Weight training and bass...

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Chillihead, Jun 23, 2004.

  1. Chillihead


    Mar 31, 2004
    New Zealand
    Anyone else lifting weights? Have you found it to have an effect positive or negative on your playing?
  2. If you are really bulky i guess it could slow you down but i havent seen a differnece either way.
  3. Chillihead


    Mar 31, 2004
    New Zealand
    That's what I was thinking. I'm already really slow, so I don't think I will see any difference either way :meh:
  4. Planet Boulder

    Planet Boulder Hey, this is a private residence...man Supporting Member

    Nov 10, 2001
    6,482 feet above sea level
    I once had impure thoughts. Oh, and I pluck my ear hair.
    I have been lifting avidly for years. It has had no impact, one way or the other, on my playing - at least none that I could discern.
  5. danshee

    danshee Banned

    May 28, 2004
    Chicago, Illinois
    Not likely. I mean look at everyone Glenn Danzig has played with for god's sakes!
  6. jkritchey


    Jul 23, 2002
    Northern Va.
    Just one more thing that interferes with my 'bass time'. :(

    Seriously, if I try to play too soon after working out, my fingers can be uncooperative. Other than that, stronger is better, stamina is better, etc. Good stuff.
  7. pigpen02


    Mar 24, 2002
    it can be hard on your hands. a lot of dumbelss have grips on them that will tear up your palms. and my fingers always felt stiff for a while afterwards. get some good gloves.
  8. Chillihead


    Mar 31, 2004
    New Zealand
  9. Both activities are positive. However, the negative is time commitment. You have to commit a fair amount of time to both activities to reap benefits.
  10. thrash_jazz


    Jan 11, 2002
    Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
    Artist: JAF Basses, Circle K Strings
    Be verrrry careful.

    Lifting gave me tendonitis in my wrists, which meant I had to cool it with my playing for several months until it went away. Now I wear wraps and warm up carefully before I lift, when possible.

    No real advantages, except that carrying your gear will be easier. :D
  11. Marley's Ghost

    Marley's Ghost Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 9, 2002
    Tampa, FL
    I lift about 3 times a week. Gloves are a necessity. Has no effect on bass playing, but is good for you and helps keep you from getting hurt lifting heavy stuff, like my rig!
  12. Stephen Soto

    Stephen Soto

    Oct 12, 2003
    i don't see how it would effect it much. it doesn't to me. that's like saying if a basketball player gets to bulky then he won't be able to stretch his arm to shoot the ball or something. as long as you keep playing everything should be fine.
  13. tappel


    May 31, 2003
    Long Island, NY
  14. Weights? Who needs weights? Just lift your cab 10 times every morning :p
  15. Stephen Soto

    Stephen Soto

    Oct 12, 2003
    oh nice one! :rolleyes:. cabs do weigh a lot though.