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3 Marching Band Fitness Hacks for Flutists

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Ah band camp….long, hot days with your instrument and at the end you’re rewarded with an aching back and feet, right?  Well, you might not be able to get out of marching band, and you might not be able to change your band director’s mind about what’s good for you to do vs. what looks good, but here are 3 …

Study Verifies Strength Training Helps Musicians

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Well, this is super exciting!  A study just recently published on PubMed has just come out being one of the first studies to find out if specific strength training is more helpful to musicians than general fitness. And the takeaway? YES! You can read the summary here:  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28599016 What exciting things to know?  up to 91% of musicians experience playing …

Activating a Weak Rotator Cuff Using the Body Blade

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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 …

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Music Strong Goal Challenge 2014

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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 …

Simple Thoracic Spine Mobility Exercises Everyone Can Perform | Mike Reinold

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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 …

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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 …

The Joy of a Deadlift Well Done

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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 …

When Was the Last Time You Took A Break?

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Like most siblings, I grew up driving my brother crazy, and him doing the same to me.  He’d try to hug me, I’d get grossed out, he’d get mad, I’d cry, you know, the usual.  Then I went to college and left him at home with mom and dad and the coolest thing happened: we became friends. I count my …

It’s a Wild Ride…

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So life has been crazy, lately.  I know, I know, I was on a roll, posting a few new blog posts every week, and believe me, I have more than a few drafts in the works, but I just haven’t been able to get to them.  I could put something out just for the sake of generating content, but I …

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: …