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
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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.
1 Word to describe your instructing sytle: Killer
Fun Fact: I could work out for hours, but I can never resist a treat of ice cream!
Find Kate on Instagram: @katlyn_stanley
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 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 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.
Why I CKO: 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.
Instructing Style: Motivating
Fun Facts: I have to admit…I’m a sneakerholic. I also love to travel and experience different cultures.
Fitness Background: Started with CKO Edison in June 2013, became an instructor in February 2014. Played collegiate rugby at James Madison University. I still play in recreational basketball and flag football leagues.
Why I CKO: Because physical violence is frowned upon. But honestly there’s nothing quite like a room full of people all busting their you-know-what’s for some extra motivation.
1 Word to describe your instructing style: BetterThanMike
Fun Fact(s): I am an attorney with the firm Rebenack, Aronow, Mascolo in New Brunswick and Somerville, NJ specializing in Plaintiff’s personal injury litigation. Oh that wasn’t fun? I also got lost in Disney World when I was six…that wasn’t fun for me, though.
Fitness Background: I have been boxing at CKO for just under 5 years.
Why I CKO: The other members are the reason I wanted to be an instructor. Seeing their drive to better themselves, it made me want to be someone who helps them achieve their personal goals.
Instructing style: Challenging
Fun fact: I’m a happily married mom of 2. I have a passion for fitness. Boxing and lifting keep my sanity. Leg day is my personal favorite. It’s my me time.
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My journey began with high school cross country in 2009. Throughout college, I learned how to weave through the streets of Manhattan for runs with my school team and classmates. In 2017, a year after I moved back to New Jersey, one of my best friends invited me to take a free trial class at CKO Edison and I have been hooked ever since!
Why I CKO:
When I walk into this gym, whether I’m celebrating a great day, or pushing through a rough one, I feel at home. I know that I’m not going to leave the same. I teach here because I am eager to lay down a foundation where every member can give that extra push, go that extra mile, and find what they have been looking for.
1 Word to describe my instructing style: Soul
I worked in the health and beauty industry as a makeup artist for over 6 years covering work in television, editorial photography, fashion week, Miss Universe, and with non-profit foundations such as Sisters On The Runway and Lipstick Angels. Whenever I have time, I still love to work with clients and make magic happen.
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.
Fitness Background: I have always enjoyed working out and making it a part of my healthy lifestyle from a young age. Gymnastics and cheering helped to build my fitness foundation. My love for kickboxing started 15 years ago, participating in various mixed martial arts, kick boxing, and self defense classes.
Why I CKO: I have been to various kick boxing gyms but when I took my first CKO class I knew this was going to be my home. Leaving here makes you feel accomplished, strong, and motivated to succeed at any of your goals. Aside from the incredible workout are the amazing people that always are such a great support system and inspiration! Not only the instructors but also the members are here to push and motivate you, making it FUN!!
1 Word to describe your instructing style: Challenging
Fun Fact(s): I am a mother of two beautiful kids, a pharmaceutical representative in ophthalmics and I love to cook!
Fitness Background: Born into a family of sports and fitness fanatics, Ive tried every trend under the sun. The only one that still stands is CKO. Started a Groupon trial in 2014, became a member thereafter, and by 2015, began instructing at CKO Roselle, CKO Edison and CKO Woodbridge.
Why I CKO: Spending each day surrounded by inspirational people, motivational instructors and the opportunity to unleash a brutal beat down (without getting arrested) made me feel indestructible, and it still does to this day.
1 Word to describe your instructing style: HardCORE (get it? cause I like the planks.)
Fun Fact(s): I love cheesy Pop Music, Kitties and ALL the Foods! Except for your basic American staples like Peanut Butter and French Fries. Yuck. >_<
Fitness Background: I joined CKO Old Bridge back in 2009 when it first opened. I knew I’d like Kickboxing since I use to do TaeBo videos in my dorm room back in college. I came over with Roy, Charles & Mike when they opened Edison in 2012 when they convinced me (aka told me I was going to be an instructor for them). I played softball and basketball back in my high school years.
Why I CKO: I love hitting things! Lol! Just joking! I joined CKO because I wanted to get in better shape. Little did I know that I would not only get in the best shape of my life, but I would also gain so much self-confidence and inner strength, while making so many life-long friends along the way. CKO is my happy place. Its where I go when I need to destress, refocus, have a good time & just hit things!
Fitness Background: Started with CKO March 2012. Began teaching at CKO Edison in June of 2013. Adore horses and been riding consistently for over 25 years.
Why I CKO: The challenging workouts that push the limits, fun environment, friendly staff and members, motivational teaching style, group support and most importantly the way you feel when you walk in (inspiration) and out of those doors (accomplishment).
1 Word to describe your instructing style: Passionate
Fun Fact(s): Im a Southpaw, love ice cream and anything peanut butter, and enjoy watching cooking competitions
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 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.
Fitness Background: I have been a CKO Instructor for 4 years now (wow…) I played basketball and football in high school. Competed in amateur muay thai kickboxing. Have a personal training cert from asma (think thats the company) also have a heartsaver cpr certification. Have worked and trained with many amateur and professional boxers, kickboxers, and mixed martial artists. Currently a Compliance Inspector for New Jersey State Athletic Control Board in amateur and professional kickboxing and mixed martial arts.
Why I CKO: What I love about teaching at CKO most is the members who come to class. I continue to be motivated by the energy that our members bring into the gym. I am always happy to show proper technique and form and pass on the knowledge I have attained over the years to others who seek it.
1 Word to describe your instructing style: Technique.
I say something about form and technique every class.
Fun Fact(s): An interesting hobby is scuba diving. I have an advanced open water certificate with over 40 dives. And specialty certificates in night diving, shark diving, and fish identification. tioning, as well as fighting technique drills, to his classes.
Trevor is a highly intense & motivated trainer. A member since 2013, he uses his background in Muay Thai kickboxing to work on fundamentals while maintaining the intense pace & high energy that CKO provides. He also draws from his experiences playing football at Notre Dame to motivate members. That level of competition and training pushed him beyond the playing field to reach new heights, finishing two marathons, two triathlons along with many other races.
Why I CKO: CKO training offers a unique mental and physical challenge that pushes your body to limits you may not think you can get to. Coming into to class as a member feeling the energy given by the instructors was more than enough to pull me in and work to give that same enthusiasm back to all members.
1 Word to describe your instructing style: To describe one of my classes using one word, I would have to say energetic. When the workout is getting tough, & you feel that collective feeling, it’s enough to make you push that extra bit to finish strong.
Fun Fact(s): Fun fact that sheds a light on a little of my approach instructing is that I coached youth basketball & football for close to 10 years. One of the pop warner teams I coached came close to making it to the national championships down in FL. If you’re looking to take that step and push yourself to new limits, I welcome you to join… See you soon.
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.
518 Old Post Rd
Edison, NJ 08817