Mike is known for his incredible ability to help your mind forget about everything else going on in life and focus on what you are doing in class! He helps with great tips as you workout to help you perfect your form and tosses in some great jokes and surprises when you least expect it! You’ll learn a TON in Mike’s classes while also getting that full-body calorie burn you crave!
CKO Instructor / CKO Pad Trainer
Adam has been an instructor at CKO for almost a decade with his brothers having also held their trainer positions in the company. Over the years, Adam has been known to bring out some amazing transformations in people. So much so that he is one of our CKO Pad Trainers with his Personal Training Certification. Aside from training, Adam is also a published writer that is currently working on primarily poetry. He finds elements of inspiration from following the hip hop and rap music scenes. Whether you’re looking for some deep thoughts or trying to let out emotions with some great CKO training, Adam is definitely right there to help!
Favorite Quote: “Our perspective can be our passport or our prison.” – Inky Johnson
Fun Fact: Adam is a self-proclaimed “sneakerhead” – Try asking him what his favorite kicks are!
Potentially Untrue Fact: Adam’s favorite TV Show growing up was “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.” He knows the entire unabridged theme song that was only released the first year the show aired.
Nicknames: Baby Q
Wall Street financier by day, CKO trainer by night – Alessandra, a.k.a DJ Dazzo, is a Jersey girl at heart. Quickly inspired by the sense of community and energy of the class, Alessandra started teaching to make everyone feel like CKO is their 2nd home. She carries a passion for EDM music, and in her class, you’ll be punching to the beat of her playlists (literally). Get ready to break out the jabs, hooks, and dance moves, so you can leave feeling like you totally DESTROYED THAT BAG!
Favorite Quote: “Remember, today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday.” – Dale Carnegie
Fun Facts: Italian is Alessandra’s first language & she made a hole-in-one in REAL golf 3 weeks into playing (165 yard shot)!
Potentially Untrue Fact: Alessandra has a wall in her home devoted solely to mementos from BSB concerts she attends. Her favorite is from a BSB cruise she attended in 2018.
Nickname: DJ Dazzo
Alex has been an instructor at CKO for over 10 years and also takes on clients as a personal trainer. You can find him running classes on Tuesday and Friday mornings. When not training classes, you’ll see Alex working one-on-one with his clients throughout the day!
Anthony is a veteran CKO member turned trainer after 5 years. He is best known for his creative ways to get you laughing and distracted from the working out itself. By the end of his class, you’ll notice a great calorie-burn on your fitness tracker along with a memory of a lot of corny “dad-jokes.” Anthony also offers theme night every last Wednesday of the month. You never know what to expect during these classes. Sometimes you’ll have special playlists and other times you might see Anthony decked out in a very themed (and usually warm) costume.
Favorite Quote: “Laughing during class burns 40 extra calories so feel free to laugh at all my jokes.” -Anthony
Fun Fact: Anthony is a self-proclaimed beard and mustache enthusiast, a lover of Star Wars and snowboarding, and is trained in Tae Kwon Do!
Potentially Untrue Fact: Anthony once toasted a slice of bread that holds a striking resemblance to Darth Vader. It is currently sealed in an air-tight bag. He hopes to one day put it on E-Bay to help fund his dream of owning a 1982 DeLorean.
Nicknames: Ant the Man (no relation to AntMan)
Born and raised in Jersey City, Ches has found his passion in motivating others and exuding positive energy. Ches works full-time within the pharmaceutical industry and recently graduated with an MBA from Rutgers Business School. He started out at CKO as a member early in 2014. Later that year, he became a CKO Instructor, and with the personalized mixes he creates for class along with his exuberant personality, he found a passion in being there for others. Ches is also a CKO Pad-Trainer with a NASM Personal Training Certification, and a DJ.
Favorite Quote: “If there’s something you want in life, go get it. Period.” – Will Smith, “Pursuit of Happiness”
Fun Fact: “My line-dancing skills are among the best in the business.” – Ches
Potentially Untrue Fact: Ches doesn’t like people knowing he hates macs so he bought a cover for his 13 inch windows laptop to disguise it so it looks like a mac.
Dennis has been an instructor with CKO Hoboken since 2015 and a member since 2010. He first started as a member of CKO back when he was in high school with a goal of getting in better shape. He currently works as a Healthcare IT Analyst and teaches at CKO because he enjoys sharing his passion for fitness and helping others achieve their goals.
