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What is Music Strong and what do we do?
Music Strong is Personal Training for Musicians. Musicians have the highest work-injury rate of any profession: 90-95%!! This is ridiculous, and we are here to change that! So many musicians spend hours and hours every day locked into positions with their instruments (including their voices!), so wrapped up in their head space they forget to feel the rest of their bodies and noticed the habits beginning to take place. These habits become compensations and compensations can affect you to the point of injury. Injury, a musician's worst fear.
We are here to erradicate pain, compensation and injury!
As a professional flutist, I understand the unique demands of playing an instrument - having been injured several times myself as a direct result of "over practicing" and not understanding how the body worked, I wanted to take my knowledge a step further and help other musicians overcome this problem.
Music Strong is a business unlike ANY other! I am not just like your run-of-the-mill trainer who yells in your face and makes your workout up on the spot when you get there. NO WAY! Every client of mine gets a personalized assessment to determine your individual muscle compensations and a consultation to determine your lifestyle, schedule and other factors that go into designing your workout. I'll design a workout geared towards balancing your body, increasing your own sense of body awareness and making you stronger overall so you not only leave with a better functioning body, you have the tools to empower you to walk into any gym with purpose and knowledge.
I address problems like: tendonitis, TMJ, shoulder strains, sleepigng glutes, low back pain, neck pain, plantar fasciitis, bursitis and we focus on muscles directly related to not only musicians, but the average desk worker who spends so much time at the computer:
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The goal here is to change your daily habits, which will change your life. This is not a quick fix. This is a life change.
Are you sick and tired of being sick and tired with yourself? You vow, seemingly daily, to get back on the right track, to do what it takes, to meet your goals. You know what to do but by the end of the day, you realize you’re exactly where you started or even behind where you started the day instead of making progress.
Are you ready to change that?
Are you ready to meet your goals and even exceed them?
It’s time. Accountability is one of the greatest factors of success. Look at Weight Watchers, they have it on two levels: the honor system where you don’t go over your points each day and your weekly check in.
I’m running an accountability group challenge, starting Sunday February 23. Your goal could be anything: weight loss, fat loss, increased pushups, business success, debt reduction, etc. The goal doesn’t matter, the results do. More information is forthcoming, but if you want in, sign up here. All I ask is that you post information at the beginning stating who you are and what your goal is and why you want it, and every week at least detail the steps you’ve taken towards meeting that goal.
- If you are pursuing weight loss, use my 10 week article series Get Off the Hamster Wheel! 10 Steps to Get From Where You Are to Where You Want to Be. The list starts with tip #1, it is at the bottom of this page: http://musicstrong.com/top10/
- If you are using another book for guidance, please list it.
- When: “registration” is February 23-28. Challenge officially begins March 1 and runs through May 1
- What is requried?: To join you must state who you are and what your goal is. The goal must be specific and attainable (aka: dropping 100 lbs in 2 months or saving $1M is not attainable, though specific.) Your goal must also have a date. So state your goal in specific terms:
My goal is to Save $1000 and have that amount of money set aside in an account by May 1.
My goal is to lose 20 lbs (or reach a goal weight of XXX) by May 1.
My goal is to be a size 4 in jeans by May 1
My goal is to have read a 1000 page novel by May 1.
My goal is to go through the entire T&G exercise book for flute by May 1.
etc. etc. etc.
All realistic, all attainable, all with deadlines.
- You need some measure of checking your progress so feel free to post before and after pictures/soundfiles/word documents of yourself/your playing/ your progress/your measurements, etc.
Next, you must name 3 things:
- What are you willing to give up?
- What small, seemingly insignificant thing are you willing to do each and every day to push you towards your goal?
- You must write your goals down somewhere and look at them every day.
Then you come to the group (see below) and post your daily update: what you did, if you failed, what you learned, etc. and everyone in the group will applaud your efforts and encourage you along.
This group is based on the honor system. If you lie, you only cheat yourself.
Prizes: for everyone who successfully completes this challenge (reaches their goal by May 1,) you will receive a month of free online or in person training with me. If I can think of a better prize (or you have suggestions) please contribute!
Are you in?
If you would like to join us, come join the Facebook group and “register” at
Goal Challenge 2014 Group:
The group is only open for one week. After this week you will need to be added to the group to join. How do you do this? Tell me you’re in below, or you can post in the Facebook anouncement on my page: https://www.facebook.com/events/210158359190966/
Top Ten List To Get Off the Hamster Wheel and Be Who You Want to Be
- Tip #1 Stop Being in a Hurry and Drink Water
- Tip #2 Turn the TV off, put the book down
- Tip #3 and 4 It’s not rocket science, you KNOW what to eat
- Tip #5 Eat whatever you want, no really
- Tip #6 Are you satisfied??
- Tip #7 Are you hungry, bored, tired or lonely?
- Tip #8 Tip #8 Write it down
- Tip #9: Commit to doing some sort of exercise every day
- Tip #10: Take Total Responsibility and Keep Personal Accountability
Whew! I have been traveling so much, there has been no time for updating, sorry! This last week I was blessed to have been invited to present at Stephen F. Austin University in Nacadoches, TX. I gave a flute masterclass, a recital, two Music Strong workshops and a presentation on being a musician in the military. It was a wonderful trip and I had a great time. It’s always nice to be able to help musicians who are in the prime of their career, just learning how to practice efficiently and being able to give them the tools to prevent injury. If you were in any of my classes, I would love to hear your feedback and if you’d like a personalized program, we can make that happen too! You can click here for more information on hiring me as your trainer, to write you a plan to keep you injury free, improve your endurance and extend your playing career.
Some pictures from this week!
A lot of you were asking about the books I suggested during the presentations. You can find all of these books in my Amazon store. The titles I highly recommend and used during my presentations are:
- The Permanent Pain Cure by Ming Chew, PT
- Release Your Pain by Brian Abelson
- Inside Out: The Ultimate Upper-Body Warm-Up by Bill Hartman and Mike Robertson
- What Every Musician Needs to Know About the Body by Barbara Conable
This coming week I will be playing with Sinfonia Gulf Coast in Destin, Florida! We have a concert on Thursday night at 7:30 PM and I am immensely looking forward to this.
Sinfonia is one of a handful of American Orchestras awarded a special grant to perform “Identity” Zhongshan Zhuang,” featuring world renowned guzheng player Su Chang. Also on the concert is Rimsky-Korsakov’s brilliant orchestral showpiece “Scheherazade.”
Cheng: Identity: Zhongshan ZhuangArtist: Su Chang (Guzheng)Ensemble: Sinfonia Gulf CoastConductor: Demetrius Fuller
Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade, Op. 35
It will be a busy week – I”m also proud to announce that I will be giving a Music Strong workshop at my alma mater, Florida State University on Wednesday the 23rd at 2:30 PM.
I should be back to my “regularly scheduled programming” within a week. I will be posting some pictures and videos and will have some more blog posts coming up. Also coming up I have a 6-week Holiday Shape-Up boot camp special, will be posting details here soon!
In the meantime, my schedule has changed a bit and I have a few spots open for flute lessons via Skype and personal training clients. Please contact me if you are interested and we can get something started for you! I have a current special going on that if you would like to sign up for training with me you can save 50% off your first month with me when you sign up for any 3 month package. Sign up today and you can start next year already having achieved your New Year’s Resolution!