You Gotta Mix It Up

If you’re anything like me, you can’t just eat the same kinds of food, certainly not the same meal, over and over again. Not only would you get sick of it, your body would most likely not be getting all the nutrients it needs, only the particular vitamins in that specific meal.

Similarly, when exercising, if you continue to work the same muscle the same way, after a while, it ceases to have the same effect on that muscle as it originally did. You’ve probably heard the phrase, the law of diminishing returns – ‘used to refer to a point at which the level of profits or benefits gained is less than the amount of money or energy invested.’ We’ll that’s the idea here. If you switch to a different type of exercise to workout the same muscle group, you will have greater results more quickly. So, when exercising, it’s always a good idea to mix it up, to change your workout routine every so often.

Another benefit of switching up the type of exercise you do is a broader spectrum of effect. You can more fully work a muscle out if you hit it from several different angles. That’s why there are more than one machine for your chest muscles, your pecs. You have the flat bench option, the incline, the decline, etc. All the different angles work the same muscle in a slightly different kind of way. And they are all equally important.

As you probably guessed, the same is true for your voice, which is itself made up of muscle. Maybe you understand that you need to do vocal exercises. You’ve got that part down. And maybe you’re even doing your vocal warm-ups and exercises several times a week. That’s fantastic! It really is. I find it rare that students actually take the time to be consistent.

But, as with the workout routine at the gym, it’s important to change up your vocal training routine. If you stick to the same few vocal exercises, your voice won’t necessarily stagnate, but it won’t continue to become stronger and more agile. You will get less of a return from your work as you originally did when the exercises were fresh.

Also, you want to workout every different part of you voice, so a variety of different exercises, changed on a regular basis, is going to give you the maximum amount of return for your effort. After all, nobody likes to just spin his or her wheels and make little headway. We want the maximum return for the smallest effort.

And that is why it’s important to mix it up.

Hope that’s helpful!

Best,

Aaron

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  1. Breona
    6 years ago

    i dont know about anyone else but that made a LOT of sense to me! lol and it helped too! thanks i will make sure too change it,but how so often should i change my routine???..maybe once every 2 months maybe?


    • Aaron Anastasi
      5 years ago

      Yeah, maybe a little sooner than that. Somewhere around there, though.