Canadian-born Anna Kaiser attended UC Irvine and had the intention of pursuing a career in dance. She appeared in Carnegie Hall in 2007 and as a lead dancer in the 2007 Disney film Enchanted. In 2013, Kaiser founded the AKT InMotion fitness studio in New York City, and the expanded to Los Angeles. In 2018, she partnered with Xponential Fitness to franchise AKT. Kaiser has trained celebrities including Kelly Ripa, Shakira, Sarah Jessica Parker and Hilary Duff. Her online streaming program called AKT on Demand was picked for best online workout in 2016 and Kaiser was named as one of the 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness by Greatist. She has a clothing line at Target, regularly writes articles for women’s magazines and appears on TV shows including Live With Kelly and Ryan. Kaiser married plastic surgeon Dr. Carlos Wesly in 2015 and they have 2 children. She has hundreds of thousands of followers on social media. Kaiser is 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighs about 125 lbs.
Anna Kaiser’s Diet
Kaiser takes her diet very seriously. She eats superfoods all day long and makes a point of drinking at least 3 liters of alkaline water each day. Her morning starts with water, followed by supplements, and then a nutrient-packed smoothie made with greens, maca, bee pollen and other superfoods. While she says she enjoys cooking, she doesn’t often find the time, and so she is grateful to be able to take advantage of all that New York City has to offer in the way of fresh, wholesome food. She takes a number of supplements, including probiotics, magnesium, calcium, folate and a multivitamin.
- Low Carbs 20% 20%
- Medium Fat 40% 40%
- Medium-High Protein 60% 60%
Kaiser admits that she is not a morning person and may be prone to hitting the snooze button more than once. To get herself started, she drinks some alkaline water, then has her supplements along with a superfood-packed smoothie, including ingredients like chia, maca, almond butter, and greens powder.
As far as solid food in the AM goes, Kaiser likes Ezekiel bread with avocado, fresh tomato, coconut oil, and Himalayan sea salt.
Coffee or Tea
Depending on her mood, Kaiser might have coffee or yerba mate tea with a touch of mint and honey as an accompaniment to her morning meal.
Earn That Treat
Kaiser says that if she and hubs have worked out hard that day, they’ll treat themselves to a glass of wine or scotch whiskey with their evening meal. She’s not big on sweets, but will enjoy a piece of 70% dark chocolate now and again.
A typical snack for Kaiser is 2 hard-boiled eggs and some fresh radishes, a roasted sweet potato, tamari almonds, or whey protein blended into coconut water.
Kaiser makes it her goal to drink 3 liters of alkaline water each day, and says staying hydrated is one of her toughest challenges when she gets busy.
Eat the Rainbow
Kaiser says she always strives to get as many colors, meaning nutrient-rich foods, onto her plate as possible. One of her favorite meals is salmon and cauliflower rice with fresh tomato sauce, or paleo vegan chili.
What to Eat
Himalayan Sea Salt
Yerba Mate Tea
Dark Chocolate (Treat)
Wine (in moderation)
What to Avoid
Kaiser on Her Health Goals
‘I am always striving to stay centered and find balance in my day, my fitness, my food, and my energy.’
Kaiser on Her Diet
‘By eating all throughout the day — really healthy, clean food — your body will be receiving a constant stream of nutrients.’
Kaiser on Protein
‘I will make a ton of meat and fish and poultry on Sunday, and then again on Wednesday. It’s not always easy to get protein if you don’t prepare in advance.’
Kaiser on Drinking Enough Water
‘Staying hydrated while running around the city is a constant struggle, but getting my 3 liters in every day helps me keep on track.’
Kaiser on Home-Cooking
My husband and I love to cook, but rarely get a chance to because our schedules are so busy.’
Anna Kaiser’s Fitness Routine
Although people sometimes refer to Kaiser as an ‘instant hit,’ she says her AKT Studios were actually the result of 20 years’ worth of work.
Patience Is a Virtue
Kaiser tells clients not to expect drastic results for at least 3 months after starting a new routine.
Create a Habit
Kaiser recommends developing a routine as the best way to make exercise happen in your busy day.
Kaiser says that while it’s important to schedule exercise into your week, you should take it easy on yourself if you don’t always make it.
