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Musicians: The Importance of Training Like an Athlete

Musicians have the potential to suffer physically from long hours of playing. Just like any athlete, they run a risk of overtraining, especially without the use of proper counter exercises. As performance coaches, it is our duty to apply our practices to every type of performance, not just the performance of athletes.

The main difference between athletic and musical performance is the inherent movement. String players (violin, viola, cello), woodwind players, vocalists, and pianists tend to perform music that is more static pieces, which forces them to be in one position for a prolonged period of time.

A Musician's Relationship with Athletic Performance

Over the last several months, I’ve had the pleasure of trainingMichelle Yip, a chamber and collaborative pianist who works with the Western Academy of Beijing and performs all around Asia. Michelle came to me after reaching a plateau using other forms of exercise and in pain from multiple former injuries including a right leg and right shoulder injury, lower back pain, and neck pain. With the hours upon hours of rehearsals and traveling required in her profession, Michelle found it hard to make time to go the gym, and even when she did find time to squeeze in a workout, she found herself working out without a sense of focus—in the gym simply for the sake of being there, rather than to make herself better.

Creating Functional Habits

     Have you ever had anyone point out something annoying about another person or thing that you hadn’t noticed before and, all of a sudden, that’s all you can? Or one of your favorite movies has a sub-theme that you had never noticed until you someone makes you realize it and now your movie is ruined? Or maybe you learn about proper grammar and cringe anytime you say “good” instead of “well” when someone asks you 
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Are you quick?

Hey Volleyballers,  its that time of the year to really start preparing your body for the up and coming season! In this last month of training we should be focusing on speed, quickness, explosiveness and tons of skill work on the court. One of my attributes that I love most is being quick, which is often over looked in most offseason training programs. Having the ability to react to an awesome cut shot or dig a ball just hammered at my face is huge for taking my game to the next level. Below I explain what agility training is and how you can apply it to your training program.

Understanding power training for athletes

POWER is the ability to generate force quickly and explosively. People with higher power outputs have higher vertical jumps and can accelerate and move more quickly in their chosen sport or activity. To maximize power development, and athlete must vary loads, speed of movement, and range of motion in his or her training program. At the Boston Institute of Jump, we use specific training methods and plyometrics to tackle each of these requirements.   

In order to elicit a positive training response from the athlete when doing power training and plyometrics, a high work-to-rest ratio is required.
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