Testimonial: Physical Therapist Tricia Clark

Westcott Physical Therapist + Alkalign Studios Testimonial

What a PT appreciates about Alkalign, by Tricia Clark, PT, DPT.

 

I am a physical therapist at Westcott Physical Therapy nearby the Los Altos Alkalign location. It’s my privilege to be able to share with you all a bit of why I not only appreciate but also attend classes at Alkalign. My Alkalign journey started as a personal fitness focus but has become so much more. My story is not unique. I had injuries and pain which affected my body and needed to be addressed. That should sound familiar as we all have had those times. This is when you see a physician and a PT (like me and my colleagues at Westcott) to help restore injuries, recover from surgeries, or just simply get out of pain. After those challenges were addressed, I made personal changes and gained knowledge by committing to a fantastic fitness routine. Sound familiar again? Here is where one needs to focus on fitness and I have really come to appreciate Alkalign in this commitment.

 

Despite growing up in Los Altos, I had limited knowledge of the fitness class resources available downtown. It had been almost ten years that I was out of the area pursuing a higher education. When I took the job at Westcott I noticed the options of fitness facilities now present. However, I continued to do my own mundane workouts and tried many different fitness classes. Unfortunately, most of the classes were not aligned with my personal and professional beliefs about movement. Recently, a few friends encouraged me to try Alkalign and I took advantage of the New Client Special to get in shape for summer. Thanks to those friends, I discovered a convenient location, beautiful atmosphere, and supportive community of fitness enthusiasts that fit my beliefs!

 

As a physical therapist, I strongly believe that once someone is well, it is imperative that they continue to move their body in a safe and thoughtful way.  Alkalign’s low-impact approach focusing on core strength, posture, and flexibility is a great combination. Over the course of attendance I have found that each class focuses on the overall body and is diverse in the choice of movement, which is important to help balance and challenge muscles for better fitness. I appreciate their commitment to delivering safe, challenging, and fun classes to the community which is also key to preventing injury and pain and thus gaining sustainable long-term health. I would recommend Alkalign for not only my patients but other members of the community.

Health and fitness go hand in hand as a lifestyle choice and this is what I see Alkalign striving to achieve. I find that even when one has the knowledge of what to do, it is always easier and more enjoyable to accomplish it with others. They are using the knowledge of the community and I am glad to be part of it!  Continue to stay fit and safe with Alkalign! I look forward to being in class as well as on the blog again to share more soon.

 

Tricia Clark completed her undergraduate degree in Kinesiology and has a Doctorate in Physical Therapy and works as a physical therapist at Westcott Physical Therapy in Los Altos. She grew up as a competitive athlete and has a specialty in athletics and orthopedics. Her background helped to develop her passion for mentoring athletes of all ages in both rehabilitation following an injury and in injury prevention. She is thankful to have found Alkalign and hopes her professional expertise will help the team continually evolve their methodology and offerings. 

8 Reasons Why We Love Yoga Blocks

Alkalign Studios Erin + Yoga Blocks

Q: Why did the yoga blocks walk into a barre class?

A: To give Alkalign clients a way to work harder and smarter!

 

At Alkalign we are passionate about awareness, engagement, alignment, balance, focus and education. The yoga block is a tool that encourages growth in all of these areas! Come take a class that incorporates the block and notice these eight reasons (and probably more!) why a workout out with this prop is so good:

 

+ A more powerful plank

+ Immediate improvements in alignment and engagement

+ Increased awareness of engagement of specific muscle groups

+ Increased ability to stretch in a variety of positions

+ A more effective way to find neutral spine and work the musculature that supports that important position

+ Yourself standing taller

+ A way to self adjust your own form as you work in class

+ Increased relaxation at the end of class (hello supported bridge pose!)

Interested in learning more? Ask your Alkalign instructor!

Always Be a Student

It’s back to school for me and many other teachers, students and families. I LOVE this time of year once I get over clinging for dear life to the freedom and fun summer affords me. Getting to know my new students is a special time and I devote energy each year to setting a tone in class that feels authentic to me and that meets students where they are.

