The Art Of War, Volume 4: Warrior-Artists Of The Muscle Stage!

Want to hone your skills like a true warrior? Discover the 9 pillars of perfect posing, instituted by the Valiant Sphinx: IFBB Pro Francis Benfatto!
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Article Summary:
  • Francis Benfatto possesses a commander's understanding of the art of war.
  • You can't present a bulky, unrefined body with grace, style and class.
  • Some of our best pro bodybuilders would benefit from developing their presentation skills.

IFBB Pro Francis Benfatto is a seasoned warrior celebrated for his commitment to his well-oiled weapon of a body and a fighting spirit that has kept him in the competitive iron war for nearly a quarter of a century.

"At the 1990 Mr. Olympia, my goal was to show my body in a state of muscular, symmetrical perfection, to represent the aesthetics of the human body with balance and proportion," says the resilient and durable Benfatto. "For the 2005 Australian Grand Prix, I made my comeback in the best shape of my career with the same goal!"

To this day, the 50-year-old Frenchman reflects physical idealism and possesses a commander's understanding of the art of war. "More than ever bodybuilding needs art. While it's in constant evolution, bodybuilding has come to represent the development of muscle mass without limitation, which is a limitation to promoting the sport."

A proponent of bolstering the marketability of bodybuilding as a creative endeavor, Benfatto prescribes a protocol for upping the entertainment value of physique presentation.

"Some of our best pro bodybuilders would benefit from developing their artistic presentation skills. It would give them more character and grandeur, and their contribution would change the future of bodybuilding."

The 50-Year-Old Frenchman Reflects Physical Idealism And Possesses A Commander's Understanding Of The Art Of War.
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The 50-Year-Old Frenchman Reflects Physical Idealism
And Possesses A Commander's Understanding Of The Art Of War.

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Benfatto's Passionate Posing Protocol
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Your posing routine must represent a compilation of original and artistic poses adapted to yourself, showing vitality, energy, strength and endurance in your style. To express yourself artistically and make a strong impact, you must work at the following indispensable elements:

  • Conditioning: You can't present a bulky, unrefined body with grace, style and class. Yet, even a massive bodybuilder can show his development, if he's in excellent condition.
  • Flexibility: Posing is very much like dancing. If you are stiff, you will look uncomfortable, uneasy and, therefore, not convincing.
  • Coordination: Study how to move from one pose to the next with a logical approach and at the appropriate speed during transitions.
  • Balance: Keep a pose without moving for 3-5 seconds to verify if the body is properly positioned and if the muscles concerned are well enough contracted.

RELATED VIDEO: 1990 Mr. Olympia
Francis Benfatto Posing Routine!

Check out Francis Benfatto's elegant posing routine from the 1990 Olympia!

  • Grace: Move with control and elegance, preferably in slow motion with the body and head in line. Move with ease, class and effortlessness, with a good sensation and feeling.
  • Gesture: Learn the appropriate way to articulate wrists, knees, hips, elbows, neck and shoulders, respecting the correct angles and positions of your body.
  • Posture: Always keep your spine straight and stomach in to help exude a sense of confidence on stage, showing the best you can possibly offer.
  • Precision: Keep total and intense focus on the task, controlling each muscle contraction and connecting mentally to all of the other attributes during your posing routine.

Move With Control And Elegance, Preferably In Slow Motion With The Body And Head In Line.
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Move With Control And Elegance, Preferably In Slow
Motion With The Body And Head In Line.

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Practice Is Imperative
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"Total control of these attributes prepares an athlete to become not only a good bodybuilder but also an artist on stage."

Benfatto's many marches onto the Muscle Stage have been impassioned by his own interpretation of physique performance artistry.

"I enjoy giving to the audience a performance, a show that is a masterpiece of posing that represents my physique with originality and creativity. I pose elegance and style to magnify bodybuilding, to represent in the best way my work, my achievement."

The valiant Sphinx insists that he is driven by a passion for bodybuilding and a gratification from the fight. "What separates competitors from champions is character. To reflect the artistry of bodybuilding, the demands and privations of training and dieting result in not only a well-developed physique but also well-developed character."

Move With Control And Elegance, Preferably In Slow Motion With The Body And Head In Line.
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Move With Control And Elegance, Preferably In
Slow Motion With The Body And Head In Line.

Author's Bio:

Andrew Oye is a certified trainer, screenwriter and the author of The ONE-Minute Workout: REAL DEAL Fitness & Nutrition. He has consulted with amateur natural bodybuilders on presentation preparation for competition, and he provides editorial consultation to firms like Gerstner & Associates and Andrich Functional Fitness & Nutrition. Creator of "The Oye Body Survey" physique profile series, Andrew earned a Master's in Journalism from Stanford University and is the former Creative & Editorial Director for BUILT Magazine.

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Email Contact: thefitwriter@gmail.com

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