1. BBC: Drummers as Fit as Footballers

    brian on 2008.08.04
    at 03:01 am

    “Footballers can normally expect to play 40 to 50 games a year – but in one 12 month period, Clem played 90-minute sets at 100 concerts.

    “Footballers find playing a Champions League game once every two weeks a drain, but these guys are doing it every day when they are on tour.

    “It is clear that their fitness levels need to be outstanding – through monitoring Clem’s performance in controlled conditions, we have been able to map the extraordinary stamina required by professional drummers.”

    Well, wonder if this why I’ve always been reasonably fit.

    A hour in concert could burn between 400 and 600 calories, he said.

    People have made a habit of calling drummers a lot of things over the years. But “athlete” is a new one. Through middle and high school, it wouldn’t be unusual for me to play for one or two hours nightly, after school. Sometimes this was after playing a sport, too.

    Dr Marcus Smith, from Chichester University says I was healthy when I was playing often. Clearly I need to get back into that habit.

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