Vocal Fitness

by Ilene Bergelson |  Date Released : 19 Jun 2013
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Ilene Bergelson

About the author: Ilene Bergelson

Ilene Bergelson, BFA, ACSM-HFI, ACE-CPT, CHEK Level 2 Practitioner, CHEK-HLC 1, has 20 years of cumulative teaching experience giving master classes on various forms of movement as well as educational intensives throughout the United States. Her fitness education company, Lifemoves, is based in New York City.

Ilene is a regular continuing education provider for Equinox Fitness Clubs and a member of several faculties including Clay Fitness Training Institute, Sky-Fitness & Wellbeing and Esquerre Fitness Group. Her unique perspective on prenatal and postpartum fitness has prompted invitations to speak throughout the U.S. and the writing of several articles. Ilene has lectured for ECA and Club Industry, and she has written for several publications including Club Success magazine. In addition to workshops and one on one coaching sessions, Ilene maintains a private training practice in New York. She consults for the fitness community and develops transitional programs in conjunction with medical practitioners for post-rehab and paranatal clientele.

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Bergelson, Ilene | 03 Jul 2013, 04:51 AM

Jen, thanks for the feedback and great ear, picking up on the source of these warm-ups. They are pulled right from the best practices of the real vocal athletes---actors and singers! Thanks for bringing up "Om." I agree: its' great for moving the voice. And to ensure a gentle onset (and not vocally frying glottal attacks), adding an almost-silent "h" to begin the exhale and ease into the "Oh" vowel will to the trick. What a bonus that the "m" at the end brings sound to finish on a hum!

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Young, Jen | 21 Jun 2013, 22:30 PM

So, so, true. Thank you for sharing, Ilene! I thought I had to talk a lot as a personal trainer. Now, I'm teaching yoga, which requires vast amounts more of queueing. After the first couple classes, I found myself going back to the vocal warm-ups I learned during my acting studies.

Om is a great warm-up sound, btw.

Best wishes,

Jen Young

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Bergelson, Ilene | 20 Jun 2013, 14:15 PM

A big thank you to George Vafiades and his bootcampers at As1Effect for their performance in this video!

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