What's Her Secret: Anna Kaiser
The inspiring founder of dance workout AKT inMotion has a thing or two to say about connecting to your body.
Meet Anna Kaiser, the dancer turned celeb trainer behind the high-intensity interval training workout AKT inMotion. When she's not training Kelly Ripa and Shakira, Kaiser is sharing her passion for movement, balance and body awareness with her clients.
What does wellness mean to you? "It's a lifestyle. I think that right now, people are embracing fitness and wellness as a lifestyle, and not just as a choice from one day to the next. But how are they going to integrate fitness, nutrition, massage and overall wellness and well-being into their lives on a consistent basis? They're asking, 'What things do I enjoy that are also good for me, that I can look forward to, that will make me feel better and embrace life?' When I opened the studio, I didn't just want to offer a workout, I really wanted to offer a wellness mecca—to give clients everything I allow myself. Because it's all really important in order to embrace fitness and wellness as a lifestyle."
Great questions, for sure. How do you implement all those elements into your own life as a busy fitness professional? "The fitness is one aspect. I work out with AKT every single day. I love it, I look forward to it, I love working with my clients. I'm more focused, I have more energy, I'm stronger and more confident. In terms of food and nutrition, I really like a balanced diet. I drink water with lemon first thing in the morning, then coffee right before I work out. I love to work out first thing in the morning. I have breakfast right after I workout, a combination of protein and carbs. Lunch is the most important part of the day. The American way is usually dinners, but I really like to focus on a big, healthy lunch and a much lighter dinner."
Being so busy, how do you find balance? "The tough thing is being able to wear a lot of different hats. Variety keeps me really excited about life, to have a lot of different types of focus on a daily basis! So it's very energizing, very exciting and keeps me busy in a way that I really enjoy. I like to keep my hand in a lot of different pots. [It's also about] finding ways to chill out during the stress of the day. I've recently gotten into meditating, which I find really calms the central nervous system, as does massage and accupuncture. I think we forget about breathing and our breathing becomes very shallow. So it helps reset your body, think about your breathing, connect emotionally and not have anything to do. I think we also forget about silence, and space, and just being in the world, and how important that is."
Right. Can you share some specific tips? "I'll use essential oils, I'll put them on my wrist, and I'm obsessed with Essentia Water. It's a pH-balanced water. I changed my entire life to only drink this water and it's making a huge difference. The water goes through an ionization process, so the electrolytes are naturally occurring, not added; it hydrates 88 percent better than any water and keeps me really energized. Because your blood, when you're dehydrated, is like ketchup, and your body has to work much harder to circulate the blood through your body."
Has fitness always been your passion? "I was a professional dancer for 20 years. I was always connected to my body and physical by nature. If I had to work through something emotionally, I would do it with dance. That was my therapy; how I connected to my body and to the world, and how I was able to express myself. Fitness plays a natural part in that journey. It came into play in college, and as I started to learn more, I wanted to learn more! And as you learn more about the body—I took classes and got certified in Pilates and kinesiology and pre/post-natal—you're connecting to your body in a really different way than a performer, or a dancer. It was really exciting because all these things I inherently and intuitively knew as a dancer I was able to understand through the science of fitness. I've been using my body as a tool, and a career, my entire life."
That must feel great to share. "I didn't want to make it about myself anymore. I really wanted to inspire others, help people change and reach their own goals. I get so much from seeing others embrace themselves physically, and embrace life, and learn to dance and learn things about kinetic movement and posture. Being able to explode in the room and use all that passion to inspire others was so electrifying and exciting for me."