In a sign of a return to normalcy amid the COVID-19 pandemic, exercise classes popped up last week on the Bumble Green lawn on First Street in downtown Los Altos.
Led by instructors from Alkalign Studios, which has a location on First Street, the strength, cardio and mobility workouts abide by current social-distancing rules.
“The outdoor classes are great because you’re outside and you distance yourself while also being with people,” Alkalign founder and CEO Erin Paruszewski said. “I’m super excited to get back to the outdoor sessions, and eventually the indoor, because the difference between seeing someone on the other side of the screen versus seeing them in person is totally different.”
Capped at 20 participants, the outdoor classes are held three times a week. Several packages and memberships are available for interested participants, ranging from $28 for a single class to $45 for three classes, along with 30-class packages. Classes run 45-60 minutes and cover a wide range of exercises applicable to everyday life.
“The classes over Zoom were definitely a great way to connect, but once Bumble on the Green classes became an option, I jumped at the chance to attend a class that allowed for social interaction with my fellow Alkaligners while maintaining appropriate social distance,” Los Altos Hills resident Margo Mynderse-Isola said. “What the Bumble class offers that the online classes can’t is the ability to see and interact with the Alkalign instructor and multiple attendees, see their facial expressions, and truly get a sense of how they are doing during this pandemic.”
Alkalign – which has been offering virtual fitness classes since the pandemic began – strives to provide strength, mobility, flexibility and mind-body connection through exercises and workouts, according to Paruszewski.
“Alkalign is a community first and fitness studio second,” she said. “It’s a very inclusive workout, so people can participate at different levels. It is very balanced in order to help people move better through life, with the idea being when you move better, you can feel better and live better.”
She added that those who attend the outdoor classes are required to bring their own masks and mats, and have a designated distanced space on the Bumble Green lawn. Paruszewski isn’t sure when Alkalign’s in-studio sessions will return, but the outdoor and virtual classes will continue in the meantime.
“We have to be innovative and constantly evolving and just be flexible so we can provide our clients and our community with what they need now, and it changes every day,” she said.
For more information on Alkalign, visit alkalignstudios.com.