 

The goals for my AP English Language class revolve around reading and thinking critically, writing intentionally and speaking honestly. Then there are my “people goals,” a way to be. As I prepped my lessons last night, I kept thinking of how true these are for Alkalign practice as well.

 

Be here. Show up! Schedule time to be in class at the studio. You know other events will creep in. Put it in your calendar and prioritize the time for yourself.

 

Be present. Once you’re here, really be here. Be intentional about your three breaths at the beginning of each class and let go of your to-do list. Be attentive to your alignment, your breath, your engagement; do that and your practice will surface to a whole new level.

 

See (the) good. Use the mirrors as tool, not a source of criticism or comparison. Be a student of your form and make adjustments. Most importantly learn how to see what you are doing well and how you are improving!

 

Be good. In my classroom, this is about academic integrity and being good to yourself and others. At Alkalign, it’s about relying on the community as a source of encouragement, communicating with your instructors if you have an injury, introducing yourself to a new client, and staying for the final stretch to reward your body with stillness.


Get better. Alkalign, like education, is a practice. Each class is a little different.  Each day is a unique opportunity to learn more about how to take care of yourself. The more you learn, the better you get. Try a new class format, a new instructor or a new balance or hand release option. Ask an instructor for suggestions and ALWAYS be a student!

Alkalign Organic Green Smoothie Health Benefits

Alkalign Studios Green Smoothie by Green Glow LoveWritten By Anna Frumkin and Alene Baronian, MS, RDN

 

You’ve just finished your fave Alkalign class and you are rushing out to whatever is next on your packed agenda. In ten minutes, your stomach will start talking to you or maybe your head or whatever body part that tells you that you need to EAT. WHOOPS! You realize you don’t have anything and that you won’t be able to eat for a couple of hours. At that point, you’ll be starving. Or maybe just really hungry. Regardless, what happens when you’re THAT hungry? You eat everything in the house, your desk, and/or the bottom of your purse.

 

This is where an Alkalign Blend organic green smoothie comes into play. The blend created for Alkalign Studios was specially formulated to have the right balance of nutrients; protein, carbohydrates and fat. The protein necessary to build muscle and provide satiety, the carbohydrates needed to get the protein (amino acids) into the muscles and the fat to help keep you full and absorb the fat soluble vitamins in the green vegetables. Oh, not to mention great taste. They are an easy grab and go, great as a recovery beverage, meal replacement (depending on your individual needs) or mid morning or afternoon snack to carry you over and prevent you from cleaning out the refrigerator, pantry or cupboard when you get home. Enjoy and let us know what you think! 

 

ALKALIGN BLEND HEALTH BENEFITS

 

Coconut Water: This beauty elixir is Mother Nature’s sports drink. Coconut water is wonderful at replacing essential electrolytes after an intense workout. This is due to the high content of potassium. Coconut water is also low in sugar, which is important for fitness enthusiasts looking to watch their sugar intake. 


 

Cinnamon: A nutrient powerhouse that is loaded with antioxidants such as polyphenol. It also has potent anti-inflammatory properties, which helps in repairing tissue and fighting infections. Cinnamon may also reduce fasting blood sugar levels, which makes it a wonderful option in regulating an individual’s blood sugar. The antimicrobial and anti antifungal properties found in cinnamon may also help in the prevention infections. 


 

Pineapple: This antioxidant powerhouse is loaded with Vitamin C! Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin that helps an individual overcome the common cold as well as flu like symptoms. It also aids in digestion and reducing inflammation due to the enzyme bromelain. 


 

Mint: This soothing herb has been used for thousands of years to aid in stomach indigestion and upset, by helping to relieve cramping and gas. 


 

Spinach: Popeye was right, EAT YOUR SPINACH! Spinach is packed with powerful nutrients such as vitamin A, K, fiber, magnesium, calcium and omega-3! 


 

Sprouted Brown Rice Protein: Sprouted brown rice protein is an excellent source of protein for both vegetarians and carnivores. One serving of protein can contain anywhere from 17-25 grams of protein! Brown rice protein contains vital amino acids, which are the building blocks of proteins that are essential for quick muscle recovery.  

