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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 …

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 Convetion. 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

https://musicstrong.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/27191266_337150436784786_2679510481135206400_n.mp4No 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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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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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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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 …

Debunking Weightlifting Myths

In Fitness by musicstrong

I remember back when I was in school for music, going to the gym to lift wasn’t a very popular thing and to be honest, sometimes it was even discouraged.  I frequently was cautioned against lifting because I could hurt myself, “what if you crush a finger?” was something I heard on the regular.  Most musicians I knew just ran …