How many children do you have and what are their names and ages?
Benjamin, 18 Years Old and is a Freshman at Saginaw Valley State University playing football and Francesca “Frankie”, 4 years old.
Tell us about AKT and what made you want to start this business?
AKT started in Manhattan and quickly became a go to work out for people like Kelly Ripa, Shakira, Alicia Keys and Sarah Jessica Parker. People throughout the city found the work out to be fun and effective. After being a stay at home mom for 2 years after selling another business, I knew I wasn’t done being an entrepreneur. I’ve played various sports since elementary school and have always been into fitness. I actually checked out several other franchise fitness brands, but nothing resonated with me until I found AKT. Passion is the driving force behind anything I do — and AKT brought that out in me.
What makes AKT different from other studios in the area?
AKT is a one-of-a-kind boutique fitness studio. By offering 6 different class types/styles, there is something for everyone. Not only is the work out effective but it’s FUN! The lights are low like a nightclub and our curated playlists drive you through the workout leaving you on that natural high. The most common response after taking AKT is that you actually look forward to your work out and can’t wait to get back in studio again.
What can one expect when walking in and taking their first class at AKT? (any special hints of cool events happening that you can give us a sneak peak into)
Our Intro to AKT class is designed to teach you the building blocks of our signature classes – BANDS and DANCE. AKT is always a welcoming community, but it feels a little bit different to take that first class with others who are there for the first time too! You will immediately feel like you’ve found your new fitness home.
Class is wrapped up with a special treat at the end of EACH AND EVERY CLASS – you will have to come in studio to find out exactly what it is…..you won’t be disappointed.
What made you decide to raise your family here?
I originally moved to the Birmingham area for work over 20 years ago. Once you live here you really don’t want to move elsewhere. I love the access to having everything you need for day-to-day life, but also the access to the lakes in the surrounding area.
What’s your favorite family activity in Birmingham/Bloomfield Hills?
One of the best things about Michigan are the seasons. We live near Walnut Lake so we love to walk down to the beach. Fall you will find us watching Ben play football and are excited to follow him onto the college field.
What advice do you have for small business owners in our town?
There’s so much to say to a small business owner. There are a few things that are really important to me – leading by example, putting in the hard work, especially at the beginning and building a team that will be an extension of your vision and who are passionate about their work as much as you are.
What do you do to balance your own life and motherhood? What do you do for “me” time? Juggling your own business and kids is always hard work.
I think there are times when balance of work/life/me time will be easier than others. I’ve had to give myself grace and remind myself that I am not superwoman and take it a week at a time. Keeping a written calendar to plan and reflect upon really has helped me.
Being at the studio actually fills some of the “me” time gap even though it’s work. This is a community of badass women who lift me up and motivate me — even on the most challenging of days!
Anyone special you’d like to thank for helping you through parenthood?
My number #1 go to is my husband. He’s able to work from home and it’s allowed me to follow my dreams and know that he’s helping keep it all together.
Check out everything AKT:
- Website: theakt.com
- Instagram: @theaktroyaloak
- Address: 30955 Woodward Ave Suite 515, Royal Oak, MI 48073
Thank you Deanna! We can’t wait for more moms to experience AKT.