In this last part of Getting Ready for a Fitness Photoshoot, I’m going to talk all about different lifestyle practices leading up to your shoot. As oppose to Part 1 and Part 2, where I had specific step-by-step instructions for both nutrition and fitness, this last section is going to be quick tips to help you look your best on shooting day.
►If you want to have a younger look, remember to shave on shooting day. If you’re going for the 5 o’clock shadow look, I would suggest shaving the day beforehand.
►Remember to bring hair gel/styling mold/etc incase you need to change your hair at all. Your hair is the quickest thing you can change about yourself that will give a completely different impression of you, so be ready for anything.
►You should be constantly brushing your teeth anyways, but remember to do it as much as possible before shooting day. I personally like Crest 3D toothpaste – it’s always done the trick for me.
►It’s not a bad idea to use whitening strips as well, as they truly make your teeth a few shades whiter. Crest 3D whitening strips really did help me, although strips in general are a bit annoying to use (but it’s worth it).
►The science is fuzzy when it comes to sex affecting physical activity and performance, so here’s what I do. The week leading up to my shoot I continue my normal amount of sexual activity, but 2 days before the shoot I don’t do anything. Honestly, I’m not sure if this helps or not, but there has been some studies to show it’s best to refrain from sex a couple days before a shoot.
►You shouldn’t be drinking that much anyway, but avoid alcohol at all costs leading up to your shoot. If you have to drink, I would suggest having 100% agave tequila with lime and seltzer water (make sure it doesn’t have any sodium though!).
LOTS of Sleep
►When leading up to a photoshoot I’ll easily get 9ish hours of sleep a night. Your body needs the time to recover from everything you’re doing to it (water depletion, no carbs, carb loading, etc), so don’t be afraid to sleep in a bit.
Headshots vs. Fitness Shots
►If you’re doing headshots and fitness shots in the same day, do fitness shots first, then headshots.
Intermittent Fasting (IF)
►I’ve been doing IF for years, and I absolutely love it. I would highly suggest doing it in general, as it’s a good way to keep fat off your body (not to mention that there’s tons of health benefits). The basic idea is to only have coffee, tea and water for 16 hours and then eat for 8. Side note: If you have a hard time hitting all your macros in just 8 hours, then don’t do IF.
►What you’ll realize, especially after doing a lot of shoots, is that shooting is a workout in itself. Holding posses is tiring, especially if you’re trying to make your muscles look as big as possible. I would suggest practicing poses for roughly 5 minutes a day, not just to get a mini-workout but also to see how they look in a mirror (this goes for headshoots too).
Bring Different Clothes
►This should go without saying, but it’s important to bring tons of different clothes for a shoot. You never know when you might need them, and you’re better off bringing clothes and not using them than not having them at all.
Be Shirtless 24/7
►Yes, you may look like a tool, but I find that forcing yourself to be shirtless keeps the idea in the back of your mind that you have to look your best. I got this idea from Marissa Miller, Victorias Secret model – she says she’ll eat naked, because it reminds her that what she eats is directly affecting her body. I use the same idea before a shoot – I’ll force myself to be shirtless as much as possible, just so it’s constantly reminding me to eat and train my best.
Check out Part 1 Here: Nutrition
Check Out Part 2 Here: Fitness