A few weeks ago I wrote a blog post about Koko points- mostly how earning 1000 of them in a workout motivates us to get the very best out of each workout. It was a challenge for me not to stray off topic, because in my mind, and for Koko as a company, Koko points are part of a much bigger agenda. We want to do everything we can, through Smartraining technology and the serene training studios they inhabit, to engage your mind as well as your body.
Typical fitness scenes include armies of people lined up on treadmills, all zoned out to the television screens in front of them. On the weight floor, folks go through the motions at a such speed you know they just can’t wait to be finished. The whole purpose seems to be to distract from the unpleasantness at hand or get it over with ASAP because it’s boring. Working out like this helps you achieve your fitness goals no more than living like this helps you achieve your life goals. It’s very simple: engaging your mind in whatever you are doing translates to better results. In exercise, thinking about your form and the muscles you engage with each movement allows you to work them more efficiently and effectively. Mindful exercise is essential for success.
Here are a few of the ways Koko encourages mindful exercise:
The Smartrainer pace bar- I don’t know exactly why, but the Koko pace bar is absolutely mesmerising and we all try very hard to follow it. You may have missed the funny post that sums up Koko Nation’s Pace bar love perfectly. No more racing through reps. No more daydreaming. Following the pace bar results in optimal time under tension for your muscles, making the most out of every rep.
Koko points- They are little rewards at the end of each Smartraining session or ways we compete with ourselves and others to stay motivated. Bottom line is, the more engaged you are in your workout, the more points you’ll earn. Maybe even 1000!
Smartrainer form tips- Available for every exercise, every workout, with a reminder about how important the right form is to your results.
Michael Wood- The awesome Boston baritone of our Chief Fitness Officer has coached Koko Nation through thousands of Koko Cardio workouts, and we can’t help but pay attention! (Even our Louisiana contingent has grown fond of his “Yankee” accent, haven’t you?) Shoulders back? Arms pumping? Abs in? Always positive, Michael keeps us thinking and encouraged.
No TVs- No need for the distraction. We are too busy following the pace bar and listening to Michael.
Variety- Every workout is different so you never turn into an automaton repeating the same exercises over an over without a second thought.
Spa-like atmosphere- There really is nothing worse that trying to exercise in a giant warehouse full of equipment, noise and REALLY LOUD MUSIC. And let’s not even talk about the smell. Koko FitClubs are intimate, attractive, quiet an clean. Perfect for mindfully reflecting on you and your workout.
President and Co-Founder