Originally Posted by skinslapper
Have you tried it?
ahh yes. The interesting thing about playing drums is not in the ability for the muscles to be strong as such, but for the muscles to have been trained. Now, when I talk of trained muscles I talk of the ability to reproduce the exact movement every time. That is not to say the muscles are not strong.
So as an example when doing a rudimental excercise lets say a single parradiddle, we are aiming for consistency natural rebound and ultimately some speed and control over that rebound.
The idea of resistance training in theory is to create a resistance, build strength and when the resistance is removed all seems effortless. In theory.
Upper body strength and low body/leg strength are needed for 'endurance' in playing drums. Weights on legs and arms for drum practice are not required to develop these things. In fact this resistance training techniques can lead to poor posture, loss of fluidity and a false sense of achievement.
If it is strength that is being sort, running up and sand dune with weights strapped to your legs back and arms is very effective.
If it is better drumming one is seeking than master technique and rudiments first. As you are doing this run up and down sand hills with weights on. Give it 6 months and I can assure you, strength and drum set ability will be dramatically improved.
Training suggestion. 26 essential rudiments 2 mins each =52 mins
15 minutes up and down sand hills twice a day = 30 minutes.
10 minutes skipping rope 1 time per day