 

ALKALIGN BLEND NUTRTIONAL INFORMATION

Calories : 215

Total Fat: 4g

Total Carbohydrates: 24g

Dietary Fiber: 5.8 g

Sugars: 11.4g

Protein: 18.7g

Potassium: 424mg

Sodium:25mg

 

Green Glow Love is an organic smoothie delivery company founded by holistic nutritionist Anna Frumkin. GGL smoothies are made with all raw and organic fruits and vegetables. GGL deliver’s organic green & fruit smoothies as meal replacements, or as energetic fuel to aid in pre/post workout recovery. GGL delivers customized organic smoothies to meet your health needs in sustainable glass mason jars to your home, gym or business establishment throughout San Francisco and the Peninsula.

Hydration + Infused Water

Alkalign Studios Zinger Bottle Infused Water

 

The benefits of drinking water can not be argued but the taste of water can. For some, the flavor of water is often a barrier to getting enough water in your diet and staying hydrated. The addition of fruit, vegetables and herbs to water adds flavor. Lemon, cucumber, mint and citrus fruits are popular choices. It’s simply a matter of taste. Be mindful of the produce choose. Use the Environmental Working Group (EWG) dirty dozen list to help select which produce is the safest and whether or not you should purchase organic.

 

Lemon water in particular is a fantastic way to start your day. It offers a myriad of health benefits, from boosting your immune system to giving an antioxidant boost, aiding digestion and alkalizing the body. It also increases your Vitamin C intake, which is great for your immune system and your skin.

 

Of course you can make infused water in any container or reusable water bottle. We love the Aqua Zinger because it’s dishwasher safe and really does an amazing job of infusing the water with whatever produce you choose to put in it. It’s a great way to combine different flavors and make delicious combos of fruit, veggies and herbs. [Pictured above. See it in action in this Joyus video with style + beauty expert Jenn Falik.]

 

As your water intake increases, you may find that your waist will start to shrink. A study in Obesity, A Research Journal found that overweight women who drank water before meals, lost more weight than those that didn’t.

 

Not only will your waist start to shrink but you’ll find that you’ll have more energy. Dehydration is one of the leading causes of fatigue. All your cells in your body, including your muscle cells, will not function properly. So, the next time you feel like you’re not able to work out to your potential, check to make sure you are hydrated. Instead of running to Starbucks, grab a glass of water and guzzle that down. You get the benefits of energy without the side effects of anxiousness and heart racing that happens with excess caffeine.

 

How do you know if you are hydrated? Well, what goes in must come out. Check your pee! Here is a chart to use to gauge your hydration status. (Note that the color of urine may be altered with supplement or medication use.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mental Health + Exercise

Alkalign Studios Barre Fitness for Mental HealthFeeling down? Stressed out? Anxious? Overwhelmed? Get into class!

 

My husband should probably be the one writing this post. He’s seen first hand the benefit of exercise on mental health. MY mental health. Five and a half years ago, after the birth of our first son, the post-partum depression and anxiety I entered into was unlike anything I’d ever experienced. I wasn’t a stranger to depression and worry but this was different. Treatment took on several forms, including exercise— specifically getting back into the studio for classes!

 

Exercise can benefit mental health in many ways. For me, taking an hour for myself, focusing on something other than my worries, and interacting with people outside of my normal circles was refreshing. Not to mention things like endorphins, improved blood flow, feeling stronger, looking better, and often thinking more clearly!

 

While I was pregnant with my second son and on modified bed rest, I wasn’t allowed to exercise. One day we drove past the studio and I immediately felt more calm—it was startling! Just the thought of exercising made me feel better.

 

If you’re feeling on edge, tapped out, unmotivated, disinterested in things, get into class! Here are a few ideas for making it happen:

 

Schedule it. I know, when you feel mentally drained or pushed to your limits emotionally, creating time for one more thing may seem unthinkable. Put it on your calendar. Sign up online or using the Alkalign app. If it’s on your schedule you’re much more likely to get there. Set an achievable goal and work your way up to making it part of your routine.

