"I began my CKO Kickboxing journey as a 250lb mom who needed to regain my health for my little girl and myself. I used to be fit and eat healthy. After I had my little girl, ‘life happened’ and I gained so much weight. Despite my unhealthy habits, I always make certain my little girl eats healthy (green smoothies, raw veggies and fruits, organic, etc). Well, my encouragement came in the form of that same little girl. Kumari, my now 7 year old health guru, constantly told me how much she loves, and how she wants me to be healthy. I wasn’t able to really run around and play with my daughter the way she deserved me to. She would ask me to share her green smoothies with her. She would use the reasons I gave her to eat healthy and direct them at me. In addition to this, my mother survived a hemorrhagic stroke. Witnessing my mother in such a state, I knew I wanted my daughter to see me healthy and not worry, I knew I had to not only teach my daughter to be healthy but also be that example for her, and I had to be healthier for my mother…I had a huge responsibility to do better.
In July 2016 (July 4th weekend), I was looking for a place to start that journey. After much research, I realized kickboxing was a great way to start. That led me to CKO Kickboxing Upper East Side. I spoke with Addy about how to join, number of times to workout each week, etc. He was super patient, super informative, and always available for questions. Well, thanks to the welcoming attitude that Addy exuded, I decided to take my first class. WHOA!!!!!!! I kicked, I sweated, I punched…but I made it through the first class…and I ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT!!!! Tiffany was really helpful and I signed up a few days later. The members were so nice. The culture at this gym is purely non-judgmental and everyone is super focused. I always said ‘there was no time’ to work out. Well, I began to find the time. Then I started taking double classes. Again, Addy was super encouraging. The trainers: Karissa Young, Codie Payne, Joe Sharp, and Libio Carcasses were super encouraging, noticed my improvements, gave me advice…THEY ARE AMAZING. Their workouts were INTENSE and that’s what I was looking for. I have to digress for a minute and share how amazing these 4 have been on my journey. To have so much knowledge and expertise under one roof is invaluable. Karissa, Codie, and Joe are also actual fighters and their expertise has allowed me to use more of my muscles with each punch and kick. They know so much, and they are always willing to share information. Sooo, after taking 2 classes in a row for a certain amount of months, one day I decided to increase it to 3 classes one day a week (that’s how strong I feel). Well, fast forward from July 6th, 2016 to today, I have lost 90 lbs and have taken over 200 classes at CKO Upper East Side. In about 7.5 months, I have been able to accomplish so much for myself, my little girl, and my mom, and I thank everyone at CKO. I am excited to see how much more improvement I can gain by my 1-year CKO anniversary. I was also recently able to start running for 45 minutes straight. This would not have been possible without the wonderful trainers, the awesome conditioning and strength building I am able to access at CKO. CKO is filled with awesome people who push everyone to do better."
HOBOKEN, NJ--(Marketwired - February 02, 2017) - Two nationwide groups came together during the month of January to help support a message of Unity and a Healthy Spirit for Veterans, their families, and friends. CKO Kickboxing, a widely popular kickboxing gym with locations all over the United States, presented the CKO Passport Series to Team Red White & Blue, a national Veteran Organization.
Throughout the month, multiple RWB Chapters met at different CKO Kickboxing locations in New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania to experience the one-of-a-kind CKO Workout with other CKO Members. Each location brought their unique gym personality to the workout while Team RWB punched, kicked, and powered through the classes.
"These people are amazing to be around," stated Bryan Caballero, Owner of CKO Warwick, member of Team RWB, and Liaison to the CKO Passport Series, "Team RWB is a community of people who have been through so much and support one another. CKO has that same way of thinking. It was just common sense to bring these two communities together."
On January 29th, CKO Kickboxing hosted the last class of their Passport Series at their main location in Hoboken, NJ. Members of multiple Team RWB Chapters came to represent and the 10,000 square foot facility that makes up CKO Hoboken quickly filled with heroes who were determined to make it through the class as a unified front. Following the class, participants stayed for a social hour to have some snacks, meet new friends, and take pictures.
"We believe in Team RWB," said Joseph Andreula, CEO and creator of CKO Kickboxing. "They care about their communities and are always willing to help one another so when Bryan brought this idea to us, we were more than happy to get it going. These events were an effort to show support for our Veterans, as we always have, and going forward, we will gladly continue joining forces with Team RWB to spread that community spirit together."
CKO Kickboxing isn't just any old gym with free weights and lackluster routines that require headphones and an ability to count repetitions. Instead, it is one hour classes anyone can take that incorporate a real heavy bag, real kickboxing moves, and the addition of bodyweight sets to get your heartrate up and body fat down. The music is always pumping and the trainers are always calling out new moves during the class to keep you active and engaged. Any age, any size, and any person can go at their own pace to lose weight, build muscle, reduce stress and have a fun workout that takes them to the next level of fitness. For more information on CKO Kickboxing visit: www.CKOKickboxing.com
Talks are already underway to expand the CKO Passport Series and other community out-reach programs to more Team RWB Chapters across the nation.
Team RWB's mission is to enrich the lives of America's veterans by connecting them to their community through physical and social activity. For more information on Team RWB visit: www.TeamRWB.org
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