Bethany Kludt – Tips for First-time Beauty Pageant Competitors

Bethany Kludt has competed in a number of beauty pageants in Ohio. She competed in the Miss Teen Ohio National American Miss competition and placed in third in the Miss Photogenic competition. She is currently a nursing student, but still enjoys beauty pageants and fitness competitions. Here are a few tips for first-time beauty pageant competitors.Bethany Kludt

  • First-time competitors need to be confident in themselves and what they have to offer to the competition. They cannot focus on what the other pageants are wearing, what they look like, or what they are saying. If they start focusing on and comparing themselves to their competition, negative thoughts will creep in, which can only damage a competitor’s performance. Maintaining focus and being confident in their selves is the best way first-time competitors can approach beauty pageants.
  • Making eye contact is very important for first-time competitors to remember. Eye contact shows confidence, and as we know confidence is important. Making eye contact with the judges will forge a connection between them and the competitor. Making eye contact during the interview portion of the competition is especially essential because it shows the judges that the competitors understand and believe in what they are saying.
  • First-time competitors need to set realistic goals for themselves. Obviously winning is the ultimate goal, but not everyone can win, especially in their first pageant. It’s a good idea for first-time competitors to make other goals like scoring well in specific portions of the competition or making new pageant friends. It is important to feel accomplished after a pageant, regardless of the outcome. Setting different goals helps achieve that.

Bethany Kludt has recently moved away from competing in beauty pageants and is focusing on competing in National Physique Committee bikini competitions and successfully making a career in nursing for herself.



Bethany Kludt – Tips for First-Time Bikini Competitors

Bethany Kludt recently began competing in bikini competitions via the National Physique Committee (NPC). In August 2014, she finished third in an NPC collegiate bikini competition in Louisville, Kentucky. She is a health conscientious person who enjoys weight lifting, maintaining her fitness, and taking care of her health. Deciding to join bikini competitions was a big decision, but is one that she does not regret. Here are a few tips for first-time bikini competitors.Bethany Kludt

  • Before first-time competitors sign up for a competition, they need to establish their purpose for competing. Wanting to win is not a good enough purpose because there are a lot of variables involved in the outcome of the competitions, such as the preference of judges. The purpose for competing should be something more personal like wanting to lose weight or building your brand as a personal trainer.
  • First-time competitors need to do research on bikini competition organizations. NPC, INBA, and WBFF are a few organizations that are well regarded. First-time competitors should look up the rules and regulations of each organization’s competition and choose an organization that suits them best.
  • First-time competitors should consider attending a local show or competitions before signing up to compete. This will give them an idea of what is expected at shows, how they operate, and who their competition might be. It may also help them choose the right organization. They should attend a few shows and determine which organization puts up the best show in terms of production value and exposure.

Bethany Kludt would like to become a Bikini Pro with NPC however it was a bucket-list item to honorably compete. To become a pro would take a lot of hard work, dedication and focus, but she is looking forward to the challenge ahead of her.


Bethany Kludt – Tips for Maintaining a Healthy Lifestyle in College

Bethany Kludt is a nursing student. Nursing programs are known for being demanding programs. On top of her academics, Bethany works as a waitress to pay her way through college and competes in National Physique Committee Bikini competitions throughout the year. She also enjoys living a healthy lifestyle and prioritizes working out and eating right. All of this equates to a busy schedule.

A healthy lifestyle is not always an easy habit to maintain as a college student, though. Days are busy, nights are long, and there is an abundance of easily accessible food that is not necessarily healthy. It is more than possible to lead a healthy lifestyle while in college, though. Here are a few tips for maintaining a healthy lifestyle as a college student.

It is imperative that college students eat healthily and eat right. A good diet full of nutritional food will boost a college student’s immune system, maintain a healthy weight, and improve overall health. Eating breakfast is the first step in maintaining a healthy diet. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and gets everybody off on the right foot. Breakfast can be as easy as eating a granola bar on the way to class. College students should avoid skipping meals, but if they have to, then should snack and healthy food throughout the day like dried fruit, pretzels, or whole-wheat crackers. Lastly, college students should avoid eating fatty foods. This may be difficult considering what is offered in cafeterias, but there is always the salad bar.

Bethany Kludt
Bethany Kludt

Exercising is essential for college students to lead a healthy lifestyle. Exercise is good for the brain and will help students focus better in class and while doing homework. Students should sign up for intramural sports, walk to class, bike to class, and take advantage of any free or reduced memberships to gyms. Finding time to exercise might be difficult, but exercising at least 30 minutes a day can make a significant difference.

Getting enough sleep is important to maintain a healthy lifestyle, but like exercise, finding the time to get enough sleep can be difficult for college students. Sleep deprivation is unhealthy for the brain, causes headaches, leads to unhealthy weight loss, and is bad for muscle growth. College students should be getting between seven to nine hours of sleep per night. Obviously pulling an all-nighter and staying out with friends to the wee hours of the morning is all a part of the college experience, but those things should not happen all the time.

Lastly, it is important that college students wash their hands. They live on campus, in dorm buildings, spend time in large classrooms, and eat with hundreds of other people. Campuses are breeding ground for colds and the flu can spread rapidly. College students should wash their hands to maintain their health and for the benefit of others.

Bethany Kludt works hard to maintain a healthy lifestyle so that she can continue competing in bikini competitions and so that she do well in nursing school.