Activating a Weak Rotator Cuff Using the Body Blade

Have you heard of the Body Blade? It looks deceptively easy, but if you have any muscle weakness you’ll be shocked how difficult it is to control. This is an excellent tool for activating the weak muscles of the rotate cuff which can be especially painful in musicians such as flutists, guitarists, string players and pianists. Start out with 5 sets of 5 repetitions and gradually Continue Reading →

Music Strong Goal Challenge 2014

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 Continue Reading →

Simple Thoracic Spine Mobility Exercises Everyone Can Perform | Mike Reinold

Simple Thoracic Spine Mobility Exercises Everyone Can Perform | Mike Reinold. This is an EXCELLENT post from Dr. Mike Reinold.  Equally helpful to musicians suffering from upper body pain, to those who sit all day and have shoulder, back and neck problems.  What Mike demonstrates in many of the videos below is actually outlined in great detail in the book “Inside -Out: The Ultimate Upper Body Continue Reading →

How to Squat – From Diesel Strength

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 in a cubicle-based-computer-obsessed societies do), we Continue Reading →

The Joy of a Deadlift Well Done

I came across this video the other day in a post I read from a girl powerlifter.  She also LOVES cookies, and calls herself the “Cookie Monster”.  She is living proof of 3 things: You can be a female powerlifter and still be feminine You can be a female who lifts a LOT of weight (like over 200 lbs.) and not get “bulky” – um, she’s Continue Reading →