Pole Fitness – Competition
I haven’t written anything for a while, and I haven’t posted anything small either for a while either because I have been concentrating a lot on training for the JLN Pole Competition.
However, the competition is over now, it was a brilliant evening, lots of excitement, and energy. Everyone was cheering, and very welcoming. All the way through the routines people were going wild, so it was easy to forget that you were competing. You could perform, and just concentrate on what you’re doing next.
The most important thing about performing in general, not just in competitions but in showcases as well, you have to enjoy it. If you don’t what is the point? Please, please, please if you perform, just enjoy it at least! If you’re not having fun, it isn’t worth doing. However, if most shows are like the competition, the energy just makes it fun. On the other hand, if you are competing to win there are a few tips I could give I suppose.
There was so much skill out there over the weekend. If you’re easily nervous, don’t watch kids, haha! They are absolutely amazing, but the kids doing any sport are fearless, and pick up movements with a snap of their fingers. That is not to dull the amazingness of them, because it is absolutely, but to watch them may make you nervous. Or it did for me a little bit, because I was in the category after them… I can’t follow that!
Another thing, eat something. Always, make it an hour before you’re scheduled to perform, but still eat something. Plain pasta (doesn’t have to be alot) or even one jelly baby. I know sounds really weird but trust me.
Another thing, do a mini warm-up stretch sometime, but don’t let that time getting ready make psych you out. Everyone else is in the same boat as you.
The next thing is EYES! When getting up on the stage, clock a judge, any judge and make that judge your target eye line! If you have smiles in your routine throw it their direction. If you have animal growling face, or I’m going to take over the world face, it’s for them. It is very important. Even if you are mid-move on static, or in the midst of a spin, find that face, and give them whatever look that suits whatever style, story, or song choice you’re going for.
Once it’s over, find your feet, and don’t forget to bow, give them audience and the judges a smile, and bow.
I have a few words for everyone who competed on that night.
Well done all of you! You got up on that stage, and performed your best, most people couldn’t so much as get on the stage, nevermind do what you amazing people did. And I know a lot of hardwork went into all of your performances, and they were all absolutely beautiful as a result. So! – Well Done Everyone!
If anyone would like to give Pole Fitness a try, Inversion Pole Fitness offer complete beginner class on Mondays. Here is a link to the website –