Kaiser works out first thing most days, but if you can only make it 3 times a week, she says that’s still good. What matters is that you create a routine and do your best to stick to it.
Kaiser says it’s really important to keep fitness fun so you stay motivated to continue, especially with so many other claims on your time.
Remove the Guesswork
Kaiser’s AKT program contains every component of fitness: cardio, strength, and flexibility so busy people don’t have try to figure it out for themselves.
An Anna Kaiser Full Body Routine
Step kick step lunge: 15 reps/side
Standing with arms at side, step forward with left foot and kick with right. Step back with right foot and lunge back with left, twisting torso to right.
Isolated glute/adductor pulse: 30-40 reps/side
Standing, stabilize with barre, table, etc. Lift right leg parallel out to side, 6-12” off floor. Try to balance while releasing barre. Flex foot and pulse it up and down.
Abs: 15 reps/side x 2 sets
Start in 2nd position (wide squat), knees over toes, hands behind head. Engaging glutes, open inner thighs to engage abductors. Holding squat, bring same side elbow to knee. Return to starting position.
Leg/booty burnout: 15 reps x 2 sets
Begin in 2nd position (wide squat), knees over toes, hands behind head. Engage glutes and open inner thighs 1 inch to engage abductors.
Pulsing cat: 30 reps
On all fours, round back up toward ceiling, pulling belly in. Quickly pulse belly button to spine, keeping back rounded.
Moving half-plank pushup: 15 reps
Begin in half-plank position, bend elbows into pushup, then push back into child’s pose. Return to starting position.
The Sphinx: 30 reps
Lie face down, forearms on ground in front of you. Press hands into floor, straightening arms.
Thera-band burn & chest opener: 20 reps/side x 2 sets
Hold thera-band out between both hands straight in front of you. Keeping left arm steady, open right to side as you twist to right. Return to starting position.
Kaiser on Fitness
‘I have always been involved in fitness since 1996 as a complement to my work as a dancer.’
Kaiser on Early Morning Exercise
‘I love getting my sweat on first thing in the morning. It gets me focused, energized and ready to take on the day.’
Kaiser on How She aha Moment Pivoting From Dance to Fitness
‘When I was on stage with Shakira after 12 hours of rehearsal, I realized I wanted to build something on my own instead of running from gig to gig as a dancer.’
Kaiser on Why AKT is Good For Mothers
‘It is perfect for busy moms because you get everything you need in 1 hour.’
Kaiser on Finding Exercise You Enjoy
It’s really important to have something on a fitness level that you love to do, because then you’ll actually show up and do it…Because 80% of working out is just showing up.’
Kaiser on Exercise During Pregnancy
‘Listen to your body!’
Anna Kaiser’s Supplements
Anna Kaiser’s Lifestyle
Kaiser makes a point of turning off her phone an hour before bedtime, which is 10:30. She also believes that if you have to choose between exercise and sleep, she would pick sleep. She aims for 8 hours a day.
AKT Studios has a lot more than just dance classes. Other offerings include nutrition advice and cryotherapy.
Make It Work
Kaiser says that rather than scaling back, she has incorporated her kids into her life and schedule, and she offers ideas for moms to work out with babies and toddlers.
When her client Kelly Ripa was body-shamed and called ‘boyish’ for posting pictures of herself in a bikini, Kaiser stepped in and said everyone has different fitness goals, and that it’s wrong to judge others for being different.
Kaiser sold franchise rights to Xponential Fitness for her AKT dance studios. In the fall of 2020, she sued them for $700,000. Xponential has filed a counter-suit for violating a non-compete clause.
Kaiser on Sleep
‘The goal is 7-8 hours of uninterrupted sleep. Working on it!’
Kaiser’s Advice To New Moms
‘Don’t allow yourself to feel guilty about anything. You are doing the best you can.’
Kaiser on Aging
‘As I get older, I think about the quality of my life and a balanced way to enjoy that. That is true wellness: being well from inside out.’
Kaiser on The Night
‘I LOVE my evenings. I’ve always been a night owl and really come alive in the evenings.’
Kaiser on Taking a Moment
‘Sometimes, when my day starts to get hectic, I sit down, take a breath and reconnect to my mind and body before moving on.’
Kaiser on Suing Xponential
‘They left me no choice.’