The Contrast

The Contrast
Lift Big, Sing Big, Look Great Doing It.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Lower

Squats
265 x5, 305 x3, 335 x1



Squats
285 5x3

Sumo Deads
400 3x6

Leg Press
5 Plates plus 60lbs 3x12

Calf Raise
3x12-15

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Ask The Opera Bro - 21 Too Old? Exercises for Singers?



Every once in a while someone will stumble upon the numerous articles, blog posts, YouTube videos I've made and find them to be interesting enough to reach out to me. I recently received this email and I feel that it's content could prove of some value to YOU, the reader!


The EMAIL:

"Hi!
...I'm sending you this email because I was really moved by your journey to becoming the best version of yourself and I was hoping I could ask you the following question: do you believe that 21 is too old to study opera?

...I want to sing. I HAVE to sing. But I wanted to know if studying classical music as a beginner at the age of 21 is totally and completely unheard of, if it was essentially impossible. Additionally, are there exercises that singers should avoid doing? I ask this because the Internet is rife with warnings about the dangers of strenuous, intense exercise for singers. But I want to sing, and I want to be fit, and I'm just not sure what to think.

You're probably tremendously busy as both a professional singer and fitness trainer, so I apologise for this wall of text, and understand if you don't find the time to read or respond to it. But if you did, any advice you have would be so, so appreciated and I would be so, so grateful."



MY RESPONSE:

"Hello ______,
Firstly, thank you so much for taking the time to reach out to me. I'm truly touched that my story meant enough to you for you to value my opinion.
Secondly, I don't think 21 is too old to begin studying opera.
Most professional opera singers don't even begin having their careers until they are in their early 30's. I personally didn't start singing until I was 18/19 years old and didn't even consider pursuing a singing career until I was 20 years old. If you truly have the desire, the passion, then the technique and ability to do it will blossom as you pour your heart and soul into the pursuit. I TRULY believe this. If you want it, it is yours to have. It's very very very possible, and with a passion and OBSESSION you will find your place in the business. You have plenty of time, don't let others journeys inform what yours will be. Time is on YOUR side.

As far as exercises go, I believe that good singing technique and good exercise technique will keep you healthy and strong in both areas. You can hurt yourself doing both if you go about it poorly. I train hard, lift very heavy weights, train my abs - all things that are frequently ill advised by most "experts" and I feel that my abilities as a singer only improve (this opinion is seconded by my teachers and professional advisors whose opinion I value to be painfully honest). Trust your voice teacher with your singing and study how to exercise with exquisite form and you will do well in both fields."

If YOU want a Question Answered, Email it to Operabro1@gmail.com

Until Next Time,

Lift Big, Sing Big, and Look Great Doing It

The Opera Bro

OperaBroTraining.com

Upper

Overhead Press
120 x5, 135 x5, 145 x5



Overhead Press
135 3x5, 95lbs 1xAMRAP

Hammer Rows
6x12

Incline Bench
200lbs 1xAMRAP, 8x1

Pull Ups
BW + 5lbs 3xAMRAP

Chest Flys
3x12

Bicep/Tricep Supersets

Friday, July 29, 2016

Lower

Deads
390lbs 5x8



Front Squat
255lbs x3, X1

Lunges
65 - 85lbs 3x12

Leg Press
3x12

Leg Ext.
Leg Curls
Calf Raise
3x12-15

Another Performance of Brighton Beach Memoirs Tonight!

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Upper

Bench
195 x3, 215 x3, 230 x3



Bench
210 5x3

Chins
45lbs 3xAMRAP

Lat Hypertrophy

Bicep/Tricep Supersets

Shoulder Supersets

Jack Jerome in Brighton Beach Memoirs

Monday, July 25, 2016

Lower

Squats
260 x3, 290 x3, 320 x3

Squats
275 5x3

Sumo Deads
375 3x8

Leg Press
5 Plates plus 50lbs 3x12

Calf Raise
3x12-15

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Upper

Overhead Press Heavy Single
160lbs



Overhead Press
115lbs 5x12

Hammer Rows
6x8-12

Incline Bench Press
195lbs x4-6, 195lbs 8x1-2

Pull Ups
BW 3xAMRAP

Chest Flys
3x12

Bicep/Tricep Supersets

One Last Roll of the Dice for Me as Sky Masterson in Guys and Dolls tonight.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Lower

