Physical Fitness for Vocalists and Athletes Post-Surgery

In Corrective Exercise, Entrepreneurship, Fitness, Motivation and Success by Angela0 Comments

Just because vocalists don’t hold an instrument doesn’t mean they don’t have specific muscle imbalances that can hinder their musical careers.  Meet Liz, a vocal coach and voice trainer here in Nashville who utilized our services to improve her posture, body awareness and freedom of movement to release tension in her neck, upper back and hips and can sing better …

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Sleeping Booty: Anterior Pelvic Tilt and Sleeping Butt Syndrome Part 2

In Corrective Exercise, Fitness by Angela0 Comments

What Can Be Done? This is, by no means, the definitive work and end-all be-all answer to this question.  I am not a doctor, a therapist or other medical practitioner and EACH situation is different.  Therefore, understand that these are suggestions, to be used in conjunction with possible other training modalities and may be contraindicated by your specific issue, so …

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How to Squat – From Diesel Strength

In Fitness, Flute by Angela0 Comments

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 …

Strength training counteracts muscular atrophy in old age « Human Kinetics Sport, Health & Fitness Blog

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Strength training counteracts muscular atrophy in old age « Human Kinetics Sport, Health & Fitness Blog. Good news! Another study has proven the positive results of strength training in older/elderly adults.  You are never to old to exercise! If you would like to read the entire study, you may do so here. Some interesting things to note from the study: …

Exercise: It’s Not A Cure-All

In Fitness by Angela0 Comments

I am passionate about fitness, about exercise and most of all about strength training. I believe in the power of strength training, the benefits it provides and the help it can offer to people. I have seen with my own eyes the empowerment it can give people, how it can change minds, change attitudes, outlooks and even lives. That beings …

The Flutists’ Pain Points

In Fitness, Flute by Angela0 Comments

  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 …

De-Mystifying Support and the Diaphragm

In Fitness, Flute by Angela0 Comments

As a wind instrumentalist, and especially as a flutist, I hear this question a lot: “What is support?” which is usually followed by this statement “Make sure you breathe/support from the diaphragm“. I hate to tell you, but that is absolutely impossible.  The intentions, when this statement is said, are good, but let’s talk about the diaphragm for a minute. …

3 Exercises + 1 for Core Strength and Stability

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As I was reading through my Google Reader this morning, I came across this blog post: 3 Stability Exercises to Strengthen Core Muscles. (I’m going to use her images here, I give her credit for finding them!)  As I was reading I thought “what a great idea for flutists!”  Americans as a whole are horrifically lacking in core stability.  We …

Home (And Portable) Workout Equipment/Products

In Fitness, Travel by Angela0 Comments

As I was surfing through my Twitter feed this morning, I came across this great link from ABC, mentioning just a few workout products that were talked about on “Good Morning America”.   Making up excuses to not exercises is about as popular (if not more so) than making up fishing stories here in America.  The truth is, people should not …

Stretching ADEQUATELY before/during/after playing

In Fitness, Flute by Angela0 Comments

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 …