Competing is a lot of hard work but it is also very rewarding! Deciding to compete can be the most difficult part! You are making a conscience decision to put yourself out there and be judged. On the upside, most competitions will email you detailed feedback from judges which is extremely helpful! Once you have decided to compete, there are so many things that will run through your mind. Know that you are not alone, competing is fun but it can be hectic and stressful at times.
Ask for help! If you’re unsure of something, ask for help. Many competitors get help with everything from choreography to makeup, costumes to music. You can’t be perfect in every areas so if you know you’re not 100% on something, ask for help! Feedback is a great way to ensure you have the best possible result.
Don’t set yourself up for failure! It is much better to perform a less difficult trick that is perfectly executed than sloppily drop into a difficult trick. General rule with tricks is, if you can’t solidly do the trick three times in a row, don’t put it in your routine. You may have tricks everyone already knows but, find creative ways to get into it and out of it. Make up some new transitions to wow the judges with! An innovative transition can gain you just as much as a trick can! Be thoughtful of where you place your tricks in your routine. If you know you need a clean, sticky pole, find a way to put that trick at the beginning of your routine. You want to go out with a bang so save some fun tricks for the end and find an ingenious way to put them together!
Run your routine in front of people! You can film yourself and look at your routine but that is only one perspective. Don’t just run your routine in front of friends. Find someone who has competed before and ask them for a critique. They’ve been there, they know how hard it is and they will want to help! Brace yourself because most competitors will be harsh to ensure you are getting the best possible feedback. That is what they would want so they are doing it for you as a favor, don’t take it the wrong way.
Pre-game! The days before a competitions are crucial! Make a checklist of everything you will need. You can download the Urban Aerial Fitness Competition Checklist for reference or to use! Eat healthy and stay hydrated, you want your body to be in the best form it can be in. Don’t overrun your routine. Once a day should be enough at this point and you don’t want to exert yourself. We know it’s hard but refrain from taking other classes and just relax.
Game day! It’s finally here, competition day is finally here! Stay calm; easier said than done. Listen to your music and breathe. Be confident and remember all the hard work and time that you have put into this. You know your routine, your muscles know the routine, just breathe. Make eye contact with the judges. For some people this is easy and for others it is the scariest thing in the world. Do it either way. Eye contact helps judges and guests feel the routine. Have you ever been to a concert or a show and sworn that they were looking at you? It made you feel good, didn’t it? So, do it!