AKT INMOTION's philosophy of "Movement With a Purpose" was born out of Anna Kaiser's personal passion and journey as a celebrated fitness authority.
Anna began her fitness career at the elite Reebok Sports Club/NY and The Sports Club/LA, teaching ballet, body conditioning, and dance cardio. From there, she served as Chief Content Officer for fitness personality, Tracy Anderson, establishing the format and vocabulary for the programs, and serving as the preferred trainer for VIP clients. Anna also starred in workout videos including Beachbody’s Insanity and The Denise Austin Series, and she co-created and co-produced Expecting More: The Complete Pregnancy Fitness System for Fit and Healthy Moms-to-Be. Anna has also appeared in music videos for pop stars such as Shakira, toured internationally with the cast of Fame!, served as a principal dancer in Disney’s feature film Enchanted, performed in the 50th Anniversary of Broadway’s West Side Story, and lit up the stage at Carnegie Hall for Showboat.
Anna's scholastic background reinforces her credibility as an expert. Anna earned a BFA in dance from the University of California in 2002 (Cum Laude) and studied kinesiology, sports medicine, and functional anatomy at Mount Sinai Medical Center. She then went on to earn teaching certificates in Pilates, TRX (Total Body Resistance Exercise), and NASM (The National Academy of Sports Medicine).
From these experiences, Anna realized the potential of multi-disciplinary cross-training and dance, but also envisioned a way to evolve personal fitness and teaching into a progressive approach that could challenge your body safely and successfully through every level of fitness. Anna’s diverse background, vigilance to client needs, and unremitted passion for fitness and helping others, are just a few of the qualities that set her apart. CPR/AED.
A native of Rochester, New York, Adam had dreamed of dancing on Broadway for as long as his can remember. This led him to pursue a BFA in Musical Theater from The Boston Conservatory. After graduation, Adam appeared in regional productions across the U.S. as well as the Chicago and National Tour companies of the musical, Wicked. Adam is a current cast member in the Broadway production of Wicked. As a dancer he quickly realized the importance of maintaining a strong, powerful body. This realization pushed Adam to become a certified personal trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM). His passion for performing is only matched by his passion for health and fitness and he is committed to creating happy, healthy bodies. He pushes his clients to challenge themselves and change their lives. CPR/AED.
AJ is thrilled to be part of the AKT in Motion family! Teaching is a passion that continues to grow everyday through her amazing clients. In addition to "working it out" each day with AKT, she is a proud member of the Broadway company of Mamma Mia! AJ is an Alumni of Cirque du Soleil, where she co-created and performed internationally. For the past decade as a performer she's toured the world in theater productions and as a commercial and industrial artist. AJ cherishes the opportunity to spread the beauty of a fit mind, body, and spirit! Certifications: NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine) Personal Trainer and Corrective Exercise Specialist, Mt. Sinai Functional Anatomy for Movement and Injuries Workshop, CPR/AED.
Ariel is very excited to be a part of the AKT in Motion team! Ariel began her career as a professional ballet dancer and competitive figure skater. Upon graduating from UC Berkeley, Ariel moved to New York City to pursue her passion for performing. Over the past several years, New York has led her to many opportunities including Celebrity Cruises, appearances in both Film and TV, and regional and community theater productions of Beauty and the Beast, Swing!, West Side Story, and Contact. Fitness productions include Shaun T’s Insanity and Asylum DVD programs, as well as promotional commercials for both Hip Hop Abs and Rockin' Body. With over 20 years of athletic training and performing experience, Ariel uses her high energy to create a sense of focus that pushes people to reach goals they never thought possible. Ariel is NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine) certified personal trainer. She also holds certifications through NASM for Special Populations, Sports Performance, Pre and Post Natal as well as a certification in TRX.
Lauren Sambataro is a graduate of Fordham University & The Ailey School with a B.F.A. in Dance. She is currently performing in the Broadway musical Mamma Mia! Other memorable performance credits include national tours of Movin' Out, Evita and the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. Lauren is a Certified Personal Trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), and has been working as a fitness professional since 2006. Specialty certifications include Neuromuscular Stretching, Advanced Corrective Exercise and PreNatal Training. Lauren is also a certified instructor through KettleBell Concepts and a practicing Level II Holistic Lifestyle Coach (C.H.E.K. Institute). CPR/AED.