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New ‘AKT In Motion’ Workout Program Designed With Swimsuit Season In Mind

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NEW YORK(CBSNewYork) — As temperatures begin to rise, so do many people’s fitness expectations.

On Saturday morning, CBS 2’s Diane Macedo hit the gym to check out a new workout designed to get you in shape for swimsuit season.

Trainer Anna Kaiser said that she prefers an all-in-one approach to reach spring fitness goals.

“I was teaching cardio classes, dance classes, flexibility classes, and I was thinking to myself, ‘why can’t there be one class that is fully comprehensive,'” she said.

That idea inspired AKT in Motion, which is short for Anna Kaiser Technique. Classes consist of 60 to 90 minutes worth of interval training with a twist.

“You’re doing dance moves, but then you’re also incorporating intervals and the yoga poses in between the dance moves. Plus it’s fun. Dancing’s fun, workouts should be fun,” she said.

Classes run at all different levels and beginners can start with the AKTease class. Intermediate trainers can try happy hour classes where routines change every two weeks, and advanced dancers can try a 90 minute class that incorporates routines spanning a two-month period.

“The beginning was challenging, I’m not going to lie like I was tired, it was hard, I kept thinking, ‘how am I going to do this,’ but then you just keep coming and it gets easier,” AKT In Motion client Nicole Wachter said.

Each of the instructors is a professional dancer, has been certified through the National Academy of Sports Medicine, and have additional certifications in TRX, pilates, yoga, and pre and post natal conditioning.

Experts and clients seem to think that the training is paying off.

“You’re getting the flexibility you might get from a yoga class, you’re getting that cardio burn, you’re getting the dance element, so it really combines all of those things into one fun class,” SHAPE Magazine, Editor-At-Large, Bahar Takhtehchian said.

AKT In Motion has locations in Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Hamptons, and New Canaan, Connecticut.

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