Category Archives: Fitness

Can Dancing Make You Smarter?

Such was the question posed by Richard Powers in an article titled, “Use It Or Lose It: Dancing Makes You Smarter.” In his article he references a study  from the New England Journal of Medicine that “wanted to see if any physical or cognitive recreational activities influenced mental acuity.”

According to Powers, “They studied cognitive activities such as reading books, writing for pleasure, doing crossword puzzles, playing cards and playing musical instruments.  And they studied physical activities like playing tennis or golf, swimming, bicycling, dancing, walking for exercise and doing housework.

One of the surprises of the study was that almost none of the physical activities appeared to offer any protection against dementia.  There can be cardiovascular benefits of course, but the focus of this study was the mind. There was one important exception:  the only physical activity to offer protection against dementia was frequent dancing.”

Powers also mentions another important finding from the study: “Do it often.  Seniors who did crossword puzzles four days a week had a measurably lower risk of dementia than those who did the puzzles once a week.  If you can’t take classes or go out dancing four times a week, then dance as much as you can.  More is better.”

Check Out Io’s June Playlist!

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AKT Trainer, Io!

1. “Can’t Hold Us”- Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

2. “Get Up” (Rattle)- Bingo Players and Far East Movement

3. “Get Lucky” (Workout Remix Edit)- d’Macy

4. “Sweet Dreams” (OK DAC Club Remix)- Beyonce

5. “Q.U.E.E.N” (Feat Erykah Badu)- J. Monet

6. “Blurred Lines” (Work Out Mix)- Summer Party Kings

7. “Dance, Dance, Dance”- Lykke Li

8. “Looking Good, Feeling Gorgeous”- RuPaul & Gomi

9. “Rabiosa” (7th Heaven Club Edit)- Shakira Feat. Pitbull

10. “Pusher Love Girl”- Justin Timberlake

AKT Featured in OK! Magazine

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OK! Magazine June 17, 2013 Issue

Check out the latest issue of OK! Magazine featuring AKT INMOTION founder, Anna Kaiser! Anna’s fit tip for AKT client, Shakira, is mentioned in an article titled “Fit Secrets of the Stars”. View it here or grab your own copy of the magazine on newsstands now!

Catching Up With Catie: To Rest or Not To Rest?


Meet Catie!

“Taking a rest day is not easy for me.  I know that my body does need days to rest and recuperate, but I always feel like taking a rest day is taking a step backwards.  For the most part since I have started, Fridays and Sundays have been my rest days; simply, because that’s what my schedule dictated.

Now that my work schedule is changing to summer hours, I am able to take classes on Friday which gives me the opportunity to have two back to back rest days if I choose.  This past week I took class everyday Monday-Friday and had Saturday and Sunday as my rest days.  It seemed like a lot more time than that since my class on Friday was 7 AM and I didn’t have a class until Monday 7 PM.

Returning to class tonight, I found I was much stronger at the arm sequence we started last week!  It was still challenging, but I found I was able to do more of each exercise with a wider range.  I guess the two days of rest did prove to serve me well!”  by Catie Solan

Anna’s 10 Minute Arms on!

Follow along with Anna Kaiser as she leads a 10 minute arm series on! Here is what Susi May of had to say about the workout:

“We all know that Kelly Ripa is ripped. Her secret weapon? Workouts with trainer Anna Kaiser of AKT in Motion. And here is a 10-minute arm workout from Anna for you to try. You will tone and sculpt sexy, shapely shoulders while working your entire body. Now that’s efficient! Grab a set of dumbbells, between three and eight pounds, and get ready to work your arms, legs, and core.”

Check out Anna Kaiser in ELLE!

Congratulations to our friends Alexia & Melisse, founders of Well + Good ( who will be guest blogging over at for the month of June! We were thrilled to see an AKT shout out in an article featuring the guest bloggers in the most recent issue of Elle magazine on newsstands now. Grab your copy today and be sure to check out their blog posts over at!

Check Out Anna’s May Playlist!

  1. “Clarity (feat. Foxes)” by Zedd20120124-DSC_5504-Edit
  2. “My Songs Know What You Did In the Dark” by Fall Out Boy
  3. “A little Party Never Killed Nobody” by Fergie, Q-Tip & GoonRock
  4. “Sunshine (Radio Edit)” by Dance Nation
  5. “E.T. (Noisia Remix)” by Katy Perry
  6. “Chasing Summers” by Tiesto
  7. “Rock Music” by Alvaro
  8. “Human (Ferry Corsten Radio Remix)” by The Killers
  9. “Like That” by T.I.
  10. “Bird Marchine (feat. Alesia)” by DJ Snake

Studies Show Dance Training Improves Sports Performance!

An article published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine documented the results of cross-country skiers who used dance training pre-season compared to those who did not. The object of the study was “To evaluate the effect of pre-season dance training on back pain, joint mobility, and muscle flexibility, and on speed and agility in elite cross-country skiers.”

Swedish skiers were observed over a 3 month period in a controlled study and were asked to participate in various exercises that  included “different types of dancing such as ballet, modern dance, jazz dance, and character dance, the aim being to improve balance, coordination, muscle flexibility, and agility.”

After the study concluded, the authors found that “preseason dance training improved the range of hip motion and joint mobility and the flexibility of the spine. These improvements might explain the reduction in ski related back pain in the intervention group.” You can view the whole article by clicking here.

The Daily Mail Covers AKT On Live! with Kelly & Michael!

Click the link below to check out the Daily Mail’s coverage of Anna Kaiser’s INTENSE training with Kelly Ripa & Michael Strahan from today’s segment on Live!

Moms To Be: Check Out “Expecting More” Created by Anna Kaiser

expecting_more_1May is Pregnancy Awareness Month!  And we have the perfect solution for all new moms and mommies-to-be to get you ready for the summer.  Grab your copy of “Expecting More” the Complete Pregnancy System (see below) to get everything you need to stay on track during your pregnancy!  And… THERE’S MORE!  If you want instant access, download individual workouts here.

“Expecting More is a unique workout program designed for the expecting mom who was fit and healthy prior to her pregnancy and is looking to stay active, motivated, and energized. This two-DVD set features six different workouts, 230 minutes of exercises, and a calendar to guide you through all three trimesters. Expecting More offers what no other prenatal exercise DVD has before – variety, inspiration, and workouts for all fitness levels. Join Sara Haley as she stays fit during her own pregnancy and leads you through a series of cardio sequences, sports drills, weight training, dynamic stretching, hip-hop routines, and more!”  This dvd series is available for purchase through


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