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Foam Rolling Class in Hermitage, TN!

In Boot Camp, Corrective Exercise, Fitness, Resources, Workshops by Angela

I’m very excited to announce I’ll be leading my first foam rolling class at Next Level Strength and Conditioning in Hermitage, TN. It’ll be 30 minutes of self-massage and just like a good massage, you feel pain followed by relief, difference being YOU are in control of the pressure. You’ll leave the session feeling more relaxed (or possibly more energized), …

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PlateMate Weight Magnets

In Boot Camp, Corrective Exercise, Fitness, Resources by Angela

These have to be some of new favorite training tools.  Most dumbbells and plates increase in increments of 5 lbs.  For some movements, that can be just too much of a jump.  You should be making progress every time you go in the gym, be it one more rep or one more pound, but you can’t jump up 5 lbs. …

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Perform Better

In Boot Camp, Corrective Exercise, Fitness, Resources, Travel by Angela

Perform Better is where I get almost all of my training equipment; all kinds of bands, tubing, weights, you name it. What is great about this company is that no job or order is too big or small. You can order just a foam roller for yourself or you can contact them to help outfit your new gym or facility …

Panama City Beach Boot Camp 81% OFF!

In Boot Camp, Fitness, Motivation and Success, Special Thanks by Angela

One of the products of Music Strong is the Panama City Beach Boot Camp.  I decided that it was a shame to not have any boot camp classes in a non-gym-membership type setting available.  I checked into it and sure enough while we do have the world’s most beautiful beaches, there were no boot camp classes being offered!  And thus, …

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Changes are A-Comin’!

In Boot Camp, Fitness by Angela

I’m happy to announce that there are some great changes coming to Music Strong and Panama City Beach Boot Camp in the VERY near future.  We are completely re-designing our training packages at Music Strong and I’m happy to share that for my online clients you are getting a brand-new feature.  When you sign up with me, after your initial …

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Travel Workouts with No Lower Body Work

In Boot Camp, Fitness, Travel by Angela

I am here in the Smoky Mountains, enjoying a long overdue vacation at my parent’s cabin with my husband and his siblings. The scenery is gorgeous, and as you can see from the picture of the driveway if I want to get out of breath by walking, all I have to do is go up and down the driveway a …

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Mini-Bands

In Boot Camp, Fitness, Resources by Angela

I use these  for glute activation exercises like lateral tube walking and for a client’s who’s knees cave in when they squat, the band around the knees serves as a tactile cue to keep the knees out.  Can also be used on the upper body.  Here’s a video demonstrating how I use it: https://youtu.be/PKAyNB4YD6Y

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How to Make Your Own “Body Blade”

In Corrective Exercise by Jomari Mediana

Did you see my other article on the Bodyblade? Well, if you don’t have one, you can make your own! If you need to make your own body blade all you’re going to need is a stick and some bands. Put the band into a door and shut it. Put the band around the stick then perform your exercises as …

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Taking the Pain out of the Piccolo

In Corrective Exercise, Fitness, Flute, Pedagogy and Teaching by Angela

This article was originally published in 2014 and was based off the wildly popular presentation I did with GySgt.(Ret.) Cynthia K. Rugolo of “The President’s Own” Marine Band at the National Flute Association convention in Washington DC in 2015. Both piccoloists, both in military bands and both invested in musician’s health (I took over her position as chair of the …

Creating Bullet Proof Wrists in Guitarists

In Corrective Exercise, Fitness, personal training by Angela

How many times have you been on stage and felt that “ache” on your wrist that goes from occasional to frequent?  Pretty soon you find yourself having to alter your playing style, your posture, your set list, or maybe even talking more between songs in search of rest. Hopefully this isn’t you, but don’t be surprised if you just felt …

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How To Foam Roll

In Corrective Exercise, Fitness by Angela

So you have a foam roller, but do you know what to do with it? I like to call a foam roller “the poor man’s massage therapist”. While in no way can a foam roller take the place of an LMT, it definitely can help keep your tissues supple and mobile. Guidelines: use this as a routine by itself or …

Your Hips Are A Hinge

In Corrective Exercise, Fitness, Flute, Travel, Workshops by Angela

This article was originally written as a recap after a presentation at the Florida Flute Association Convention. It is such a joy to me to get to be able to personally walk people through the mechanics of fitness and learning how to properly use their bodies to better play their first instrument, their bodies, before picking up the flute. Speaking …

Strength Is a Solution for Hypermobility

In Corrective Exercise, Fitness, Resources by Angela

No warm up…I hadn’t done on in forever and I’m 37 in this video Hypermobility: something I’ve struggled with in one way or another over the years. (How many 37 yo you know can flip a back bend with no warmup?) What is it? An excessive range of motion in the joints. While most people trainers deal with have the …

