If you're the type of person who lives for exercise, you may find yourself in workout clothes more than anything else! Being a fitness junkie will have you picking up and any all forms of exercise you can get your hands on. It feels good, and it certainly looks good. But there's a big difference between this life and that of a professional fitness model. It's no easy task to be seen by society as someone who demonstrates the human physique at its prime, and it takes a lot more than daily trips to the gym and vigorous hikes to look the part.
Here are five insider tips from Optimum Nutrition athlete Brock Cunico.
1. You are what you eat
All the exercise in the world won't get you where you want to be if you're starting your day off with a dozen donuts.
"Yes, you have to look at your macros and eat exactly what you need to in order to reach your goals, but you also need to pay attention to little things like sodium intake, carbohydrate manipulation, and how much water you drink. Sometimes, even the smallest mistake in your nutrition can have big effects on your body," Cunico says.
2. Be confident
When you feel good about yourself, it shines through in a multitude of ways. And if you don't? People pick up on it!
"One thing many first-time models forget to bring to the shoot is their confidence," Cunico says. "Whether you're on a shoot or at a fitness expo, your confidence is every bit as important as your body. If you're worried about how you look, how you're performing, or how you're being perceived, you're not going to be able to work in the best way."
3. Make excellence a habit
You'll never achieve your goals if you make up excuses along the way. Wanting the best will give you the best, but you have to stay focused.
"A lot of people want greatness but don't want to do the work to get there. Are you willing to put in the work when nobody is watching? Hard work and sacrifice often breed success and opportunities, but your work will not always be appreciated or noticed."
4. Study up
Knowing what to expect will keep you ahead of the game.
"One of the best ways to separate yourself from your competition is to learn about the company/brand image you are helping to personify. If a company hires you to be the face of the brand, it means they want you to represent that brand in the best and most accurate way," Cunico notes.
5. Practice makes perfect
While those hard earned abs are what's being photographed, practicing your poses will take you a long way.
"practice your poses, facial expressions, and emotions in the mirror weeks and even months prior to the actual shoot. You need to have perfect control of your face and body in order to get exactly the right pose—that's not an easy job. Some poses are difficult and uncomfortable, and to make things even more difficult, some poses may work great for other people, but may not show off your
Are you professional fitness model? What tips can you add?