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The Best Exercises for Performers

As a performing artist, your body is perhaps the most important instrument you need to entertain your audience. As such, you need to do your best to keep it in good shape. For instance, you need to watch what you eat and take your time to exercise to stay healthy and physically fit. However, it is worth noting that not every physical exercise is good for performing artists. For instance, singers are usually advised to avoid intense weightlifting. Below are some of the best exercises for performers.

Core Strengthening Exercises

The core includes the abdominal and back muscles. If you are a vocalist or a wind instrumentalist, you need to engage in physical exercises that can strengthen your core. To this end, you can join Pilates or kickboxing classes. Alternatively, you can have your own training routine that includes crunches, oblique work, and planks. Strengthening your core will improve your posture, balance, and stability.

Cardio Exercises

Cardio exercises are meant to improve the heart rate and relieve stress and anxiety. Whatever your role is as a performing artist, cardio exercises can go a long way in helping you optimize your practice and performance. Some great cardio exercises you can engage in include jogging, swimming, riding a bicycle, walking, jumping rope, or jumping jacks.

Posture Work

Hunching over your phone, slouching, and sitting at your computer for extended periods can have devastating effects on your posture. Unfortunately, poor posture can negatively affect how your audience sees you as a performing artist. For instance, improper posture can make you look less confident. As such, you need to engage in physical exercises that can help you improve your posture. Examples of such exercises include barre workouts, shoulder rolls, and wall sits. Such exercise will go a long way in aligning your spine properly, which will give you a posture that will make you look more confident and professional.

Arm Strengthening

Arm strengthening exercises seek to work out your shoulder muscles, triceps, and biceps. Whether you are an instrumentalist or a singer, chances are you will need to hold something up during your performances. Some instruments might even require you to use the strength of your arms. As such, for you to optimize your practice and performance as an artist, you need to keep your arms strong. Some of the physical exercises that can help you in this regard include pushups and less intense weight lifting.


Attending yoga classes can help you improve your strength, balance, and alignment. Yoga can also help you learn how to breathe properly, which is very important for performing artists. For instance, breathing properly can help you relieve stress and enhance concentration. As such, learning to breathe deeply and slowly in your yoga classes will help you calm your body and mind during stressful performances.

The Takeaway

Overall, it is apparent that as a performing artist, you need to take care of your body to optimize your practice and performance. To this end, you need to exercise regularly to stay physically fit and strong, relieve stress, breath properly, and maintain a good posture.

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