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2021 Personal Training Special

In Entrepreneurship, personal training by Angela

New Year’s Special Just For My Nashville Locals! Haven’t we been through enough Nashville fam? That’s why this deal is just for you. (Ignore the January 15 deadline, both deals are good through the end of the month!) Valid at my Nashville location at Next Level Fitness 1917 Church St. only. 5 minutes from Music Row in Midtown, you can …

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Being A Military Musician Interview with Flute 360 Podcast

In Entrepreneurship, Flute, media/podcast/interviews by Angela

Recently I had the honor of being interviewed by Dr. Heidi Kay Begay about my experiences as a military musician. You can listen to it here: In today’s episode, Heidi talks with Sergeant Angela McCuiston about her time being a Military Flutist in the U.S. Army Reserve Band. She goes into detail about the audition process, her experience with basic …

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Podcast Interview with Corpsonore

In Entrepreneurship, Fitness, Motivation and Success, Resources by Angela

If you are not following these ladies you’re doing yourself a great disservice. They have a fantastic podcast and website on musician’s wellness from all aspects. I’ll include the podcast audio here, but do yourself a favor and check out the page for more goodies! Link to my episode on their page: Corposonore Podcast Interview with Notes and Recommended Reading …

Podcast Interview with The Conditioned Musician

In Entrepreneurship, Fitness, Motivation and Success by musicstrong

I found David on Instagram and knew instantly he would be an amazing resource. He’s a musician, ACSM certified personal trainer AND getting his doctorate in physical therapy because he wants to be a personal trainer for musicians. I’m happy to have him as a brand ambassador for Music Strong and really wish he lived closer so we could cross …

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Taking the Pain out of the Piccolo

In Corrective Exercise, Fitness, Flute, Pedagogy and Teaching by Angela

This article was originally published in 2014 and was based off the wildly popular presentation I did with GySgt.(Ret.) Cynthia K. Rugolo of “The President’s Own” Marine Band at the National Flute Association convention in Washington DC in 2015. Both piccoloists, both in military bands and both invested in musician’s health (I took over her position as chair of the …

Creating Bullet Proof Wrists in Guitarists

In Corrective Exercise, Fitness, personal training by Angela

How many times have you been on stage and felt that “ache” on your wrist that goes from occasional to frequent?  Pretty soon you find yourself having to alter your playing style, your posture, your set list, or maybe even talking more between songs in search of rest. Hopefully this isn’t you, but don’t be surprised if you just felt …

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What About Workout Clothes?

In Fitness by Angela

So I’ve been wearing the same workout clothes forever, I used to get them at the Champion Outlet which has now gone defunct and that means I’m on the lookout for some new gear! So imagine how excited I was to be contacted by Kevin over at Elite Sports / Born Tough … they make some fit, flattering, fierce and …

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Tuned and Strong Podcast: Ep. 11 Healthy Habits Part 1: Nutrition

In Fitness, media/podcast/interviews by Angela

https://youtu.be/hHyi-xGPtHg Healthy habits can be a touchy subject. (If you’re finding this post and you HAVEN’T seen the podcast yet, why, sit right here and take a listen then click the YouTube link and hit that SUBSCRIBE button!) This episode was a really interesting one and we wanted to be able to give you more resources than YouTube will allow us to …

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How To Foam Roll

In Corrective Exercise, Fitness by Angela

So you have a foam roller, but do you know what to do with it? I like to call a foam roller “the poor man’s massage therapist”. While in no way can a foam roller take the place of an LMT, it definitely can help keep your tissues supple and mobile. Guidelines: use this as a routine by itself or …

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Taking the Pain out of the Piccolo

In Corrective Exercise, Fitness, Flute, Pedagogy and Teaching by Angela

This article was originally published in 2014 and was based off the wildly popular presentation I did with GySgt.(Ret.) Cynthia K. Rugolo of “The President’s Own” Marine Band at the National Flute Association convention in Washington DC in 2015. Both piccoloists, both in military bands and both invested in musician’s health (I took over her position as chair of the …

Your Hips Are A Hinge

In Corrective Exercise, Fitness, Flute, Travel, Workshops by Angela

This article was originally written as a recap after a presentation at the Florida Flute Association Convention. It is such a joy to me to get to be able to personally walk people through the mechanics of fitness and learning how to properly use their bodies to better play their first instrument, their bodies, before picking up the flute. Speaking …

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Being A Military Musician Interview with Flute 360 Podcast

In Entrepreneurship, Flute, media/podcast/interviews by Angela

Recently I had the honor of being interviewed by Dr. Heidi Kay Begay about my experiences as a military musician. You can listen to it here: In today’s episode, Heidi talks with Sergeant Angela McCuiston about her time being a Military Flutist in the U.S. Army Reserve Band. She goes into detail about the audition process, her experience with basic …

