-You are well rested and have the strength to pull it off.
-Your body is strong, your endurance is way beyond what you will have to exert.
-Your stomach and nerves are calm.
-Your breathing is steady and controlled.
-Your mind is focused
-Your spirit is ready to express itself through your performance.
I certainly remember playing Mahler symphonies where after the performance my rib cage ached from the deep diaphragmatic breathing it took to sustain those long fortissimo passages. As concert performers we are athletes. If our muscles can’t sustain our posture our performance will suffer. We already understand the power of practice. We know how to train the muscles of our chops. Whether our chops are fingers, lips, arms, or wrists, we know how to practice for endurance and flexibility. For the best stage presence, our whole body needs to be strong and flexible to prevent overuse injuries. Stretching and flexibility are crucial especially after a performance. When you work out at a gym by using machines or weights to strengthen certain muscle groups, a good trainer will always have you stretch those muscles after you work them. These are my favorite workouts to increase my strength and endurance without doing damage to my joints in the long run.