EXERCISE & HEALTH
My bassist suggested not only running but shadow boxing for drummingkeeping
the arms up. Currently, I do sit-ups, crunches, pull-up & chin ups,
free weights & of course stretchesbut I find that I have less
time to do working out as I drum more. I know to give a day of rest to
each muscle group, so I try to do the weights & upper body stuff same
day as drumming. I try not to over work them & make them sore for
practice. I try to do the workout of arms AFTER
drumming... not always possible.... because I’m afraid they will
be sore if I do workout before drumming. Plus, sometimes drumming works
upper & lower VERY HARD, so I don't want
to work out on arms or legs next day.
For example, for a while I would practice with bands on Wednesday, Friday
& Sunday, and occasionally Saturday. Tuesday & Thursday I would
usually have off. So I would do upper body training Wednesday, Friday
& Sunday, as I was already working those areas by drumming those days.
Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays were usually my days of rest, so I
would listen to tapes of songs to learn for the bands, do sit-ups &
some drum pad work. I have been told It is ok to do sit-ups & crunches
every day. I stretch every daymostly my legs, but also my arms.
I do a standard ham-string stretch where I put one leg up on a 4' high
step & keep both legs straightand bend down towards the raised
leg’s foot. I stretch my fingers, hands, and shoulders. I stretch
before rehearsals & afterwards. That is really good for your body.
I do stretches every day.
Ginseng is a root [originally used in Asia from what I understand] and
there are many types: Siberian &
Panax being 2 common ones. I use panax ginseng in liquid form that
comes in little vials. It helps increase flow of
chi (energy) not like speed or caffeine that makes you falsely
energetic but by reducing energy blockage. That’s as clearly
as I can put it. I think the theory is that is increases oxygen efficiency
of your body metabolism or something like that, but Iím not an expert.
Ginseng is subtle so don't worry that it’s like speed or anything.
I love it & swear by it. Of course there is controversy as
to it’s true worth, but I can tell you it is not just psychological
for me. My experience has been that the quality control on Chinese ginseng
can be erratic. It almost always has a good effect. Sometimes it is just
very mild. I have never felt a negative effect from ginseng. It really
helps me feel and play my best, so I definitely recommend it. I get mine
in Chinatown in NYC about $5 for 30 vials. I take 1 vial a day and
every few weeks I skip a few days (recommended by a naturalist). When
I play drums I take a 2nd vial 30 minutes prior to playing.