I get invitations all the time to try different things, but when someone says, “Hey, do you want to try Kelly Ripa’s workout?” clearly this is a jump-at-the-chance kind of thing. Kelly Ripa is, well, ripped. So, did I do it? Yep….and this is what went down.
The workout is called AKT In Motion and it’s a fitness craze created by Anna Kaiser, who previously worked with Tracy Anderson, the uber-fitness guru behind Gwyneth Paltrow and Co. Anna’s creation is a combination of cardio, toning, strength training and stretching that switches up every two weeks to keep the body guessing. It’s high energy and it’s results-oriented, as evidenced by the hard bodies of the women who do it.
Ok, I’m down. I’m pretty excited about my fitness routine, so let’s get this party started. I showed up at the new facility with other editors, ready to get my workout on with Kaiser herself. And this is what I learned by taking the class:
Kelly Ripa is tougher than I am – This workout, which runs for an hour and five minutes, is one of the toughest workouts I have ever experienced. It’s high impact and it runs through dance choreography and strength training with small bouts of stretching and a toning workout for the glutes and abs at the end. If The Hunger Games were real, I imagine this is what an hour of it would feel like. You. Don’t. Stop. Moving. If you love really high-intensity workouts, this one’s for you. It’s Friday and I’m still sore from Wednesday’s class. Wow.
Kelly Ripa is ripped for a reason – The reason Kelly Ripa is cut like a young Olympic-hopeful soccer player is because I can’t imagine a world where fat could live on the body with a workout this intense. You’re doing hip-hop! Wait, no, it’s classic aerobics moves! Shift, it’s stretching! Ha, got you, it’s really a medicine ball now. You get about a minute in between but if you did this 4-5 times a week and kept a sensible diet, there’s no way you wouldn’t be Ripped like Ripa.
Kelly Ripa is damn dedicated to looking good – AKT In Motion is a lifestyle. The class formats switch up every two weeks so you don’t get bored and your body can’t adapt. From learning new choreography to getting a serious sweat on, AKT In Motion is a lifestyle choice. Again, those looking for a high-impact, high-intensity workout should do this. The results of the investment are clearly visible.
Kelly Ripa also likes to kick back and relax – The studios are designed to resemble Andy Warhol’s Factory with neon lighting and a disco ball paired with intimate furniture and cozy seating arrangements for the size of the studio. There’s a gorgeous locker room and changing area, you can sit and enjoy a juice while you chat with your fellow students. There’s a deep tissue massage room and acupuncture on site from hand-picked, top notch massage therapists. It’s a gorgeous space and as high-intensity as the workouts are, the common areas are sleek but soothing.
Kelly Ripa is a smart cookie – Peeps in the New York area looking for a fast-paced workout that is never boring and clearly gets results, check out AKT In Motion. Something tells me you won’t be disappointed. Rock on, Ripa. Much respect.
<insert kissing three-finger salute from The Hungers Games here>