Musicians Acquiring Muscles Week 2

And so – our merry exercising heroes have made it through week two of their physical fitness challenge! Here is how they fared!


Things that normal humans don’t normally do:
1. Accept a concert on one week’s notice.
2. Accept a concert on one week’s notice where one has to learn a completely new sonata in one week.
3. 11AM-11PM days – damn you, rehearsal for concert!
4. End up learning the sonata in 3 days. Aww hell yeah.

And this is why I did nothing except sit in a practice room. Oh, I also wrote a song setting for my boyfriend’s poem in two days for a poopy assignment. Aside from walking to work and stuff like that, I have actually done NOTHING to exercise for real. Therefore, this week, my goal is to at least attend yoga…I hope…


This week was again very busy, with rehearsals after work, errands, lessons, etc… it was much harder to make healthy food choices, especially when rushing from one thing to the next (or when relaxing with friends at the end of the day), but I tried to balance it out with physical activity.  I made a point every day to walk more/farther than normal, and I made it to a wonderful free Zumba class on Tuesday!  Ideally, that’s something I’d love to do 2-3 times a week.  I get the greatest exercise high from that!

My goal for this week is to get out my yoga mat for at least 15 minutes every morning before I start my day.  I find that when I can begin with something like this it makes me more aware of my body throughout the day and helps me make better choices overall.  And also to get enough sleep, especially as I enter the first tech-week (for La Traviata).  I’ve definitely noticed that when I’m taking better care of my body I feel more energized in rehearsals, and am able to connect with my craft that much better.


All in all it wasn’t a disaster of a week for me.  I started the week off strong with Nancy Bielski’s ballet class at Steps on Broadway.  I had every intention of going to a free zumba class on Tuesday, but was offered free orchestra seats to the Met Opera, and decided it would be a crime to say no!  So, I ate a delicious dinner with a sinful dessert and listened to the music of Janacek.  Wednesday I had work and rehearsal (for a show in which my character is surprisingly physical so I will count this!).  Thursday I happily made it to Lisa Gajda’s theatre dance class.  I still think it’s the best and encourage everyone to go, beginners and Broadway pro’s alike.  She someone manages to make it exhilarating for all levels!  Friday was an audition and and rehearsal day!  Saturday was MORE rehearsal, and Sunday I rested.  So not a ridiculously inspiring week, but I feel I worked up a sweat a few times.  This coming week is tech week, so I’ll be surprised if I get much more in than running around the city, but you never know!  Maybe I’ll find a way to sneak a pilates class in!  Gotta have core strength!  Like Eva, I’d LOVE to do rumba multiple times a week, but gotta find the time to squeeze it in.  I suppose that’s the purpose of this challenge and this blog!  Onwards and upwards!


May 8, 2012 |