When Should You Overtrain for Your Pageant?
You’ve seen that girl. She comes across as plastic. In an interview, it sounds like she’s memorized her answers word for word. On stage, she does the modeling pattern perfectly. She maintains her smile for the entire time she’s on stage, but her smile feels empty. Usually, this means that the contestant has overtrained.
But there are times when I purposefully create an overtraining prep plan for a contestant. You see, every contestant is different. We all have different ways of learning and differences in how we handle stress. Sometimes a plan that feels like overtraining could be the best plan to help you capture the crown. Here are 3 situations when overtraining might make sense for you.
1. It’s Your Very First Pageant Ever and You Want to Win
It’s hard to win at something the first time you do it. And pageants are no different. Competitions are competitions. Oh sure, the skills are different. In volleyball, you bump, spike and pass. In pageants, you pose, walk, and talk. If you want to increase your chances of winning your first pageant, you’ll need to train, train, train. Go through every little detail of your modeling pattern and practice your interview 6 days a week. Why won’t it come across as over-rehearsed at the pageant? Because it’s your first pageant, it all feels new to you. Even though you practiced at home, your competing for the first time. Competing is different than practicing. There are different emotions at play, so you’ll look fresh, not over-rehearsed. So, if it’s your first pageant and you seriously want to win, then overtrain.
2. You Haven’t Done Anything Competitively
If you’ve been involved in lots of interesting activities but have never competed in anything, you need to make sure your skills are spot on in case you get nervous during the competition. Competing is a skill, just like any other skill. And if you haven’t competed in anything before you haven’t experienced the stress that comes with competition. You haven’t learned how to manage your nerves. But, if you overtrain, so that everything comes naturally to you, you’ll be less nervous at the pageant. So if you’re long on hobbies, but short on competition experience, you may want to overtrain.
3. You Think You’re a Control Freak
There are some people who laugh and say they’re a control freak, and then there are some people who really are. If you like to be organized, know exactly what’s in your purse, and have a checklist in your pageant notebook, that doesn’t make you a control freak.
A control freak is someone who has what seems like an exaggerated emotional response to a situation that others think is no big deal. They like to know exactly what they’re doing and what they can do to control any situation. Maybe, a contestant practices the opening number until she can do it perfectly and then the choreographer adds an extra step. Concerned that she won’t be able to learn the new step in time, she feels a sense of panic – like everything’s out of control.
If this is you, no worries. One of the most wonderful contestants I’ve ever had the privilege to coach has a master’s degree from a prestigious university, had multiple jobs offers when she graduated and won 8 very impressive titles. We just worked with her need to feel in control by overtraining. She felt so prepared for every aspect of the competition, that if something didn’t go as expected, she knew she could adjust. And yes, we even practiced adjusting so that she could do it effortlessly at the pageant. So, if you think you really are a control freak, you may find that overtraining works for you.
Every contestant is precious, unique, special, and beautiful. You need a training/coaching plan that is designed just for you. While many people caution contestants not to overtrain, it might be a good strategy. Think about it. You decide what you want and what you need to do to get it. That’s what empowerment in all those pageant slogans means.