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#1127037 - 01/28/05 11:18 AM Boxing workout incompatible with piano?
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Registered: 01/27/05
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Loc: USA
Hello, I like to exercise by hitting a heavy punching bag. I wear hand wraps and gloves. Do you think that this could be detrimental to piano playing? I'd hate to give it up because it's such a great workout. Many thanks.

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#1127038 - 01/28/05 11:46 AM Re: Boxing workout incompatible with piano?
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Registered: 08/10/04
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Loc: Rochester, NY
I am a blackbelt in Taekwondo, and I go to class 3 or 4 times a week, doing full contact sparring with no gloves..

I have sprained my thumb and ended up with swollen purple joints too many times (though not in quite some time) - in the long run, yes, this isn't good, but it just makes me more cogniscent of not injuring them. The benefits outweigh the risks though, I don't rely on piano for money. If I had to choose one over the other, I'd choose piano and switch to a martial art that doesn't pose such a threat.. Taekwondo is 90% foot work anyway. As far as hitting the bag with gloves on, I don't see how that is going to cause you any problems (but I'm no doctor!)


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#1127039 - 01/28/05 04:23 PM Re: Boxing workout incompatible with piano?
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Registered: 11/04/04
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I train in kyokushin and have had to learned the keep my thumbs tucked when I punch.

If your hands aren't hurting and you aren't losing dexterity, I don't see a problem, but your hands will tell you if they are getting damaged.
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#1127040 - 01/28/05 06:37 PM Re: Boxing workout incompatible with piano?
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If your hands aren't hurting and you aren't losing dexterity, I don't see a problem, but your hands will tell you if they are getting damaged. [/QB]
I think that just about sums it up.

As a musician, you have to learn to protect your hands and wrists. That's your career right there, so make sure you keep them healthy. \:\)
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#1127041 - 01/29/05 07:43 AM Re: Boxing workout incompatible with piano?
SteveY Offline
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Registered: 11/06/01
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Hello, I like to exercise by hitting a heavy punching bag. I wear hand wraps and gloves. Do you think that this could be detrimental to piano playing?
Only if the bag hits back!!! ;\)
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#1127042 - 01/29/05 07:53 AM Re: Boxing workout incompatible with piano?
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i really hurt my hands in my youth.. I was a gymnast, played raquetball, volleyball, hand ball. I wish I hadn't. My hands are ok but they could be better definitely. Your injuries stay with you though they appear to heal and function in youth.
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