Strength Training – It’s not just for runners!

I hit me this morning as I was doing my post run strength training that it’s been exactly a year since I started adding push ups, sit ups, and other such exercises into my regular fitness plan. Recently I rearranged things to go back to some more traditional strengthening exercises, and I immediately noticed a difference, in my violin playing! Yes, I said my violin playing. Not that it isn’t already showing up in my running, but you wouldn’t believe the difference it can make in other walks of life as well. A lesson I realized yesterday as one of my students and I were on the floor of my violin studio doing push ups. She busted out 4 of those bad boys (she’s only 7!! I should also mention that I don’t actually make any student do push ups. She brought it up).

So what’s so great about strength training?

  1. Posture, posture, posture! If you can’t stand up straight it’s going to start hurting at some point. It’s the sad reality and one of the primary reasons I got hurt in high school right before all of my college auditions (can you say really bad timing!!). Even the smallest adjustment, or strengthening can make a difference
  2. Those push ups sure do make my arms stronger! Which is a really good thing cause I have all of these audition excerpts that require the bow to bounce, which needs some serious arm strength when you on the 5th one and still have 5 more to go…
  3. Musicians are like athletes. Don’t want to get injured? Get those muscles stronger and make sure you’re using them the right way!! (same goes for runners)
  4. Are you tired after that 3 hour rehearsal or concert? You have to hold that instrument up some how…
  5. Hills? What hills? (okay this is clearly a running one)
  6. You’ll be ready when you end up in a push up contest with a 7 year old!

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