March 17, 2022
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Essentrics is a type of dynamic stretch workout for all fitness levels started over 20 years ago by Miranda Esmonde-White, a former professional ballet dancer.
The goal of every science-based Essentrics workout is:
“…to create a balanced body such that the strength in your muscles doesn’t inhibit your movement, and your mobility is enhanced by your strength. Essentrics dynamically combines strengthening and stretching to develop a strong, toned body with the complete ability of moving each joint and muscle freely and with full range of motion.”
Essentrics routines have been featured on PBS television for over 20 years and the Essentrics techniques have been the subject of bestselling books by the creator.
You can access over 400 different workouts featuring the Essentrics method inside of the streaming service, EssentricsTV. Keep reading for a full review and breakdown of this on-demand service (EssentricsTV).
Here’s a short video about EssentricsTV from the voice of its users:
Miranda Esmonde-White is the star and creator of the Essentrics workouts.
That’s a great question! Here’s a list of the benefits you can expect to experience from using the Essentrics method:
Here’s what you need to know about the workouts…
Each routine is about encouraging ‘gentle, regular’ movement in your entire body
Many of the routines in the EssentricsTV library are taught by Miranda, but there are also several classes that are lead by other instructors that have been trained in the Essentrics method
There are regular live classes to choose from if you prefer the energy of that setting
There are over 400 on-demand classes in the workout library as well
The length of classes range from 15 minutes to 60 minutes
There are a lot of resources for a beginner to get started with EssentricsTV (workshops, tutorials, a beginner’s guide and an FAQ section).
The workout library has routines sorted in several different ways including length, profiles, challenges and body-part specific classes. Here’s a list of some of the categories in the EssentricsTV library:
Pain relief, injury and conditions
Flexibility & Mobility
Fit & Healthy
Sculpt & Tone
And these videos will show you a summary of a few of these types of workouts (called ‘profiles’ on the website):
Pain relief workouts:
And there are a lot of challenges you can choose from as well:
The only equipment used in any of the classes in the EssentricsTV library are a mat, exercise foam brick, hemorrhoid cushion, resistance band, and a chair but all of this is optional.
Home exercisers won’t need a ton of extra space to do these routines. If you can stretch your body in every direction without tripping, kicking or knocking something over then you should be good to go.
The Essentrics workouts are for men and women of any fitness level. They’re perfect routines to supplement a rigorous workout schedule but are ideal for a beginner who’s just getting started as well.
There’s a 14-day free trial period at the time I’m writing this.*
*As always, please make sure you check for any current promotions or price updates before you sign up.
You can sign up on the Essentrics website and pay monthly or annually. There’s a savings if you pay for an entire year at once.
You can also buy a membership as a gift!
And here’s a breakdown of the membership benefits:
The Essentrics website is a lot to take in.
I’ve clicked on almost every link on their site to learn as much as I can about EssentricsTV and their programs, instructors, products and offers and I still feel a little overwhelmed with the amount of content.
I think it would be less intimidating if the workout library and website was simplified somehow to feel less visually overwhelming.
I recommended EssentricsTV to my mom and she told me that she ‘couldn’t figure out what she was supposed to do to sign up’ or what she’d be gettting if she did. She didn’t sign up.
But if you’ve never used any streaming (on-demand) workout library before you have to be wlling to commit to an hour or more of learning how to use the service. Once you figure it out, you’ll be fine.
There IS a customer support team. Contact them if you have questions.
If you’ve used on-demand memberships in the past then you’ll get the hang of this one quickly.
Click here to sign up for EssentricsTV (I’m not an affiliate).
If you’re looking for a good stretch workout then sign up for EssentricsTV.
For most people, I recommend signing up for the monthly membership. Try the routines during your free trial period. Invest some time into using all of the membership benefits–watch the tutorials, join a live class, take a workshop, etc.
You can cancel or upgrade to an annual membership after you’ve really had a chance to try out the membership.
Download the EssentricsTV app as soon as you sign up!
It’s much easier to explore the workout library using the app.
Watch videos like this one to help you get the hang of how to use the library:
And read the articles that walk you through how to use the membership benefits:
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