“I see now that the circumstances of one’s birth are irrelevant. It is what you do with the gift of life that determines who you are.” -Mewtwo
Fun Fact: On his spare time, Dennis plays guitar in a rock band (feel free to ask him for pictures from his younger years as he was learning to play).
Potentially Untrue Fact: Dennis works at a local donut shop on Thursday nights as a gift-card salesman. It was his first job and he loves it so he hasn’t left it yet.
Nickname: Lil D
Gail is a fashion and fitness photographer who lost 60lbs with CKO and then became a trainer! She is often seen in classes hitting the bag with an intense passion for reaching her goals. She has and continues to inspire a great deal of people with her transformation that was even featured on the main CKO Website. Gail loves taking random trips to Target to help find her balance. When she can’t get there, she’s likely heading to the beach for a nice long walk.
Favorite Quote: “Make your life a masterpiece; imagine no limitations on what you can be, have or do.” – Brian Tracy
Fun Fact: Gail loves ABBA and knows all the words to every song except the one song you’ll ask her about.
Potentially Untrue Fact: Gail has a folder in her phone of just different seagull pictures she took. She enjoys naming each one and her favorite one is named Carrie Gull (C. Gull).
Haley is one of CKO Hoboken’s newest instructors! She has a great personality and great form to help you during classes! Right now, she’s helping us as a sub but we know you’ll see her on the schedule as a permanent fixture some time in the future! Haley loves spending time at the beach reading a good book! When she can’t get down the shore, she loves baking and as she put it, “CKO KICKBOXING, of course!”
Favorite Quote: “What’s for you shall not pass you.” – Unknown
Fun Fact: Haley loves seeing new places with every vacation she takes! She’s got her eyes set on seeing Greece next!
Potentially Untrue Fact: Haley used to be part of a high-school all-girl band that would often book gigs at local birthday parties.
“Carving out daily time for self-care and filling one’s own well with a CKO workout isn’t selfish… it’s responsible!” This is a mantra that trainer Heidi Conlin lives by and passionately reminds our members who attend her Monday/Wednesday mornings 9AM kickboxing classes. Heidi loves encouraging everyone who participates in her classes to connect from within, chose joy, prioritize clean eating, and maintaining positive physical health for life-balance and overall well-being. Heidi is a mother of four children, an attorney and is pursuing her own energy healing practice in Hoboken. Come join Heidi’s class for a vigorous workout for your mind, spirit AND your body!
Fun Fact: Heidi has been a CKO Instructor with us at CKO Hoboken for over 10 years (and we are really grateful to have her as part of the family)!
James was born in Totowa, New Jersey and began teaching for CKO in 2005 at a sister CKO location. He earned a BA in History and a Legal Degree over the course of 7 years. He enjoys taking CKO Classes and can always be seen laughing with everyone in the gym. He is supportive and helpful to each person he comes across but don’t be fooled, his classes will leave you with far more sweat than you might be expecting! We’re not currently sure if James’ full-time job is practicing law or working out at CKO but either way, we’re happy to have him on the team!
“You need to build the small muscles first before you can build the big muscles.” -James
“You must have skipped part one.” -Anthony in reply
Fun Fact: James is secretly a guitarist during his spare time.
Potentially Untrue Fact: James refuses to wear sleeves because someone told him years ago he should never hide his arms again. He felt so proud, he listened. To this day, he rips off any sleeves he can from his shirts.
Nickname for each of his “arm cannons” (as they are often referred to by him): Renegade and The Fury
Jon has been teaching at CKO Hoboken for over 10 years now! He loves to take classes just as much as he loves training them. During his spare time, Jon enjoys hitting the green or heading to the beach. Overall though, his favorite moments of his day are spent with his wife and kids. Jon can always be seen smiling at CKO or hitting the bag with determination. He loves being challenged to a double – go ahead – dare him to a double next time you see him!
Favorite Quote: “Be strong, you never know who you are inspiring” – M.R. Kologie
Fun Fact: Jon enjoys running marathons.
Potentially Untrue Fact: Jon has a second job as a college professor 3 nights a week.
