TEACHER TRAINING MAY NEWSLETTER
Essentrics barre provides you with powerful series of exercises that allow you and your students to tap into deeper flexibility and strength. Learning how to teach barre will give you endless opportunities as an instructor and guarantees a way to expand your clientele. Our barre stretches have proven to be incredibly effective for any population; you absolutely want them in your instructor toolkit.
Essentrics barre stretches offer different flexibility benefits than free-standing and floor work. They differ from free-standing stretches since the weight of your body is supported by the barre, allowing your muscles to release into a deeper stretch. The added bonus is that this deeper degree of flexibility will increase muscle length which leads to more strength. All good things! Our joint movement techniques on the barre help you stretch additional angles of muscle fibers far beyond what floor work allows – it’s your ticket to maximum range of motion in every joint.Since your students will not have to worry about balance, using a barre for support allows the focus to remain on clean alignment, and correct technique and form which will maximize the benefits of the exercise.
How is our use of the barre different from other programs?
One way Essentrics barre remains quite unique from other programs is through our use of the arms above the head. This added element works wondersfor the entire musculature of your spine and posture, keeps the exercises full-body, and allows us to tap into muscle chains that would otherwise be neglected. Start thinking of your arms like valuable pieces of equipment and use them!
Every program serves a purpose. Our purpose is to rebalance and free up all the muscles around every joint. How we achieve that is by the thoughtful sequential approach of our exercises and our application of techniques. This allows us to work with the muscles’ protective mechanisms to increase the flexibility and strength of our body safely and effectively.
Technique spotlight: Pulling-Up and Pulling-Out
These two important techniques lie at the foundation of our program, will help you safely teach a barre class and will drive home the objectives of the exercises.
Your application of these techniques protects the body from overloading the joints of the spine, hips, knees and ankles. It can feel very subtle, but it makes the world of a difference. Pulling-up and pulling-out engages and challenges our largest and smallest muscles and requires quite a bit of conscious effort.
When you successfully apply these techniques, you and your students will notice a huge change in the intensity of the exercises. The results are massive and will be felt in the looks and the feeling of your bodies – you’ll wonder where your strength, flexibility and ease of movement came from!
***** Just for fun, take a moment and imagine someone running on the street. Picture that person running and landing heavily, literally pounding the pavement. How do you think they feel? The health of their joints, how much energy they have (and are exerting), and how long their running career will last. Now picture someone who is pulling-up and pulling-out, running like a gazelle, springing off the ground and floating as they go. How do you think they feel? Exactly. Remember this visual as you teach your classes and apply it; see where you can sneak it in at the barre (hint: it’s everywhere!). Don’t forget! Imagery is your best friend. Use cuing to drive these techniques home and connect with your students.
|TEACHING BARRE IS GREAT FOR: |
?Seniors who have trouble with floor work
?People recovering from injuries
?Athletes & sports teams
?Trendy barre studio
|REASONS TO LOVE THE BARRE: |
?For relieving back and hip pain/tension
?For butt toning and shaping
?For a powerful Big Four stretch
?For unlocking your feet, ankles, shins, calves
?For sports performance and injury prevention
WANT TO LEARN MORE? WE KNOW YOU DO!
|Level 3 and 4 teaches you all our flexibility and strength exercises on the barre. |
Learn the power behind this valuable piece of equipment and get excited about what you can accomplish with it.
Gain confidence and experience at our L3 and L4 Live Trainings.
It's not too late to join us in Montreal this summer!
Our barres at the Flagship Studio in Montreal have two heights:
42.5” for the higher barre
24” for the lower barre
This accomodates the general public, in addition to taller, more flexible individuals and select athletes.
Don’t have a barre? Not to worry! We always use chairs in our DVD's and PCW’s. For larger groups, benches are great too.
L1 Indiana instructor Karen Mackey
loves her stackable steel chairs from amazon.com. Their build ensures extra support and stability, holds up to 330 pounds and won’t scratch your floors.
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TEACHER OF THE MONTH: JANE VAN HOUT
Three years ago, if you were to tell L3 Essentrics instructor Jane Van Hout that she would be teaching a ballet-inspired workout all around herhometown of Amsterdam—she would have laughed. If you told her she’d be attending a worldwide symposium for this workout over 5000 miles away from her hometown, she would have thought you were crazy. Fast-forward to today, where you can find Jane at our European headquarters alongside Master Trainer Danielle DeWildt, and frankly, she couldn’t imagine it any other way. Jane’s story reminds us about the joy and fulfilment life can bring when we get out of our comfort zone and take a chance. We’ll thrilled to introduce her to you.
March 24th, 2014: Jane’s first Essentrics class. “Danielle was so sweet and energetic. I liked her music (I still remember that playlist) and I felt so good, flexible and full of energy.” After class, Jane couldn’t believe when Danielle asked her if she was a dancer, which she most definitely was not. Jane started following Danielle around town to all her workout locations. “I wanted to do Essentrics as much as possible.” A feeling we can all relate to. When Danielle approached Jane about attending an LTT—Jane felt honored, but also overwhelmed and full of doubt. “I had just started Essentrics and it freaked me out! For a long time, I never thought I would ever want to be a teacher. I felt very connected to this workout, but was too shy to teach.” Another feeling most of us can relate to.
