Amanda Kloots of AK! Rope

When celebrity trainer Amanda Kloots discovered jump rope is the quickest, most effective way to get a full body workout, she spent years developing her own method. Today she has sold out classes in New York, Los Angeles, Miami and Paris, thanks to her unmatched creativity and contagious energy. We’re thrilled to be partnering with her for the exclusive, limited-edition Beyond Yoga x Amanda Kloots Collection, blending our favorite styles with Kloots’ fun and upbeat DNA. And, we recently had the chance to chat with Amanda about how she launched her own business.


 

WHAT WERE YOU DOING 5-10 YEARS BEFORE LAUNCHING YOUR BUSINESS?

I was working on Broadway and as a Radio City Rockette!

 

IS AK! ROPE YOUR DREAM JOB?

Being my own boss and running my own company is one of my dream jobs. Being a mother is another one of them! Who knows what the future holds? I believe that you never have to stop going for new dreams!

 

WHAT MADE YOU WANT TO START YOUR OWN BUSINESS AND DID YOU HAVE AN “AH HA” MOMENT WHEN EVERYTHING CLICKED?

I started my own business because I needed to take control of my life. After 16 years in the performing business, a world where other people decide when you can work and for how long, I grew tired of never knowing when my next job would be. I also was in my early 30’s and going through a divorce, so I found myself alone financially for the first time in 7 years. I wanted to do something for me! I needed to know that I could provide for myself. 

 

HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH THIS BUSINESS CONCEPT AND DID YOU HAVE EXPERIENCE IN IT PRIOR?

I came up with my jump rope class, AK! Rope, while training a private client. I knew it was special because it was a workout class that did not exist in the exercise world. My business organically grew from there. I had experience in fitness but no experience in running a business. I learned a lot by asking for help and on the fly! 

WAS THERE A POINT WHERE YOU THOUGHT THINGS MIGHT NOT WORK OUT?

Yes, there were many weeks where no one would show up to my classes and I would go home so sad, feeling defeated. I could have easily given up and said it wasn’t going to work. Instead, I kept believing in myself and what I had created! I started changing things here and there to see what worked and what didn’t. I also hired a PR team to get the word out that I had something to teach people that was new and challenging.

 

WERE THERE OBSTACLES YOU FACED THAT WERE SPECIFIC TO YOU BEING A WOMAN TRYING TO CREATE A BUSINESS?

No, I don’t think there were. I had an incredible woman behind me the whole time, Jen Bandier, championing me from the beginning.   

 

HOW DID YOU FUND YOUR IDEA?

I worked a ton of hours! I trained clients from 7am to 9pm every day and didn’t stop.  

 

WHAT IS YOUR PIECE OF ADVICE TO ANYONE WHO WANTS TO STOP WHAT THEY’RE DOING AND CREATE THEIR “DREAM JOB”?

My advice is to stop what you are doing then and go for your dream job. No one else can do that for you. It’s up to you!

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