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Sounds like you're doing pretty good!

I should weigh 10kg more. In addition to being skinny, my body frame is slim. Wrists are 15cm in diameter, my waist is around 27in, hips not much larger (well, I'm not a woman), that means I can't even wear pants at the hips. The only stuff that I can wear off the rack is for kids.
Actually, not even that.

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Piano playing is an intellectual exercise but the benefits of weight training apply to all animals that battle with gravity every day. Resistance training improves physical and emotional well-being and counters the stresses of life and the bone and muscle wastage of aging. The older you are, the greater the benefits to long term health and fitness. The effects of lifting, for most people, are functional more than apparent.

Swimming doesn't exercise the portative muscles. Olympic weightlifting is a technique sport; it can be dangerous but injuries excepted it won't have any adverse effect on your piano playing. Non-competitive powerlifting - i.e. no belts or lifting suits - is safe enough.

I'm 63 and regularly do heavy squats and deadlifts as part of my routine with chins, dips and farmer's walks but I don't mess with dumbbells much. I look more like a snooker player than a gymnast but I think lifting improves my piano playing.


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Originally Posted by bennevis
I might possibly look like a Sumo wrestler if I keep stuffing myself, but I still won't have the visible muscles......


Check out the Grand Sumo Highlights on the NHK World service if you can. In particular, pay attention to Ishiura, who has visible muscles. He's the smallest guy in top division Sumo, only 251 pounds, but with strength, speed, and smarts, he holds his own against the 400+ pounders.


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I been a gym member for years now, since retiring. A bit safer than riding the bike these days; I've had to do weights to build up a pulled shoulder. Boy was that painful! You think you'll never get over these things when you're fast approaching 70, but . . .you do. After a year or two!

But the bikes are best. Les Mills "The Trip" I highly recommend it. . . .


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I lift heavy (or at least I try to) and here are some things I've noticed.

- no noticeable difference in playing unless grip/forearms are being worked
- is actually probably beneficial in the sense that your increase health and bloodflow make your brain work better
- also body is tired so it's easier to 'sit still' if you have issues with that

From deadlifting and doing farmer walks with dumbbells I've noticed these

- less endurance
- longer/slow warm up time need
- couple the two above and it makes for a less than ideal play/practice session
- top end technical playing suffers

Those are experienced the rest of the day after lifting. Overall I wouldn't say the effect of lifting is terribly huge as long as you know your personal limits and what to avoid and such.

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