Stretching ADEQUATELY before/during/after playing

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What does it mean to stretch adequately?  And why should I bother? Stretching is underrated and underdone and people, especially musicans, are paying the price for it.  The body was designed to move and it was not meant to hold static positions for long lengths of time, be that sitting in a car, typing, playing an instrument, etc.  If one …

Cardio out – movement in and hotel workouts

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One of the worst things about travelling is the constant sitting.  Sitting in a bus, sitting in a hotel, sitting in rehearsal, sitting in a concert, sit, sit, sit.  The human body was made to move and sitting is not per se, a natural position, not for long periods of time, anyway.  As I have been travelling this last week …

Music, Fitness and Travelling

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As you may know, I am a proud member of the 129th Army National Guard Band.  What this means is that I am in the Army, but it’s a part time job for me.  I “drill” with my unit one weekend every month and for two weeks in the summer.  Right now is that two-week time period, called Annual Training, …

Trip to Nicholls

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See?  Foam rolling can be fun… These students were such great sports.  We had a lot of fun learning and trying together.  As I stated in an earlier blog post, I got invited to Nicholls University to do a presentation on Workouts for Musicians.  We went through some basic anatomy and physiology and then we all did some dynamic integration …

Practice Room Warmups?

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As musicians (whether you be a flutist or not), we tend to be rather meticulous about our instruments and how we approach our practice time: warming up the smaller muscles of our embochures, warming up our fingers with scales, even warming up our ears with long tones or our minds with imagery and planning the session out.  But how much …

Going to the Florida Flute Fair

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This coming weekend I’m super excited to be giving my first convention presentation at the Florida Flute Fair.  Saturday morning, 9 AM at the Altamonte Springs Hilton, I will be giving the presentation “From the Weight Room to the Practice Room: Workouts to Prevent Pain”.  I’m going to be addressing the various muscular imbalances that flutists tend to acquire, and …

Top 5 Reasons to Hire a Virtual Fitness Trainer

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Unbelievably, I just found a great post about virtual fitness trainers.  This is what I consider myself to be able to do: someone can hire me over the internet to write out a fitness plan for them and we keep in contact by photos and email.  Need more information?  How about the Top 5 Reasons to Hire a Virtual Fitness …

Protein Bar recipes

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Lots of people eat protein bars.  Most are junk; candy bars in disguise.  I did a review of one of the two I support and you can read about that here, and I HIGHLY suggest purchasing Quest and Power Crunch Bars.  Quest bars have 20g whey protein, 17g prebiotic fiber and no artificial anything, and they taste great.  Most protein …