Koko FitClub helped Don Birdwell transform his health and fitness
This past fall, a study on the effects of consistent strength training was published in the well respected, Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, and I’ll bet it didn’t make it to your local paper, even though it’s something America desperately needs to hear. Get this: Resistance training, like you’re doing three times a week on the Koko Smartrainer, resulted in as much as a 20% decrease in study participant’s blood pressure! Those results are as good- if not better- than what is seen through use of blood pressure lowering medications- without the side effects.
Cardiovascular exercise, like your Koko Cardio workouts, have long been recommended by the American Heart Association to decrease cardiovascular risk, but the results of this latest research on strength training is probably a revelation to most people. AND, think about this: When you climb on the Koko Smartrainer to do your strength workout at Koko FitClub, you are getting the benefit of resistance training and the added benefit of the full-body, circuit training program design- which is built to get your heart pumping by keeping your body in motion. In other words, you get the cardiovascular benefits of both resistance training and cardio in one workout!
I hear amazing, real-world stories from you everyday that support these findings, and that by consistently getting to Koko FitClub, at least three days a week, you are seeing transformative changes in your health. (And that is truly the secret to Koko’s magic, my friends- it is so EASY to make it a habit.) So, I’m going to wrap this post up with one particularly inspiring story from a man I had the pleasure of meeting last week during my visit to Koko FitClub Belle Meade, Tennessee. His name is Don Birdwell.
93 lbs lost since last Thanksgiving.
Last November , I finally got sick of being overweight and I got busy. A member of the Y, I started by stepping up my cardio with their elliptical, struggling to get in 30 minutes most days. By January, I had lost about 40 pounds. I knew, though, that I was losing muscle mass as well as fat. A hydrostatic body composition test, (considered by most fitness experts and my Doctor, as the most accurate test that is readily available,) confirmed that I had indeed lost 42 pounds but that almost 40% of that was lean body mass (muscle). That explained why, even though I was only eating about 1200 calories per day, my weight loss had stopped. With less muscle, my metabolism had plummeted.
Then in February , I joined Koko FitClub. I revised my goals away from just my weight and focused on percentage of body fat. Since Feb 19, 2010 with my regular and focused Koko workouts, I have lost another 51 pounds. More importantly to me, with the resistance training and less cardio, I have now reached 13% body fat. That is rated “excellent” for a 58 year old male. My goal is to reach 11% by October 27th  my 59th birthday. While I have long since gotten below my original goal of 211 pounds, I love wearing 33 ” slacks (rather than 50″.) My 3X shirts have long since gone to Goodwill and I enjoy wearing Large shirts instead.
My doctor is also amazed. My resting heart rate averages about 53, my blood pressure averages 88/60 without medication. No more Lipitor for my cholesterol. which is now under 120 total. My triglycerides have dropped from over 300 to 58.
I was working hard at the Y. At Koko, I am still working hard but much much more effectively. I am a fan for life. By the way, I was paying more for the YMCA plus $70 per hour for a personal trainer. Please feel free to let anyone contact me if they want more information from a satisfied customer. I love your program! –Don Birdwell
Thanks, Don, and all of you in Koko Nation who have reached out to us, for sharing your stories. Keep ‘em coming!
In good health,
Michael Wood, CSCS
Chief Fitness Officer