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Lighten Up! A Study Of Lightweight Professional Model Flutes For Injury Prevention

In Flute, Pedagogy and Teaching, Resources by Angela

  According to a 2011 study[1], 95% of skilled flute players suffered some form of performance-related musculoskeletal disorder.  While many injuries are a result of overuse and muscle imbalances, playing a heavy flute can contribute to additional problems. For many flutists, a lightweight flute can help mitigate these imbalances, lessening the chance of injury severity.   Throughout the past 11 …

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Exercises for Flutists

In Corrective Exercise, Fitness, Flute, Special Thanks by Angela

Recently I was asked to write an article for Flutist Quarterly, the quarterly publication of the National Flute Association. There are a LOT of beneficial exercises for flutists, but I picked 2 stretches and 2 strengthening exercises I felt were the most beneficial, with no equipment, for the general population of flute players. These may be more difficult for some, …

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Playing Flute with Scoliosis?

In Corrective Exercise, Fitness, Flute, Pedagogy and Teaching by musicstrong

A little while back, I received this email from a teacher concerned for her student with scoliosis: “I have a student that has scoliosis. She has been told by her doctor that she is going to have to stop playing flute due to the severity. I know that if she is sitting correctly, and using complete correct posture this really shouldn’t be …

The Maturing Flutist

In Corrective Exercise, Fitness, Flute, Travel by musicstrong

Yesterday Dr. Steve Mitchell and I co-presented at the National Flute Association Convention in Orlando, FL.  Our talk was titled “The Maturing Flutist” and it covered a lot of the issues that concern aging musicians and the elderly populations.  You don’t need to be a flutist to benefit from this, as lots of the things we covered relate to the …

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3 Marching Band Fitness Hacks for Flutists

In Fitness, Flute by musicstrong

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 …

Activating a Weak Rotator Cuff Using the Body Blade

In Fitness, Flute by Angela

Have you heard of the BodyBlade? 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 …

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Your “X” might be causing your back pain

In Magazine Blogs by Reinald Tabudlo

Back pain can encompass everything from a deep low ache at the bottom of the spine to a sharp pain between the shoulder blades and everything in between.  Today we’re going to focus in on low back pain among guitarists: main causes and what YOU can do when it strikes. Culprit 1: Weak Core If you look at yourself sideways …

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Tuned and Strong Podcast: Ep. 11 Healthy Habits Part 1: Nutrition

In Fitness, media/podcast/interviews by Angela

https://youtu.be/hHyi-xGPtHg Healthy habits can be a touchy subject. (If you’re finding this post and you HAVEN’T seen the podcast yet, why, sit right here and take a listen then click the YouTube link and hit that SUBSCRIBE button!) This episode was a really interesting one and we wanted to be able to give you more resources than YouTube will allow us to …

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Fitness for the Non-Athletic Musician

In media/podcast/interviews, personal training by Angela

Do you have to be an “athlete” to benefit from fitness training as a musician? After we got the comment “I love this new community of musicians who are talking about the physical aspects of playing, but I admit I get discouraged because so many stories are of people who already enjoyed a level of physical activity and just needed to learn how to channel it into staying conditioned for their instrument…I struggle just to want to move my body at all.”

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Being A Military Musician Interview with Flute 360 Podcast

In Entrepreneurship, Flute, media/podcast/interviews by Angela

Recently I had the honor of being interviewed by Dr. Heidi Kay Begay about my experiences as a military musician. You can listen to it here: In today’s episode, Heidi talks with Sergeant Angela McCuiston about her time being a Military Flutist in the U.S. Army Reserve Band. She goes into detail about the audition process, her experience with basic …

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Navigating the Pandemic as a Musician 1

In Motivation and Success, Personal Life by Angela

Part 1: Feb-April 2020 February 2020 – I heard rumor of some virus originating in China and I thought “big deal, it’s just like every other virus we’ve heard of in the past. What makes this any different than SARS, H1N1, etc? Not concerned”. I didn’t want to hear about it. Played at Mardi Gras with the Army band – …

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Top 10 Ways to Become Who You Want to Be in 2021!

