Fitness Background: I began with CKO in April of 2011 and instructed classes regularly at CKO Old Bridge, CKO Great Kills, and CKO Tottenville before opening CKO Edison, CKO Woodbridge, and CKO Clark. I’ve been involved with martial arts and physical fitness for the past 15 years and am a Certified Personal Trainer with the National Academy of Sports Medicine.
Why I CKO: The atmosphere, group motivation, personal reward, and most importantly the great people are all what keeps me coming back. I walk into CKO stressed and leave feeling amazing and always with a smile on my face.
1 Word to describe your instructing style: Pushy
Fun Fact(s): Most people don’t suspect that I love anything sci-fi, anime, comic books, outer space, or typically classified as “nerdy”.
Fitness Background: I have been at CKO for 8 years, teaching for 7. Played collegiate soccer for 2 years and still play competitive mens soccer, basketball, and coed flag football leagues.
Why I CKO: I CKO because I have an opportunity to keep feeling like an athlete, while developing my Boxing and martial arts skills at a fun, friendly and motivating atmosphere.
1 Word to describe your instructing style: Unpredictable
Fun Fact(s): I love to cook. I have catered and still do for big parties when I hv time.
Fitness Background: I have been with CKO as a member, instructor, then owner since 2010. I am a CPT, CES, PES, and FNS with the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM). I also have a Level I certification from Precision Nutrition.
Why I CKO: I CKO because there is nothing like that feeling after finishing a class, and I love seeing members have a chance to change their lives for the better.
1 Word to Describe your instructing style: Intense
Fun Fact(s): Majored in History at Monmouth University, read a lot of Civil War & WWII history. I have performed 6 weddings as an officiant.
Fitness background: Journey begin at Edison in 2014 when I joined as a member. Shortly after I started working the desk and instructing classes. I graduated from Rutgers University with a B.S in Kinesiology and Health.
Why I CKO: The energy and environment are addicting. I enjoy pushing people past their limits.
Instructing style: Fierce
Fun Fact: I have been a cheerleader since age 11, and cheered on the Rutgers co-ed team. When I’m not training at CKO I am soaking up the sun on the beach
Fitness Background: I have been a member of CKO Kickboxing Edison since February 2016 and decided to become an instructor in August of 2017. I’m currently in school for nutrition.
Why I CKO: I started cko to lose weight and as a confidence boost and it has absolutely exceeded my expectations. The atmosphere is incredible, and I couldn’t ask for better people to work with.
1 Word to describe your instructing style: Determined. I’m determined to always preform a high energy class, determined to make sure everyone is having a great workout, and determined to make sure everyone is having fun.
Fun Fact(s): When I’m not in the gym I am a nanny for 5 amazing kids.
Fitness Background: I’ve been at CKO for 1 year! I attend Kean University as a Mathematically Sciences major. I was also a cheerleader for 10 years!
WHY I CKO: I love working at CKO because I get to motivate others, change people’s lives, and see the drive in each person walking through the gym.
Fun Fact: I could work out for hours, but I can never resist a treat of ice cream!
Find Kate on Instagram: @katlyn_stanley
I became a member at CKO in September 2018 and I became an instructor in summer 2019. Prior to CKO, I’ve hopped from gym to gym and never really found one that stuck with me. Growing up, I tried to play as many sports as I could to find one that I really enjoyed. In high school, I found out it was cheerleading. I was a cheerleader for 4 years and now I actually coach it at JFK Memorial High School.
Why I CKO:
I’ve been a member of so many different gyms, and CKO is so much more than just a gym. It’s so much more than just a place to get a quick workout in. For me personally, it’s a release. It’s a release from any stress and anxiety that builds up during the day. During class, you really push yourself to your limits. I have never experienced a workout that pushes me as hard as CKO does. When you think that your body is about to give out, you learn to push yourself a little bit harder. Being an instructor and being able to provide this for so many people on a daily basis is just amazing.
One Word to Describe my Instructing Style: Ambitious
Fun fact: I was born in Chile and my first language was Spanish
Fitness background – Growing up, I was always involved in different sports. For the majority of my life, I played softball and was a cheerleader. At a young age, I enjoyed being in the gym and lifting.
Why CKO: Throughout my fitness journey, I have tried almost every form of exercise. The one that I always stuck with was CKO. When I walk into the gym, my mindset changes. The atmosphere and energy in the gym motivated me to push myself more than I ever thought I could. Not only is CKO a great full-body workout but it also helps leave all the worries and stress behind. CKO has not only changed me physically but mentally as well. As an instructor, my goal is to do the same for the members as CKO did for me.
Fun fact: Outside of the gym, I am a Special Education Teacher.
Joined CKO February 2017 and became an instructor July 2018. I always had a passion for fitness, particularly weight lifting and recreational basketball.
Why I CKO: I joined CKO because I was looking for a full body workout, a fun way to get a good cardio workout and ultimately how to throw a decent punch. It has become a great place to relieve the stress of daily life, meet amazing people and attain my fitness goals.
1 word to describe you instructing style: Spastic
Fun Fact: I bowled competitively for many years and was the captain of my high school team. (Not sure if this sells my class or not..lmaoo)
Fitness Background: I started with CKO in January 2013, as a member. Then I started teaching in 2015 at CKO Edison and then CKO Woodbridge.
Why I CKO: The people!! In general, the members, staff, and owners make CKO a special place in my life and Im sure in many others lives as well!! Its like an addiction; you want more and more no matter how sore you are! At the end of the day, I can say this was one of the best decisions I made in my life.
1 Word to describe your instructing style: Intense
Fun Fact(s): I served 3 years in the Air Force in my early 20s with 34 parachute jumps on record.
