Body exercises vs flexible hands
Could there be any effect of regular exercises (push ups, stretching and other Gym exercises)on our hands, when it comes to playing violin? I mean, all violin players must keep their hands and wrists flexible - but do body exercises, like as mentioned earlier, hamper that?
Likely not. I did pretty intense weight lifting for awhile (currently on a break due to injury) and did not notice a loss of flexibility.
Thanks for the inputs, Michael! I had something similar idea, but wasn't particularly sure!
No problem Koustav - I'm happy to be able to help.
Does anyone on the panel know who first said; "musicians are the athletes of the small muscles" Musicians can learn something from the modern professional sports trainers and MD's. Those push-ups will severely bend the wrists and put a lot of weight on them. Volleyball and basketball are risky to the fingers, serious violinists should avoid those sports. A lot of violinists do tennis.
There are many ways to do weight training.
I can't think of a harder exercise or strongest hand that someone who walks with crutches all his life.
I came across this yesterday:
I stay away from overly intense work in the arms because, combined with so much practise, the muscles there may take weeks to fully heal after a workout.
I've mostly been able to deadlift without affecting violin much, in that I could deadlift in the morning and still have a lesson later in the day without feeling soreness. However, I try not to train stuff with too much grip all at once (deadlifts, pullups, other back stuff) or I will feel it the next day or the day after, so after heavier and heavier deadlifting started tearing my hands up too much, I switched to lifting straps, and though it doesn't improve my grip strength, it allows me to deadlift heavy without having any issues with my hands.
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