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Fitness for Instrumentalists and Vocalists in Nashville Feb. 6

In Corrective Exercise, Entrepreneurship, Fitness, Workshops by AngelaLeave a Comment


I’m super excited to announce that Nashville vocal coach Robin Earl and I have teamed up to bring you what will be the first in a monthly series of fitness for musician workshops.  We don’t want anyone to feel excluded – this casual, interactive workshop is for everyone: vocalists, sound techs, musicians, song writers, load crew, managers, etc.  Musicians have such a unique job and one of the highest injury rates – yet we aren’t usually equipped with how to take care of ourselves, our first instrument.

Robin and I are going to cover such topics as breathing and support, posture and alignment, singing free from tension, mindful practicing and performing and then we’ll get into the excercise segment with stretches, activation and weight lifting exercises specific to different instruments/jobs.

First workshop is this Monday, February 6th from 11-12:30 PM  at the Tennessee Songwriter’s Association. Admission is $15 in advance, $20 at the door.

If you’d like to buy your advance tickets for a discount, you can send $15 to [email protected] through Venmo, Google Wallet or PayPal.

Looking forward to seeing you there and building something great!  We want this to be an ongoing project, evolving as we find out the needs of the entertainment industry, so we welcome your feedback.

Music Strong is featured on WSMV Channel 4 in Nashville!

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Well this is super exciting! “Today in Nashville” found out about Music Strong and wanted to interview us to find out just what we do and who we are. If you missed it, the story aired  on January 23, 2017 between 11 AM-12 PM on WSMV Channel 4.  They did a great job showing just Music Strong Fitness Training is helping members of the Nashville Symphony Orchestra overcome overuse injuries and stay at the top of their game as one of the leading symphonies in the Nation!   The Nashville Symphony shared it on their Facebook page as well and if you haven’t already, why don’t you hop over there and like our page and show them some love, too?  Here’s the video!

Activating a Weak Rotator Cuff Using the Body Blade

In Fitness, Flute by Angela2 Comments

Have you heard of the Body Blade? It looks deceptively easy, but if you have any muscle weakness you’ll be shocked how difficult it is to control. This is an excellent tool for activating the weak muscles of the rotate cuff which can be especially painful in musicians such as flutists, guitarists, string players and pianists. Start out with 5 sets of 5 repetitions and gradually increase to 1-2 minutes each.

Do you have other favorite Body Blade exercises? Leave us a note below and share the knowledge!

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Playing With Double Jointed Fingers

In Fitness, Flute, Resources by AngelaLeave a Comment

Not all of my posts are about exercises and stretches.  Sometimes, altering your ergonomics is an option all too few musicians know about, be it changing the way your instrument is made or held or, in this case, using special jewelry to prevent instability in the fingers.  I’m going to be continuing this series soon with other instrument specific options, let me know if you have some information you think should be getting more recognition!

The jewelry that is more than jewelry

When I was in the Nashville Youth Symphony in high school, a fellow flutist had these beautiful rings I commented on and to my amazement she told me: “oh, I have double jointed fingers. These rings help prevent my fingers from flying backwards if I play too fast.”
Say what??

So I looked into it and through the years I have recommended these beautiful rings to any student who has joints that hyperextend (extend beyond the normal range of motion) and also to clients/students with arthritis and other maladies. I’ve never seen anything like these products and not only are they highly effective, they look just like jewelry so no one will give it a second thought.

Hyperextension or even “double jointed fingers 

Hyperextension of a finger joint beyond the neutral position may result in a painful joint, decreased power when pinching and a delay in being able to bend the finger. Without stabilizing or blocking the hyperextension, the deformity can become progressively worse. In addition to looking very abnormal, severe hyperextension can ultimately result in a loss of function because the joint becomes stuck in the hyper-extended position.


Thumb Problems

Do you or does your student have what’s called a “hitch hiker’s thumb”?

A “hitchhiker’s thumb”  is where the top thumb joint bends farther back than normal, in some cases, parallel with the floor. For a flutist this can present a particular challenge because the thumb is supposed to not push the flute up from below, but rather push the flute out away from the body, which counteracts the pushing inward from the first joint of the left hand index finger. Chin and right hand pinky are used for stability. If you have hyperextension of the thumb, this is next to impossible. They have several beautiful options to

actually fix this and according to their website:

Hyperextension of the end of the thumb beyond the neutral position may result in a painful joint, decreased power when pinching and difficulty picking up or manipulating small objects. Without stabilizing or blocking the hyperextension, the deformity can become progressively worse, ultimately becoming stuck in the hyperextended position, making it impossible to pick up objects or write.







Ever heard of “trigger finger”? This can be absolutely detrimental to musicians, especially string and woodwind players who need the dexterity in their fingers to be the best it can be.  Triggering is defined as:

A nodule or inflammation and thickening on the flexor tendon may cause irregular movement of the finger. The finger feels locked in the bent position and when it is straightened, there is a painful snap. Repetitive activities aggravate this condition and pain starts limiting function. Splints may be used to limit bending of the finger for several weeks to allow the inflammation to diminish. This can be a reoccurring problem with inflammatory diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis.