 

Find a workout buddy. Of course this isn’t necessary, but it does help. If someone is waiting for you, it’s harder not to show up. Find someone to take class with: a friend, family member, or someone you meet at the studio. Or, let an instructor know you’re coming—we’ll look for you to be there! I’ll take a class with you sometime. Up for checking out a cardio class?  It’s like a reset button for me some days!

 

Embrace the challenge! It’s exercise. Have fun.  Be happy about the things you can do.  Don’t fret over what you wish you were better at doing. Keep coming—focus and you’ll see changes!

 

Can’t make it to class?  Do something. Take 5-10 minutes and get your heart rate up or do a few stretches. Walk around the block. Do a plank. It doesn’t have to be much.  It will most likely make you feel better than five more minutes at your desk, laying on the couch, or staring at your phone!

Confronting (or fighting!) The Inner Critic

Reform Your Inner Critic Mean Girl via Alkalign Studios Today is the day that I FINALLY sit down and begin to write about my experience  with  “the inner critic”.  I have promised myself to begin this process for weeks (ok it’s been months!). What has held me back you ask? That nagging voice in my head that repeats “Who do you think you are?” “What makes you an expert on this topic?”  “Really? Now you are a blogger?”

 

We know that words have power. Power to build us up or to tear us down. Negative words lead us to doubt our value, our ability, our worth. When someone praises us for a job well done, we stand a little taller and feel a little better about ourselves. In contrast, if  someone criticizes us or says something hurtful to us (or about us) it stings. It sticks with us!

 

But what happens when we have negative beliefs or thoughts about ourselves? What happens when the inner critic chimes in and tells us that we are just not enough? We should do better, look better or be better. Science has shown that those thoughts actually create neural pathways in our brain which act like a recording set on repeat. Heard often enough and these thoughts may become our “reality”. These thoughts hold us back. We begin to believe that inner critic.

 

Before sitting down to write this piece, I googled “the inner critic”.  It’s amazing how much information is out there. This is clearly a popular topic. Probably because we can all relate! Most of us hold ourselves to insanely high standards. How many of us can say that we only say nice things to ourselves when we look in the mirror in the morning? How many of us can say that we only affirm our abilities as a mother, wife, friend and employee? If you can and you do, please hunt me down and tell me your secret!

 

Recently, I arrived at the studio to teach the 6:00 am class. As I walked into the room to turn the lights and music on, I caught a glimpse of myself in the mirror. “Holy cow!  Look at the bags under your eyes! And why on earth did you pick that tight fitting top today? Look at that belly pooch!”. Oh hello, inner critic! I refer to her as that witch (with a B) in my head!As I listened to those words I had to stop for a moment and ask myself “Would you EVER say something like that to your friend, your spouse or worst of all your child?” Obviously, the answer is no! Honestly, if I heard anyone talk to my child this way, I would take them down. So why do I take it from my inner critic? Well, I’m ready to confront this chick in my head.

 

Authors Amy Ahlers and Christine Arylo describe this voice as “the inner mean girl” in the book titled Reform Your Inner Mean Girl:  7 Steps to Stop Bullying Yourself and Start Loving Yourself. I immediately ordered the book. I’ve started reading the book. Good start right? The authors encourage the reader to start to listen to our “inner wisdom” instead of allowing the inner mean girl to run the show. There is even a quiz to help you identify your type of inner mean girl. Mine is the “good girl”.  Then they offer an Inner Wisdom Kit that is available online to help you reform the inner mean girl.  So far I have found the book to be relatable, useful and best of all funny.

 

So the next time I hear that mean girl’s voice, I will stop her and let her know that she no longer runs the show! Hit the road mean girl!  I will show myself empathy, compassion and love. Let’s DO THIS!

Lightening the Bowling Ball in my Belly: Alkalign + Pregnancy

Alkalign Studios Pregnancy Barre Fitness Workout #FitPregnancyCurious about my recent Alkalign attendance, a few days ago I counted up the classes noted on my calendar, and discovered that I took 32 in June—when I was 7-8 months pregnant. I’ve been a devotee of barre for quite a few years now, but pregnancy has just ratcheted up my game.