Raised in what Leo says is the toughest neighborhood of all Hudson county, North Bergen, Leo always searches for new ways to expand his physical, spiritual, and emotional self. He enjoys low-key quiet areas and coffee shops to so that he can read, write, and plan his goals. His favorite form of humor is sarcasm and his coping mechanism is, in his words, music. Leo is an avid guitar player who owns three different guitars that he uses exclusively depending on his mood. He says each guitar plays a different element of sound and each reflects a different series of emotions for him. Leo is also is certified personal trainer through ISSA and offers one-on-one Pad Training sessions at CKO!
“Going home and spending time with your family and your real friends keeps you grounded.” -Jennifer Ellison
Fun Fact: Leo is a huge fan of 70’s and disco music.
Possibly Untrue Fact: Leo is such a minimalist, he often leaves all his belongings in locker 3C without a lock.
Nickname: The Real Deal Leo
Mario has been with CKO since 2014. He has always participated in various sports growing up so fitness was a natural fit for his future. He holds an ISSA Personal Training Certification and offers Pad Training at CKO. He is actively pursuing his Bio-Mechanics Degree at William Paterson while also looking to improve his knowledge base via different fitness certifications. On his spare time, Mario enjoys exploring local restaurants and spending time with his loved ones. At any given time inside of CKO Hoboken, you’ll hear the trainers and staff often call out Mario’s name. Some of our members like to count how many times they hear his name called out during class for various reasons. We encourage everyone to confusingly ask us why when you hear it happen!
Favorite Quote: “We learn from failure, not from success.” -Bram Stoker
Fun Fact: Before coming to CKO and pursuing fitness, Mario failed at play-writing and acting (see quote above).
Possibly Untrue Fact: Mario also pursued a singing career at the same time he practiced play-writing. His range covers baritone and tenor with his favorite songs to practice being operatic (Ask him to sing, “Nessun Dorma” the next time you see him).
Nicknames: Despite what all the trainers say, Mario claims he has never had a nickname throughout his lifetime. Feel free to help us think of some.
After a successful career as a Division I volleyball player at Holy Cross, Megan went in search of an everyday workout that could match the same intensity, explosiveness and energy as her training once did. Megan made her first foray into kickboxing in 2013. After years of training at CKO, the student became the teacher and she began instructing at CKO Hoboken in early 2017. Known for her love of jumping kicks & early morning workouts, Megan holds down our first class of the day on Thursdays & Fridays. One of her favorite things to do is making her secret recipe lemon cookies for her fellow trainers and coworkers. The cookies are so revered, people take extra classes just to make sure they can have more than one!
Favorite Quote: “You Miss 100% of the shots you don’t take. -Wayne Gretzky -Michael Scott” -Michael Scott
Fun Fact: Megan was the first Volleyball player inducted into the Holy Cross Hall of Fame.
Possibly Untrue Fact: On her spare time, Megan enjoys crocheting scarves for her friends. Her best friends get a new scarf every year on their birthdays with a special design in each one.
Nicknames: Lynchie Minaj, MVP, Megan Trainer
We liked Mike A so much, we tried to get a backup Mike with Mike B!
Mike B, only child raised in Manalapan, New Jersey, travels from all the way across the street as a building manager. He can often be found taking CKO Classes with his fiance, Michele. Mike has a great sense of humor about him and is always looking for ways to improve in all aspects of life. He is a huge Bruce Springsteen fan having gone to a whopping 30 of his concerts! His current record was attending three in one week. While we don’t recommend it, you can ask Mike to sing you any Bruce Springsteen song and he’ll know it word for word (please make sure you record it and send it to us if you do ask him though).
“Whatever you say, Michele.” – Mike B
Fun Fact: Mike B. has never tried Mac ‘n’ Cheese. When you see him, ask him why.
Potentially Untrue Fact: Mike has a twin brother named Nick but they always try to fool people by claiming each is an only-child. His fiance also has a twin as well but they don’t play along with their prank.
Nickname: The Mayor
Sarah is one of our newest trainers who helps us as a sub for now. You can see her always working her hardest when taking CKO classes and always having a big smile once she’s done. Her determined spirit has her currently maintaining her goal of running 3 to 4 half-marathons per year. Sarah is a big traveler with an alternate goal of seeing at least 2 new countries per year! She has traveled to five of the seven continents and intends on getting those last two in soon! Along with travel, Sarah also enjoys hiking, camping, and baking pies! Be careful when you ask her what kind of pies she enjoys though, one time, on a trip to Cambodia, she ate a tarantula and cricket as part of her eclectic meal!
