Take Your Voice to the Gym

A set of dumbells.
You can Sing Led Zeppelin…early in the morning – says Jaime Vendera

If you’re one of those singers who can’t stand doing vocal exercises, put them off until the end of the day, only to end up skipping your routine because “you’ll do them tomorrow”, then it’s time to set your alarm clock an hour earlier and become a morning-vocal-exerciser!

I used to let my vocal exercises slip awaySince I’m busy teaching, writing, recording, and performing, I used to let my vocal exercises slip away.

However, I discovered that if I did them early in the morning, I always finished them and felt great afterwards.

Since I get up early for cardio, I decided to take a different approach- get up an hour earlier and combine my vocal exercises with my work out!

An Early Morning Routine

Though, this isn’t a “how to exercise” guide, I want to share my routine. Use this as a guide only and apply it to your own vocal and physical exercise routines. Here we go…

I set my alarm for 5:00 in the morning, allotting myself 30 minutes to just chill in a half sleep state before my goal of waking up at 5:30.

Once I’m fully awake, I drink 16 ounces of water, perform a meditation program I call the Mind/Body process, and then head out to our home gym where I start with the 5 Tibetan Rites for a 10 minute yoga routine.

Then, I spend fifteen minutes warming, and then 30-45 minutes performing vocal scales and slides using the same exercises I’ve used for years.

I’ll also perform various exercises such as bench presses, squats, deadlifts and various bodyweight routines I’ve used over the years.

I always finish with thirty minutes of running or the treadmill or rebounding while singing along to my own songs. This is what I like to call “cardio singing” which is great for building stage stamina.

The Results

My mind is alert, my voice feels great and I’m full of energyOnce I’m finished, I feel like I’ve accomplished something amazing; my mind is alert, my voice feels great and I’m full of energy.
Best yet, it’s all completed by 7:30.

If you get into an early AM routine using your choice of physical and vocal exercises, you’ll also be prepared for singing first thing in the morning, which is a plus considering that many singers complain about those early morning interviews.

Hey, I’ve had to sing led Zeppelin tunes for a TV show before the sun rose, but I was prepared and my voice was wide awake! Now, you can be too!

My Reactions to This Week’s Peer Review Vids

Ariel Mançanares Thumbnail Ariel Mançanares – “Beautiful” by Christina Aguilera (Cover)

Ariel, I loved your voice, attitude, smile :) Your nasal resonance helped to make it your own. Some of my favorite singers affected their voice in this manner, (sort of like Ralph Tresvant of New Edition). Love to see where you can take your voice. I hear more range and passion that could be released with the proper training ;)

Jeremy Southgate Thumbnail Jeremy Southgate – “Butterfly Love Song” (Original)

Of the videos I’ve reviewed, you seemed to be one of the more relaxed, having fun with your song. Thought I heard a little Spin Doctors for a minute;) Love to hear you without the guitar as I felt it took away from your vocal focus in the verses. I believe you should experiment with that hint of rasp you expressed here and there as I believe it could morph into something even cooler;)

Lizzy Hodgins Thumbnail Lizzy Hodgins – “A Team” by Ed Sheeran (Cover)

Lizzy, where does a young girl find so much pain and soul? Great flow, your voice and facial expressions made me feel the song. One thing I want to point out. Work on your breathing. Don’t raise those shoulders. You already sound great, but proper breathing will keep you sounding great.


Jaime Vendera Jaime Vendera is a Vocal Coach, world-renowned for his wineglass-shattering voice as seen on shows like MythBusters, Dr. Oz, and Super Human Showdown. Many of his books, including Raise Your Voice 1 & 2, The Ultimate Breathing Workout, and the Sing Out Loud series have been read by… READ MORE