This is a tribute to the many great posers I have seen in the last 30 years of recording video for the Michigan and Midwest bodybuilding community.
Let’s start with some rarely seen IFBB Professional bodybuilders, Bob Paris and Kay Baxter. These were also the early days of video, so be lenient with the footage, it’s as good as could be preserved over 30 years and many, many format changes.
The second group is a nod to our own Michigan IFBB Pros, Lenda Murray, 8x Ms. Olympia, and Ron Love, the “Most Shows” man in the sport of bodybuilding over his career. I am blessed enough to consider each of these people as close, personal friends. They are two of the sweetest, most sincere and real people you’ll ever meet. Give them a note here, on Facebook or on Twitter and through my many channels to let them know you appreciate their dedicated effort and support as bodybuilding alumni and Hall of Fame members. As always, enjoy…
Sarah Bodary is a Fttness competitor and a Physique competitor. Her attention to detail in all aspects of the sport are phenomenal. She has her own style. From her suits and costumes, to her hairstyles, she shouts, “individual.”
Her fitness routine, seen here at the 2014 Flint/Mid-Michigan, was memorable. She had all the required moves and utilizes the stage over every inch; but she also accomplished the rare ingredient of bringing drama to the performance, by plotting out the course of a cat -burglar/cat-woman, in bad ass fashion, with push-ups, cartwheels, flips and handstands, punctuated by punches and kicks to finish off her invisible foe. It was as memorable as it was enjoyable.
When she cracks the whip, she brings it home; to show she even practiced that. The Devil was in the details of every bit of this splendid routine. This is where true athleticism shows for the women’s Fitness division.
Bodary next competes as a Physique competitor at the 2015 Flint Championships, owning the stage with poses to match the beat of the music; and once again, capitalizing on every inch of floor space across the stage.
We need more of this entertainment aspect in all divisions to save the physique sports from being “4-turns-to-trophy” shows.
This is the Masters Division of the 2015 Nicole Wilkins Natural Michigan Championships.
Sam Awada is a seasoned bodybuilder. He trains at his own home gym and is also a doctor, with 4 kids as well.
Awada comes out with classic poses. He uses the stage well, from his entrance off-stage, to his strut to the opposite end. This draws the audience to his performance and shows his level of confidence and command of attention. Brilliant opening move.
He uses his arms and legs to show an open, welcoming posing style. He has nothing to hide. Despite his weaknesses, he performs open poses that reach across the space of the stage and he moves beautifully.
This is where we see he has the poses in his mind, but not fully in his body. He knows what he wants to look like, but he needed a bit more practice in both solidifying his poses and transitioning from one to the next.
He knows his back is his best feature and, he’s obviously showing off his striated glutes; all done in good taste, and rare to see in Men’s natural Masters competitions. He moves eloquently from one pose to the next, but again, he could have used a little more practice in bringing those poses home. He definitely used the stage well and was not afraid to traverse or come upstage toward the judges and audience. Another seasoned move.
The poses are held long enough and timed perfectly to the powerful music cues. He keeps attention and holds the audience with his charisma and smile. This is a real bodybuilder doing classic, bodybuilding poses, mixed in with dramatic effects. This was one of the best routines of the nightshow.
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Lenda talks about her involvement in promotion, the importance of studying your progress through videotape and the importance of honest feedback on your performance and physique development.