Lizzie Hammerman: Beyond the Metrics

If you’ve been to an Alkalign Studio, you might have noticed the airy, open feel of our studio space. There are no machines or closets full of equipment. We enhance our practice with simple props like straps, bands, and balls, but really encourage our clients to spend their time with us focusing on what their body is doing and feeling during class. Our decision to minimize the amount of equipment we use and to leave technology out in the hallways of studios is intentional and is at the foundation of what we do.

 

Alkalign is about mindful, purposeful movement in order to train (and re-train) you to move better in your body.  Screens and dashboards force your attention elsewhere and impair your ability to make brain-body connections. Our # 1 core value is “pay attention”. The use of metrics makes that harder, not easier.

 

Screens, dashboards and spreadsheets impair our ability to connect with the instructor and our fellow classmates.  We come together in the studio to support each and connect as a real community. Make eye contact with someone who might need a little encouragement or someone who you admire. We’re here for each other, it’s not a competition.

 

It is easy to become reliant on the machine (megaformer, bike, treadmill, heart rate monitor) for your workout.  At Alkalign, we teach self-reliance. YOU are the machine and are in full control of it.

 

In this modern world, we spend so much of our time in front of screens and interacting with online “communities”. We are losing personal connection.  We are committed to the brick and mortar studio because we believe that face-to-face interaction and physical touch is both necessary and therapeutic/healing.

 

Have you ever had the number on the scale make or break your day (or week)? That reaction is deeply ingrained in our brain, but is so counter-productive to our wellness. We want our clients to gauge their success by how they feel and in the small victories in class and in their day – not a number on a scale, dashboard, spreadsheet, etc.

 

Metrics are not as objective as you think. Machine calibration may vary and your heart rate can be influenced by your hydration, sleep or how well you have recovered from a previous workout. Pay attention to how you feel and connect that to your behavior outside the studio. What is working? What is not? Maybe you need a rest day or more sleep?  Identify causes vs. react to symptoms.

 

Lizzie Hammerman runs the Program Innovation and Franchise Development at Alkalign. She joined the corporate team at its inception in 2015  and is responsible for evolving Alkalign’s class offerings.

 

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