Pose, Once Performed by Legends Like Ronnie Coleman and Tom Platz, Is Now Banned in Bodybuilding- Here’s Why?

Published 11/24/2022, 8:07 AM EST

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Bodybuilders train relentlessly to turn their bodies into a complete package for the bodybuilding competition. These bodybuilders flex their muscular bodies with the help of different poses in these competitions.

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From the rear lat spread to the front double biceps, different poses are used to showcase a different part of the body. While the poses seem to be the backbone of these competitions, there is one pose that is prohibited in the competition.

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Why did the bodybuilding community ban a pose?

The “moon pose” which was once made famous by Tom Platz, is a pose that is frowned upon in the bodybuilding world. The pose is inspired by a yoga pose and can be used to showcase the calves, glutes, and hamstrings. However, soon after it became famous, the pose was surrounded by controversies.

While the pose could perfectly demonstrate the symmetrical leg muscles, it was considered salacious by a considerable part of the bodybuilding world. It was when the bodybuilding community was rumored to be pro-gay. At that time, the judges were accused of copulating with the contestants. The rumors gave rise to the stigma around the moon pose. As the pose required bodybuilders to bend in front of the evaluators in fitted undergarments, many deemed it tawdry.

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The bodybuilders who chose to perform the pose were being tagged as homosexual. The public accused them of using the pose to entice the judges. Hence, to save the reputation of the competition and competitors, the bodybuilding community banned the pose.

History of the moon-pose

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The famous physique star, Tom Platz, popularized the moon pose. Platz had a unique set of wheels. The ‘Quadfather,’ performed the moon pose by facing his backside to the judges and folding over from a standing position, much like the half-moon yoga pose. Doing so, Platz revealed every individual striation in his calves, hamstrings, and glutes.

Legendary bodybuilder and eight-time Mr. Olympian Ronnie Coleman demonstrated the same stance in a competition. However, it wasn’t his main pose for the event. Coleman is known for his perfect backside. But the King’s incredible muscular build made him the ideal contender for the forbidden posture.

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The moon pose is the only pose prohibited by the bodybuilding community in the competitions. Do you think it was right to stigmatize and ban a pose because of certain rumors?

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Aaradhana Singh

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Aaradhana Singh is a US Sports writer for EssentiallySports. The holder of a Diploma in Journalism and Mass Communication, Aaradhana has previously worked as an editor/writer with Asiana Times for the better part of a year. A sports person at heart with a curious mind, Aaradhana is someone who is always up for fun and adventure.
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