If moving fingers burnt calories, every pianist, guitar-player, bassist, or drummer would have a six-pack. But the needs, strengths, and weaknesses of musicians are different.
This course is for us.
HOW CAN THIS COURSE HELP YOU ?
➡️ Nervous before a gig? ✅ Take 15 minutes to do this backstage.
➡️ Stiff after a flight? ✅ An airport lounge is sufficient to do this.
➡️ Jetlagged and unfocused? ✅ This will help!
➡️ Cramped after that long drive before soundcheck? ✅ I got you.
➡️ Feeling disoriented but you still have to perform? ✅ Try this!
WHY SHOULD YOU TRY THIS COURSE?
There is an instrument before we touch our instrument. One that acts as the very interface between our inner artistic vision and its external expression.
The Human Body.
In the past, I have been guilty of failing to acknowledge this myself.
On one hand, the physical demands of a musician are the same of an elite athlete.
And yet the romanticized image of the pianist hunching over his instrument in cramped bliss is one that that has sent out the wrong signals for generations.
When I looked for advice on how to not fall prey to this stereotype, this is what I got:
'...I hit the gym. It just made things worse'.
-- (My College Piano Professor).
'..Just hit the gym again and stop whining'.
-- (My Martial Arts Teacher).
'..Just keep stretching'.
-- (My Yoga Teacher).
'...You can't build muscle with Yoga'.
-- (My Trainer at the Gym).
One kept contradicting the other 😔
All very well-meant, but confusing advice from people I respected and looked up to 😕. Meanwhile, along my journey as a professional musician, a yoga practitioner since I was a child, being a part-time martial arts student, and later, a depressed, obese teenager, I started to identify some common ground in all of the above.
It felt like cracking a code 🔐.
And now you can learn that code too 🔮!
Fact of the matter is, one of the best ways to improve our musical technique is to build our musical muscles.
But the best way to do that?
Build the 'non-musical' muscles first so the musical muscles aren't overtaxed!
This is where you go 'so what's the easiest way to start with that 🤔?'
It's not a secret. It's not a discovery. Just a reminder.
Think about it. You could be the strongest, most flexible human. But none of that is useful to you as a musician or human if you can't move your body the way you want to at your instrument. Or in everyday life.
That's where mobility comes in.
HOW IS THIS COURSE DIFFERENT?
Created for Musicians, by a Musician.
I created this routine for you. Cos' I know musicians function differently.
We are sensitive, empathetic and if exercise doesn't feel 'musical' at some level, we don't really wanna do it.
This routine doesn't just help with your core-fitness. It preps you:
* For your instrument before practising. * Acts as a warm-up before a performance sans your intrument. * Adds to your overall wellness during tours and studio sessions.
HOW DOES THE ROUTINE WORK?
Your options are:
👉🏽 Dive right in, go straight to the master video and just train with me, Jane Fonda style 👯♂️.
👉🏽 Alternatively, study the breakdown videos, get a feel for each, and move on to the next.
The most fulfilling part about this program is that unlike a lot of other exercises, you get better at them with time!
I've used this as part of my daily morning ritual. I still do. It's one of the best ways to start the day.
Everybody learns differently.
And I'd like to think that one of the most beautiful things about this course is that you can approach it how you want to.
BUT WHO THE HECK AM I?!
I overcame severe obesity as a depressed, lost teen who thought music would forgive everything.
Until it didn't.
Back in the day, I couldn't climb up a flight of stairs without gasping for breath. And then one day, I couldn't play music the way I wanted to.
And the doctors verdict was clear. Change. Or suffer.
So I lost the weight. Reclaimed my health.
And did all of with no meds, no surgery or no fad-diets.
Just tried and tested, simple, long-term and sustainable practices.
I eventually got certified as a personal trainer and embarked on a mission.
To help musicians like you get healthier and fitter.
So you can enjoy music more.
I'm also a professional musician since 25 years.
And know that 'just hit the gym' doesn't work for us.
(If you'd like to find out more about my music, you can do so below 👇🏼)
I ALSO AM A PERFORMING & TOURING ARTIST BASED BETWEEN BERLIN AND ASIA MYSELF AND PODCAST HOST OF CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED SHOW 'TAPASYA LOADING'. SOME OF OUR GUESTS HAVE INCLUDED:
📍 NY Times Bestselling author & pianist Kenny Werner (Effortless Mastery) 📍 8-time Grammy Award winner Benny Rietveld (Miles Davis/Sheila E/Santana), 📍 National Award-Winning German composer Robert Koch 📍 Musician/App Developer Pete Lockett (Björk/A.R. Rahman) 📍 NYC based Pianist/Producer Jake Sherman (Meshell Ndgeocello/Bilal many more) 📍Vivienne Aerts NYC-based Vocalist/Producer, Berklee Faculty and Clinical Psychologist
📍Ariel Hyatt Founder of Cyber PR (Brooklyn, NYC) 📍Emily White (ex-manager Amanda Palmer, Imogen Heap and many more) & Partner at Collective Entertainment
📍Sauenn Thorsteneinsdottir (Multiple Award-winning cellist & appeared as soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Seattle Symphony, Toronto Symphony Orchestra and Iceland Symphony, among others
AS WELL AS HEALTH AND FITNESS EXPERTS LIKE:
📍Ryan Hurst (GMB Fitness)
📍Cameron Shayne (Founder of Budokon Arts)
📍Steve Maxwell (100 top trainers, Mens Health Magazine)
📍 Drew Manning (Fit2Fat2Fit / Means Health Magazine any many more)
Remember how some days your body doesn't respond the way you want to on your instrument? This program aims to make those occasions less frequent with time. And help you get ready for a performance. Look at it as warming up without your instrument. It will also help you improve overall control over your body and feel good!
No. Unlike most Yoga routines, this program starts standing up! Which I find much easier to do straight out of bed. For those of you who already practise a more intense workout routine I also use it as a pre-workout program. And/or a post-workout cool-down.