Fitness for the Actor: How to stay strong, maintain endurance, and promote health without interfering with your released actor’s instrument.
For all of us, it is important to be strong, have physical stamina, and maintain a healthy instrument, but this is especially true for actors. Oftentimes, however, actors develop a fitness regiment that is working against their craft without realizing it. At the Maggie Flanigan Studio, so many of my students ask me what they should to do stay in shape as they begin their Meisner training. Very often, my first response to an actor who is serious about their training is nothing. I encourage them to let their movement class be their only physical discipline for at least the first year of the Meisner Technique. It takes a long time for an actor to learn to articulate physical release and to begin letting go of habits that have taken decades to develop. So, in general it is best for them not to be sending their body mixed messages.
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