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In our world of hundreds of different languages and dialects, it has often been said that “music is the universal language.” No matter what the country or culture, you will find men, women and children dancing and singing to bring a little joy, spirituality and rhythm to their lives.
Recently, I encountered a debate where a noted physicist, with all due respect to the wonders of song, disagreed. “Mathematics is the universal language,” he argued. “Think about it, but what is music, except mathematics set to melody?” The premise is this: what Mozart or Beethoven heard in their heads when composing their great symphonies can best be described as algo- rithms that their minds organized into notes and melodies. Music is simply a wonderful expression of mathematics.
Preparation is key for a great workout.
BY CHRIS THOMAE, NASM CPT, PES, CES
Q: What’s the most common mistake you see your clients make in the gym?
A: The most common mistake I see clients and other exercisers make is not performing a proper warm-up and cool-down before exercise. The benefits of performing warm-ups and cool- downs remains a heated debate in the industry relating to increased risk of exercise-induced injury. However, there is enough scientific evidence to conclude that not preparing your body for exercise has more risk to potential injury to lead me to view the warm-up and cool-down as a critical component.