Drumming and Running, Revisited

Jul 26th 2011

Neil Peart of Rush, working out.

Almost exactly three years ago in this space, we asked, Are you fit as a drummmer?

The inspiration for this question came from an article in the Sunday Times of London, which said:

After an eight-year study of Clem Burke, the veteran Blondie drummer, sports scientists have concluded drummers are comparable in their physical prowess with world-class sportsmen.

To which we responded, in our post:

Now, it's a little hard to take seriously any scientific study that has a sample size of a single person—particularly when that person is named Clem.

Still, as we noted, at least one sports scientist maintained that Mr. Burke "is no different to the Olympic athletes I have worked with."

And today we learn that Neil Peart would back him up on that claim.

Neil Peart, as I'm sure you know, is drummer for the rock band Rush, which is as awesome as it is Canadian. In a profile from yesterday's L.A. Times, in which Mr. Peart discusses his fitness regimen and the rigors of drumming onstage, he says:

"Playing a three-hour Rush show is like running a marathon while solving equations. My mind is as busy as it can be, and so is my body; full output all the time."

Sadly, he also admits, later, that he "doesn't like running."

Will that stop me from saluting Neil Peart here, and sharing a Rush video? Oh, I think not.

Rock on, Mr. Peart.

And come on… give running a try sometime. It bears a gift beyond price. Almost free.