Tags: How to Get in Shape

  • It is mid-March and we are in the heat of WGI competition. At this point in the season, most of us are exhausted. Responsibilities during the week are overbearing, weekends are not restful, and the pressure to continually improve your performance can make you feel like you’ve hit a...

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  • I apologize. Last blog I told you there was a problem with how most bands warm up (static stretching), but I did not offer specific solutions. After receiving many messages and emails, I realize that needs to change. I want to give you three exercises that you can implement...

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  • Stop stretching?? Yes, you heard that correctly! The Health Guy in the marching world said to STOP stretching before you take the field. What gives? Image 1: Marching band students performing a stretch before rehearsal You have probably been trained since elementary school to stretch before any physical activity....

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  • “My knee is bothering me again. It keeps happening when we do X part of the show.” Does this phrase sound familiar? If you’ve been around colorguards long enough you probably just had the face of a specific student or friend pop up in your mind. Injuries run rampant...

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  • It was a regular occurrence; our band would be given a water break halfway through rehearsal, and I would have a student come up to me. One hand would be holding her instrument and the other would be clutching the back of her leg. “My leg is really hurting...

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