 

As other forms of exercise—for me, running, a little cycling, and hiking – have gradually fallen away or become less enjoyable (hiking is still doable, but only if I can be on a trail where I loop back to a bathroom every 20 minutes or so), Alkalign has remained the steadfast, singular form of exercise that I can not only do, but that leaves me feeling 100x better than when I walked in the studio door.

 

Though I have had friends who have suffered from typical pregnancy aches (sore backs, tender hips, swollen feet, throbbing legs), I have yet to experience these symptoms. I probably should chalk up at least some of my good fortune to luck or good genetics, but I’m also convinced that Alkalign has played a significant role here as well. The focus on form has allowed me to maintain good posture even as my belly has grown, and though my abs have certainly receded, I still feel their remnants helping to hold my belly in. According to Sutter Health’s website, “One of the most important contributions to a healthy pregnancy is good posture. Proper alignment can decrease low back and neck pain and fatigue.” The Alkalign exercises, though modified at this point in my pregnancy, leave me feeling strong and light on my feet; when I leave class, I almost forget that I have a bowling ball in my belly.

 

A key reason why I have also continued to do Alkalign as my pregnancy has progressed is the masterful instructors who have taught me how to modify exercises so that I stay injury-free. Alkalign is the only exercise outfit where I have received such individualized attention and been schooled so carefully on form. I recently explained to my husband that the instructors don’t use the time they are teaching to get their own workout in, and he was shocked; in both of our experiences, it is rare that teachers use class time to provide focused feedback, and pregnancy is a period in my life when I have particularly benefitted from the extra help. I have never been made to feel a wuss for having to modify; in fact, I seem to be getting extra encouragement these days. It’s pretty fabulous to get shout-outs in class for doing a plank on my knees or a Cardio Align move at half the pace of the rest of the class. Where else do you get kudos for choosing the least-tough (but healthiest) move?

 

In addition to maintaining my physical well-being, the Alkalign community has sustained me emotionally as well. The instructors and fellow clients have become my friends, cheering me on throughout pregnancy and providing all kinds of knowledge about what is to come. With my due date quickly approaching, I have frequently walked into the studio with anxiety about any number of things—such as finding a daycare for when I return to work and anticipating lonely days at home—only to walk out of the studio feeling restored by the wisdom of the women in the community.

 

With my baby scheduled to arrive in one week, I aim to be at Alkalign every day (sometimes twice a day), and I’m already counting the days until I can return after he is born.

Why we roll (Wanna be a baller)

Alkalign Studios Myfascial Release Recharge
According to the American Council on Exercise, your friend who can run a marathon but can’t touch her toes is not considered fit. There are three components to fitness: cardiovascular endurance, muscular strength, and flexibility.  As our modern, hectic lives require us to spend more time sitting, flexibility work is even more important but often neglected. Sitting for sustained periods creates muscle imbalances in the body. The position shortens your hip flexors and quadriceps, causes your spine to flex and shoulders to roll forward and shortens your pectoral muscles. All of this can result in poor posture, musculoskeletal pain, muscle adhesions, and increased risk of injuries.

 

While our Barre Align classes bring attention to correct posture, strengthen the underused muscles and stretch the overused ones, there are limitations to what stretching can do to improve flexibility.

 

Muscle adhesions or “knots” develop from overuse, tissue trauma, stress, and a variety of other causes. These adhesions reduce the elasticity of muscles, reduce joint range of motion and can cause pain for some people. Think of these adhesions as a knot in a rubber band. When you stretch the rubber band, the knot tightens but does not go away. That is where Myofascial Release (MR) can help.

 

MR uses tools to find your adhesions and eliminate them through rolling, sustained pressure and other release techniques. The result is restored muscle function, improved joint mobility, decreased musculoskeletal pain, reduced muscle imbalances, and less stress.

 

At Alkalign we are currently developing a class format called ‘Recharge’ that incorporates therapeutic stretching and Myofascial Release to complement the strengthening and cardiovascular exercise you are getting and offset the affects of daily wear and tear on our bodies. The full 60-min Recharge class will start in August. In the meantime, we are offering weekly workshops on Myofascial Release with local Myofascial Release Therapist Wendy Figone beginning 7.12.15 at our Menlo Park studio from 2-3:30 pm. Space is limited to sign up here.

