Episode 122: Understanding the Power of Your Voice with Jordan Scholl

Jordan Scholl

In 2017 Patrick Aiken and Anna Rumbach completed a research study in Brisbane, Australia which found that 44-70% of group fitness instructors report

Jordan Scholl

Speech-language pathologist, Voice Therapist, & Fit Pro

In 2017 Patrick Aiken and Anna Rumbach completed a research study in Brisbane, Australia which found that 44-70% of group fitness instructors report some degree of acute or chronic voice changes since joining the fitness industry. And this should come as no surprise! As they pointed out, we as fitness professionals must perform in a very complex and unique environment compared to most occupational voice users. We must simultaneously use our voice and exercise, as well as compete with loud music, fans, or poor acoustics- sometimes no microphone. It’s time to change the culture surrounding vocal education and training in the fitness industry- not just for the health of our voices, but for the betterment of our clients. As our guest today illustrates, your voice is the way that you connect with the people around you. It’s through the way you use your voice that people take in what you say and connect with you on a very fundamental, deep, life-changing, level. It’s our authentic expression of who we are And the better you understand how your voice works, the more empowered you are to take control of it. Listen through today’s episode to learn information that won’t just save your career, but it will catapult you forward. How you use your voice is extremely important in a studio setting, but if you’ve now created on online offering, how you use your voice on camera is of the utmost importance to keep your clients engaged on the other side of the screen. The good news is that the body already knows how to produce voice in a healthy way- we just have to get out of its way.

What You’ll Learn from this Episode:

  • What we must understand about our voice to deliver a better workout experience
  • The three part system of the voice
  • Vocal exercises and hacks to maintain excellent vocal health

(11:20) What we have to understand about our voice to deliver a better class experience

(14:34) The three part system of the voice

(16:30) Proper breathing for voice support

(18:40) Your abdominal cavity

(31:00) Vocal Fold Health

(40:00) An exercise for healthy vocal fold vibration

(43:00) Resonance and articulation- adding color to the voice

References in the Episode & Additional Resources:

Keeping the Voice Fit in the Group Fitness Industry:
A Qualitative Study to Determine What Instructors
Want in a Voice Education Program

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