An Alexander Technique Approach to Weightlifting (Working Out)


This ebook uses the Alexander Technique principles of good posture and great technique to assist the weightlifter. It is the intention of this ebook to help the weightlifter create a personal technique and posture in working out that allows you to find the most mechanically advantageous way to lift. This ebook is filled with concepts that will help you explore what you’ve been doing technically and posturally in weightlifting, and to assist you in finding a way to lift, so that working out is easier and kinder to the body. The majority of this ebook is VERY specific in describing how to do the most common lifts in the weight room, with free weight and on machines. The sections of this ebook are: What the Alexander Technique Offers Weightlifters; Posture in Weightlifting; Guided Whole Body Release before You Lift; When You’re Not Doing Something, Don’t Continue to Do It; The following lifts in detail – Squats, Leg Press, Leg Extensions, Leg Curls, Adductor Machine, Abductor Machine, Calves, Abdominals (crunches), Bench Press, Shoulder Press Machine, Upright Rows, Lat Pull Machine, Biceps Curl, and Triceps.
Ethan Kind is a former concert guitarist who used the Alexander Technique to heal carpal tunnel pain in his left wrist and never had physical problems on the guitar again. He has also been an athlete all of his life.

This book is 42 pages


About Ethan Kind

“When you change old habitual movement patterns with the Alexander Technique, whether in playing a musical instrument, running, weightlifting, walking, or typing at a computer, you create an ease of body use that moves you consistently into the zone.” – Ethan Kind

Ethan Kind writes and is published extensively on all of the above activities. He teaches musicians, athletes, and computer operators how to stop hurting themselves, by showing them how to use their bodies with ease and coordination. He brings a unique perspective to his work, having been a musician and athlete all of his life.

Ethan brings a rich and varied background to his role of inspiring musicians. After receiving both B.M. and M.M. Degrees from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Ethan worked as a performer and an instructor in classical guitar. While a guitar student at the Royal College of Music in London, he developed sever carpal tunnel and sought out an Alexander Technique teacher to alleviate the pain. At that time he found very quickly how he had been sacrificing his body to do what he loved–striving for the perfect performance.

After training for three years at the American Center for the Alexander Technique (New York, NY), Ethan received Professional Certification credentials. Since that time he has shared his knowledge on “making music a gift” as a private instructor and also as a faculty member of such institutions as Guilford College, the North Carolina School of the Arts, Salem College, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and Wake Forest University. He has also instructed numerous participants in his popular workshops.

Ethan has published articles in this country and abroad on the Alexander Technique and wellness issues in many journals, including Music Teacher, American Music Teacher, American String Teacher, New Mexico Light, Massage Therapy Journal, and Yoga and Life. Visit his website at