MY STORY/Journey:Fitness has always been very important to me. Living as a Health-Conscious Fitness Enthusiast is something that helped me through a very difficult time, as I lost my late husband to Pancreatic Cancer approximately six years ago. It was during this difficult period that I was introduced to CKO by my daughter, Stephanie, who took me to my first class. It was nothing like I had ever experienced, and I was immediately addicted to the workout. It was a tremendous stress reliever for me, and the workouts would leave me physically and emotionally empowered. At this juncture, it didn’t take long for us to start looking into possibly opening our own CKO, but the timing would have to be right. So, for the next few years I delved into the world of Kickboxing and Group Fitness through the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America, as my personal life improved when I reconnected with my childhood sweetheart, Dean Benintende. It was Dean who encouraged me to follow my dream and open a CKO, after constantly hearing so many great and positive things about CKO. It was one night, after one of our discussions that I decided to try to make my dream a reality. We met with CKO the next day, and here we are today!CKO has become a Family Affair! Dean and I married, and we had a small ceremony with my children, Stephanie & Nick and our parents. We then had another CKO wedding at CKO headquarters in Hoboken. You can always find me or my daughter (who is my Lead Instructor) at CKO. Dean and Nick are there periodically and always attend our special events. We are proud to be family-owned and operated like the original CKO in Hoboken. It just comes naturally that we treat all our members like family.
WHY I CKO: The CKO workout is the best full body workout I have ever done. It helps me relieve stress , keep my weigh managed and my body toned and conditioned. CKO has changed my life it is this very reason I chose to become an owner, so that I can be an influential part in helping you “change your life”.
One Work to describe my class: Passionate
Fun Fact: I Love All Animals and am an animal activist . I have a blended family, 4 dogs and two cats!!
As a Kid I enjoyed playing baseball and skateboarding. By the time I was 19 years old I completely stop being active. Fast forward 11 years I became morbidly obese weighing in at 280lbs. I walked into CKO Emerson on March 11th 2018 to take my first class and never looked back. September 2018 I weighed in at 180 lbs, a total of 100 lbs lost. All of my health issues from being obese were gone. April 2019 I entered into the Fitness Atlantic/CKO Transformation show weighing in at 168 lbs. Shortly after in May 2019 I completed my training and became a certified CKO Kickboxing Instructor.
-Why I love CKO
I fell in love with CKO because of the positive atmosphere and support system. The entire staff were always there for me. I never felt that from a traditional gym. That also goes for the members. Many of them saw me go through my insane journey and expressed how I inspired them, cementing my love for the CKO Community.
-One word that describes my teaching style
INSPIRING. I’m proof that anything is possible. If I can do it, so can you!
-Fun fact about me
I enjoy photography, Music and Cars.
@who.is.ralph & @capturedbyraf
Fitness Background/Certifications: I have been active in sports my whole life. My sport activities include , softball, dance and Karate. I am a certified black belt. I have been kickboxing at CKO for over 9 years. I became a CKO Instructor in 2017 and I am the Lead Instructor at Emerson.
Why I CKO..I CKO because there is no other workout like it! I was addicted to the workout from day one. Beyond the workout, there is a sense of family and community. I CKO for the amazing benefits it brings me and because I am able to give back to my members. They motivate me to be the best instructor I can be , they motivate me to give them a great workout and be a part of their happy hour. I love helping them change their lives and reach their goals. There is no better feeling.
One word that describes my teaching style: Motivating . I am motivated by the members that come in everyday and their goals they have. This in return,motivates me to give them their best workout.
Fun Fact : I love animals, the beach and dancing!
1. Fitness background / Certifications:
a. Mixed Martials Arts
i. American Top Team Certified
b. Tae Kwon Do
i. Black Belt
c. Brazilian Jui Jitsu
i. Blue Belt
d. Several Years of Personal Training
i. NCSF (expired….)
e. Strength, Speed & Agility Coach
i. From coaching various sports
f. CKO Certified
2. Why I love CKO….
a. CKO gives me the opportunity and platform to help others reach their goals and persevere further than what they thought they were capable of.
3. One Word that describes my teaching style.
4. Fun fact about me.
a. I love to binge! Binge Watch, that is. I’ve watched countless of TV, Netflix, Hulu, HBO, Showtime, etc shows. I usually have The Office on a normal rotation and always looking for good shows to watch.
5. Instagram Handle:
1) Fitness background:
Since a young age, Dana has immersed herself in sports and fitness. Whether on the tennis court or in the gym, she is known for giving it her all. As a professional chef, Dana advocates a healthy, active lifestyle and believes that nutritious, flavorful food provides fuel for your mind and body.
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.
Parking available in shopping center.
500 Kinderkamack Rd
Emerson, NJ 07630