I always say exercise isn’t something you HAVE to do. It’s something you GET to do. Before I discovered Alkalign, I always pushed through the pain and thought I was invincible. I have an active lifestyle and would run a half marathon in the freezing cold temps of Northern Michigan, play 12 games of beach volleyball in 90+ degree temps and keep going even though I was hurting/freezing/overheated.
Alkalign came into my life at a time when I thought my aches and pains were all part of the aging process because of the activities I engaged in. Through Alkalign I learned this was a complete myth and that age is just a number; mobility doesn’t have to retire once you hit 40. Alkalign’s method of strength training without pain went against everything I had been taught and for years I have enjoyed the friendships, movement and mindset that Alkalign represents.
In the summer of 2021 I discovered that Alkalign means more to me than I could have possibly imagined. During a pickleball match, approximately 4 points after my inner Alkalign voice said “get off the court and stretch your calves,” I suffered a full achilles tendon rupture. My whole life changed in that instant of not listening to my body, even though I knew better.
One of Alkalign’s many teachings is that your feet are your foundation; align your feet, align your life. Now I no longer had the function of my right foot, I was missing 50% of my physical foundation and I was facing a LONG recovery ahead of me. I was about to learn the most important lesson; Alkalign is the foundation.
The day after my injury, I was taking an Alkalign class. I took 2 weeks off post-surgery, but I continued my classes afterward to maintain strength in the rest of my body, to increase circulation to assist in healing and to feel supported by my Blue Crew tribe. Having people who will ‘walk’ challenging times in life with you is something I firmly believe everyone deserves. My body failed me, but Alkalign kept me strong, sane and moving. This is what makes Alkalign more than a workout. It’s a mindset that carries your through your darkest physical and mental times.
I teach Alkalign because it is the foundation of every season of your body and life. Pregnant, injured, cross-training, depressed, in a slump, feeling amazing and want to share that feeling with your tribe? Alkalign is the answer. As your Alkalign instructor, meeting you where you are and helping you feel confident in your body, no matter what season it is in, is my privilege. Alkalign is for every body and anybody who is ready to make a change.Find Marlene on the Livestream Schedule