How to play the isometric exercises properly?
Let us remind that isometric exercises involve a longer involvement of muscles in work, i.e. taking a longer load, i.e. performing some effort without a break. In our case, it is playing continuously for a long time (with high speed or in high dynamics) – by a few minutes or more.
How to do this group of exercises correctly? How to play with more power?
The longer time of activity of your muscles (wrists, fingers) means that you must remember about proper relaxation – so as not to strain the muscles – and about providing the body with the right amount of oxygen – for muscles to work efficiently.
These two parameters can be increased through conscious training and subsequent use of exercise habits, so specifically …
1. Breathe deeply while doing isometric exercises – especially when playing in a fast tempo, focus on breathing as deep as possible. Take a lot of air into your lungs and breathe your diaphragm, i.e., take air up to your stomach, feeling your stomach fill with air like a balloon – with a breath in.
Breathe out slowly, then take another deep breath, etc. Such deep breathing will make you be able to play faster and longer, less straining your muscles. A deep breath just adds energy!
2. Tension abdominal muscles. The so-called. Core muscles located in the abdominal area are a very important part of the body, according to Chinese medicine called our life energy center. In sports, the abdominal muscles are responsible for generating strength – a tense stomach causes greater strength and training performance, so slightly tense stomach muscles will positively affect the quality and performance of your snare drum and drums.
When you play the set, your legs are on the bass drum and hihat mechanisms, and when you play with your heels slightly raised, your abdominals naturally flex.
Tense stomach also allows you to relax hands more, which further increases the comfort and efficiency of your playing.
Remember about deep breathing and tension of the abdominal muscles, thanks to which you will play with more energy and you will get less tired while playing.