As luck would have it, an opportunity presented itself and Jane started teaching her apprentice classes at a local gym. “People who do Essentrics are just so sweet and loyal. They don’t want to miss classes and they feel guilty when they can’t make it.” We’re sure you have students like that too! She developed closer ties with Danielle and started contributing towards the European communication side of Essentrics, which gave her an outlet for her creative writing.
Jane participated in our most recent 30-day Health Challenge at the beginning of 2017—to help motivate her group. “During the Health Challenge, I got more connected with my students. We talked even more about Essentrics and about ETV.” Jane posted everyday on Instagram and had her students take photos and help with poses. Because of that, “my groups became closer.” We love that idea! Follow Jane on instagram at @janenvt
We asked Jane how she’s personally felt the benefits of the technique. “I myself, became strong and flexible with much better balance and far less ankle and hip injuries than before. My posture has changed, my body is toned, and I lost almost 3 pant sizes. I’m feeling good! I just love my job.” Way to go, Jane!
So, what’s next? “My first goal is to become Level 4 certified. Afterwards, I would like to become a Mentor and Master Trainer and get more involved in the training department, but no rush.” Working with athletes is on her radar and a trip to Montreal is high on her list. In the meantime, you can catch Jane teaching outdoor classes on the IJ river and celebrating her 1000th Essentrics class. Amazing!
“I think this Essentrics path I’m walking, wasn’t planned at all. It was given to me because of my enthusiasm for this workout – but I worked very hard for it.” We’re so glad that you did Jane. We’re proud to have you on board and can’t wait to see what lies ahead.
What people often say about Essentrics is that it feels intuitive; it speaks to our bodies and feeds more than just our muscles. When we face uncertainties, it’s important to remind ourselves about that feeling; what drew us to the technique initially and what drives our passion moving forwards.
Food for thought:
• Do you remember your first Essentrics experience? The music, how you felt?
• Do you keep track of how many Essentrics classes you’ve taught and taken?
• Consider our next Health Challenge as a way to bring you and your students together!
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|Pre-Choreographed Workout 10 ||Pre-Choreographed Workout 8 ||Pre-Choreographed Workout 5 |
NEWLY CERTIFIED INSTRUCTORS
|Renee Moore ||University, Maryland |
|Elizabeth Lynn ||Novato, California |
|Sharon Carter ||Newton, Ontario |
|Anna Buchanan ||Regina, Saskatchewan |
|Dawn Mellish ||St-Lambert, Quebec |
|Claire Valiquette ||St- Sauveur, Quebec |
|Ok Sim Lee ||Montreal, Quebec |
|Svetlana Lysenko ||Vienna, Virginia |
|Patsy Lane ||Port Lambton, Ontario |
|Susan Fisher ||College Grove, Tennessee |
|Kathy Breen ||Paradise, Newfoundland |
|Kim Andrews ||Laramie, Wyoming |
|Shannon Atkinson ||Cypress, Texas |
|Alejandra Moreno ||Gatineau, Quebec |
|Amy Shope ||Greensboro, North Carolina |
|Vanessa Taylor ||Cobourg, Ontario |
|Dominique Glass ||Charlemagne, Quebec |
|Judy Templeton ||Fort St John , British Columbia |
|Maia Zaykova ||MT. Juliet, Tennessee |
|Elizabeth Yee ||Vancouver, British Columbia |
|Jacinthe Pellerin ||Beaupre, Quebec |
|Carleen Miciano ||Crestview, Florida |
|Ayssa Dantzler ||Waldorf, Maryland |
|Janis Williams ||Leicester, North Carolina |
|Kim Bear ||Santa Fe, New Mexico |
|Ebru Ipek ||Amsterdam, Netherlands |
|Esther Greveling ||Amsterdam, Netherlands |
|Carin Widarto ||Lijnden, Netherlands |
|Alya Nekhayenko ||Naarden, Netherlands |
|Stephanie Ament ||Amsterdam, Netherlands |
|Lucie Chantal ||Gatineau, Quebec |
|Jeannine Cousineau ||Gatineau, Quebec |
|Nileshi Goonesekera Jayasena ||Malabe, Sir Lanka |
|Meaghan Mathews ||Pacific, Montana |
|Nathalie Migneault ||Montreal, Quebec |
|Sherry Ouimet ||Grand Prairie, Alberta |
|Audrey Pratt ||Sanoma, California |
|Kim Zimmer ||Longmont, Colorado |
|Tammy Hart ||Coquitlam, British Columbia |
|Karen Robertson ||Caledon East, Ontario |
|Susan Ross ||Townsville, South Carolina |
|Kay Baucom ||Iron Station, North Carolina |
|Setsuko Jolly ||Denver, Colorado |
|Lauren Mayhew ||Boston, Massachusetts |
|Milissa Rush ||Grand Prairie, Alberta |
|Genevieve Bedard ||Montreal, Quebec |
|Angela Kuipers ||Netherlands |
|Jane Van Hout ||Amsterdam, Netherlands |