NEW YORK (FOX 5 NY) - Anna Gilligan isn't pulling any punches. She hit the bags hard at CKO Kickboxing in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, for a go at the popular workout.
The text for this blog post was taken from this Reuters.com article.
HOBOKEN, N.J., April 20, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- CKO Kickboxing has established many "firsts" in the fitness industry, and now it can add hosting the first kickboxing cruise aboard a Royal Caribbean cruise ship to its highlight reel.
"CKO at Sea" will feature a five-night Bermuda cruise round trip from Bayonne, N.J. on Royal Caribbean Liberty of the Seas with a two-day overnight port of call in King's Wharf, Bermuda. Members and their guests will enjoy a 24-hour open gangway, which means they won't have to rush back to the ship.
"We wanted to offer our members and our franchisees a chance to have a fascinating adventure on a great cruise line to a fantastic destination," said Joseph Andreula, founder and president of CKO Kickboxing, one of the fastest growing health fitness franchises in America. "Our members can enjoy a great time with their friends and families and meet new people who share similar interests. They can enjoy five days full of fun and fitness."
CKO Kickboxing classes will be held every day exclusively for club members and their guests. A nutrition class also will be offered to members only.
"Most people go on a typical vacation and they don't exercise. They come back feeling heavy and bloated. With 'CKO at Sea,' they'll work out in the fresh air with first-class instructors so they'll come back home feeling fit and refreshed," he said.
CKO has negotiated discounted rates that are substantially lower than prices posted by the cruise line, but members must register via this link to get the special rates and be able to attend kickboxing classes.
The cruise will take place from August 22-27, 2015. The registration deadline is June 1, 2015.
For information, go to http://www.fantastic7cruises.com/rw/view/4739
"This is the perfect time for families to get together one last time this summer before schools starts. There are plenty of activities for the entire family on board the ship as well as in Bermuda," he said. "This could be the most economical cruise anyone takes. Since the port of call is Bayonne, families in the New York-New Jersey area can drive to the ship instead of paying for airline tickets."
In addition to daily kickboxing classes with official CKO licensed heavy bags, the cruise highlights include a full-sized basketball and fitness court, rock climbing wall, ice-skating rink and sports pool.
About Liberty of the Seas, Royal Caribbean International
Liberty of the Seas is 160,000 tons is 1,112 feet long and holds 4,000 passengers and 1,350 crew. It is one of the world's biggest and most imaginative maritime marvels and is a destination vacation unto itself.
Onboard highlights include:
Bermuda's King's Wharf has something for everyone. Sample typical island food and stroll through the shops and museums of the Royal Naval Dockyard. Sail the clear waters of Hamilton Sound. Find quaint gems at the Bermuda Arts Center and Craft Market. Other optional activities include:
A new year and another CKO Kickboxing success story! In Danielle's own words...
I never thought of myself as a heavy person but always knew I should lose some weight to be healthier. I found myself constantly looking for something to help me lose weight. I drove by CKO North Brunswick on my way to work every day and always wondered if it would help. I had tried every program to help me with weight loss (weight watchers, diet foods etc.) and I would lose some weight but I would always put it back on again. I finally decided to take a chance and scheduled my first CKO class in April 2013. I was hooked from day one and signed up immediately! The energy from the class was unbelievable, it was hard but I did not care! I knew I could take this class and have some fun! I came to class religiously and noticed little by little I was getting stronger, leaner and faster each time I came in; I was excited... was this actually going to work this time?
Then came the Ring! I got engaged in September of 2013 around the same time they were starting the 10 week challenge. I signed up! I was really motivated now. I started the challenge at 178 pounds and listened to every single thing Linda told me to do. I even did some personal nutrition counseling with her after the challenge was completed and religiously attended CKO classes where Nick and all of his trainers continued to push me. They know how to motivate and make you do one more push up or run a bit faster each class. I was constantly supported, motivated and cheered for during this whole process. A total of 43 pounds later and 5 CKO bags knocked down, I am now at my goal weight of 135 pounds. I feel amazing! I am strong, healthy and confident! To this very day, each class I take, I get stronger and develop strength throughout my whole body. There is a constant positive gain (whether it is physically, mentally or both) with CKO Kickboxing.
Walking in the front door of CKO truly changed my life; I am healthier, stronger and continuously excited to take another class at this gym. Nick and Linda and all of the North Brunswick trainers are so supportive, motivating and continuously improving their own skill set to ensure we are receiving the best training, the best advice and the best workout around. This is my favorite place in the whole world, and through this organization I have learned a truly invaluable lesson of healthy eating habits and perseverance to push on and work hard to reach my goals.
We love when our members write us with their stories of success and inspiration. This particular story comes from CKO North Brunswick member Michelle.
Two years ago I saw myself as just a typical girl who ate whatever I pleased and maybe worked out if I felt up for it. Then, I found CKO North Brunswick and it officially changed my life! I've lost weight, gained muscle in all the right places, and more importantly I finally feel sexy and confident!
Of course, I've never in a million years saw myself punching or kicking a 130 pound bag. It sounds crazy, but after my first one-hour class, I couldn't wait to come back and punch some more! From the large number of classes provided, to the fun fundraisers I get to participate in, I truly met some awesome people who have become family to me... especially the trainers! They endorse you with motivation, and are with you every step of the way; pushing you to your limits. Who wouldn't love that?!
CKO Kickboxing is not like any other gym. Along with their kickboxing classes, CKO North Brunswick also offers personal training*, which I got involved with a few months ago. I have never felt more confident in my entire life thanks to Nick Lancetti! In the beginning, Nick wanted me doing all these crazy things like squats holding a medicine ball, push ups, weights, pad work, ropes... the list goes on and on! I looked at him like he was crazy, but he pushed me to my limits and I am now doing squats no problem, my punching has a lot more power, and my balance is on point. I am SO addicted... to the point where I get upset if I'm busy or too sore to take a class. It has officially become my second home, and I have no problem admitting it!
Two years ago I was just some typical girl. Today I am a strong, lean and confident woman, and I owe it all to CKO North Brunswick!
*Inquire with your local club to see if they offer personal training options.
This past weekend proved to be a HUGE success for CKO Kickboxing as we took part in the NBC4 New York Giants Health and Fitness Expo at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey! Take a look at some of the articles, photos and videos from the incredible event!
While the two-day expo featured more than 100 booths with demonstrations and information about different health topics, those who attended the small kickboxing sessions held by CKO Kickboxing on Sunday said they believed the increasingly popular workout was the best way to keep fit.