 

You can also get a preview of our Recharge class after select Cardio Align and Barre Express classes taught by Master Instructors Michelle, Lizzie, Erin and Vanessa. If you’d like to learn more about Recharge, please email us: info@alkalignstudios.com

 

We look forward to rolling with you!

Becoming Alkalign

Alkalign ApprenticeAt Alkalign we believe in the importance of growth and evolution for each individual and also for our community as a whole. Each individual in our community adds to the strength and vibrancy that makes Alkalign the best studio ever!

 

You may have noticed a few friendly faces constantly around the studio the last couple of months. Observing classes, guiding clients into deeper engagement, or taking notes in the corner of the studio. What better way to add to our community than with a group of new instructors?! At Alkalign we take your alignment and health just as seriously as who we choose to educate you. Our “apprentices” enter into a rigorous 8-week training program in which they learn the skills to provide you with a safe effective workout. Three women have been working their “seats” off to learn all things Alkalign and earn their Alkalign Certification. They are motivated, inspiring and fun! Each woman is unique, real, and awesome—truly embodying the spirit of Alkalign. They all have families, careers, and lives outside the studio. We are lucky enough that they choose to spend some of their time with us at the studio.  Meet Danielle, Erin G., and Kasey:

 

Danielle is a long time client who, for the past several months, has been working at the front desk. She creates a warm and welcoming environment as she acknowledges everyone who walks through the door with a smile. We are so excited that she has taken on the role of instructor as well.  I asked Danielle what her biggest challenge was during the training process. She said learning to verbally cue and explain how movement is performed and executed. Another challenge was making the time to fit in class observations while balancing her family life and meeting her own fitness needs. Danielle’s favorite part of training was feeling supported by her training team, instructors and clients.

 

Erin G.’s love for Alkalign is apparent as she quickly made the transition from experienced client to instructor. Now she will continue her practice as she further enhances the community’s practice. She also blogs about wine—how cool is that? #Alkawine anyone? What Erin has found most challenging is learning proper adjustments. Learning about different body types, abilities, and injuries takes a lot of skill and practice. This is why our instructors go through an intensive training process to keep your body safe and in alignment. Erin has really enjoyed how all the instructors have been encouraging and give her helpful feedback.

 

If you have little ones you may have heard them talking about how cool Kasey is.  She has been providing our Alkalign kiddos with a fun learning experience in the childcare room while the mamas get personal time to exercise.  Now it’s her turn to provide you with a fun learning experience in the studio! The most difficult part of the training process for Kasey was learning that it’s ok to make mistakes and to not be her own worst critic. Her favorite part was pushing past her comfort zone to take more classes from different instructors and getting to know other instructors and clients in the process. She loves the feeling of becoming part of a team and we couldn’t be happier to have her.

 

We are thrilled to have these three women join Alkalign and want you to get to know them as well!!!

School’s out for Alkalign! The Case for Teen Barre Practice

Alkalign Studios Menlo Park Los Altos #barre #fitnessIf you’re an Alkalign enthusiast, you already know the benefits of a dedicated alignment-focused barre practice. You are physically and mentally stronger, your posture has improved, you’re more resilient and to top it off you just feel better. Imagine if you had tapped into this as an adolescent. What a head start!

 

Summer is a great time for teens to reset physically, mentally and emotionally. Alkalign’s focus on alignment, engagement and dynamic balance provides teens with opportunities to develop in class what will stay with them for a lifetime.

 

As a high school English teacher and a cross country coach, I am well acquainted with the very overscheduled and overstressed lives of adolescents, particularly in the Bay Area. Helping teens bring about their own wellness and cultivate healthy responses to stress should be a priority for parents and educators.

 

Teens who no longer play youth sports or have dedicated P.E. classes still need to exercise. Physical fitness serves as outlet both for mind and body, but traditional avenues for children’s fitness often winnow for teenagers. Without that club team or scheduled class, where do they go? And what will their fitness choices look like when they eventually move out or head to college? Practicing at Alkalign allows them create healthy habits now and can increase their personal ownership in lifestyle choices.

