AKT, a new dance-cardio fitness concept featuring carefully curated playlists, high-energy music, disco ball bumping and a supportive community, opened in Powell on January 23. The new AKT studio, located at 9832 Brewster Lane, Suite C6, allows Powell residents to experience a full body workout that combines cardio dance intervals with strength and toning.
AKT has become increasingly popular because of its effective and fun dance-cardio technique touted by celebrities like Kelly Ripa, Shakira and Alicia Keys. Fueled by positivity, a combination of personal training and dance-cardio technique, each of the four class types – DANCE, BANDS, TONE and CIRCUIT – are kept fresh and entertaining since the choreography changes every three weeks. Each 60-minute, full-body workout class is designed to burn calories and strengthen and tone in an atmosphere that’s fun, exhilarating and results-driven.
AKT Powell is owned and operated by local entrepreneurs Leena Khandelwal and Rupalee Kadakia. Originally from India, Khandelwal has owned a tech company with her husband for 10 years. She was looking to open a new business that was fun and aligned with her passion for health and wellness. During that same time, Kadakia was looking for another opportunity to impact the community. Kadakia, who is also from India, moved to the U.S. in 1998 and has been friends with Khandelwal for eight years. She has been a business owner in Columbus for over 15 years. After Khandelwal was introduced to AKT, she brought it to Kadakia and they knew this would be a great addition to the Powell community. This is their first AKT, with plans to open two more.
“AKT really resonated with me when I first tried the classes. I love the workout and how much fun you have during it,” said Khandelwal. “My daughter is a dancer, so it’s been an important part of our lives for years, which is why we’re excited to open a fitness studio based on dance-cardio.”
The four signature class types at AKT are as follows:
- DANCE alternates between choreographed dance sections and short strength intervals.
- BANDS is a class that alternates between functional cardio and longer strength intervals as members perform sports-based exercises with the stability of a box.
- TONE pairs full-body strength with isometric movements to burn out large and intrinsic muscles on every plane of motion.
- CIRCUIT combines plyometric full body power exercises with medium weight compound strength movements in 30 second and 15 second intervals.
To introduce residents to the new studio, AKT offers weekly complimentary preview classes for beginners to get a chance to try AKT BANDS & DANCE workouts in a special hybrid class.
AKT Powell can be contacted at 616-812-0999 or firstname.lastname@example.org and more information can be found at https://www.theakt.com/location/powell.
AKT is a dance-based cardio concept, offering a unique combination of four modalities: DANCE, BANDS, CIRCUIT and TONE. With new original programming created every three weeks and the belief that movement has a powerful, lasting impact, AKT is for all body types and fitness levels. Headquartered in Irvine, California, AKT is backed by Xponential Fitness, the largest curator of the nation’s leading boutique fitness brands. To learn more about AKT, visit www.theakt.com.
About Xponential Fitness
Founded in 2017 by Anthony Geisler, Xponential Fitness is the curator of the best brands across every vertical in the boutique fitness space – including barre, Pilates, indoor cycling, stretch, rowing, dance and yoga. Currently, Xponential Fitness’ portfolio of brands includes Pure Barre, a total body workout that uses the ballet barre to perform small, isometric movements; Club Pilates, the nation’s largest and fastest growing Pilates franchise; CycleBar, the first and only premium indoor cycling franchise; StretchLab, a concept offering one-on-one assisted stretching services and group stretch services; Row House, a high-energy, low-impact indoor rowing workout; AKT, a dance-based cardio workout combining toning, interval & circuit training; YogaSix, a modern boutique yoga brand; and most recently, STRIDE. Visit www.xponential.com to learn more.