February 22, 2017
The convention season is upon us with Katsucon having just ended, and many are preparing for PAX East, Anime Boston, and the other coming mega-cons. I’d first like to say that anyone can cosplay regardless of body type. Whether very skinny or very fat, cosplay is for all. However, if you’re like me and want to look your very best while on camera, and also don’t want to tire out too much while in cosplay, look no further! Here is my general guide to physical convention readiness.
- Do more yoga
When at conventions, you’ll be standing in lines for 30+ minutes to get into your desired panels, walking around a ton in general, and putting your body in crazy poses for photographers. While I’m not expecting anyone to dive headfirst into yoga overnight, consider incorporating more of it, or introduce it for the first time into your exercise routine to gain some flexibility. Your body will thank you for it.
- Increase your cardio
While not entirely necessary, the quick caloric burn from cardio exercises will benefit your body towards maintaining its current shape, or slimming down a quick few pounds before con.
- Consider eating on a mild caloric deficit
Another optional choice is to go on a slight caloric deficit for the upcoming 2-4 weeks before the convention. If you’re donning a midriff top (or topless for the men out there), you’re gonna want your stomach to be flat and not have the “just stuffed myself to death” pudge. The camera already adds ten pounds, so you want to keep yourself looking good!
- Reduce your strength training
Now, I know you’re thinking this is counter-intuitive. You might say, “But V, I need to have perfect abs for my Gladio” or really nice legs for Cammy. And yes, you want that, but even the best lifters tend to feel the sore for a day or two. If you’re like most people, you’re at conventions for 8-12 hours. You don’t want to be sore to the core while you’re supposed to be having fun. So feel free to lift, but definitely consider pausing strength training 5 days before the convention so that you’re as comfortable as possible.
Remember that you don’t need a ripped body for cosplay. This article is aimed towards those like myself that go the extra mile for personal satisfaction. I’m incredibly excited for the upcoming conventions, and I hope that any fellow cosplayers/photographers are, too!