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Pump for Photos?

Stupid question, but I’m wondering if people usually workout before taking performance photos? I’ve always taken my pics cold but am wondering what other people do.

[quote]forlife wrote:
Stupid question, but I’m wondering if people usually workout before taking performance photos? I’ve always taken my pics cold but am wondering what other people do.[/quote]

Most bodybuilders pump up and oil up before a photo shoot. There is a huge difference between taking a picture of yourself just so you can track your own progress…and trying to look your best possible for a few seconds during a photoshoot meant to highlight what you have already achieved.

I would not pump up for a photo I am taking for my own records to track progress. You would want to be in a state easily copied in the future. I would pump up if I was just posting a photo to show off what I’ve accomplished.

Thanks X, that makes sense. I guess the key is consistency so you can gauge progress accurately.