Member Testimonials

Rebuilding: A CKO Transformation Story

“My weight has always been an issue for me. I’ve been heavy for most of my life. For the last 15 years my life have been on a downward spiral. From the loss of my grandmother and my father within a few months of each other. My mother’s sickness, than being laid off my job of 20 years to several miscarriages. The worst of all on February 18, 2016 I lost my son Mauro which destroyed me mentally and physically.  With all the back to back hits, I was suffering from severe depression and anxiety, and taking a lot of medication. With all the stress I had gained a ton of weight.

At my highest I weighed over 300 pounds and was told by many doctors and therapist that I wouldn’t live to see 50. 

A year ago, I decided to regain control of my life and in January 2018 I started a weight-loss journey. In May 2018 a CKO opened in my neighborhood, and I decided to join. I was thankful that I did because it was my saving grace. It’s what I needed to get to my weight goal. I started slow and worked my way up to like 4 to 5 days a week.   To date I have lost over 140 pounds. This journey was a lot different for me because by joining CKO, not only did it help me mentally and physically, I also got to meet a lot of great people. All the people I have talked with and had the pleasure of meeting from the different CKO locations, I realize we all have the same struggles. They were very supportive, motivating and inspiring. I hope my story can inspire others to keep moving forward. I believe because you’re down, it doesn’t mean that you have to be counted out. I look back at my hardships now and my outlook is a lot different. I believe that our hardships are life-lessons given to us to break us down so we can build back up to our potentials. “


This testimonial was provided by Dani Stone, member of CKO South Philly.

I hate working out but I LOVE this kind of workout!

Everyone is so friendly and the workout is an amazing, intense full body workout!

Absolutely amazing workouts!! I have been there about 5 times so far. Every class is different, intense and fun! You can modify the moves if you have to. The trainers are awesome! I love it!

Best workout in the city. Well worth the price for as many times as I go a week (they have enough class times to fit most if not all schedules). I’ve tried many gyms and apps on my own, but nothing beats the family you’ll find here. Staff are all very friendly and welcoming. Trainers are knowledgeable and many are actual fighters. All are certified trainers. You’ll learn basic kickboxing punches and kick combos and loads of cardio and core in between. Put it to you like this…I live in West Philly, work in North Philly and I choose to come here 3 to 4 times a week after work or on weekend. It’s that fun and addictive.

CKO South Philly

2053 W Oregon Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19145

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