Academy Articles

Does weight lifting affect guitar playing?

Injuries
December 22, 20223 min read

Hello there in guitarland!

First of all, I would like to give you a simple and straight answer. No, weightlifting does not affect guitar playing. It is, absolutely, possible to play guitar and do weight lifting at the same time BUT you have to pay attention to a couple of different things. These are the things you should concentrate on!

You have to be careful to NOT get injured

If you get injured, you have to take time off your weight training. Also, if you injure your hands it is quite possible that you might take time off your guitar playing as well. To tell you the truth, this is not limited to injuring your hands. If you get injured in your waist, your shoulders, or another body part then you might not be able to hold the guitar properly for the length of a practice session. So, my first tip is to be very careful so you do not get injured.

The 3 main exercises you should pay more attention

These are the 3 main exercises that I have seen many people get injured by doing them. You need to be extra careful with those!

The Bench Press

It is quite easy to injure your shoulders and your chest. There are several variations that put considerably less stress on the shoulders — these are the one you should focis on

Squatting

Squatting has been the underlying reason for many injuries.Or rather, IMPROPERLY executed HEAVY squatting has been the underlying reason for many injuries. If you squat moderately heavy and are using proper technique, you should be fine

The Shoulder Press

Especially heavy behind the neck press. Ou really should not be performing this exercise. Once again, there are several variations , especially with dumbbells , that hit the same muscles without the risk.

Tendon shortening effect

Once you get injuries out of the way another issue that might occur is that immediately after training there is a kind of shortening of the tendons of both the muscles trained AND the palms. This is something we do NOT want in our guitar playing. We want our hands to be very flexible and supple. The solution is really simple. Just do a proper hand/wrist warm up before your stretchers, and repeat it immediately after your weightlifting routine your hands are going to be fine.

Weight Lifting gloves

Always use weight lifting gloves. The reason for that is that you want to avoid any unwanted calluses on your hands. Also, if you do not use gloves you will get some… extra “meat” on your fingers, which is not very conducive to fast playing.

These are my suggestions. Once you follow these guidelines you will be much better off and you will be able to combine weightlifting and guitar playing without, hopefully, any trouble.

I hope this was helpful. You can watch the video below, where I explain this topic in more detail. If you’re interested in developing your guitar skills and reaching your music goals, please check the different Elite Guitar Coaching Academy packages and how you can get private coaching from me.

Ioannis Anastassakis

Born in the Greek island of Crete, Ioannis Anastassakis completed his Bachelor’s degree at the American College of Greece and subsequently studied at the distinguished Musicians Institute (GIT), where he remained as an instructor, after graduating at the top 1% of his class. He continued his graduate studies in Music, at the California State University, completing an MA in Guitar Performance, graduating Magna cum Laude.

Back to Blog

© Copyright - Elite Guitar Coaching Academy. All Rights Reserved - Privacy Policy - Earnings Disclaimer - Terms & Conditions

Earnings and income representations made by Elite Guitar Coaching Academy, eliteguitarcoaching.com, are aspirational statements only of your earnings potential. The success of Elite Guitar Coaching Academy testimonials and other examples used are exceptional, non-typical results and are not intended to be and are not a guarantee that you or others will achieve the same results. Individual results will always vary and yours will depend entirely on your individual capacity, work ethic, business skills and experience, level of motivation, diligence in sticking to Elite Guitar Coaching Academy's guidance and strategies, the economy, the normal and unforeseen risks of doing business, and other factors.


Elite Guitar Coaching Academy, and eliteguitarcoaching.com individually, are not responsible for your actions. You are solely responsible for your own moves and decisions and the evaluation and use of our products and services should be based on your own due diligence. You agree that Elite Guitar Coaching Academy is not liable to you in any way for your results in using our products and services. See our Terms & Conditions for our full disclaimer of liability and other restrictions.


Do you have questions? Are you wondering if this will work for you? Email us at info@mg.eliteguitarcoaching.com

We will be happy to discuss your goals and how our courses, coaching or consulting services may help you. Thank you.