You see yourself every day, so it can be a little harder to notice those little changes that start happening when you’re working towards your goals. Photographic evidence is not only a great way to visually measure your progress, but if you’re sharing it on social media you can celebrate your journey with others and be proud of what you’ve accomplished. So how do you get that perfect picture? Here are some tips on getting just the right lighting, angle, background and attitude to get that post for #FlexFriday

Be confident

No matter where you’re at in your journey, you should be proud. Think about the hard work you’ve put in, and let that self-confidence shine through.

If you’re not planning on posting, then just remember that as much as you might be uncomfortable, it’ll be an excellent tool to measure your progress. So snap away.

If you do plan on posting, take a look at other posts for pose inspiration. Certain poses will help accentuate different areas of your body. For example putting your hand on your waist can help accentuate a flexed tricep or bicep.


If you haven’t already discovered it, here’s a hot tip: natural light is the best filter out there. If you can get yourself in front of a window then chances are you’ll easily get some great selfies. It’s especially great for angles where the sunlight is on your face, with parts of your body being thrown into shadows. The bicep flex-overhead selfie is a great pose for sunlight.

If you’re dealing with artificial light, you’re in luck. Overhead lighting can create angles that will help highlight your new muscles.

The key is not to use too many filters. When it’s too washed out, all you’ll see is the filter and not the subject.

Horizontal vs. vertical

Depending on what you’re trying to accomplish, the way you take the photo can also play a part. When posting, you want the focus of the photo to be in the middle of the image. So if you’re wanting to display those cut quads, a vertical shot from the waist to the shin will draw the eye right to that area.

Alternatively if you’re wanting to let people know you’re bringing sexy back, a horizontal position will lend perfectly to this area of the body, since it’s wider.

For progress photos, vertical is best to get the whole body so you can get a full snapshot of your progression. Get these photos from head to toe so you can fully see all the changes. You might need to get a photo buddy or play with your self-timer.


Be mindful of your surroundings when taking selfies, you don’t want to accidently snap strangers in the background, and the change room is definitely no place for cameras.

For something subtle but not distracting, the wood floors in the studio makes a great backdrop for overhead angles, and the full length mirrors are perfect for full body snapshots.

If you’re going for something more eye-catching and don’t mind sharing the spotlight with the scenery, some Clubs have graphic walls that make for an interesting backdrop. If you’re lucky enough to find yourself in an empty gym, the rows of dumbbells and equipment would make a very fitting backdrop.

Before taking your selfie, be sure to check your gym's policies on pictures and videos.