Rock drummers ‘are top athletes’

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PLAYING the drums for a rock band requires the stamina of a Premiership footballer, research suggests.

Tests on Clem Burke, the veteran Blondie drummer, revealed that 90 minutes of drumming could raise his heart rate to 190 beats a minute.

Despite rock’s reputation for unhealthy living, Dr Marcus Smith, from Chichester University, said drummers needed “extraordinary stamina”.

A hour in concert could burn between 400 and 600 calories, he said.

Clem Burke, who provided the beat for hits such as “Heart of Glass”, “Atomic” and “Call Me” was invited to take part in the eight-year project by Blondie fan Dr Smith.

It is hoped that the results could help develop outreach programmes for overweight children who are not interested in sport

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/7518888.stm

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4 thoughts on “Rock drummers ‘are top athletes’

  1. I understand a good roll in the hay can achieve that (” 90 minutes of drumming could raise his heart rate to 190 beats a minute.”) in about 35 seconds!
    ….so it’s not just banging ….a drum?

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  2. As a drummer myself, I’d like to recommend a seat/stool with a ‘back’ to alleviate spinal problems.
    Drummers are right up there for back problems and RSI … take care !

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