Meet Katherine Akra

Consultant, Speaker, and Trainer of Trainers

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Meet Katherine Akra

This South Florida native started out with formal dance training at the age of 4.

As a professional, Katherine was a Miami Heat Dancer as well as a backup performer for several artists in music videos and feature films.

Her training as a dancer crossed paths with fitness over a decade ago, and Kat has continued her education and experiences for over 20 years. After 2 years at Orangetheory Fitness as Regional Training Director/Head Trainer responsible for trainers/operations at 5 locations in Georgia, Kat opened The Barre Scene Dance & Fitness studio which she started from the ground up.

As owner and operator, Kat created all programming, trained all instructors, implemented marketing and managed all business operations including sales and revenue. Kat successfully introduced new concepts to the Atlanta market, and serviced more than 3,000 clients over the last 3 years.

In addition to The Barre Scene, Kat founded The Instructors Workshop where she coaches instructors on the necessary skills to make them successful leaders and business professionals, honing in on how to create client retention and revenue for business.

As a certified group fitness instructor for 10 years now and having taught over 5000 classes, Kat has directly impacted the lives of thousands by coaching and overseeing teams who provided hundreds of thousands of classes. She can do the same for you.

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The Instructors Workshop

The purpose of this manual is to provide current and future group fitness instructors the skills to take them to the next level when it comes to leading a successful fitness class as well as building their business and brand as a fitness professional.

Here, we will hone in on what you don't learn in your training and discuss aspects of being a fitness instructor outside of the actual workout program. We will cover traits that an excellent group fitness leader should have such as humble confidence, professional appearance and inviting personality. Topics ranging from music selection, post class logs, to sales training will also be included in the discussion. This detailed workshop will teach you how to enhance the experience for your clients as well as develop relationships with them.

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Professional Fitness Instruction & Consulting

A true fitness professional with a dance background.

Years of experience in building and developing programs and studios.

Where Katherine's heart lies is in helping others achieve their goals. Whether it's finding yourown lifestyle balance of fitness and fun or beginning your own carreer as a fitness professional, Katherine will guide you every step of the way. Katherine can not only get you physically healthier and fit, but can lead you to your own dreams of owning or operating your personal fitness brand.

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The Instructors Workshop

The purpose of this workshop is to provide current and future group fitness instructors the skills to take them to the next level when it comes to leading an invigorating and successful fitness class. All too often instructors are thrown into teaching without ever learning what it takes to be a successful leader. Here, we will hone in on what you don't learn in your training and discuss aspects of being a fitness instructor outside of the actual workout program. We will cover traits that an excellent group fitness leader should have such as humble confidence, professional appearance and inviting personality. Topics ranging from music selection, post class logs, to sales training will also be included in the discussion. This detailed workshop will teach you how to enhance the experience for your clients as well as develop relationships with them.

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Boutique Studio Launches

Let's get the doors open. Having operated and launched several new boutique fitness studios, Katherine knows what it takes to get the doors open. With the ability to understand important aesthetics, developing programming, implementing appropriate equipment, desk operations, sales, and instructor training, Katherine can guide you from the start on how to get your studio up and running. Unexpected challenges and situations can only be advised based off of experience, and with over a decade of it, Katherine can help to make the process easier for the owner and staff.

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One-On-One Consulting with Owners

Having been an owner herself, Katherine knows what it takes to operate your studio. Using her own passion she has for group fitness and the energy of a fitness studio, she can help you in leading and developing group fitness programs to fit the vibe of your studio. Suggested class times, schedule, programs, equipment, levels, and instructor training will be discussed in your group exercise set up. Katherine can also lead a group fitness class like the best of them, and can be the face of your program to help it launch at the start. Available for consulting regularly as you navigate business ownership.

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Finding and Training Talent

Kat has years of experience with finding talent. She has successfully changed the way that studios find, hire, and train their staff. From the audition, to the interview, to the hiring and training and routine evaluations, Kat can locate and acknowledge almost immediately those that would be a positive and successful leader on your team. She can train any one who has the passion and drive for a healthy and professional environment. Many times those in the fitness industry view it as a side job or hobby. Kat can break down for them how to be a part of a billion dollar industry and create a steady, lucrative, and revenue generating job for them as well as the team.

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Testimonials

Coming in new to the fitness scene as front desk manager, Kat was very helpful in creating a well organized dynamic at the studio between myself, clients and other staff. The information she provided based off her experience was extremely valuable and probably something I wouldnt learn from anywhere else.

Samantha Warren Manager of The Barre Scene

I've worked with Kat for over 4 years servicing several different boutique studios and franchise models. Kat's ability to design programming, recruit, teach, and lead others is unparalleled! As a successful regional trainer, owner and operator, she is a pleasure to work with and brings best practices from real-time experience.

Chris Weber Founder + CEO Beakinship Swanson

Katherine is one of the most talented instructors in the business! She is truly a superstar in everything she does! We were fortunate to have her on our tean at enCore Pilates, where she had a huge followering and her classes were always packed with a waiting list! A studio owners dream! We LOVED working with her!

Susan Halt Studio Owner EnCore

Kat’s barre classes are AMAZING! I took Kat’s barre classes regularly when she was teaching in Fort Lauderdale. (I was so sad when she moved!!) Her classes are high energy and fun! No other workout has made my body change and feel as great as hers. Her positive energy and amazing choreography is what made me want to become a barre instructor myself. If you’re looking to improve your own classes, I would definitely recommend Kat. You will learn so much! Thanks Kat!

Barbara Mathews Former client turned instructor

The first class I took at The Barre Scene, I immediately knew Kat was unlike any other instructor in the industry. She knows exactly what it takes to be a fantastic instructor, to motivate people to feel good, to push themselves a little bit harder every single time and most importantly, how to enjoy a workout. Her level of energy instantly sets the bar higher for an up and coming instructor, like myself. When I was training to teach, she offered up not only time but continuous feedback to make me a better and better instructor every class. There is no ceiling for Kat when it comes to taking an individual (like me) with no previous instructor experience. She will make you the best in the industry.

Christina Godwin Client turned instructor at The Barre Scene
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