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.
Good ROM comes from moving those body parts as far as they will comfortably go. So I think that moving the hands is no different. Any exercise has indirect benefits. I had a job where I used my hands a lot doing different tasks and I think this helped.Doing the same tasks over and over will only work those parts used.
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