 

For competitive adolescent athletes, hyper focus on one sport (specialization) often leads to repetitive use injuries, psychological stress and burnout [1]. Broadening training with the addition of a barre practice can counter that. Alkalign’s whole body approach allows us all to develop muscle groups that we might not be targeting in our other pursuits, thereby helping us prevent injury. Similarly, think of how mentally engaged you’ve become as you learn about your own body’s abilities and try to perfect your C curve. That kind of new understanding of alignment and function enhances athletic performance as well so that what is learned in the studio translates onto the field, court or track.

 

Beyond all of this, developing a barre practice can help teenagers cope and cultivate inner strength in a similar way that it does for all of us. More attuned body awareness and an interest in how the body works let us, and teens alike, move with more intention and confidence. That attention and intention, the mind-body connection, improve cognition as well and can reduce stress. Athlete or not, it is a gift to be present in your own body and to be grounded in your own strength.

 

So what’s on tap for your teenager this summer? I hope some personal time beyond SAT prep and a spot in class! After all students get a 20% discount on regularly priced class packages and Core Members can add a family member for just $100/month!

 

 

[1] Jayanthi, Neeru et al. “Sports Specialization in Young Athletes: Evidence-Based Recommendations.” Sports Health 5.3 (2013): 251–257. PMC. Web. 25 May 2015. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3658407/

Mirror Mirror on the Wall

Alkalign Studios Menlo Park + Los Altos | Barre Fitness | Cardio Align

You may have noticed that we have added mirrors on the bottom half of the back and side walls in each studio. Why you ask? No, it’s not to surround you in reflective material to make you feel self-conscious about yourself. It’s to help you with your alkalignment!

 

Although we have always had mirrors on one wall, now we have the ability to face different directions in class and get different perspectives on our bodies. I love being able to see your feet and knees during squats so you can watch your knees track forward over your toes without being tempted to look forward at your face in the mirror, which causes misalignment in the cervical spine. Looking forward and slightly down during a squat vs straight forward is much better for preserving neck alignment. Having additional mirrors in the studios also helps to check your form during low-C curve, round back on the floor and seated neutral spine abdominal exercises. You’ll find that it helps with a lot of the exercises we do!

 

Position and alignment are important to successfully move through exercises and life without getting injured. Many injuries are the result of repetitive movement in improper alignment. This could be due to the way you stand, walk, run or swing a golf club. Think about it: the more you do something, the more important it is that you do it correctly. Hence our obsession with proper alignment in the classes we teach. Our goal is to help you establish better habits in class that you will take with you into the world when you leave the studio.

Alkalign Next Gen

Alkalign Studios Childcare Los Altos Menlo ParkAlkalign<3’s kids! Yes, we do! We are a community at Alkalign and that includes our kiddos. Our childcare staff creates a community within the Alkalign community just for little ones. By providing childcare in both the studios we hope to make it a little easier to find and maintain balance in life and make time for you!

 

Here are five reasons why Alkalign babies + kids make moms happy!

  • It’s affordable! Just $6 per child, per session, and the New Mom Package now includes  3 months of unlimited childcare for your newest addition.
  • You get a workout and your kids get to have fun. Win win! Our instructors aim to engage you and your body while our childcare staff’s goal is to engage and interact with your kiddos.
  • Projects! We will be rolling out new projects in childcare starting with our very own Alkalign coloring pages. We want to see what Alkalign means to everyone, kids included!
  • It’s convenient! We offer childcare during many of our classes (including mornings, afternoons and weekends) at both studios. When you sign up online or on the app you can also sign up your child as well.
  • It’s fun! The number one goal  is to make sure every child is having fun and is enjoying the time as much as you enjoy your workout. We play games, have dance parties, create masterpieces on the chalk wall, dress up, and so much more.

 

So next time you sign up for a class, sign your little ones up too!

 

Barre Express

Alkalign Studios Menlo Park + Los Altos | Barre Fitness | Cardio Align

As a Barre Express Instructor, I am often asked about the Express class and the question I most commonly hear is “Will I still get a quality workout in?”.  The answer is YES!

