Issue #23


by Juan Carlos Lopez

2006 Bodybuilding and Fitness Nationals

2006 Bodybuilding and Fitness Nationals Review

2006 OCB Charm City Classic Review
by Aleksey Kashtelyan

20 Questions with Cover Model IFBB Fitness Pro Summer Montabone

Jenny Lynn New Ms. Figure Olympia Interview

Pictorials Summer Montabone, Elena Seiple, Amy Villa-Nelson, Lisa Bickels and Krissy Murrell

Video Interview with NPC Bodybuilding Competitor Elena Seiple

Ask Misty Green
by Misty Green

Brandie Garner NPC Figure Interview

Video Interview with NPC Figure Trina Goosby

Tanji Johnson Posing DVD Review
by Kaisa Piippo

Life Beyond the Stage by Brittany Thorsch

Video Interview with NPC Fitness N'Keigh Miles


Tanji Johnson’s The Art of Posing – DVD review by Kaisa Piippo

The ever-energetic IFBB pro fitness competitor, Tanji Johnson looks like she’s got it: her posing on the stage is always polished to the smallest detail. On this DVD Tanji shows all her tips and hints for girls who want to learn how to do the fancy posing instead of just basic posing. She will teach you how to stand out from the lineup and learn to pose so that you will be able to show your best qualities and your best physique on stage.

The DVD begins with the core posing. Tanji goes over the core stance step by step: first the lower half of the body and then the upper half. After this part you already feel like your posing has jumped into a higher level! The best way to learn is to practice the poses as Tanji teaches them to the girls on the video. Very easy and very effective, especially if you have a mirror close by where you can check what the poses look like.

Next the girls will learn how to do the quarter turns, the transitions from pose to pose, the side poses, presentation turns and the walk. Tanji also shows different ways to do the turns, poses and the walk, shows the right and wrong way and explains why something looks good and something else doesn’t. It’s very helpful to see the common mistakes that competitors do and be able to notice how to improve posing in such an easy way – just practicing with Tanji.

An important part of the dvd is the real coverage from Tanji’s posing seminar called The Art of Posing. She holds the camps usually Wednesday right before the Emerald Cup (www.craigproductions.com) on April of every year teaching girls the secrets of perfect posing and shining on the stage. The girls will be taught everything from the core posing to the finals and how to receive the prize with grace and right kind of attitude, showing off the pride in a humble way.

There’s so much information on this dvd in such a little time that you will want to watch it again right away! It also makes you want to get on the stage way sooner than you have your next competition… because learning the poses from one of the best in the world will make you want to show off that newly learned poise and confidence.

You can order the dvd from Tanji by going to her website at www.tanjijohnson.com and by clicking the e-store link.

* Editor Note:

We specially recommend this DVD as we have covered Tanji Johnson's seminars.

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About the Author...

Kaisa Piippo

I am an enthusiastic and goal-oriented 23 year old future figure competitor from Finland. Currently I'm getting ready for my first figure competition in April 2006 in Finland. I have been training for the competition for nearly two years. While preparing for my first show I have been living in hot and sunny Arizona. Since it's hard for a foreigner to get a permission to work in the States, I have been studying the fitness industry and lifestyle 24/7. It doesn't always take the competition experience to learn about the sport because being around it teaches a lot too! By all the knowledge I've gathered I now feel confident on stepping on the stage and learning some more about fitness, this time by experiencing the competition excitement myself.

So how to learn fitness in theory? For most of my knowledge I can thank Pakkotoisto.com, energetic NPC fitness athlete Katie Madden and of course the ever informative Hard Fitness!

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