Favorite Quote: “Ask yourself: ‘Can I give more?”. The answer is usually ‘Yes’.” -Paul Tergat
Fun Fact: Sarah used to have a job fake-drowning at a water park so she could time how long the lifeguards would take to save her.
Potentially Untrue Fact: Despite how much she enjoys baking, Sarah has never successfully baked oatmeal raisin cookies. She has tried a lot of times but none have come out right. She blames it on a traumatic incident she experienced once when she was 6 years old that involved being deceived regarding a tray of cookies.
At CKO Hoboken, our goal is to help everyone take their fitness to the next level. When you come to our location, you’ll be in a supportive environment where you can achieve real results. In fact, the ads you see all over Hoboken feature REAL PEOPLE in the CKO World and the REAL RESULTS they’ve achieved through our high energy, fun, calorie-burning workout! At CKO, we make working out exciting and provide a sense of community for our members so that everyone can support one another in reaching their fitness and weight-loss goals!
You’ll be able to burn TONS of calories per class because unlike other gyms that have you punching air, we provide real heavy bags to get you toned while you’re having fun! Our classes are between 45 minutes and 1 hour and allow you to go at your own pace. Any level, male or female can take the class regardless of how much experience you have! Just book your free trial and come 15 minutes before your first class so we can give you an orientation that teaches you the keys to a great workout experience at CKO!
We don’t just stop there though! CKO Hoboken offers a wide variety of GREAT features and products! We have 20,000 square feet between 2 floors and if you’re new to CKO Hoboken and live in town, we will upgrade your first free trial class to one free week with the purchase of our starter gloves ($20)! We have a variety of different membership options to fit your lifestyle and we offer great programs geared towards your goals!
CKO 10 Week Transformation Challenge
Featuring nutritional guidance, CKO Personal Training, UNLIMITED Kickboxing, body analysis tracking, fitness tracking, and much more, this program helps to hold you accountable while giving you the tools you need to transform your body and life!
CKO Personal/Pad Training
Sometimes you’re looking to hone in on certain moves or get a one on-one-workout. At CKO, we offer traditional personal training and CKO Pad Training. This one-on-one workout features an instructor holding pads and calling out combinations while moving around and focusing on your form, agility, speed, and endurance. These sessions are not only high calorie burns but also fun and dynamic! Ask us for more details so you can experience CKO Pad Training first hand!
CKO Team Training Program
Whether you work for a big company or a small one, or you’re part of a sports team or club, CKO Hoboken offers special private classes for your group! We can give you a single team-building event or a series of dedicated private training classes to get everyone working together and achieving an experience like no other!
CKO Kids Classes and Birthday Parties
Looking for a fun event that gets the kids exercising and smiling for their birthday? CKO Hoboken offers birthday parties and kid-only classes available upon request! So gather up the guest-list and let us know when you’re thinking so we can plan an AWESOME birthday event!
CKO Prepping for the Wedding Program
Planning on going to a wedding soon? Maybe you’re getting married soon? Either way, you and your friends are welcome to join our Prepping for the Wedding Program designed to help you get in the best shape possible for that special wedding day! Groups signing up together get a bigger discount and EVERYONE gets 10 Weeks of Kickboxing along with some extra bonuses like CKO Personal Training and of course, nutrition coaching!
CKO Employee Discount and Building Discount Program
Do you work for HR, handle a large group of people, or manage a building/team – We offer large group discounts on membership pricing! Just contact one of our special group discount specialists for more info!
CKO Small Business Product Viewing Days
CKO Hoboken believes in supporting our local community’s small business development! If you or a business you work with would like to potentially set up a table during some of our classes, please let anyone at our front desk know so they can get you in touch with someone who can help determine if a B2B product day can be set up!
CKO Hoboken is all about our members and community! We often are featured at events around town and even run outdoor classes open to ANYONE throughout the year! So stop by or call us and find the gym you’ve been wanting all this time! We’re excited to meet you and help you transform your life!!
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.
Street Parking and a Lot Nearby.
900 Madison St. Suite 2
Hoboken, NJ 07030