In Fitness, Motivation and Success by Angela

So….2020 carried some good and some bad. I think it’s safe to say that it was not the year any of us planned for. After the home projects were over, the to-do list finished, with trips cancelled there was so much sitting on the couch, binge-watching EVERYTHING and while “quarantine snacks” sound cute, come the fall we found very quickly …

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Podcast Interview with Corpsonore

In Entrepreneurship, Fitness, Motivation and Success, Resources by Angela

If you are not following these ladies you’re doing yourself a great disservice. They have a fantastic podcast and website on musician’s wellness from all aspects. I’ll include the podcast audio here, but do yourself a favor and check out the page for more goodies! Link to my episode on their page: Corposonore Podcast Interview with Notes and Recommended Reading …

Podcast Interview with The Conditioned Musician

In Entrepreneurship, Fitness, Motivation and Success by musicstrong

I found David on Instagram and knew instantly he would be an amazing resource. He’s a musician, ACSM certified personal trainer AND getting his doctorate in physical therapy because he wants to be a personal trainer for musicians. I’m happy to have him as a brand ambassador for Music Strong and really wish he lived closer so we could cross …

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Indie Mix and Mingle 8

In Entrepreneurship, Motivation and Success by Angela

Had an amazing time at Indie Mix and Mingle 8 in downtown Nashville last week!  Got a chance to meet some really amazing people in the business and I’m excited to see the interest in Music Strong and how we can help people!  If you don’t know what IMM is, you can check them out on their Facebook page here: …

Physical Fitness for Vocalists and Athletes Post-Surgery

In Corrective Exercise, Entrepreneurship, Fitness, Motivation and Success by Angela

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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Eating for Fat Loss

In Nutrition, Resources by musicstrong

How to figure out your macros. So, we know we need more calories out than in to achieve fat loss, correct? But how many is that?  It’s really not a secret and not exactly a magic formula, but here is how you figure out what you need. (I hate math and I can do this, so bear with me, it’s a …

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Lyle McDonald’s Books and Body Recomposition

In Fitness, Nutrition, Resources by Angela

I am constantly referring people to Lyle’s books. From Rapid Fat Loss, to Flexible Dieting to getting in contest ready shape, he is an absolute authority on the science of fat loss, muscle gain, etc. I’ve put all of his books together in one easy to find place right here.  He also has a free forum you can join to …

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Taking the Pain out of the Piccolo

In Corrective Exercise, Fitness, Flute, Pedagogy and Teaching by Angela

This article was originally published in 2014 and was based off the wildly popular presentation I did with GySgt.(Ret.) Cynthia K. Rugolo of “The President’s Own” Marine Band at the National Flute Association convention in Washington DC in 2015. Both piccoloists, both in military bands and both invested in musician’s health (I took over her position as chair of the …

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Lighten Up! A Study Of Lightweight Professional Model Flutes For Injury Prevention

In Flute, Pedagogy and Teaching, Resources by Angela

  According to a 2011 study[1], 95% of skilled flute players suffered some form of performance-related musculoskeletal disorder.  While many injuries are a result of overuse and muscle imbalances, playing a heavy flute can contribute to additional problems. For many flutists, a lightweight flute can help mitigate these imbalances, lessening the chance of injury severity.   Throughout the past 11 …

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Playing Flute with Scoliosis?

In Corrective Exercise, Fitness, Flute, Pedagogy and Teaching by musicstrong

A little while back, I received this email from a teacher concerned for her student with scoliosis: “I have a student that has scoliosis. She has been told by her doctor that she is going to have to stop playing flute due to the severity. I know that if she is sitting correctly, and using complete correct posture this really shouldn’t be …

Upcoming Middle Tennessee Flute Days

In Flute, Pedagogy and Teaching, Travel, Workshops by Angela

There are two excellent opportunities for growth, learning and fun for Middle Tennessee Flutists coming up VERY soon! January 26, 2013 Middle Tennessee State University Flute Festival Website: http://mtsuflute.weebly.com/2013-mtsu-flute-festival2.html Guest Artist: Kate Lukas Guest Artist Biography: KateLukas is Professor of Flute at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. She is a former faculty member of the Guildhall School of …

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Tonal Imagination – Overcoming Focal Dystonia with Dr. Roger Martin

In Flute, Pedagogy and Teaching by Angela

This article comes from my former flute professor, Dr. Roger Martin, the Professor of Flute at Tennessee Techonological Unviersity in Cookeville, Tennessee, where I got my Bachelor’s in Flute Performance. During my last few years there, we knew he had started to develop a strange problem – his fingers wouldn’t do what he “told” them to do. We knew he …

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Flute Day 2012

In Flute, Motivation and Success, Pedagogy and Teaching, Workshops by Angela

Flute Day 2012 was a HUGE success!  Thank you so much to everyone who helped me make this happen.  Special thanks to Liz Pritchett Vergili and Altus Flutes for giving us the space to use. Thanks to Dr. Jessica Dunnavant for helping me to organize and know how to pull this off. Thanks to Dr. Roger Martin from TTU and …

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Navigating the Pandemic as a Musician 1

In Motivation and Success, Personal Life by Angela

Part 1: Feb-April 2020 February 2020 – I heard rumor of some virus originating in China and I thought “big deal, it’s just like every other virus we’ve heard of in the past. What makes this any different than SARS, H1N1, etc? Not concerned”. I didn’t want to hear about it. Played at Mardi Gras with the Army band – …

