Can Essentrics Make You Faster?

We think it does! Before my husband Garth’s 5K on Saturday we did a 30-minute Essentrics fascia release workout. He normally runs about a 6:45 minute mile and in that race he averaged 6:10 miles finishing 8th overall (out of about 1,000) and first in his age group. He averages three Essentrics workouts of varying lengths each week

Dynamic stretching is an excellent warm-up that can increase power, speed, and agility before an activity*. You may have heard not to stretch before a workout and that is true for static stretching. Static stretching, or holding a stretch, weakens muscles when done as a warm-up**.

Essentrics is a form of dynamic stretching that has been practiced, and evolved, since 1997. Essentrics simultaneously stretches and strengthens all 650 muscles for balanced flexibility and strength. Stand-alone workouts may also be used as a warm-up helping to relax and lubricate joints, increase heart rate to deliver oxygen-rich blood to the muscles, and move your body through its range of motion.

The workout we did pre-race is called “Rebalance Your Connective Tissue.” It’s an Aging Backwards Connective Tissue workout on ETV at I like this one in the morning because it leaves me energized and has a segment for hip mobility, which is handy for runners.

*Why Pre-Workout Stretching is Actually Dangerous” by Brock Armstrong

**”Stretching: The Truth” by Gretchen Reynolds

Two Free Classes March 24!

10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

11:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

30 minute classes are a full, balanced Essentrics workouts and excellent for mobility. They’ll let you explore the program’s weight-free strengthening exercises and dynamic stretching. About Essentrics.

Please arrive at least five minutes ahead of time to get set up and complete a registration form.

These two classes will be done standing and barefoot. At this time, classes are paced for active adults without injury. You may use a yoga mat or simply stand on the floor. Please bring a yoga mat if you’d like to use one, thin is better. If you do not have one, there are some from the children’s dance workshop available. What to wear.

New Sessions begin March 31 at 9:15 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.! Drop-in or use your punch card as space is available (should be!) or sign-up for the series guaranteeing your spot and saving money, too!

Brick House Movement Studio, 24 3rd St.,  2nd Floor via exterior stair, Turners Falls MA

Contact me with questions.