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p>I look shredded. No wait, I’m flat. Uh oh, I see a little loose skin on my lower abs. It’s this kind of roller coaster perception bodybuilders can get out of their physique when assessing themselves in various mirrors under various lighting. I am no stranger to this myself! Under the gym lighting (most gyms) your muscles should look like a bundle of shredded rocks with skin over them. This has to do with the height of the lights in the gym, the design of the mirror, and if you’re near a mirror with sunlight shining through FORGET IT! You will look like a Marvel cartoon character! Sunlight will ALWAYS make you look harder and grainier.

Your contours, shape and detail are always a little exaggerated with sunlight. Usually when you’re in a bathroom in your home, if the lights are bright enough you will get a fairly accurate reading of how you look. The brighter lights will show the imperfections, but on the same hand may make you look a tad worse due to the florescent light bulbs washing you out to some degree. We all have our favorite mirror and favorite lighting to check out physiques out, but being conscious of how some may make you look harder, and some softer, you can then make accurate decisions on how to alter your pre-contest plan accordingly.

Let me make something perfectly clear…unless you are photographed by a professional who has experience with taking pictures of bodybuilders, you will always look softer and less sharp in pictures then you do in person. The flash will take away detail that is usually there, wash out your tan, and overall make you look 20-30% worse. Make no mistake about it though, you will want to look amazing in pictures and unreal in your bathroom mirror before you don the trunks and jump onstage.

The stage lights are oh so unforgiving and every strength and weakness in your physique will be on display! So leading to the contest, you now know you won’t look the same in every mirror and especially in pictures. And always consider when you’re onstage your tan will look about 30% less dark, and although many bodybuilders appear larger on stage then backstage, you will always lose about 10-20% definition due to the harsh lights. So backstage you better look like an anatomy chart so that you will look impressive onstage!

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