Sadly it’s true.
It’s not just enough to have great songs, proficient musicianship and on stage charisma… you’ve got to look great as well. Don’t believe me? Turn on video hits next saturday morning and tell me how many of those girls would be famous if they weren’t in good enough shape to prance around in their underwear in those clips? Even for the ones with a bit more class who do rely on their talent, well they still tend to be thin and pretty, don’t they?
Rightly so. Because being in great shape is good for more than just your image. Better lung capacity is a huge asset for a singer. Better cardiovascular fitness will certainly help all musicians rock out for the entire gig and not run out of steam. Drummers and roadies need to know how to lift heavy cases safely without damaging their spine… and guitars and basses can be pretty damn heavy too. Not to mention amplifiers! My Mesa Tremoverb 2 x 12 weighed 60kg, and I had to lift that high enough to get it into the boot of my car. That’s 85% of my body weight!
Posture is super important as well. And if you practice guitar (or bass) as much as I used to, this can lead to some imbalance in the shoulders in particular, as well as cervical (upper spine).
I’m working on some Personal Training packages specifically for rock stars who want to look amazing for their next photo shoot or video clip. It’ll have some functional stuff in there as well, so you can safely lug all that gear around. Mostly though it’s going to be able getting lean, toned and sexy.
I’m planning on coming out of retirement and doing a new album this year myself, so look out for that and you can count on me looking my best for the album photos and perhaps a video clip as well.