I’ve been a dancer my whole life, and fitness has always played a big part in that. I began boxing at CKO 4 years ago, and became an instructor March, 2018. I’m also a certified barre instructor through Flywheel Sports.
Why I CKO:
I know first-hand how amazing CKO is with helping me escape my anxiety/stress/frustrations after a long day of work. It’s my release. To be able to pass that same feeling of strength (both physically and mentally) onto others, and show them they’re capable of so much more than they think – nothing else like it.
One Word to Describe My Instructing Style:
FIRE (I like to bring the heat ??)
I’ve been dancing professionally from the young age of 3, performing with such artists as Chris Brown, Drake and Jeanie Ortega. I most recently danced professionally in the NBA for 4 years with the Brooklyn Nets (“Brooklynettes”). During the day, I work in Corporate Merchandising for Marc Jacobs.
I first became a member of CKO Edison in November 2015 when my wife persuaded me to take a class because I was looking for a new and challenging workout. I was hooked immediately! Prior to joining CKO, I competitively played basketball and trained in martial arts for over 10 years.
After being a member of CKO for 2 years and knowing how much of a positive impact it had on me, not only physically, but also mentally and emotionally, I began to have an increasingly growing itch to become an instructor. I like to consider myself someone’s fitness therapist – I want the members to feel that they can come to my class and not only get a great workout, but be able to take 1 hour of their day to disconnect from the world and life’s everyday problems and frustrations.
I have to admit…I’m a sneakerholic. I also love to travel and experience different cultures.
Fitness Background: I have done CKO since 2012. I started as a member and havent turned back. I used to play softball, and do track and field.
Why I CKO: CKO is my happy place. Every workout is different from the last. Each instructor has their own style from music, to warm-ups, to how they count down an attack round. Each workout is intense and fun, and you definitely get the most out of the hour you spend here. The workout is as challenging as you want it to be, and its so great to feed off the energy of the people around you. I have been to plenty of other gyms and will forever come to CKO as no other place can compare!
1 Word to describe your instructing style: energetic
Fun Fact(s): I have 2 kids, 2 dogs and a husband. I speak fluent Italian, and have been to Italy 7 times. When I was younger my claim to fame was being an extra in the movie K-Pax.
Fitness Background: I became a member at CKO in late February of 2019 and began my journey as an instructor in August of 2019. Though soccer is the main sport loved and played by my family, I was involved in different sports in high school like cheerleading, basketball, and track. I played 4 years of collegiate soccer and to this day continue to play in coed leagues.
Why I CKO: I CKO because it’s addicting to work hard and become the best version of yourself no matter how sore and tired you are. All the fun is in challenging yourself and pushing your limits while you’re getting a total body workout! It’s not a stale, boring routine- you get a mix of various HIIT exercises, different combos to work on the bag, an empowering atmosphere, and of course the personal reward of reaching your goals.
Fun fact: I can quote the entire movie Shrek. Just don’t ask me to do it.
Fitness Background: I’ve always been some sort of athlete, even if my body didn’t always look it. Dance, Soccer, Taekwondo, and Musical Productions always kept my young self moving and grooving. Currently studying for the NASM personal training exam after losing 100+ lbs naturally with diet and exercise.
Why I CKO: I CKO to provide members the environment they need to accomplish their goals. Even the strongest of people need a little motivation from time to time. Having the opportunity to push others, and myself, to see astronomical changes not only in the gym but in day to day life. For me, CKO has provided me an environment to relieve daily stresses and negative thoughts.
One Word to describe you instructing style: Magnanimous
Fun Fact(s): Professional Musician: Classical Vocalist, Choral Recording Artist, Dog Lover, Book Reader, and Adventure Taker.
I am a Westminster Choir College graduate and a Young Artist in the Tristate area. I won’t say no to a trip either! Either for work or for fun traveling is extremely important to me. My favorite domestic trip was to New Orleans eating exotic hot dogs. My favorite professional trip was to attend Oxford University Continuing Education programs in music in England.
I have been a member of CKO since 2017. I took a class opening day at Woodbridge and immediately knew it was the gym for me. I signed up just as something to do for fun and to keep in shape, but I immediately became addicted. CKO is unlike any other gym I know and I wouldn’t want to be part of any other fitness family. I started working at the front desk in December of 2017 and am now training to become an instructor. I love being part of something that makes people feel good and accomplishes their goals. Fun fact: Ironically, prior to working at CKO I worked at an ice cream store.
Owners Mike Napolitano, Charles Osinowo, and Roy LaBue opened CKO Kickboxing Clark in October 2018! They originally started as members, then instructors at CKO Old Bridge before opening up CKO Edison in 2012 and CKO Woodbridge in 2017.
The CKO Clark team stand ready and willing to help you achieve all your fitness goals.
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!
Each class is 1-hour in length and offers a total body workout. You will sweat, de-stress and enjoy exercising more than ever.
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.
Once you become a member, you can begin taking classes immediately.
The majority of our members have never taken a kickboxing class prior to coming to CKO. However, they get addicted to the workout quickly.
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.
If a young adult under the age of 18 is interested, a parent/guardian must sign for him or her to take a class. Please inquire within to see if we are currently offering programs for children.
We have both male and female members and the classes are mixed.
Your membership entitles you to unlimited classes. You can workout every day if you like.
We have many different programs available. Once you have completed your trial class, one of our representatives will go over different pricing options.
All of our locations are individually owned and operated. Depending on the market, it can range anywhere from $5 - $20 to take a class in another gym.
We offer our 10 Week Challenge Program at different times of the year. Once signed up as a prospect in our system, you will be notified whenever the program is offered.
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.
301 Central Ave
Clark, NJ 07066