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How to Squat – From Diesel Strength

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Diesel Strength and Conditioning | Athletic Strength Training. This is a comprehensive (read: long and highly detailed) post on HOW to squat. It’s amazing that something so incredibly simple, something we did as 2-year olds without a second thought has become so incredibly difficult for us.  Unless your daily job has you squatting (like lots of people who are not …

Do What You Suck At

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One of my mottos for awhile now has been “You are only as strong as your weakest link”.  This picture exemplifies the idea perfectly.  When I was in Army Basic Training, that was one of the things they told us almost constantly.  We had to do everything as a team, and if one person was wrong, you were all wrong.  …

The Flutists’ Pain Points

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  Ask almost any flutist that has pain brought on by playing, and odds are they will mention one of these sites as giving them trouble: wrist, upper back (between shoulder blades), shoulder area or lower back. Sometimes the problem is that the pain is in ALL of these sites. Studies have been done, but the results are inconclusive as …

The Courage to Succeed

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Part 3 ( you can see Part 2 and Part 1 here) It sounds a little strange, doesn’t it?  The courage to SUCCEED?  Who would ever be afraid of success?  Well, maybe you.  I know I have been at times. Take a weakness and turn it into a strength.  If you are dedicated to overcoming failure and achieving lasting success, …

Developing Body Awareness and Self-Trust

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Once upon a time… Like most people who learn an instrument in the USA, I learned to play the flute in 6th grade.  I had wanted to start playing much earlier than this as I knew my mother had a flutehidden away under the stairs.  Sometimes I would take it down off the shelf, carefully (like it had magic and …

Are You Ready to Change?

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What does change entail?  Why are we afraid?  This goes along with Failure, being Afraid to Fail and its cousin, Afraid of Success.  Which camp do you belong to? We are all afraid of something, whether we admit it or not.  We all have strengths and weaknesses, whether we admit it or not!  A lot of times these characteristics go …

Presentation Announcement

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I have just received the news that my presentation for the Florida Flute Association Annual Convention has been accepted! I will be giving the presentation, “Lift, Play, Love: Basic Weight Lifting for Efficient Flute Playing” on January 30th, 2011 at 9 AM at the Orlando Marriott. ” In the moment, you want to focus on making music … not on …

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 …

Welcome to my blog – music, flute, fitness, and anything else that crosses my mind!

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I finally have a blog and I’m excited for you to share in it with me!  Welcome to my reality.  Between working as a personal trainer, a health enthusiast at Vitamin Shoppe, cooking, practicing and working on my website, articles, recitals and presentations, I workout and spend time with my husband, that’s about all the time that’s left! I have …