Seasons of Life

In Personal Life by Angela

I find myself in a bit of a strange and unknown time of life for me.  My personal life is in total upheaval, and it being the beginning of a new year (and a personal trainer to boot) I am surrounded by  expectations to make resolutions, encourage others to lose weight, “tone up”, set those goals, etc. etc. ad nauseum. …

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Creating Bullet Proof Wrists in Guitarists

In Corrective Exercise, Fitness, personal training by Angela

How many times have you been on stage and felt that “ache” on your wrist that goes from occasional to frequent?  Pretty soon you find yourself having to alter your playing style, your posture, your set list, or maybe even talking more between songs in search of rest. Hopefully this isn’t you, but don’t be surprised if you just felt …

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Fitness for the Non-Athletic Musician

In media/podcast/interviews, personal training by Angela

Do you have to be an “athlete” to benefit from fitness training as a musician? After we got the comment “I love this new community of musicians who are talking about the physical aspects of playing, but I admit I get discouraged because so many stories are of people who already enjoyed a level of physical activity and just needed to learn how to channel it into staying conditioned for their instrument…I struggle just to want to move my body at all.”

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2021 Personal Training Special

In Entrepreneurship, personal training by Angela

New Year’s Special Just For My Nashville Locals! Haven’t we been through enough Nashville fam? That’s why this deal is just for you. (Ignore the January 15 deadline, both deals are good through the end of the month!) Valid at my Nashville location at Next Level Fitness 1917 Church St. only. 5 minutes from Music Row in Midtown, you can …

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Keep It Simple!

In Corrective Exercise, Fitness, Flute, personal training by Angela

Happy New Year! Welcome to the time where people make resolutions on all kinds of things; from losing weight to saving money. If you’ve made any kind of health related resolution this year, I commend you! There’s no time like the present to make your dreams become reality. By the time you read this, you may have already long given …

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Ep. 72: The Courage to Change

In Podcast by Reinald Tabudlo

EPISODE 72The Courage to Change(52:45)WIPEpisode Reference: You can find more about McKenzie at: Instagram – @thefitflutist and @mckenzie_417 IT’S THE END OF AN ERA!! On the FINAL EPISODE of the Tuned and Strong Podcast, we discuss the courage it takes to make the changes we need in life, and follow the paths that make us truly happy rather than giving …

Ep. 71: Stories from the Road with Bob Bender

In Podcast by Reinald Tabudlo

EPISODE 71Stories from the Road with Bob Bender(1:24:30)WIPEpisode Reference: You can find more about McKenzie at: Instagram – @thefitflutist and @mckenzie_417 “Music used to have heart and soul, now it’s all technical.” What is the difference between a craftsman and an artist? Have the performing arts become sterile? Are we too removed from our audiences and each other? These questions …

Ep. 70: We Don’t Play for Free

In Podcast by Reinald Tabudlo

EPISODE 70We Don’t Play for Free(42:47)WIPEpisode Reference: You can find more about McKenzie at: Instagram – @thefitflutist and @mckenzie_417 Are you tired of hearing that musicians are broke? I think we all are and it’s not an easy solution but one of the things that perpetuates the problem is people expecting musicians to play for free and musicians accepting that. …

Ep. 69: Play Strong, Play Long with Dr Katie Mess

In Podcast by Reinald Tabudlo

EPISODE 69Play Strong, Play Long with Dr Katie Mess(1:26:57)WIPEpisode Reference: You can find more about McKenzie at: Instagram – @thefitflutist and @mckenzie_417 An athlete is someone who has a physical skill and performs it at an elite level. Doesn’t that describe us? In today’s episode “Play Strong, Play Long” with flutist and soon to be certified strength and conditioning specialist, …

Ep. 68: Balance and Burnout Prevention with Kyla Cofer

In Podcast by Reinald Tabudlo

EPISODE 68Balance and Burnout Prevention with Kyla Cofer(57:20)WIPEpisode Reference: You can find more about McKenzie at: Instagram – @thefitflutist and @mckenzie_417 “Is it normal to feel like you’re fighting against the thing you love??” Burnout. It’s become a popular buzzword, but what is it really, and how do you know if you’re experiencing it or if you’re just “done” with …

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Ep. 67: A Musician’s Path Through Focal Dystonia

In Podcast by Reinald Tabudlo

A Musician’s Path Through Focal DystoniaEPISODE 67A Musician’s Path Through Focal Dystonia(59:49)WIPEpisode Reference: You can find more about McKenzie at: Instagram – @thefitflutist and @mckenzie_417 What happens when a “natural” task suddenly feels “foreign”?? For many musicians struggling with injury, the feeling of “not knowing your own body” is very common. But this feeling is usually even more prominent in …

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Ep. 66: Nutrition for Musicians with Duncan Rock Part-2

