Musicians are athletes. Their bodies require the same attention and care that elite athletes employ to achieve the highest levels of consistency and quality in their performance. Fitness and musicianship should not be mutually exclusive. Unfortunately, many musicians have not been presented opportunities to understand that a physically strong body will only improve their craft while naturally enhancing self-esteem and stage presence.
It has been estimated that it takes approximately 10,000 hours of deliberate practice to achieve mastery on a musical instrument. (2) To achieve this skill, many professional musicians begin their studies at a very young age and continue their studies in music schools such as the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. The repetitive, intensive workloads required to achieve skilled performance bring with them a great risk of chronic pain and injury. The main causative factors for musculoskeletal injuries in musicians involve overuse or misuse of particular muscle groups, poor posture and alignment and overall de-conditioned levels of fitness. This is not unlike the risks involved with young athletes training to become the best in their particular sport. Athletes at the collegiate level have access to the finest physical fitness and care in order to protect their bodies, maintain their high level of skill and give them a competitive edge.
Classically Trained Fitness and Wellness (CTFW) is the only one of it’s kind in the professional music industry, providing musicians a comprehensive program of preventative and corrective exercise, allowing them to reach their maximum potential, increase career longevity, gain strength, and ultimately perform injury-free. The fitness specialists of CTFW all have collegiate level performing arts backgrounds in addition to their fitness expertise, and understand the delicate nature in which to provide musicians specialized and specific exercises based on their individual needs.2. Ericsson KA, Krampe RT, Tesch-Romer C. The role of deliberate practice in the acquisition of expert performance. Psychol Rev 1993; 100(3):363-406.