Hell On Heels? Become the Master of Your Heels!
by Lenore Theobald | Photography by Reg Bradford
“I hit an oily spot, and I was able to keep my balance, smile and continue to perform.”
A common concern of many of my clients is experiencing “Hell on Heels” on stage or worse… falling. Yes, I have slipped onstage in my competition career. I hit an oily spot, and I was able to keep my balance, smile and continue to perform.
It certainly wasn’t my best presentation. However, I held my composure and remained confident. Most importantly, I decided to use the experience as an opportunity to get better and stronger for my next competition. Bringing a prepared and confident package will make a difference in your competition performance. The following are my top 5 recommendations for becoming a master of your heels and bringing your personal best to the stage.
“If your foundation isn’t solid, the rest of your physique certainly won’t be either.”
LENORE’S BECOME THE MASTER OF YOUR HEELS TOP 5 RECOMMENDATIONS:
1. Focus on what you want. Do not focus on what you do not want. This is key in walking in your heels on stage, wherever you want to go in your athletic career, and most importantly in life. If your mantra is, “I don’t want to fall,” your mindset is completely wrong. Remember: focus on what you want and make that your mantra. “I will give my best performance to date.”
2. Build a strong foundation. Start every step, stance and pose from the ground up. If your foundation isn’t solid, the rest of your physique certainly won’t be either. Build a brick house.
3. Keep it simple. Walking, turning, and transitioning does not have to be complicated or fancy to look fabulous.
4. Practice, practice, practice. Get your heels at least 10 weeks before your competition. Start wearing them for 10 minutes a day around the house, and build from there. This is in addition to posing practice.
5. Become an unconscious competent. Two weeks before your competition you should be able to walk, turn, transition, and present in your sleep. It needs to be automatic. This will allow you to put your focus in the right place on competition day… bringing your personal best to the stage!
Lenore Theobald is a 45 year old IFPA Bikini Pro, NANBF judge, confidence and posing coach, and P4P Muscle sponsored athlete. She’s been competing since 2005 and has over 20 years of experience in the fitness industry. In addition to being a life-time natural athlete, she’s passionate about helping others make their wildest dreams become reality. Lenore can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or at www.facebook.com/lenoretheobald
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