05.06.2013 “Wax-On, Wax-Off” Edition

It’s been over a month since my last fitness update. In this time I’ve been taking it easy and letting my right knee heal.

The funny thing is that I can drum with no problem, but just walking around and going up and down stairs was truly a pain. And, I had been wearing knee braces on that right knee to take the pressure off it.

But, I have been doing other exercises such as inclined pushups, sit-ups and crunches. I just haven’t been documenting it all down because of laziness or just a lack of inspiration; most likely due to the whole right knee problem.

Okay, there I’ve said it.

So, another thing is that my whole attitude of exercising has changed. I mean, people go to the gym and work out on the stair master, the eliptical, or the treadmill. But, I’m thinking that any time and energy expended to go to a gym and run around like a hamster in a treadmill makes me wonder if we can’t better utilize our energy for other things like working around the house or in the garden, or just going outdoors and hiking and backpacking.

Anyway, now that my knee feels like it is almost completely healed, I am going to try and document my activity with more enthusiasm and dedication that I think will be more worthy.

So, as far as activity, I had a gig last night and it’s amazing how physical being a drummer actually can be. Here are the specifics on the activity involved when drumming.

A Typical Gig Scenario

  • 1. Load all drum equipment (including electronics) into the van. Drive to the gig.
  • 2. Unload all drum equipment (including electronics) out of the van and onto the handtruck.
  • 3. Push drum equipment to the stage area.
  • 4. Set up drum equipment (including electronics), tune and soundcheck.
  • 5. Perform for 4 hours (with 15 minute breaks every hour, although many times we go over our designated time to perform any given set).
  • 6. Breakdown drum equipment (including electronics).
  • 7. Pack up and load the handtruck.
  • 8. Push the hand truck to the van.
  • 9. Load drum equipment (including electronics) into the van. Drive home.
  • 10. Unload drum equipment (including electronics) out of the van and into the house.

Sorry about the redundancy concerning the electronics, but I wanted to emphasize that part because as a drummer, I have additional electronics (amplifier, a rack mounted components, etc.).

But as you can see, this is a LOT of work when one thinks about it, in addition to actually performing the gig! And in this amount of time (which could take about 6 hours) I am expending a LOT of energy. So, this is what I call a workout.

Also, I tend to do a LOT of chores around the house, yard work in addition to gardening (I treat yard work as gardening that is not as desirable as the fun stuff).

And, I practice several times a week on the drums and piano.

So, I think about balance when thinking I should go to the gym several times a week. But, I think it’s important for people to go to the gym and get in better physical shape, and nowadays there are many activities such as Zumba and Yoga which is obviously good for you.

The main thing is to be active.

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Carlos Rull

Carlos Rull is a musician living in the San Diego area. His interests include Yoga, Eastern Philosophy, Zen Buddhism, and Gardening. He plays drums, piano, and composes New Age & Ambient music, and his albums are available on iTunes and Amazon.com.

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