CKO Kickboxing, one of the fastest growing health fitness franchises, soon will open its first fitness kickboxing gym in Myrtle Beach. The high quality, cross-training gym is in pre-sale mode and will offer special discounts to new members during the soft launch opening.
Scheduled to open in early November, the gym is located at 2030 Oakheart Road, Myrtle Beach in the Forest Square Shopping Center in Carolina Forest, off 501.
The family friendly gym offers Myrtle Beach residents an alternative to Pilates, yoga, martial arts and spinning classes. Kickboxing has many health benefits including improving heart function, burning calories, and a total lower and upper body workout.
The 2,400 square-foot gym features 35 heavy bags. It is open seven days a week. CKO Kickboxing Myrtle Beach posts its kickboxing classes online. Hour long classes run from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. so commuters can work out before or after work.
The gym is owned by franchisee Tamarin Vuotto, a former food management executive. Like many other franchisees, she was a member before becoming an owner.
"Like many people, I went to CKO Kickboxing wondering, 'Am I going to like this? Is it going to work? Will it be fun?' I loved it right off the bat," she said.
"I was getting into fitness more and more. I was getting healthier. I was falling more and more in love with CKO Kickboxing and I discovered a passion for fitness that I never knew I had," said Vuotto, who is certified in fitness nutrition coaching.
She chose to open a gym in Myrtle Beach because she has family in the area – and she wanted the challenge of opening a new brand in a rapidly growing area.
"As much as it is a business, I'm not doing it for that reason. I love the CKO Kickboxing workout. I saw what it did for me. You meet other people to help you and guide you.
The new business is also a way of giving back to the community.
"I wanted to help people the way other people helped me. I want to help motivate people the way I've been helped," she said. "It's going full circle."
Her passion for helping people is paying off as presales are going strong for a new market.