Sound like you? They have some really beautiful pieces to help with this.  They have pieces that treat Tenosynovitis in the palm, fingers and thumb.


Guess what?  Their rings can be covered by insurance!  So if any of this sounds like you, check out their website at:

You can also download their brochure on their website or here:


Physical Fitness for Vocalists and Athletes Post-Surgery

In Corrective Exercise, Entrepreneurship, Fitness, Motivation and Success by AngelaLeave a Comment

Just because vocalists don’t hold an instrument doesn’t mean they don’t have specific muscle imbalances that can hinder their musical careers.  Meet Liz, a vocal coach and voice trainer here in Nashville who utilized our services to improve her posture, body awareness and freedom of movement to release tension in her neck, upper back and hips and can sing better than ever before!
Susan is a chiropractor and former college athlete who has torn her ACL twice with only 40% left and also suffers from scapular winging.  She wants to become balanced and strong again and with our help is achieving that goal! We are focusing on the weak muscles and releasing the tight ones to bring her body back into balance and function so she can return to the sports she loves!

Music Strong Helps Hollywood Trombonist

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Have you checked out our YouTube channel lately?  If not, you’re missing out. Thanks to Neil Ebanks for making these incredible Promo Videos, I have 5 clients talk about how Music Strong has helped them achieve pain-free playing careers and phenomenal weight loss; everyone from recording artists and touring musicians to vocal coaches, chiropractors to trombone players.
Here is the first video from my friend and client Josh Scalf: touring trombonist for Jake Owen and recording artist on how not only is he able to play without shoulder pain and with better posture, we’ve improved his core strength, mobility, and oh yeah, he’s at 50 pounds lost and still losing. 🙂

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New Study Shows Benefits of Working With a Personal Trainer

In Fitness, Resources by AngelaLeave a Comment

Over the course of my career specializing in fitness training for musicians, it has become obvious to me the benefits that come from using a personal trainer, especially when it is combined with a proper nutrition plan. Clients look better, feel healthier, have increased energy, and can play for extended periods without pain.
While I see these benefits on a daily basis when working with clients, a recent study conducted by  to gauge consumer perceptions of personal fitness trainers reinforces that. The study found that an overwhelming number of people are satisfied with their experience when they worked with a personal trainer. The survey, conducted in the United States, targeted consumers that currently workout at least three times a week.
Key Takeaways:

  • 83% of people that have used a personal trainer were satisfied with the results.
  • Experience is the most important factor people consider when choosing a personal trainer, with 35% of respondents stating this was their most important consideration

Satisfied Customers
Of those surveyed, 56% of respondents who exercised three times or more per week stated that they had used the services of a personal trainer in the past. Of those that had used the services of a personal trainer as part of their workout regime, a whopping 83% were satisfied with the results, underlining the value that personal trainers bring to those looking to achieve their fitness goals.
Of those respondents that had not used a personal trainer in the past, there was a clear understanding of the benefit of using a personal trainer as evidenced by the fact that 68% of respondents believed that working with a personal trainer would help them reach their fitness goals.
Experience Matters
Consumers were asked what the most important factors they would consider when hiring a personal trainer. 35% of respondents said that the experience of the personal trainer was the most important factor followed by 27% of people saying that personality and likeability were most important. 26% of respondents cited cost as being the most important factor they would consider when choosing a trainer to work with.
The study asked respondents what they thought was the education level of the average personal trainer. 61% of those surveyed believed that the average personal trainer has less than a college degree. 15% believed that the average education level was high school, while 46% believed that the average personal trainer had some college. 38% believed that the average personal trainer had obtained a college degree.
What is striking about this study is the satisfaction level that people have when they work with a personal trainer. Working with a personal trainer that you can connect with is far more likely to lead to you having success while also increasing your enjoyment level.
The study was conducted in April of 2015 in order to understand how personal trainers are perceived in the marketplace by consumers who make fitness a part of their daily lives. You can view the entire survey by clicking on the graphic below:

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Free Workshops for Musicians tomorrow at Climb Nashville!

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Becoming Music Strong_flyerTomorrow is the day!
Come join us at Climb Nashville’s brand new West location, located just minutes away from Music Row for our first workshop tomorrow, June 10, 2014 from 1-4 PM. The next workshop will be the following Tuesday the 17th, same time same place!
The initial workshops are free but we do ask you to register since space is limited.
We hope to make this a recurring, monthly event, to empower and educate Music City musicians about how to live their strongest, healthiest lives.  Our workshops will focus on learning:

  • What is musician-specific strength training?
  • How to stay healthy on the road
  • Healthy rehearsal techniques
  • How to structure a workout
  • Preventing playing-related injries
  • Techniques for how to get over current playing-related injuries
  • And the all important question: Is it carpal tunnel?

Please help us get the word out and we look forward to seeing you tomorrow!