Competition is right around the corner and I know we’ll all have open eyes and ears when it comes to any sort of tips and tricks that can help ensure success. While we all want to do our very best, there’s a few things that you just shouldn’t try out for the first time before your competition. Here are my top five no-nos.
- Do not change your shaving/waxing/laser habits. Proper grooming is a definite necessity, heaven forbid you have a forest peeking through your bitsy bottoms, but stick to your normal routine. All grooming and hair removal come with side effects, and if you have sensitive skin then the risks are even higher. Don’t risk a breakout or irritation by trying out a new procedure. In addition to being visible on stage and in your photos/videos, the sheer discomfort can affect the way you walk, dance and move through your routine. Curiosity killed the cat, so save that curiosity for after competition!
- Tanning. If you don’t normally tan then now is not the time to start. This includes tanning beds and spray/lotion tans. You don’t know how your skin will respond. The last thing you want is a burn/irritation from the tanning bed or sun, or a change in your skin’s “stickability” to the pole.
- While we’re on the topic of skin, no new lotions, perfumes, soaps or anything else that could break you out or change the condition of your skin and it’s response to the pole that you’re used to. These things can also affect the way your grip products work on your body.
- Your routine. Yep that’s right! Whatever you have now, SET IT IN STONE. Last minute changes to your choreo and costume can be more harmful than helpful. If you think of something that’s just absolutely brilliant, save if for your next competition.
- Exhaust yourself. Part of competition training is having proper rest and recovery days. Don’t wear yourself down with practice as this can lead to injury. A healthy dose of visualization and professional massage is highly suggested to help keep your mind and body up to the task!