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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 
how you’re doing? Before we lose track of the purpose of the article, let’s focus on the 

Off-season Focus Part 1


Though almost all beach volleyball players hate winter, these frigid months are a prefect time to focus on injury prevention, expanding functional range of motion, and increasing explosive power in the gym. Taking full advantage of the offseason will allow you to excel when you return to the court in the spring.

Some athletes neglect their offseason training regime because of fear of injury, or perhaps they simply lack the knowledge of which exercises will benefit their game the most. However, with informed coaching and proper movement patterns, all athletes can benefit from offseason resistance training.

Beaches: Not Just for Relaxing

     Sand training is used by a variety of athletes including, basketball, American football, volleyball, rugby, tennis and, of course, beach volleyball. There are several reasons behind the use of sand training for cross training for specific sports as each sport deals with different forms of athleticism, however, there are many similarities across all sports as well that will be discussed first.

     Similarities across all sports include work threshold, cardiovascular endurance, and muscular endurance pertaining mostly to the lower limbs.
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