Jamie and David Gambardello's love of fitness led them to each other – and then to the beach cities where they will open Huntington Beach's first CKO Kickboxing gym on Aug. 13, 2016.
The pair met and fell in love in Hoboken, N.J., home of the original CKO Kickboxing gym. When David was transferred to California for his sales job, he realized no local gym offered the same friendly atmosphere and compelling workout that can lead participants to burn up to 1,200 calories in an hour-long session. It's the perfect workout for beach cities residents who are looking for an alternative to Pilates, yoga, martial arts and spinning classes.
"I joined CKO Kickboxing in Edgewater, N.J. six years ago. It got me into the best shape of my life. When I transferred out here. I couldn't find the same kind of intense workout in gyms. It made sense to bring it out here," he said.
With Jamie's background of working for a large firm in the fitness industry, they decided they had the perfect credentials to open the CKO Kickboxing gym and join one of the fastest-growing health fitness franchises in the country. CKO Kickboxing has more than 70 gyms, including two others in Orange County (North Tustin and Laguna Hills), one in Los Angeles County and two in San Diego County.
"I'm very passionate about health and fitness and enjoyed working in the industry, though I wanted to be in a position of helping people and being part of the community, instead of a corporate office," she said. They have a 22-month old son, Noah.
The high quality, cross-training gym will open on Saturday, Aug. 13 in the Huntington National Center Shopping Center, at 16561 Bolsa Chica, right behind the Wells Fargo building.
The 2,300 square-foot gym features 35 heavy bags and is open seven days a week. CKO Kickboxing Huntington Beach posts its kickboxing classes online. Classes run from 5:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. so commuters can work out before or after work. The gym also has a viewing area.
The Gambardellos and a team of highly motivated instructors will lead classes.
The grand opening on Aug. 13th from 8:00am to 2:00pm will feature music and two classes. New members can lock in a special low monthly rate, which is available only to the first 100 members. They are currently engaging in presales, which have been very strong. New members also will get a T-shirt and boxing gloves. Prospects can take a free, hour-long class.
About the CKO Kickboxing Workout
Unlike other gyms, CKO Kickboxing features one heavy bag per person and is instructor driven. The family atmosphere and the sense of community also make CKO Kickboxing unique among gyms.
CKO Kickboxing is an effective exercise and weight loss program for men and women, old and young.
"The beauty of our exercise classes is that anybody can do it. Since it focuses more on the fitness aspect rather than the martial arts, it is not intimidating. The instructor controls the tempo, but the client controls the intensity. You can have a fun, effective and safe workout," said Joe Andreula, Founder of CKO Kickboxing.
About CKO Kickboxing
CKO Kickboxing is one of America's fastest growing franchises according to Entrepreneur Magazine, which included the kickboxing gym franchise in its Franchise 500 list of best franchises in 2015. The magazine rated CKO Kickboxing the Top Personal Service Franchise in the Fitness category in 2016.
"CKO Kickboxing is one of the most trusted names in fitness franchises. CKO Kickboxing is a true nationwide sports fitness franchise with gyms from coast to coast in approximately 75 locations," said Andreula.
For more information about owning a CKO Kickboxing franchise, go to www.CKOFranchising.com.