Apart from the countless advantages for athletes of various levels, not a lot people recognise how a dedicated fitness routine does wonders to singers and performers in general. Sports writer, Kelsey Timmerman, featured the physical transformation of Amanda Reninger, a talented opera singer who went from belting out high-pitched tunes to deadlifting barbells close to her bodyweight. In the article, the writer highlighted how Reninger saw the need to lose weight, improve her way of life, and discover a different side of herself. This is where she saw CrossFit as a viable vehicle to help her reach these fitness and life goals.
In essence, Amanda Reninger can claim she’s one of the rare opera singers who can perform in front of hundreds – maybe even thousands – of people at any given night, and back squat more than the average man. Having said that, one might wonder about the correlation of working out and singing, and whether or not certain fitness regimens impact a singer’s standards and his or her vocal range.
From the United States, to the United Kingdom, to just about any part of the world, singing has been a significant part of society since we can remember. While some hum tunes in the shower, others – like Amanda Reninger – do it in front of massive crowds. In more ways than one, it helps that nowadays, there are a plethora of reality singing competitions that act as springboards to undiscovered talents.
There’s no doubt, reality talent competitions on TV have become so popular this millennium. In the United States, there’s The Voice, an NBC show that’s now entering its twelfth season. On the flipside, the UK has the likes of Britain’s Got Talent, which gave timely platforms to operatic pop singers such as Paul Potts and Susan Boyle. These aforementioned shows have become so famous that they’ve now extended their reach outside the television world. The American TV show had a consoled game released in partnership with Activision, while the British program just came out with an online version called Britain’s Got Talent Games.
It shouldn’t come as a surprise that a lot of budding artists see these reality talent searches as practical tools to reach their goals. Some of them even take it up a notch and incorporate fitness to achieve it. With that being said, here’s a rundown of how exercising positively affects a singer’s body.
To Reduce Warm Up Time
Not a lot of people know that regular workouts benefit the nervous system. This means singers will have more command of their throat muscles. They’ll have more control over contractions, helping them reach those high notes. The goal of vocal warm-ups is to prepare specific parts of the body to perform. As a result, it allows singers to hit the right notes with somewhat lesser effort.
To Make the Voice Stronger, More Flexible
As established earlier, performers who regularly exercise have many advantages both under and away from the spotlight. Aside from gaining confidence, a dedicated workout plan strengthens the vocal chords. In addition, exercise stretches it in such a way that singers will be able to reach and have more control on fluctuating notes.
To Enhance Stage Performance and Melodic Range
Similar to how a power lifter develops strength through constant training and repetitive drills; physically fit performers have a way of refining their tools. Functional exercises, such as CrossFit and High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT), improve cardio, which in turn, help singers’ endurance during a performance.
This post is contributed by Aidan Farmer.