In Podcast by Reinald Tabudlo

Nutrition for Musicians with Duncan Rock Part-1EPISODE 64Nutrition for Musicians with Duncan Rock Part-2(51:24)WIPEpisode Reference: You can find more about McKenzie at: Instagram – @thefitflutist and @mckenzie_417 “And I’m supposed to eat well during performance season too??” We’ve all been there – long hours, late nights, and excess stress during a run of performances can make it seem like “survival” …

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Ep. 65: Nutrition for Musicians with Duncan Rock Part-1

In Podcast by Reinald Tabudlo

Nutrition for Musicians with Duncan Rock Part-1EPISODE 64Nutrition for Musicians with Duncan Rock Part-1(59:57)WIPEpisode Reference: You can find more about McKenzie at: Instagram – @thefitflutist and @mckenzie_417 “And I’m supposed to eat well during performance season too??” We’ve all been there – long hours, late nights, and excess stress during a run of performances can make it seem like “survival” …

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Ep. 64: Nutrition 101

In Podcast by Reinald Tabudlo

Nutrition 101EPISODE 64Nutrition 101(56:08)WIPEpisode Reference: You can find more about McKenzie at: Instagram – @thefitflutist and @mckenzie_417 Keto! Vegan! Macros! Paleo! What does it all mean?! Have you ever wondered what people are talking about when they mention their latest diet? Or what all these terms are when people are discussing nutrition? Don’t worry, we’re here to help! Join us …

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Ep. 63: Music is Movement

In Podcast by Reinald Tabudlo

Music is MovementEPISODE 63Music is Movement(1:18:43)WIPEpisode Reference: You can find more about McKenzie at: Instagram – @thefitflutist and @mckenzie_417 Do you move when you play? Are you SURE? Oftentimes during musical performance, we are so engaged in our sound that we become unaware of our physical movements or orientation in space. Even if we did try to measure and notate …

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What Did You Bring For Lunch? Meatza?

In Fitness, Nutrition, recipes, Resources by Angela

I am extremely excited to announce the launch of a brand new product I highly believe in.  There has been a need for this product for so long, I’m surprised no one thought of it sooner!  The vast amount of people in this country who do not cook for themselves because they are Intimidated Don’t know how Lazy is astounding.  …

How to Make Your Own Greek Yogurt

In Nutrition, recipes by Angela

If you are like me, you’ve discovered the deliciousness that is Greek yogurt. You’ve also discovered the sticker shock that comes with it. $4 for a PINT??? It’s about the same as a pint of raspberries.  Neither of which price I understand.  Until I can grow my own berry bushes, I will settle for making my own yogurt. It is …

High Protein Recipe – Quiche!

In Nutrition, recipes by Angela

A couple of months ago I drove back to Tennessee for a drill weekend with the National Guard. After my 8 hour drive I arrived at my parent’s house and smelled something absolutely marvelous cooking.  Asking “what’s for dinner”?  just like I was a kid back at home again, mom answered “quiche”. A quick primer on my family: mom is …

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Strength Is a Solution for Hypermobility

In Corrective Exercise, Fitness, Resources by Angela

No warm up…I hadn’t done on in forever and I’m 37 in this video Hypermobility: something I’ve struggled with in one way or another over the years. (How many 37 yo you know can flip a back bend with no warmup?) What is it? An excessive range of motion in the joints. While most people trainers deal with have the …

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Lighten Up! A Study Of Lightweight Professional Model Flutes For Injury Prevention

In Flute, Pedagogy and Teaching, Resources by Angela

  According to a 2011 study[1], 95% of skilled flute players suffered some form of performance-related musculoskeletal disorder.  While many injuries are a result of overuse and muscle imbalances, playing a heavy flute can contribute to additional problems. For many flutists, a lightweight flute can help mitigate these imbalances, lessening the chance of injury severity.   Throughout the past 11 …

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Addressing Mental Health for Musicians Through Exercise

In Fitness, Resources by Angela

I was recently asked to be a contributor in the area of fitness to something called The Musician’s Wellness Starter Pack, which is a comprehensive approach to addressing all areas of musician’s health, but focusing mainly on mental health. As something that doesn’t get talked about enough, I couldn’t say yes fast enough. I took a different approach to an …

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Podcast Interview with Corpsonore

In Entrepreneurship, Fitness, Motivation and Success, Resources by Angela

If you are not following these ladies you’re doing yourself a great disservice. They have a fantastic podcast and website on musician’s wellness from all aspects. I’ll include the podcast audio here, but do yourself a favor and check out the page for more goodies! Link to my episode on their page: Corposonore Podcast Interview with Notes and Recommended Reading …

