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I am so excited to share that my next Honest Girl is Amanda Kloots!!! I have been taking Amanda’s classes for a little over six months now, and I have to be honest and say it’s the only workout I will do! Once you go AK you never go back…. Amanda brings her infectious energy in everything she does. I never feel like I’m “working out,” instead I feel like I’m partying with my girlfriends. If you haven't already tried either The Rope, or The Dance get there NOWWWWW!!! I promise you will be thanking me after :)
A little bit about Amanda
Amanda is an Ohio native, who brings her infectious and inspirational attitude to everything that she does. As a former Broadway dancer, Radio City Rockette and now celebrity trainer, Amanda will have you smiling through every workout.
Amanda developed the jump rope method after years of trying different ways to stay in killer shape. She fell in love with the jump rope after discovering it's the quickest, most effective way to get a full body workout, and spent years creating ways to use it for more than just jumping. It's the ultimate prop to have with you at any time, on any trip, on any day.
Amanda's classes are a mix of dance and cross training with special attention on form and details to create a unique, fun workout that will have you drenched in sweat in minutes! Her creativity is unmatched, her energy is contagious, and her positivity everlasting. No matter your experience level, you'll be captivated by Amanda's radiant persona and empowering attitude.
Now as a successful and motivating trainer, working out with Amanda in a class or during a private training session will leave you feeling POW, WOW, WONDERFUL!
Ask Amanda: Interview Questions
Was there a particular moment that made you realize this career was for you? Have you always been interested in personal training?
Making fitness a career for me came out of a huge life change for me. I had been performing on Broadway for 16 years but the show I was in closed so I was out of work. I was also going through a divorce at the time and was dealing with being on my own. I really needed something in my life that I could count on, that was my own. I really enjoyed teaching fitness so I decided to start my own business. I had always loved working out and had always wanted to be a personal trainer so it did seem like a logical step for me!
What was the inspiration behind your The Rope/The Dance? How did you come up with the idea?
My jump rope class came out of me experimenting with a private client one morning. We started jumping for a warmup and I had an idea to never put the rope down for the whole session. We did a complete full body workout that I created on the spot that was killer so I decided to refine it and create a class! The Dance was inspired by all my years of dancing in shows. I wanted to created a nonstop dance party class where there were dance combinations that were choreographed to certain songs. This way it would feel like the client would know a routine and feel a part of a "show". I liked the idea of not stopping so that you can really burn a ton of calories and build stamina!
What advice do you have for other creative women with a passion for entrepreneurship and starting their own business?
I would say that don't be afraid to ask for help. Starting a business is a lot and you will work harder than you ever have so ask for help! Several people have helped me along the way that without them I definitely wouldn't be where I am at today.
What makes your approach different than other celebrity trainers out there?
I try to make working out a positive and inspiring thing to do instead of something someone dreads. I come to every workout with energy that I hope radiates to my clients. I really try to push clients to do better, try harder and work to your fullest potential. Coming from a performing career helps with this because when you are performing you have to be ready to go at any time, always smiling, and willing to work a lot!
What’s next for your career? Do you have any exciting projects coming up?
I have my own jump rope that I am working on and some fun swag coming out! I am also doing some fun retreats in 2018! Check out my one in Bali with Fit & Fly Girl, it should be incredible!
Thanks for sharing Amanda, and STAY TUNED for our YouTube video!!!!
For more on Amanda check out her website here!!!