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Taking gym selfies is actually good for you! I rely on my "gym selfies" to track my progress more accurately than my scale ever could.

The scale said I hadn't made any progress, but that mirror certainly did. The concept of "body re-composition" (lowering body fat percentage and building lean muscle rather than simply losing weight) changed the way I viewed my progress, and how I viewed my body forever. Suddenly, the scale didn't matter.

My weight was truly just a number. The way my body changed and developed over time in those pictures became all the indication of progress that I needed. Numbers on a scale aren't terribly helpful if that's how you are measuring - especially if you are exercising, because you could be putting on muscle, which will make the scale go up, but it's muscle, not fat, so you're not “really” getting fat.

Fitness selfie is a great tool to keep track of your visual progress and stay motivated to work harder. Here're the tips (based on my experience) to get the best gym selfie!

It matters what you wear

You might have heard the phrase – Dress For Success. It turns out this is true even in the domain of exercise and sport. In other words, you need the right workout clothes, shoes, headphone, gloves, gadgets etc. to look good in the selfie.

Get a Good PUMP First

Hammer out a few good sets of curls, have your phone ready to go so that you can drop the weights and grab your phone and snap that shot while your veins are still bulging.

Know your good side, and your bad angles. Bring attention to certain body parts that are your strength.

Get the perfect angle to accentuate the muscle group that you would like to show off. Show your strengths.

Watch the lighting.

One of the keys to a great selfie, or any photo for that matter, is good lighting. Make sure you’re facing a light source so that the light is on your face and body, or ensure you’re in an area with even shadows.

Lighting can be hard at a gym, so try to find a spot that doesn’t have harsh overhead lighting. Being side lit (light source is coming from one side) is the best for showing off your sculpted muscles and toned tummy! Try using natural light from a window or another soft light source to illuminate your bod.

Watch the background

Even a nicely lit photo can go wrong if you don’t pay attention to what’s going on behind you. Do a quick scan over your shoulder before snapping a shot.

Turn off the flash

Don’t use a flash when taking a work out selfie, or any selfie for that matter. The flash on your phone will make your picture flat and you will look less muscular in the pic.

Don’t include the toilet or urinals when you compose your shot in the bathroom.

Make sure those mirrors don’t reflect sinks, showers, toilets and urinals in the background when you are taking a selfie in the changing room.

Never wear makeup

It is silly to wear makeup in a gym selfie. The real glow should come from sweat.

Avoid duck face

There are three acceptable faces for the gym selfie: smiling, chill brah, and working-out-so-damn-hard-I'm-going-to-burst-a-vein. There's no room for goofy or flirty faces in these pictures. A gym selfie is meant to show the world that you are the definition of man—and a man does not have the bill of a duck.

Above all, be yourself!

Don’t overdo your efforts. Don’t be so serious. Pose with confidence. Enjoy the process. It definitely takes time to get over taking your own selfies. Initially, you might find it awkward and your discomfort will show, especially through your pose and body language.

We are all proud of any progress we make. The gym is the ultimate Flex Zone, so don’t be afraid to stunt in front of the mirror and have fun taking gym selfies!

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Written by Sapna Vyas Patel , PhD in Nutrition Science and Dietetics
Sapna writes simple, easy to understand articles that are based on pure scientific evidence. She is one of the most popular fitness professionals in India and is followed on social media by fitness enthusiasts, nutritionists, dieticians, doctors, trainers, and professionals.

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