Enjoy this A to Z list of ESSENTRICS; you just might learn something you never knew.*
A is for Awareness: Awareness in ESSENTRICS is the conscious and deliberate alignment of all joints: ankles, knees, hips, and spine.
B is for Balance: ESSENTRICS improves balance for young and old; an important consideration, since your balance reflexes start to go as young as the age of 26.
C is for Cardiovascular System: The constant stretching and strengthening (pumping) dynamics of ESSENTRICS stimulates blood flow throughout the body, thus contributing to cardiovascular health.
D is for Dynamic: ESSENTRICS is the ultimate dynamic stretching program, by rebalancing your muscular structure in continuous rotational movements.
E is for Energy: ESSENTRICS increases your energy level.
F is for Feet: ESSENTRICS specifically takes off the shoes to rebuild and awaken the weakened feet muscles.
G is for Golgi Tendon Reflex: The Golgi tendon reflex relaxes the muscle, while the myotatic reflex contracts the muscle. The various techniques used in ESSENTRICS seek to harmonize muscle movement with reflex intelligence.
H is for Happy: At the end of an ESSENTRICS workout, participants often say they feel relaxed and contented - i.e., happy! - even though they have just finished a rigorous workout.
I is for Intensity: You can change the intensity of an ESSENTRICS workout, so anyone can do it.
J is for Joints: ESSENTRICS improves joint mobility by increasing the range of motion of every joint.
K is for Keep Moving: ESSENTRICS is a full-body nonstop workout; the muscles don’t have a chance to cool down because we keep them moving the entire time.
L is for Love: You will love how you feel in your body with ESSENTRICS.
M is for Muscle Chains: The movements in ESSENTRICS are designed to deliberately follow the natural chains of the muscles.
N is for Nervous System: ESSENTRICS training is smooth and slow as it makes conscious, deliberate use of the nervous system to rapidly develop enduring strong and lean muscles.
O is for Opposing Muscles: ESSENTRICS works opposing muscle groups, leaving your body rebalanced and stronger everywhere.
P is for Posture: Strength and flexibility are essential to achieving posture improvement.
Q is for Quads: ESSENTRICS will slenderize your quads and thighs.
R is for Rebalance: ESSENTRICS completely rebalances all muscles and joints.
S is for Strength: The goal of an ESSENTRICS Workout is maximum strength and flexibility for every muscle in your body.
T is for Target: ESSENTRICS will target and firm every muscle in your body.
U is for Unlock: ESSENTRICS will unlock what is tight.
V is for Victory: ESSENTRICS enhances athletic performance to improve speed and agility, which translates into victory in your chosen sport.
W is for Weak: ESSENTRICS will strengthen what is weak.
X is for eXercise: ESSENTRICS is such a feel-good workout that you don’t even realize you’ve been exercising your body.
Y is for Youthful: ESSENTRICS is an age-defying workout that creates a youthful-feeling body.
Z is for ZZZZ: Regular physical activity - like ESSENTRICS - helps you get a good night’s sleep.
*Thanks to Jeanne Wright, Certified Essentrics Instructor in Auckland, New Zealand, for her input on this post.
Amanda Sterczyk is a Certified Personal Trainer (ACSM), an Exercise is Medicine Canada (EIMC) Fitness Professional, and a Certified Essentrics® Instructor. She offers in-home personal training in central Ottawa. Amanda specializes in helping older adults maintain and increase strength, flexibility, and mobility. No fitness goal is too small, in her opinion.