Manion informed Terry of was to not overcomplicate things. Giving the judges only what is required for one’s score is all that you need.
The more you do, the more you risk showing weaknesses throughout your physique. All [the judges] want to see is a front-to-back pose with a nice transition and presentation.
Part of that transition is not limiting the visual of the silhouette created during posing. This led to Manion’s second piece of advice:
Don’t Hide the X-Frame
When standing off-center, you’re implying you don’t have a tapered waist. You’re not showing full X-shape.
The X-frame is imperative in bodybuilding for aesthetics. As the name implies, the body creates an “X” shape via muscular shoulders, upper back, trim waist, and big thighs. Manion suggested Terry stay upright to elongate his midsection so the judges could fully view his X-frame.
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Separate Front and Side Poses
Many bodybuilders stand slightly to the side when front posing to hide their wide waists; Terry did this at Olympia. However, feedback from Manion gave Terry the confidence to implement front poses head-on. Terry will include a side pose separately from the front pose.
I was trying to do the side pose and front shot simultaneously, which twisted my torso.
Terry will incorporate one front shot standing upright. He’ll include a side pose with his left leg in front instead of behind as he did before, facing about one o’clock with the hips. Instead of twisting out to straighten his torso, Terry will twist only his torso and head.
Don’t Bend Back Too Much During Back Pose
Regarding the back, Terry admitted, “I tend to have a phobia of appearing small because I’m one of the smaller guys. So I try to spread and tense my back as hard as I can.” This causes Terry to move his elbows back so his lats appear smaller to the judges than they are. Terry will position his back and elbows more forward to open up his lats to look denser and fuller.
Of course, aesthetics are essential in bodybuilding, but stellar posing is critical to wooing the judges. Conversely, lackluster posing can tarnish the placement of an otherwise aesthetically-pleasing physique.
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