Deads
470lbs



Deads
240lbs 4x12

Front Squat
225lbs 3x6

Lunges
60-80lbs 3x12

Leg Press
5 Plates plus 35lbs 3x12

Leg Ext.
Leg Curls
Calf Raises
3x12-15


Thursday, July 21, 2016

Upper

Bench
175 x5, 205 x5, 215 x4



Bench
205 5x5

Chins
40lbs 3xAMRAP

Lat Hypertrophy

Bicep/Tricep Supersets

Shoulder Supersets

Monday, July 18, 2016

Lower

Squats
240 x5, 270 x5, 305 x5



Squats
250 5x5

Sumo Deads
415 3x4

Leg Press
5 Plates plus 30lbs 3x12

Calf Raise
3x12-15


Sunday, July 17, 2016

Upper

Overhead Press
135 x5, 145 x3, 165 xAMRAP (fail)

Overhead Press
150lbs 5x1



Hammer Rows
6x8-12

Incline Bench
190lbs xAMRAP (5), 190lbs 8x1-2

Pull Ups
90lbs 1xAMRAP, BW 1xAMRAP

Chest Fly
3x12

Bicep/Tricep Supersets



Friday, July 15, 2016

Lower

Deads
450lbs 5x2



Front squat
215 x 8

Leg Press
5 plates plus 25lbs 3x12

Lunges
55-75lbs 3x12

Leg Ext.
Leg Curls
Calf Raises
3x12-15

Tonight I get to sing Sky Masterson in Guys and Dolls. Very Excite!

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Monday, July 11, 2016

Lower

Squat
335lbs x 1



Squat
220 5x12

Sumo Deads
395 3x6

Leg Press
5 Plates plus 20lbs 3x12

Calf Raise
3x12-15

Watch Part 1 and Part 2 of The Latest VLOGS!!!

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Upper

Overhead Press
125 x3, 145 x3, 155 x3



Overhead Press
140 5x3

Hammer Row
6x12

Incline Bench
185lbs 1x 5, 8x2

Pull Ups
85lbs 1xAMRAP, BW 1xAMRAP

Chest Flys
3x12

Bicep/Tricep Supersets

That's My Face on a 20...to be seen in Guys and Dolls

Lower

Deads
435 5x4



Front Squat
215 3x8

Lunges
50-70lbs 3x8-12

Leg Press
5 Plates plus 15lbs 3x12

Leg Ext.
Leg Curls
Calf Raises
3x12-15

NEW VLOG LIVE on the YouTube Channel!!!

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Upper

Bench
200 x5, 220 x2, 240 x1



Bench
210lbs 5x3

Chins
30lbs 3xAMRAP

Lat Hypertrophy

Bicep/Tricep Supersets

Shoulder Sets

Matinee of this beautiful piece today.

Monday, July 4, 2016

Lower

Squat
260 x5, 300 x3, 330 x (1)



Squat
280lbs 5x3

Sumo Deads
370 3x8

Leg Press
5 Plates plus 10lbs 3x8-12

Calf Raises
3x12-15

NEW VLOG is now LIVE!!!

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Upper

Overhead Press
115 x5, 135 x5, 145 x4

Overhead Press
130 5x5

Hammer Row
6x8-12

Incline Bench Press
180lbs 1x5, 8x2

Pull Ups
80lbs 1xAMRAP, BW 1xAMRAP

Chest Fly

Bicep/Triceps

Father in Violet: The Musical Performing tonight at 7:30 - Festival 56

Friday, July 1, 2016

Lower

Deads
415lbs 5x6



Lunges
50lbs 5x8-12

Leg Press
5 Plates plus 5lbs 3x12-15

Leg Ext.
Leg Curls
Calf Raise
3x12-15

Father in Violet: The Musical at Festival 56