Personal Training in Musical Theater: You Better Work!

Glee gets physical

Does your musical need a little personal training?

Now that summer is approaching, I’m starting my annual get-in-shape-for-summer workout routine. Here’s how it works. I plan out some sort of exercise that I’ll do for an hour every day for 3 months to tighten and tone all that needs tightening and toning.

Now, here’s what actually happens:

I work out every day for the first week. Maybe two days the second week. And by week three, I hit the snooze button and hope that Harold Hill’s “think system” works for burning calories.

And this, my friends, is why there are personal trainers. People whose job it is to keep us on track and doing what we know we WANT but that we don’t always have the discipline to follow through on.

So what does this have to do with musical theater? Everything.

Get a Musical Theater Personal Trainer

Sue Sylvester and Olivia Newton John team-up and get physical

If you want to create a musical, you have to work on it EVERY DAY. I’ve talked to a wide variety of producers and writers and the common thread in all of their “secrets of success,” is simply a commitment and discipline to work toward their goal every day for months and often years.

If you have trouble staying on track (and if you don’t then I bow down to you, Oh Great and Powerful Master of Self-Discipline) consider getting a personal trainer.

For musicals you ask? Why yes! My guess is that you have friends who also have big goals of their own, be it making a musical, getting in shape or writing that great American novel. Team up and commit to each other that you are going to spend a certain amount of time per day/week working toward your goal and then help keep each other on track by holding one another accountable. Make a deal that you won’t accept excuses. Push each other — make each other sweat. Then, celebrate when you achieve your goals together!

I can tell you from personal experience that this is very effective (and very free!) So find the personal trainer/trainee in your life and get to work.

One Response to Personal Training in Musical Theater: You Better Work!

  1. I’m taking tap dancing classes two or three times a week this summer. And yoga five times a week. And practicing tap another two or three days a week. All because I wrote a song that requires tap dancing– which I’m performing for a class on September 19th. (I managed to turn a song about a new age activity into a tap dance number. To be perfectly honest, I was looking for an idea that would require me to learn to tap dance, since I was looking for an excuse. Please don’t tell anyone, lol.)

    But it’s getting me into a different level of in shape than the elliptical machine. Good luck with your workouts.

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