AKT is Leawood’s newest boutique cardio dance fitness studio lauded by Shakira

Photography by Samantha Levi

Don’t walk into an AKT studio expecting a bouncy, clap-to-the-beat Jazzercise class. AKT, named for celebrity fitness trainer/mastermind Anna Kaiser, is a cardio-intensive and strengthening dance workout equipped with blood-pumping music, resistance bands and disco balls. I took a combo class that was half band work and half dance cardio. By the time Britney Spears’ “(You Drive Me) Crazy” hit the speakers at the end of the forty-five-minute class, I was dripping in sweat and my body felt like jello—in the best way possible.

The workout brand lauded by Kelly Ripa and Shakira just opened a studio in Town Center. Lauren Cimpl, who runs the studio with her husband, Anthony LaVita, hopes that people will welcome this niche workout.

“I’d like to bring something new,” she says. “If this was to be someone’s home studio, even if it’s complimentary to other workouts, I think that’s great.

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