I have been involved in athletics my entire life. As a kid I was heavily involved in baseball. I played for a number of years while slowly gaining interests in other areas such as weight lifting and basketball as a kid. Weight lifting and basketball became my passions. I would learn ways of combining athletic training and strength training to give me more of an advantage in sports. So at a young age I was getting involved in fitness.
Once I started college I got involved in the martial art of Muay Thai. This is where all of my fitness goals, training, and education started to change. Weight lifting for just size and strength was no longer a goal. I wanted to be faster, have better endurance, be more agile, while being as strong as I could in Muay Thai as well as in life. I have been doing Muay Thai for 14 years now. Through Muay Thai I developed a desire to learn more about bodyweight exercises and how to master my own body.
In January 2016, I was 20 lbs heavier than I had ever been. After watching my mother struggle with her weight her entire life, I was afraid I was also going to head down that road. I slowly began to reintroduce the gym back into my life, and by the end of the year, I had gotten rid of those extra pounds. Despite finally making a habit out of going to the gym again, running on a treadmill can only be so much fun, so I signed myself and my mother up for kickboxing classes. Both my mother and I continued to attend classes 4-5 times a week throughout the summer. I
loved how the classes would push me to my limit every time, and how much of an emotional release it was to punch and kick a heavy bag.
I earned my group fitness instructor certification in September 2017 and am currently working towards a personal trainer certification.
I also holds an Undergraduate and Graduate degree from the New England Conservatory, and an Artist Diploma from the Glenn Gould School at the Royal Conservatory in French Horn performance. I freelances in the Toronto area, and am attending the University of Toronto in the fall of 2018 to pursue my Doctorate degree.
Michael Camphausen is co-owner of CKO Kickboxing Toronto, one of the fastest-growing fitness franchises in the USA and now in Canada. Michael brings with him a combination of leadership, corporate management and a passion for health and fitness to his new venture. He studied at the University of Cape Town, South Africa and came to Canada in 1994 in search of a new adventure. He first saw CKO Kickboxing while on a business trip to Jersey City, NJ, and took his first class while on a business trip to Tampa, FL. He says “I went to my first CKO Kickboxing class in Clermont last year. I could not believe how quickly the hour went by. It was a full body workout and I loved it”
Michael has over 30 years experience in Information Technology and Business Operations, and currently works for a large telecommunications company in Toronto. A native of Cape Town, South Africa, he lived in Vancouver for 6 years and moved to Toronto in 2000.
Our Trial Class is available for first time guests only. If you would like to take advantage of this one time offer, you may sign up directly through each club's schedule. Plan on arriving 15-20 minutes before your scheduled class time. Once registered, you will be provided with an orientation of the punches and kicks you will be using throughout the class. Our classes are geared so you can “go at your own pace” so there is no need to be intimidated. You’ll love the CKO experience!
Since you will be punching a heavy bag, you will need to protect your hands with boxing/MMA gloves. Feel free to bring your own or we have a variety of gloves available for purchase at the gym. Wear loose fitting, comfortable gym clothes. We guarantee you’re going to sweat. Therefore, shorts will probably be a good option. You will not be permitted to participate in a class unless you are wearing sneakers/tennis shoes. Please bring a towel and you will definitely need water or some type of sports drink. These are also available for purchase at the gym.
Since everyone has their own heavy bag to workout on and goes at their own pace, our classes are geared for all fitness levels. Our certified instructors are trained to motivate and push each member to their desired results.
Due to popular demand, some CKO Kickboxing clubs offer group, co-ed, children's kickboxing classes. Please inquire with your local CKO Kickboxing club to see if the classes are available, and let your voice be heard.
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3299 Lake Shore Blvd W #104
Etobicoke, ON M8W 1M8
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