Friday, June 21, 2013

Five Things For Friday: What Athletes Can Learn From Toddlers & Tiaras

Lately, I have been obsessively watching the past seasons of Toddlers & Tiaras.  I am unsure what
fascinates me about the show.  I know there is a lot of controversy around the show with the young girls and the moms, but maybe that is why it is so popular.  My partner has informed me that the like hood of having a female in his family is limited; I must live in the potential dreams.

This week, when watching an episode, I realized the correlation from pageants with athletes.  So for my five for Friday…the lessons in which athletes can learn from Toddlers & Tiaras:
  1. Be Prepared & Practice:  All of these girls are shown practicing their routines prior to the pageant.  When athletes are preparing for a goal/race, every workout is a practice.   If the girls do not practice and make small steps in their stage show, they do not win the ultimate grand supreme.  If we do not practice by strength training, increase mileages, working on speed drills, etc., we won’t get the results we want or worse we get injured.  Consider your daily workout as practice for your pageant.
  2. Have the Right Outfit: The hair, the makeup, and those glitz dresses make up the beauty portion of the pageant.  Some thing with athletes, the outfit, the shoes, and sometimes the equipment makes the difference.  Now that does not mean you have to cash out 401K like some of these parents do, but good, quality gear is important to ensure the ability to train long term.  When I started running, the best investment I made where my shoes.  Before I had them, I could not walk 2 miles without pain, now I am able to run my intervals and train without pain.  Extra bonus points for cute gear in which you could use as your “Outfit of Choice” 
  3. Posture & Performance: For the beauty walk, girls work specifically on their shoulder posture, their form, and making eye contact.  Same thing as an athlete!  When strength training, the form and posture is critical to make the impact you want and to keep your injury free.  When running, the posture and form are important again to give you long-term success.  Even eye position is important.  When I started running, I would look to the ground in which pulled my posture down.  Now I run looking ahead, shoulders back, and arms up. 
  4. Everyone Wins: Most pageant are structured that even if you do not get a high title, you always win a “Princess” title.  Every girl typically gets some bling (crown/trophy).  As a back of the pack runner, I realize while I might not get the bling, I am getting the same benefits of the first place runner.  By finishing last, you are still winning and improving your health.  By showing up and challenging yourself, you get named “Princess”
  5. Have Fun: The majority of the girls LOVE to be in pageant.  One of the episodes I won this week showed one of the girls staying on stage during the beauty portion because she truly loved being on stage.  During your training and competition, you should be having fun the whole time.  If you are not having fun, then find another form of exercise that works for you.  If you don’t like running, sign up for a spinning class.  Don’t care for Jazzercising, try yoga.  As long as you are moving and having fun, you will win Ultimate Grand Supreme.  


  1. Anonymous6/22/2013

    I don't watch the show but I was a dancer as a kid. Great lessons!

    1. I was a dancer as well! That might be why I just prefer to dance around my house instead of watch an exercise video! Thanks for stopping by!