We already know that significant strength gains can be achieved by consistently doing our Koko on a regular basis. (Ideally, three strength and three to four cardio sessions each week.) What’s easy to forget, especially through colder months when we might be stuck inside, is that Koko also helps keep us strong for other activities we love do.
My hike in the Blue Hills is a case in point. (Yes! It is the very same spot I named a spring Koko Cardio session after.) I took it easy because it’s the first hike I have done since the fall on this particular trail. Last year, when I was in peak shape from being outside and active in the warmer weather, I could do the first part of the uphill hike in about 30 minutes. So, when I did it this past weekend, I figured I would be five to ten minutes slower. Turns out, I was right on my peak thirty minute pace.
This told the exercise physiologist in me that all winter long my Koko Smartraining sessions kept my body in great shape. Now that spring is here, I can enjoy the warm weather activities I love- like hiking or getting whooped in a pick-up basketball game in the driveway by my daughter Julia- without missing a beat.
This is why I Koko. How about you?
Michael Wood, CSCS
Chief Fitness Officer