Who is the Extensa™ stretching instructor training for?
Fitness instructors, personal trainers, dance teachers and coaches who have little to no experience with flexibility training.
Already have flexibility training experience? Scroll down to our 3rd question: I have flexibility training experience. Do I need your certification?
What is an Extensa class?
An Extensa class is a flexibility training (also commonly known as "stretching") class that follows a group fitness format. It is a combination of stretching, strengthening and balance exercises. We incorporate many different types of stretching techniques in order to create safe progression and lasting results.
The majority of classes are offered in a medium to large group setting, but they can also be used to train a client one on one, or as a cross training class for dancers and athletes.
We also have two advanced classes: Extensa Flow and Extensa Performance
I have flexibility training experience. Do I need your instructor training course?
If you already have experience teaching flexibility training our instructor certification may still be a good fit for your, if you are:
looking for a way to grow your clientele
looking to structure your class correctly and safely for optimal flexibility results
looking for recognition in your industry
looking to be part of an organization and a community of likeminded instructors
If any of the above scenarios apply then our Extensa™ Stretching Instructor Training is for you!
If you have many years of experience and more advanced flexibility skills then perhaps our Extensa Flow or Performance certifications are a better fit.
A specialty certification assumes that you have taken or are currently enrolled in an instructor or teaching certification. And that you have some teaching or coaching experience in your industry.
Our specialty certification course does not teach you basic anatomy or basic exercise science concepts. We do teach you how to teach our techniques, how to cueing correctly, how to improve your communication skills, what music to use, how to structure a class, how to perform the exercises and much more!
The answer is: Yes. And no. The word stretching is often used incorrectly. Traditional stretching classes are often based on only one stretching technique: static stretching. Extensa specializes in flexibility training which incorporates all types of stretching techniques combined with strengthening, balance and core engagement. So, yes Extensa is a "stretching" class that incorporates all types of flexibility training in order to improve an maintain flexibility.
Is Extensa like yoga?
No! The main goal of yoga is to lead a meditative, non competitive and spiritual way of life. Becoming more flexible from yoga is not the goal but a nice side effect. Extensa is designed specifically as a flexibility training program to achieve optimal flexibility for the entire body. Extensa is a fitness technique to improve and maintain flexibility while yoga is spirituality and a way of life.
Who are Extensa classes for?
Extensa classes are adaptable for almost everyone. This depends on the instructor. And their choice of:
the amount of rest periods used
the amount of repetitions
the pace of the class.
Extensa classes move through every fundamental position (standing, hands and knees, seated and lying). Therefore our classes are not suitable for anyone with major exercise limitations if they are unable to work in all fundamental positions. However, we do offer continuing education workshops for special populations. For example:Extensa Chair routine. Which means some of our instructors have adapted our classes to accommodate some exercise limitations.
Extensa Flow and Performance classes deal with more advanced flexibility and therefore only suited to athletes and individuals capable of getting into advanced flexibility positions.
Can I speak with someone if I have more questions?
Yes! We'd love to discuss your future career plans as an Extensa instructor. Send us a message via our contact page and we'll set up a voice or zoom call. Looking forward to getting to know you!
Where do I find the FAQs specific to the Certification course?
We have a FAQ section that answers the major questions regarding our Instructor Certification course here. (once you click on the link, scroll to the bottom of the page).
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