24 minutes ago
In terms of “posing” lately I’ve been really exploring different “side chest” variations. A lot of people see someone “flex” and they think - look at this douche bag in the mirror flexing.. sure that’s one opinion, and that may be accurate in some cases. But in the realm of #bodybuilding competitors and athletes who take shit seriously don’t sit and flex in the mirror to prove any point or try and show off to the people around them.. I don’t speak for everyone gazing at themselves through a mirror but definitely myself and many others. Bodybuilding as an art form is built primarily on the fact that beyond size and strength there is form and symmetry and it may not be as functional in regards to lifting heavy shit and throwing it across the room, but it’s not intended to be. There are definitely pro’s to getting BIGGER and STRONGER but if you want to be successful in bodybuilding at any level you have to constantly develop, learn, and dive deeper into understanding your own body and how it reacts to certain stimulus in a variety of ways. In this case we’re talking about “flexing”. Case in point, the side chest pose I’m currently engaged in in this photo. I’ve practiced this pose anywhere from a few seconds to a minute or so in numerous occasions. What’s unique about this pose is that I’m engaging my core firmly, pushing out with my internal arm, pulling with my external arm and shoulder, contracting in and across with my chest, extending my spine to maintain an upright position, and that’s just the upper body engagement. If I were utilizing show ready methods I’d be engaging my legs a lot more also. So, as much as some people prefer to present their opinions of posing and flexing as an egotistical - douche bag narrative, I’d implore you to consider their actions as signs of dedication and commitment to better themselves. Everyone should feel free to explore their own fitness journey. I’ve always been in it to win it and I’ll be better tomorrow than I was the day before. We all don’t share the same hobbies or care about the same causes, but it’s the effort we give every day to conquer and achieve our own personal goals that makes us all unique individuals!