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Gordon Shumway
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@Fiddlerman Did I imagine it, or did I see a set of weights/dumbells in one of your videos?

Is there an upper body regime you recommend for violinists, or do you just do weights for fun (if I wasn't imagining it)?

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Fiddlerman
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October 30, 2018 - 7:58 pm
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I think I had some dumbells in one of my videos. They were my sons. I probably should work out though. 🙂

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@Fiddlerman is pretty buff.  I had just assumed he worked out.  

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@Pete_Violin, I know Utah is a long way from Fiddlershop but if you stop in any weekday just before lunchtime, half the office team and luthiers scramble up to the recording studio to do the 7-minute-workout player_runs_gif

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@bocaholly interesting.  I have heard of yoga for string players, but not weightlifting.  Although exercise makes sense.  The body is just as important to maintain as the ear.  I wish I was better at that. 

Yes, I won’t be in Florida any time soon unfortunately.  I used to live in Jacksonville for 2 years.  That was before I played violin.  

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I do however exercise and love sports. Just haven't done much weight lifting in my life.

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Probably practising the violin gives you all the core and upper body strength you need, assuming you do it with good posture and no bad habits.

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Weightlifting is a wonderful way to stay healthy and strong, especially as we get older. There are 3 main lifts that are important. Squat, it requires total body movement and control. Press, either bench or overhead, good for upper body strength. Deadlift, supports the back and legs. The biggest difference between weightlifting and doing the nautilus type circuit is that weightlifting works the normal body movement and stresses you find in everyday life. The nautilus just does isolated movements and often not in a natural way. Think about lifting a heavy lawnmower out of a truck. reaching up to grab something heavy on a top shelf. Picking up a large box off the floor. It really is an important part of being healthy and should not just be for "gym rats". Add some cardio and good diet and you will have a healthy, strong life as you get older. I have seen 80 year olds really benefit from this. Improves balance and strength and really changes their independence. For Women and Men. I've been doing it for about 3 years now and what a life changer. If you have chronic back pain etc, this will make you stronger and often eliminate those types of aches and pains, honest.

Some resources if you are interested in looking into it more.

 

Barbell Medicine: barbellmedicine.com (Two medical doctors)

Starting Strength: startingstrength.com (great starting program if you have never barbell training)

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Fiddlerman
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November 9, 2018 - 12:16 pm
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Andrew Fryer said
Probably practising the violin gives you all the core and upper body strength you need, assuming you do it with good posture and no bad habits.  

I guess I should admit to doing core exercises. Just not big on using weights.
Push-ups, pull-ups, plank, crunches....
I also run 3 to 5 miles every other day. 🙂

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