Can you really get an effective cardio workout in 15 minutes? With the right interval training, absolutely. Today we’ll show you how to bump up your next treadmill workout with some sweet boxing moves.
Interval Knockout, one of the interval training treadmill programs we created for Koko FitClub’s fall series, pays homage to the sound science and ancient sport of boxing.
(Boxing? On the treadmill? What’s up with that?) Continue reading
I read with interest the recent Newsweek cover story, Why the Campaign to Stop America’s Obesity Crisis Keeps Failing, by Gary Taubes. Taubes shines a light on the importance of eating the right types of calories to beat obesity and I want to share it with Koko Nation along with my own insights into some of the questions he raises.
As a professional in the business of helping clients get and stay in better shape long term, I applaud Mr. Taubes for questioning the status quo. My experience at Tufts Center for Nutrition taught me how sugars and white flour products can wreak havoc on the metabolism and lead directly to chronic weight gain. However, I believe Taubes’ assessment of the role of exercise in weight management is overly simplistic and may mislead readers to think exercise (especially high-intensity type training) is ineffective and possibly even a contributing factor in our nation’s struggle with weight.
One of the most powerful benefits of exercise is not how many calories are burned during exercise. Exercise, particularly strength training, is absolutely essential for maintaining our body’s lean muscle mass as we age. This, in turn, helps maintain or elevate our metabolism. By boosting our metabolic rate, our bodies naturally burn calories at a higher rate 24/7. Unfortunately, too many dieters today instead focus on low calorie diets that result in an overall loss of precious lean muscle mass, (research shows as much as 10-50%,) which ultimately slows their metabolic rate. And unknown to many, excessive cardio exercise (“chronic cardio”) can exacerbate this muscle loss.
Bottom line, the real key to long term weight control is both the right type of calories, as Mr. Taube states, and the right type of exercise. It’s that simple.
Michael Wood, CSCS
Chief Fitness Officer
Koko FitClub Franchising
The official total is in.
Total Koko Points earned during the 5 Million Point Challenge: 1.5 Million
Around here, we aren’t afraid of big, audacious goals.
But… for our first 5 Million Point challenge, it looks like we bit off more than we could chew. (Just wait until NEXT year!)
I wish we had been able to pull off 5 million points, but falling short of that total shouldn’t diminish what we did accomplish this weekend. The excitement of coming together as a team to fight cancer (with some of you super-achievers logging in some BIG totals…you know who you are and I know your clubs will show their appreciation!) and the individual stories like Jody in Plainville who chose to log her cardio points in honor of a friend she just recently lost to cancer. We are also thrilled to share that Koko Nation really did rally to the call: Koko Cardio use during the challenge weekend was up a whopping 77% from the previous weekend during the same time period nationwide! 5 million points aside, lots of good stuff happened this weekend.
Some more good stuff: For hitting 30% of our goal, Koko FitClub will be making a donation to Relay for Life in the amount of $6000.
I can’t thank all of you enough for participating and I can’t wait until next year. We won’t miss the mark twice! In the meantime, keep up your great effort. I hope this got you fired up for the fundraising walk/run season ahead and inspires you to get involved with events through your local Koko FitClub. Use your healthy Koko Fit body this Spring to help local Relay for Life events or any other cause that motivates you. It feels good to do good. So go get ‘em!
Oh, and by the way? Next year, 5 million doesn’t stand a chance…Are you with me, Koko Nation?
CEO and Co-Founder
Koko FitClub Franchising