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Exercises for Flutists

In Corrective Exercise, Fitness, Flute, Special Thanks by Angela

Recently I was asked to write an article for Flutist Quarterly, the quarterly publication of the National Flute Association. There are a LOT of beneficial exercises for flutists, but I picked 2 stretches and 2 strengthening exercises I felt were the most beneficial, with no equipment, for the general population of flute players. These may be more difficult for some, …

Music Strong at University of Chattanooga

In Special Thanks, Travel, Workshops by Angela

Yesterday I had the wonderful privilege of getting to present a 2-hour workshop to the students and faculty at the University of Tennessee in Chattanooga.  Special thanks to Dr. Heather Small for organizing this event.  We had a great turnout and lots of class participation. It was amazing to see how almost everyone had an ache, a pain, an injury …

Gordelli Flute Concerto and Panama City Pops

In Flute, Special Thanks by Angela

This past May 5th I had the privelege of stepping out from among the orchestra to be accompanied by them.  At the National Flute Association Convention in Charlotte this past year, I heard Christina Jennings play this at the gala concert and said “I have to play that”.  Alas, I also REALLY wanted to play the Larry Singer piccolo concerto …

Panama City Beach Boot Camp 81% OFF!

In Boot Camp, Fitness, Motivation and Success, Special Thanks by Angela

One of the products of Music Strong is the Panama City Beach Boot Camp.  I decided that it was a shame to not have any boot camp classes in a non-gym-membership type setting available.  I checked into it and sure enough while we do have the world’s most beautiful beaches, there were no boot camp classes being offered!  And thus, …

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Your Hips Are A Hinge

In Corrective Exercise, Fitness, Flute, Travel, Workshops by Angela

This article was originally written as a recap after a presentation at the Florida Flute Association Convention. It is such a joy to me to get to be able to personally walk people through the mechanics of fitness and learning how to properly use their bodies to better play their first instrument, their bodies, before picking up the flute. Speaking …

The Maturing Flutist

In Corrective Exercise, Fitness, Flute, Travel by musicstrong

Yesterday Dr. Steve Mitchell and I co-presented at the National Flute Association Convention in Orlando, FL.  Our talk was titled “The Maturing Flutist” and it covered a lot of the issues that concern aging musicians and the elderly populations.  You don’t need to be a flutist to benefit from this, as lots of the things we covered relate to the …

Upcoming performances and events

In Travel, Workshops by musicstrong

Things are really coming along on the website, and we’ve got a few glitches to workout, but until they get fixed, I don’t want you to miss out on where you can find me and what I’m doing! 6/28/2018 Class 9-10 AM “Morning Mobility” Music City Flute Studio Flute Camp, St. John’s Lutheran Church, Donelson, TN. Class geared towards flute …

An Entrepreneur’s “Busy Season”

In Entrepreneurship, Travel by Angela

If you’re an entrepreneur/freelancer, you’re a unique breed. This is where you insert one of those “what people think I do” memes here (please feel free to share your own in the comments) Truth is, unless you’re one of us, you just don’t understand. And that’s ok.  The world takes all types, but what I want to put out there …

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Are you Music Strong?

In Entrepreneurship, Fitness, Flute, Travel, Workshops by Angela

Whew! I have been traveling so much, there has been no time for updating, sorry!  This last week I was blessed to have been invited to present at Stephen F. Austin University in Nacadoches, TX.  I gave a flute masterclass, a recital, two Music Strong workshops and a presentation on being a musician in the military.  It was a wonderful …

Music Strong at University of Chattanooga

In Special Thanks, Travel, Workshops by Angela

Yesterday I had the wonderful privilege of getting to present a 2-hour workshop to the students and faculty at the University of Tennessee in Chattanooga.  Special thanks to Dr. Heather Small for organizing this event.  We had a great turnout and lots of class participation. It was amazing to see how almost everyone had an ache, a pain, an injury …

Upcoming Middle Tennessee Flute Days

In Flute, Pedagogy and Teaching, Travel, Workshops by Angela

There are two excellent opportunities for growth, learning and fun for Middle Tennessee Flutists coming up VERY soon! January 26, 2013 Middle Tennessee State University Flute Festival Website: http://mtsuflute.weebly.com/2013-mtsu-flute-festival2.html Guest Artist: Kate Lukas Guest Artist Biography: KateLukas is Professor of Flute at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. She is a former faculty member of the Guildhall School of …

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Top 5 Exercises for Building Shoulder Strength in Musicians

In Uncategorized by Reinald Tabudlo

Shoulders are incredibly important to all musicians, no matter what instrument you play. There are a few instances where the shoulder musculature can get out of balance where we’re pulled too far forward (front delts get tight, rear delts and upper back get weak), especially for people like singers, audio engineers, pianists, organists and trumpet players to name a few. …

