Unlock your extraordinary self with Essentrics® and make a commitment to celebrate the benefits – strength, confidence, stamina, enhanced brain power, and a revitalized sense of motivation. With weekly themes to guide your progress, embrace the momentum that will fuel your motivation and help to create a lifelong habit of exercise!
Let’s dive deeper into
how each theme will transform your body:
STRENGTH IN LENGTH
Discover the strength in lengthening your muscles through Essentrics®, a technique grounded in eccentric muscle contractions. These muscle actions simultaneously elongate and engage the muscle, promoting both strength and flexibility. Unlike traditional weight training that shortens and bulks muscles, Essentrics® emphasizes controlled lengthening, using your body weight in various planes and directions. By incorporating movements like reaching, twisting, pulling, and lunging with a focus on alignment and safety, you engage multiple muscles at once.
Building strength in length not only tones muscles but also enhances posture, boosting confidence and vibrancy in our daily lives. Using the correct muscles and engaging the entire body releases tension and aids in injury prevention.
Through dynamic full-body workouts, we are actively stretching as we lengthen the muscles, creating more flexibility and mobility. This aids in joint decompression, reducing pain, joint damage, and the risk of arthritis.
Through slow, controlled and dynamic movements, Essentrics® can boost the full potential of your brain. Elevate focus, cognitive function and mood while reducing anxiety and depression—an invaluable stress management gift we give ourselves!
Movement creates a multitude of benefits, from improved emotional and cognitive health to enhanced executive functioning and decision-making. It also builds a sense of confidence, independence, and an overall better quality of sleep.
Through the complex movements found in Essentrics® workouts, we stimulate the brain, encouraging the growth of new brain cells and strengthening neural connections – keeping us engaged and focused. Neuroscientists have found that when exercises are done slowly, with our full attention, our brain health improves. Through the use of imagery and body awareness, we boost brain function, learning, memory, and stress management. As we master new movement patterns, we begin to feel empowered and confident for future challenges.
With a focus on breathing, Essentrics® becomes a tool for effective stress management, lowering heart rate and blood pressure. Mindful movement contributes to emotional regulation, reducing depression and anxiety while enhancing overall mood.
During exercise, the release of endorphins — the body’s “feel-good” neurotransmitters — diminishes pain and tension, promoting relaxation. Dopamine is released, giving a sense of pleasure and reward, while serotonin contributes to overall happiness. Increased oxygen and blood flow to the brain helps clear mental fog caused by prolonged sitting and slouching. Best of all: Exercise helps eliminate stress hormones like cortisol and adrenaline.
Tired of hearing yourself say, “I don’t have enough energy”? Whether it’s work or taking care of the kids, exhaustion can easily set in. A quick Essentrics® session can give us an energy boost – improving blood flow, balancing hormones and activating our mitochondria, the metabolism boosters fueling our muscle cells.
In our Essentrics® classes, every muscle is actively engaged aerobically, promoting oxygen flow to fuel muscle cells, burn calories, and enhance overall movement. Endurance is built through continuous muscle loading during 30 to 60-minute sessions, improving alignment and foot strength. This adds a spring to your step, promoting faster walking and reducing stiffness by hydrating muscles, joints, and tendons. Improved mobility in the lower legs increases blood flow to the heart, enhancing cardiovascular health and stamina.
Incorporating regular exercise into your routine plays a crucial role in restoring hormonal balance within the body. Elevated levels of hormones such as cortisol and estrogen are associated with weight gain and fatigue, both of which consistent exercise effectively reduces. Exercise also enhances insulin sensitivity, aiding the body in the proper absorption of glycogen into the muscles to be used as energy later.
With increased vitality and energy, the functional fitness elements of Essentrics® allow you to enjoy the everyday benefits of stronger muscles – everything from engaging in your favorite hobbies to tasks like carrying groceries can happen with ease. And as you relax and soften areas prone to stress, such as the neck and lower back, your energy levels will soar as you begin to feel rejuvenated and pain-free!
When you reframe your attitude from exercise you feel obligated to do to movement that celebrates you, you will unlock a healthier, happier you. This is your journey — embrace it with confidence and determination!
Contributing writer Dr. Nanette Tummers, Essentrics® Level 4 Instructor