Musicians Are Different

You wouldn't trust your instrument to just anyone, so why would you trust your first instrument, YOUR BODY, to just any personal trainer?

After 4 different injuries brought on by playing her instrument, all the doctors said "You should stop playing" and she said there has to be another answer. So she became an answer.

Angela McCusiston founded Music Strong in January of 2009 with the mission to change the world of performance health medicine through Strength Training, something never before done. Realizing the muscle compesations brought about by each person's lifestyle as well as instrument, she designs completely unique training programs that will prevent injuries before they start, get rid of that shoulder "clunk", nagging tightness and give you greater stage endurance.

Using her certifications as a Certified personal trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine and Corrective Exercise Specialization, and drawing on her backgroud education in Alexander Technique, Body Mapping, Feldenkrais and Neurokinetic Therapy as well as her degrees in music performance.

Angela is still an active professional musician, she GETS you, she KNOWS the demands of the lifestyle, the hours you put in, and more importantly, what is on the line.

You do not need to be a musician to benefit from our services! Besides musicians, we specialize in post-PT and post-op strength training, senior fitness, Cancer fitness, overall strength, mobility and pain management.

The heart of how we started.  We offer one-on-one packages at our two locations: Midtown Nashville  and Berry Hill.  Both are personal training only facilities.  Everyone from celebrities to soccer moms have trained at our locations and will tell you how much they enjoy the atmosphere both places: Berry Hill more intimate, Midtown more options but just as discreet if need be.  We offer 3, 6 or 12 month packages and ALL UNUSED HOURS ROLL OVER but must be used by the end of the contract.

What you get:

  • 1-hour personal training sessions in a private gym
  • A complimentary movement assessment to find out your individual muscle compensations 
  • Completely personalized training plan that is progressive based on your goals, body, lifestyle and schedule
  • Mobility, flexibility, injury prevention, core, endurance and strength training
  • 8 or 12 hours of training that roll over if unused at the end of each month

Besides musicians, we specialize in post-PT and post-op strength training, senior fitness, Cancer fitness, overall strength, mobility and pain management. We have several health professionals on our team  that can provide you the individualized, comprehensive approach you need.


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Perfect for those who don’t live locally to Nashville but want the musician-specific training plans we offer.   You’ll get a personalized training plan based on YOUR movement, issues, lifestyle, etc. and a free app with all your workouts uploaded, complete with videos.  See our “online coaching” tab for more information or click here:

Combining 1-on-1 coaching sessions with online training, this is the perfect option for those who want a few hours of 1-1 training a month with the freedom to workout with a personalized plan on their own. Ideal for those with unpredictable schedules or who travel a lot.  See more information on our online coaching page here.

A tour takes a LOT of people, everyone from the tour manager, lighting crew to sound/audio crew to the band. Take us on the road with you to have the best tour of your life!

What you get:

  • Personalized training programs for everyone on staff
  • Individualized and/or group workouts 
  • Pre-performance warm-up routines designed to give everyone a great show!
  • Neurokinetic therapy sessions using manual muscle testing to find out what muscles are over/under working and fixes for each, bringing everyone back into balance 

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We understand that there is no “one size fits all” approach to you as a musician. No two musicians are alike: different schedules, backgrounds, goals, and sometimes, injuries.

Music Strong is proud to announce that we have partnered with Velocity Prevention Physical Therapy to offer the absolute best in client care!

What you should know: There are some things that are outside of a personal trainer’s scope of practice, knowing what is and isn’t in that scope is the mark of a knowledgeable and mature trainer. Velocity is able to provide comprehensive muscle testing, manual therapy and diagnosis in a way that compliments what we do in personal training to give you the most comprehensive workout possible.

If you choose to take advantage of her services, you’ll receive a personalized assessment and treatment plan that you can use on your own and I can incorporate into our sessions that will allow you to progress even faster and see quicker results, than just training alone. She may schedule you a follow up within a month or two (depending on your situation and condition) but that’s it! Unlike traditional PT’s, she does not lock you into 12 sessions that mess with your already hectic schedule, and instead, you can just focus on our sessions together.

As we grow, we are adding more health professionals to our team
Think you may be interested? Contact me and see if we may a good fit! We are currently looking for nutritionists and dieticians, massage therapists, chiropractors, counselors and performance anxiety coaches, entertainment health specialists, Alexander Technique teachers, body mappers, Feldenkrais practitioners and more!