 

Barre Express is 45 solid minutes of strength building exercises, stretching to enhance flexibility and postural alignment. In Express you will achieve a total body workout in under an hour. Wouldn’t it be nice to shorten other activities and still get the same results? In our Express class you can have your cake and eat it too thigh work and seat work too. You can have your abdominal and upper body work as well.

 

The Barre Express class follows the same format as our traditional Barre Align class. However, Express offers faster-paced transitions and speedier set ups so you can get into position quicker and stay there longer. It is especially important to stay focused and engaged in Barre Express so you can maximize each minute of class. Our instructors are there to guide you, support you, and keep your body in a healthy position, but only you can stay present and push yourself forward.
Our Barre Express classes are conveniently scheduled in the early morning, during the lunch hour and in the evenings. Grab one of our healthy food options on the way out and in less than an hour you have strengthened + nourished your mind, body and soul.

Alkalign Starts Here

Alkalign Studios Menlo Park + Los Altos | Barre Fitness | Cardio Align

Alkalign is more than the name on the front door. It’s more than the products and services we offer or the science that is the foundation for our ever-evolving classes and Nourish program. Alkalign extends beyond what is tangible and measurable. At Alkalign, we embrace what is real, raw and human. We infuse principles of strength, alignment, and nourishment to surface our ultimate selves.


 

In creating Alkalign, I was fortunate enough to work with the extremely talented and inspiring team at Personify. They took my vision for the brand and ran with it.

 

We believe that balance is dynamic and doesn’t always mean staying in the middle.

“The Alkalign mark is the perfect visual definition of forward movement and balance. To us, that is dynamic balance which we define as Alkalign. In creating the logo for Alkalign, we explored many different ‘A’ shapes. We knew we wanted a shape that would easily translate to signage, retail and stand up well as a one-color mark. Knowing Erin’s business goals and big picture thinking to create a place that is so much more than an exercise studio, our creation focused on marks that were bold and could stand the test of time. We presented about seven different logos and the ones that stood out most were ones that showed the A with energy but also encompassed in a circle shape. The A is aligned and perfectly straight while the diagonal lines on either side shows movement all the while enclosed within a balanced circle of grace and stability.” – Krista Skehan, Personify

Alkalign Studios Menlo Park + Los Altos | Barre Fitness | Cardio Align 

We are a team of individuals, a family of originals.

As soon as I saw the logo presentation, I knew this was the one. The combination of the lines and circle are symbolic. For me, the circle also represents the Alkalign community. I am constantly impressed by all the amazing people I meet at the studios. I want us to all learn from and inspire each other. My hope is that Alkalign becomes as much of a second home for you as it is for me. I invite you to participate in whatever capacity you feel comfortable. Take class. Swing by to grab lunch. Share a testimonial or a suggestion. We believe in collaboration and appreciate the wealth of talent + knowledge our clients have.

 

We dare to step outside of our comfort zones because we have a foundation of strength to return to. I may have kick-started Alkalign but I want you to be a part of the evolution going forward. Alkalign is our home base, a place where you are always welcome, a place where you can push your limits knowing there is no such thing as failure. Together we are Team Alkalign.

 

We are grounded. We are charged.

“The secondary marks (+/- and water droplet) start to visually help grow the brand and give even more meaning to the name Alkalign. The plus/minus pattern carries a few different meanings. Sometimes our bodies or minds are more acidic or toxic and sometimes they are more base or balanced. They also stand for the charge we get when we nourish our bodies and minds by exercising and eating well. The water-drip logo that you will be seeing more of speaks to Nourish. It is on the fridges in the studios and will be a part of the Nourish program. Water is fluid, water is always in motion. The work that Alkalign provides for your body, mind and spirit allows you to ebb and flow in your life by seeking your own personal balance through strength, alignment and nourishment,” explains Krista.

 

We practice what is proven but believe forward motion brings stability.


At Alkalign we are committed to offer you the safest and most effective way to be fit. We go beyond the barre and are constantly evolving and innovating.

 

Live present. Be forward. Alkalign.