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 slightly 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 rhythmic movement."
WHAT IS DIFFERENT ABOUT POLYKINETICS IN COMPARISON TO OTHER FITNESS METHODS?
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 using simple basic body weight exercises with a particular rhythmic beat/tempo speed, 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 ANAEROBIC 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 An average SESSION?
A typical full Polykinetics session (known as a set), takes about 20-25 minutes to complete depending on which sequences are used, and/or depending of the needs of the person or group I am working with. I try to keep time down to a minimal since a lack of time is the No. #1 excuse not to get involved in working out. The shortest set I had created was 14 minutes and 14 seconds long. The CDC recommends at least 10 minutes of moderate intensity to reap health-related benefits.
what's with the rainbow colors?
RED - Determination, Passion, Action
ORANGE - Endurance, Vitality, Encouragement
YELLOW - Optimism, Energy, Positive
GREEN - Growth, Renewal, Harmony
BLUE - Loyalty, Stability, Confidence
INDIGO - Powerful, Integrity, Wisdom
To use the color spectrum also holds an symbolism pertaining to my martial arts background where you had to climb from one color belt to the next. This is similar in the sense that everyone starts at red. It is a color to bring forth an initial awareness of why you are seeking to learn Polykinetics. And similarly with martial arts belt rankings, participants level up from one color to the next with the last level being "Indigo" which symbolizes the highest level of personal attainment and awareness. Only those who make it to the indigo level are invited to take part in the certification process to become a Polykinetics instructor and begin forming their own classes and sessions.
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 as well as change up intervals in speed; making kinetic sequences next level challenging both physically and mentally. The key to applying these effort indicators safely is to always be paying attention to how your physical body is responding to the applied force of your movements, and making adjustments if needed.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE YOU TO CREATE A SINGLE EXERCISE SEQUENCE?
It really depends on the song that I'm working with or physical goal of the sequence Some sequences can take several weeks to compose, others, in under 10 minutes, and then each sequence is extensively tested by myself to ensure its effectiveness and safety.