You will be submitting 3 photos total for your "before photos". A front pose, a side pose, a back pose, holding the official challenge tag (see below). KEEP THESE BEFORE PHOTOS, you will need them for your final submission comparison photos!!!!
Take a picture from a front angle, a side angle, and a back angle. FULL BODY!!! Make sure to stay consistent in your posing. If you flex for one picture, make sure to flex in all of them, the same goes for a relaxed pose. See example below.
Print out the official challenge tag (download at the link above) and write your info on it. Make sure your full name, date, and weight are written large enough and easy to read. This is just to make sure the photos you send in are current. Make sure this picture is in the same clothing, with the same lighting in the same location as your front, side, and back poses so they all match. Not having this picture match the same lighting, clothing, and location as your other photos may disqualify you from the challenge. Hold the paper to the side as to not cover your body. This photo can be a simple front pose photo. You do not need to hold the official challenge tag for every photo. You will only need to submit one photo with the challenge tag in it that matches exactly the conditions (clothes, lighting, location) of your other photos.
- Do not accentuate your posture for before or after poses. If you are slouched in your before picture with stomach pushed out, do not flex & pull in your stomach for your after picture. POSTURE SHOULD REMAIN THE SAME for both before and after images to gauge accurate progress. Remember that this challenge is for YOU and seeing your own progress!
- Make sure the photos are in the same place, in the same lighting, with the same clothes, same angles, same time of day etc. (First thing in the morning before eating or drinking anything is the best most accurate time).
- Taking pics at the gym under fluorescent lights is going to look very different than taking them at home in natural light. If you can, find a nice natural light that is NOT too drastic. Natural light will give you more honest results. Find a plain blank wall or clutter free background in your house and always stand in the same exact location!
- Wear the same outfit!!! Women can wear the same plain sports bra and shorts. For men, plain shorts (short enough to show off some quads!) and no shirt will work best. Wearing the same outfit is helpful because when your body actually starts transforming, that outfit will start fitting you different which can be great tool for tracking progress!
EXAMPLE: Relaxed Vs. Flexed