21 May Dance-Cardio Studio Slated to Open Second Location in RiNo Next Month
The party will go on for AKT, the national dance-cardio fitness concept, despite a global pandemic.
Denver residents Shannon and Bruce Jaeger plan to open the studio’s second Denver location in RiNo in mid-June, about a month after they’d originally hoped.
“At first it was pretty disappointing to not be able to open when planned; we were unsure what the future would hold for us,” Shannon said. “But as we’ve been going through this preparation process, you still have that feeling of excitement. I really feel positive that the city still has an interest in fitness and we’ll still see those same folks come into the gym; it just might be a slower opening than we’re used to.”
Named after celebrity trainer Anna Kaiser, who has worked with Kelly Ripa and Shakira, AKT teaches classes incorporating circuit training, resistance bands, yoga and Pilates, in addition to cardio interval training. Kaiser developed the classes and format, which revolves around high-energy dance movements and cardio workouts.
The new 2,000-square-foot gym is located in Lot Twenty Eight, a repurposed manufacturing facility at 2813 Blake St. Jaeger, who also owns AKT’s existing location in Cherry Creek, which opened last year, said she expects to announce an opening day when the state provides more guidelines for gym owners later this month. As of now, gyms and fitness studios all remain closed under state orders.