The Path to Essentrics
Finding a fitness program that resonates and to stick to is almost akin to finding a life partner. Some people come across theirs early on, some live and die without one, and others endure a fruitless or successful search. I am fortunate to have discovered mine after a health crisis.
I had been fit and active my whole life, hiking around the world, skiing, playing tennis and squash, practicing yoga, Pilates and tai chi. When stress prompted my body to rebel in protest with autoimmune issues, I took a sabbatical away from beloved New York to stay in beautiful La Jolla/ San Diego. It was there that I stumbled upon Essentrics, better known as Classical Stretch on PBS since 1999, the #1 fitness show on the channel. The first time I did Essentrics I felt great immediately - looser, stronger, calmer yet energized, and an inch taller. I was instantly hooked.
Most fitness programs are for people who are already fit. Few allow you to exercise when your body is compromised. Rarer still is a workout that lets you easily adjust the intensity as your body changes. Over the course of two to three months of doing Essentrics my energy and strength surged and I re-grew half an inch. Initially I did it in a relaxed mode but I gradually increased the rigor. I loved it so much I resolved to study Essentrics and teach it. This is most amusing because I hated biology in school yet now I’m a nerd in anatomy and physiology.
While Essentrics works beautifully as a standalone conditioning workout for me, it also complements my other activities. My clients echo my sentiment – they rave about Essentrics enhancing their running, golf, yoga, dance, martial arts, biking, and swimming. Many also relate how the workout alleviates their pain and help them regain mobility. While I may continue to enjoy and explore other sports, Essentrics will always remain a staple and a bedrock. I hope you'll join me for a session in NYC and experience it!
Level 4 Fully Certified Instructor, Honors 4
Certified Personal Trainer, NASM
CPR / AED / First Aid Certified, Red Cross
BA (Honors), The University of Chicago
MBA, Cornell University
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