I narrate a national car show called Steel Dreams. Although I have recently wrapped this project, I did notice something great about it towards the end of it; The effect of weight loss on my voice.

When I started the project a year ago, I weighed 252 lbs. Not that bad for someone who is 6'6", but not great either. Technically, I was overweight by nearly 30 lbs. About 10 weeks ago, I decided to get into shape. Since then I have lost 25 lbs. The affect on my voice has been very positive.

I thought about it for a while and I think the main reason might be stamina. In the course of getting in shape, I've developed better "wind". (don't be crude, you know what I mean) Basically, my lungs are stronger and I can take deeper breaths. Additionally, my circulation and blood pressure are waaaaay better, giving me more staying power at the mic. I would also like to add that my stress level has dropped tremendously over the course of these 10 weeks and perhaps this is the greatest contribution getting in shape has on your voice. Lower stress always sounds better in the final product.

So, if you are looking for a way to make your performances "up a level", I suggest you start with your body. Hope this inspires someone to get healthy.

Take care,
Fred

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Comment by Doug Turkel - UNnouncer on November 2, 2008 at 9:15pm
Fred, congrats! It's not an easy commitment to make, but you're certainly reaping the rewards! Not to mention the unexpected "side benefits." Enough to give us all (those of us who need it, anyway) a little extra motivation. Care to share your secret formula for success?
Comment by B.Z. on October 26, 2008 at 11:55pm
Nice! Well done and well said.
Comment by Greg Hamilton on October 26, 2008 at 8:33pm
Great work, Fred! You should be very proud of yourself. So are you getting more second looks from the ladies nowadays? Nothing beats that! LOL!
Greg Hamilton
Comment by Frederick Anthony on October 26, 2008 at 7:17pm
an update to the weight loss. A month after I wrote that blog post, I've lost another 5 pounds. I'm at my target weight of 224lbs and keeping it that way. I estimate a summary gain of 10 lbs of muscle and a loss of about 35 lbs of fat overall.
Comment by Mandy Nelson on September 27, 2008 at 9:49pm
That is so fantastic, Fred, and very inspiring. Thanks for sharing your story. And good for you for getting healthy!

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