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Polykinetics; The SELF Method

 Michelle L Vargas

Est. 2014

frequently asked questions

WHAT DOES POLYKINETICS MEAN?

When referencing this fitness method, Polykinetics means, "a systematic method achieved by utilizing MANY exercise movements that shift from one muscle group to another without interrupting the participant's kinetic rhythm" --as commonly seen in examples of kinetic art.

 

Another acceptable definition would be "to utilize a coherent kinetic rhythm whilst exercising" or "To shift from one exercise movement to another, coherently without interrupting kinetic rhythm.". And that is just physiologically speaking on the very surface of the word.

 

--In all reality, the word itself "polykinetics" has MANY meanings depending on the context of it's usage.  Metaphorically, Polykinetics means "to encompass knowledge and inspirations from many different forms and styles of physical fitness (Movements), and the theoretical definition would be "The first systematic physical fitness coping mechanism designed exclusively to help alleviate various physical and mental symptoms due to one or more mental illnesses or disorders. A multidisciplinary approach of actively converting one form or energy to another through the means of music.and movement."

WHAT IS DIFFERENT ABOUT POLYKINETICS?

The first thing most people comment about before trying it is how visually "easy" it physically looks, but how challenging it is to physically do.  It looks silly, but the effects will shock you. Simple. 

 

Polykinetics is a demographically universal, multidisciplinary approach that combines and applies MANY interrelated branches of fundamental science, including: neurology, physiology/biology, positive psychology, sociology and even basic physics, all pragmatically assembled in a way that makes working out the body simplistic and easily implemented than most mainstream methods known today.  Additionally, There are protective principles instilled that increase exercise safety and lowers the chance of workout-related injury which makes it ideal for those looking to rebuild their fitness foundation and optimize mental capacity and capabilities.

Another unique feature including with Polykinetics is that you can utilize the Polykinetics technique at anytime and anywhere the participant chooses.  Participants are completely in the driver seat in their individual workouts. Increasing and decreasing intensity levels are at total control of each participant; allowing each person to perfectly customize their levels of intensity based on their current abilities, tolerances and personal preferences.  Sessions can be successfully completed in a vast range of settings and a wide variety of music.  In Polykinetics it is all about the moves, music and mentality.

WHAT IS CARDIO-INFUSED STRENGTH TRAINING?

This is when cardio-based exercises are intertwined with building lean muscle concurrently --The benefit of doing this is that it is challenging for your body, and more importantly, saves you A LOT of time and frustration. You reap all the benefits without all the complexities.  All about working smarter, not harder!

WHY FOCUS ON MENTAL HEALTH?

Everyone has a spectrum of mental health just as they do physical health. And physical exercise GREATLY impacts how our brains operate and function on a daily basis.  Our physical brain completely controls everything in our lives and unfortunately, it's not getting the attention it needs even though roughly 1 in 4 people are currently struggling with an illness or disorder, and I often see too frequently the importance of mental health getting the cold shoulder due to social and political stigma.  Therefore Polykinetics is used to help make others more mindful, aware and offer everyone a stigma-free zone

 

There are still MILLIONS today who are still fearful of asking or getting help for a mental health type problem, and now, they can improve their mental well-being without having to be in the spotlight because private sessions are performed with the absolute highest level of discretion.

HOW LONG IS A TYPICAL POLYKINETICS SESSION?

A typical full Polykinetics session (known as a set), takes about 20-25 minutes to complete depending on which sequences are used. Some love doing multiple sets within a single session, and I have lead sessions that have lasted over an hour. It really is up to the person I am working with.  If they need extra time to process something particularly difficult, i oblige.

WHAT DO THE COLORS MEAN IN THE LOGO?

RED  

Strength, Determination, Passion

ORANGE

Endurance, Vitality, Encouragement

YELLOW

Optimism, Energy, Joy

GREEN

Growth, Balance, Tranquility

BLUE

Loyalty, Stability, Confidence

INDIGO

Sophistication, Bravery, Wisdom

HOW DO YOU CHOOSE THE MUSIC YOU SEQUENCE?

There are several things I take into consideration when choosing certain songs for certain sequences. One is by the songs duration...how long is it? Another is how fast or slow it is, measured by its beats per minute (BPM). The slower the song, the more strengthening you are doing, the faster, the more cardio. A major component I look at is the lyric content.  What message is the song sending to the audience and is it a message that would be beneficial to the goal at hand.  Some songs are chosen that do not have any lyrics at all and personally, those are some of my favorites because it allows your mind to wonder while staying focused on completing the exercise sequence....a TRUE mind trip!

WHAT DOES J1, J2 AND J3 MEAN?

This is the Polykinetics intensity scale. The "J" standing for JOULE. which is by technical definition, a unit of work or energy. However in Polykinetics it signifies the desired applied intensity for the move being performed.  There are three levels:

J1 = Low intensity, not needing much applied effort.  

J2 = Moderate intensity applied

J3 = High intensity, maximum effort!

 

Many sequences will "bounce" between the three levels of intensity within a single exercise sequence.  Making them extra challenging both physically and mentally.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE YOU TO CREATE A SINGLE EXERCISE SEQUENCE?

It really depends on the song that I am working with.  Some sequences can take several weeks to compose, others, just a few minutes, and then each sequence is extensively tested to ensure its effectiveness and safety! 

WHAT ARE YOU WANTING TO ACCOMPLISH WITH POLYKINETICS OTHER THAN HELP PEOPLE BE MORE MINDFUL AND AWARE OF MENTAL HEALTH THROUGH EXERCISE?

1.) I want to take Polykinetics international.  Mental illnesses affects the entire world, therefore it only makes sense of promote this as a global effort.  Particularly target areas that lack mental health therapeutic treatment options.  Especially those who are low income, poverty stricken or areas that are stigma-riddled. 

2.) Get Polykinetics adopted in mental health facilities, public schools, senior living communities, prisons, juvenile detention centers, private gyms, physical therapy offices, working with people from all walks of life.

3.) Most importantly, I want to get Polykinetics formally tested by a reputable University/College on it's effectiveness on the brain and on mental illnesses and disorders in real-time using the latest and greatest advances available.  With this information, it will help greatly influence more people and places to implement the Polykinetics technique and bring some extra help to the more than 300 million people suffering today.