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Life in the Pit

In Uncategorized by Reinald Tabudlo

https://youtu.be/Gz24uHKSCN8 If you’re a pit musician, this podcast is for you!  I was recently honored to have been a guest on this podcast. His podcast is devoted to the lives and experiences of instrumental musicians who play for musical theatre. Listeners can hear the stories of what goes on in “the pit” and aspiring musicians can learn what it takes …

Stop Giving This Advice to Musicians

In Uncategorized by Angela

You know what really grinds my gears?Musicians telling each other to just “rest and stretch“ You’re well meaning, but stretch what? What if what hurts hurts because it’s OVER stretched? (more common than you might think. Rest? Sometimes yes, but if the issue is chronic, rest won’t help and can also make problem worse. PLEASE stop giving this advice because …

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Top 10 FitnessGifts for musicians in 2022

In Uncategorized by Reinald Tabudlo

Merry Christmas! Hard to believe it’s here, isn’t it? While you’re out doing your Christmas shopping, admit it, occasionally you buy your gifts with an ulterior motive. Sometimes you buy your husband a gift certificate to Netflix, a restaurant or the movies…because you know you will benefit from it, too. Well, fitness gifts can have that reputation, too. In fact, …

Dry Needling for Musicians

In Uncategorized by Angela

What is DRy Needling? In this blog, we discussed “DRY NEEDLING” with Peak Tempo PT Dr. Abby Daunis. She is a physical therapist here in Nashville, Tennessee specializing in athletes especially triathletes and runners. Abby is a physical therapist who specializes in orthopedics. She earned her doctorate from Texas Woman’s University, School of Physical Therapy in 2013.  She has worked as an …

Playing the Flute With Braces

In Uncategorized by Angela

“I have to get braces! Will I be able to play the flute?!” This is an incredibly common question, and one I asked myself when I got braces in the 10th grade. With every student I’ve taught and in my own experience, it’s usually not an issue (though it sure seems scary at the forefront!). In my own experience, I …

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PODCAST INTERVIEW WITH THE STAY AMAZING SHOW PODCAST

In Uncategorized by Angela

In this episode, Ricardo and I discuss how musicians can get their bodies ready now that many venues and recording studios are back in business. All musicians, no matter the genre, should listen to the advice of an expert. Your body is your number one instrument. Respect it as you would your music. My book: “The Musicians Essential Exercises“ is a solid …

Ep. 25: Tuned and Strong Meet The Functional Musician

In Podcast, Uncategorized by Angela

EPISODE 25Tuned and Strong Meet The Functional Musician(44:11)In this episode Angela of Music Strong and Dr. Jen of Tuned and Toned Performance meets Austin Pancer (The Functional Musician). They talked about his struggles and reasons he started “The Functional Musician”.Austin Pancer, known as The Functional Musician is a bass trombonist ad Certified Personal Trainer and Corrective Exercise Specialist with the …

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Your Hips Are A Hinge

In Corrective Exercise, Fitness, Flute, Travel, Workshops by Angela

This article was originally written as a recap after a presentation at the Florida Flute Association Convention. It is such a joy to me to get to be able to personally walk people through the mechanics of fitness and learning how to properly use their bodies to better play their first instrument, their bodies, before picking up the flute. Speaking …

Upcoming performances and events

In Travel, Workshops by musicstrong

Things are really coming along on the website, and we’ve got a few glitches to workout, but until they get fixed, I don’t want you to miss out on where you can find me and what I’m doing! 6/28/2018 Class 9-10 AM “Morning Mobility” Music City Flute Studio Flute Camp, St. John’s Lutheran Church, Donelson, TN. Class geared towards flute …

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Artist Fitness Workshops

In Workshops by Angela

We have two coming up!!  First is at Tennessee Songwriter’s Association International on March 18th and the next is at Belmont University.  The Belmont workshop is during their convocation and  for Belmont students only, but you can still get registered for the workshop on the 18th You can register on the product page here: https://13f.0c6.myftpupload.com/shop/artist-fitness-workshop/ Can’t wait to see you …

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Fitness for Instrumentalists and Vocalists in Nashville Feb. 6

In Corrective Exercise, Entrepreneurship, Fitness, Workshops by Angela

I’m super excited to announce that Nashville vocal coach Robin Earl and I have teamed up to bring you what will be the first in a monthly series of fitness for musician workshops.  We don’t want anyone to feel excluded – this casual, interactive workshop is for everyone: vocalists, sound techs, musicians, song writers, load crew, managers, etc.  Musicians have …

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Free Workshops for Musicians tomorrow at Climb Nashville!

In Fitness, Workshops by Angela

Tomorrow is the day! Come join us at Climb Nashville’s brand new West location, located just minutes away from Music Row for our first workshop tomorrow, June 10, 2014 from 1-4 PM. The next workshop will be the following Tuesday the 17th, same time same place!The initial workshops are free but we do ask you to register since space is …

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