Pageant Girl’s Guide to Fitness

Pageant Prep

Competing in pageants has given my a new look on life, in regards to my physical fitness. At one point, I worked out to to “lose weight”, not that I had any worth losing, or “tone up”. I didn’t have any specific goals in mind, so I didn’t see any specific results. Competing in pageants, and being on stage in a bikini really opens your eyes to the importance of a fit and healthy lifestyle. As a result of watching myself on stage during the Lifestyle and Fitness category, I have developed a fitness regimen that has provided me with the best personal results I can obtain.

Mallory Hagan, Miss America 2013

Mallory Hagan, Miss America 2013

The biggest myth when it comes to being fit, especially for females, is that a great body comes from hours of cardio. Whether its running on the treadmill or an elliptical, a good body comes from sweating.
While in swimsuit, many girls feel they need to focus on their abdominal region. This is also a myth. There is no way to target fat loss to one area. If you have that unforgiving “pooch”, you need to attack it from all sides. Doing a hundred sit-ups or crunches each day will only make it worse! The two most important body regions that should be focused on are the legs and the back. These muscle groups, if worked properly in balance with healthy eating habits, will in turn help you develop a sexy core. Females are often afraid of lifting weights because they think that they will become bulky like a man or a power lifter. But a females hormones don’t let this happen. A female’s body is physically not capable of becoming bulky simply from lifting heavy weights, without years or heavyweights and potential supplements. By lifting weights, the person gains muscle. Muscle burns fat. Muscle shows hard work. And muscle looks good.