“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2” arrives in theaters this Friday November 20 and serious fans can’t wait to see what happens next with Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark. Those two had what it took to survive the games so far, but how long would you last if you were selected as a tribute? Here are just a few things you might want to do to be the last man or woman standing in the arena. And best of all, Thumbtack professionals can help you with all of these things.
Happy Hunger Games! And may the odds be ever in your favor.
Train with an Expert
If you’re going to survive the Hunger Games, the first thing you’re going to need to do is get in shape with the help of a personal trainer. While the tributes only had three days of training, you may want to get into a more regular schedule since you never know when your name may be picked in the reaping.
Hiring a trainer is a great way to push your fitness forward more quickly than if you’re working out on your own because they provide accountability, expertise, motivation, and will personalize the workouts to fit your needs. The only sad part of getting in shape is that, unlike Katniss and Peeta, you won’t be living in five star luxury accommodations while you’re training. The good part is you also won’t have to fight to the death.
Learn to Shoot a Bow and Arrow
Thanks to her time spent hunting outside of District 12, Katniss was already a great shot. However, you may want to take archery lessons to make sure you master the proper technique so that you can take down the force field if necessary.
Though most tributes excel at one skill, it’s crucial to be proficient at all multiple skills (including fencing) if you want to survive. Rue earned a seven out of 12 in her private session with the Gamemakers largely in part to her ability to move from treetop to treetop swiftly and silently. This skill is also what kept her alive for as long as she was in the 74th Hunger Games. If you’re going to survive in the arena, it would behoove you to take rock or tree climbing lessons so that you can stay out of sight and travel noiselessly.
Practice Self Defense
Whether you want to focus on mixed martial arts or boxing, it’s imperative you have hand-to-hand combat skills if you’re going to protect yourself from the more aggressive tributes.
Learn Survival Skills
The survival skills you’ll learn preparing for the Hunger Games are also ones you’ll be able to apply to keeping yourself alive if there’s a natural disaster or if you get lost on a hike. Think: making fires without matches, building shelter, finding and purifying water, making knots, recognizing edible plants, hunting and trapping food, first aid, and more. Whether you want to learn just a few of these skills or all of them, there are plenty of wilderness guides and survival experts on Thumbtack who can teach you how to take care of yourself in case of emergency. After all, you may be lucky enough to have a mentor like Haymitch who will send gifts into the arena, but then again… you may not.
Get a Great Costume
Katniss found a real gift in Cinna, the stylist who created the dress that turned Katniss into “the girl on fire.” He also risked his life when he designed her wedding dress that transformed into the plumage of a mocking jay. Though (spoiler alert) Cinna is sadly no longer available, a stylist is imperative if you’re going to wow the crowds and earn support. (Or if you just want to mimic one of Katniss’ looks for a party you’re throwing.)
Find a Therapist
Fact: anyone who survives The Hunger Games is going to need someone to help them manage their anxiety and stress afterwards. A therapist is a great resource for resolving issues and dealing with hard times—even if you weren’t forced to kill a bunch of people in order to live.
Throw a Party
Everyone’s sad that “The Hunger Games” films are coming to an end, but not being picked as a tribute is a great reason to throw a party Capitol style. Think elaborate costumes, assigning each guest a district, creating a “training center” where guests can play games, and lots and lots of food. A professional party planner can help you pull it all together and give you even more great ideas.
Katniss: “Any last advice?”
Haymitch: “Stay alive.”