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#1
is this true? i was just talking to a friend about this yesterday and he said that both his guitar teacher and doctor said you lose speed and dexterity by lifting weights. has anyone else heard this?
#2
yup it happened to George Lynch
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#3
Yes, I've heard this too. I was reading an interview of George Lynch, and he had said that when he was really into bodybuilding, any solo longer than 30 seconds gave his arm static contractions and turned his hand into "the claw".
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I read about a guitarist in Guitar World Magazine who said that after cutting back on his weight lifting, he was able to play better because the fingers are much more loose and easier to use.

Edit: I think it was George Lynch, like everyone else is saying.
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#6
look at what happened to petrucci, lawlz
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#9
Zakk Wylde still lifts weight like a beast , although, he was much better years later, hes still pretty good now too
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#12
That sucks so bad.

Is there a way to prevent this, other than quitting the weights?
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Zakk Wylde, sir!
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That sucks so bad.

Is there a way to prevent this, other than quitting the weights?


Someone do tell.
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#16
Well that sucks, and not because it ruins my guitar skills. I can see this affecting my fap ability too.

I'd much rather have guitar/fapping over working out.
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Agreed.
I enjoy being large.

I'm seriously upset right now.
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#19
weights as in dumbells or actual lifting machines?
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sure tell that to petrucci

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weights as in dumbells or actual lifting machines?

I'm pretty sure it wouldn't matter, you're doing the same thing with your hands.
But this sucks massive ass.
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#24
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weights as in dumbells or actual lifting machines?

Both, I would imagine. Maybe not so much lifting machines since they're designed to put less stress on your joints. I always find whenever I'm doing anything where I need to grip something (cue fapping jokes) I subconsciously grip it really hard (ex. tennis, racquetball, lifting, etc.) and my finger joints hurt and are stiff afterwards.
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I'm seriously upset right now.


Lol wut?

Im away to lift before bed, in all my months of lifting heavy my guitar skilz have never suffered.

If you try to play directly after lifting, its like you've got noob hands.

Any other time, theres no difference.

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#26
Chris Broderick lifts weights, and this guy can shred.

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#27
Oh Shiet.
So this is why I've been losing speed at Sweep Picking.
Lately I've been lifting weights, then when I play guitar, and start sweeping. I am much slower, my fingers feel so tense when I'm trying to increase speed, in doing that, that just screws it up and it sounds like sh*t.

Damn. this was uncalled for.
But thanks for posting this, now I know why I lost speed. :S
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Both, I would imagine. Maybe not so much lifting machines since they're designed to put less stress on your joints. I always find whenever I'm doing anything where I need to grip something (cue fapping jokes) I subconsciously grip it really hard (ex. tennis, racquetball, lifting, etc.) and my finger joints hurt and are stiff afterwards.


sorry to be immature, but I do admit, I lol'd
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Sorry, I meant GOOD guitarists. (jk Wilde fans)


Actually, I was gonna make a similar joke (i.e. "Zakk Wylde sir! Oh, you said GUITARISTS.....)
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#33
instead of lifting heavy weights lighten the weight and do more reps and sets so you can still get strong and have the benefits of working out without hindering your guitar playing
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#35
lifting a few times a week might not hurt. It hurt George because he was into extensive bodybuilding, like hours a day, everyday.
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#36
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instead of lifting heavy weights lighten the weight and do more reps and sets so you can still get strong and have the benefits of working out without hindering your guitar playing

Correct me f Im wrong as im not 100% sure. I would THINK that a large percent of people lift weights to build muscle for the ladies , and I thought low weight + ots of reps builds lean muscle, and low reps + high weight builds the bulk muscle
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#37
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I don't believe that's true, petrucci's biceps are the size of my head.

yeah, and the bigger he's gotten the sloppier he's gotten.
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#39
Guys, Lynch was talking about that because he was using steroids and shit. I personally think that lifting gives me more dexterity, particularly in my right hand.
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#40
i'm not really sure but i'm hoping that if one lifts more for endurance than power then it might be okay (like 12-15 repetitions). but honestly that's just total speculation.

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oops someone already talked about this haha
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