It’s Not Too Late to Get in Summer Shape

Happy August!

This month I’m talking with Lauren Dell’Olio, who heads up the marketing here at Koko FitClub and is a busy mother of three, about the challenge of sticking with fitness during busy summer months.

Many of us fall into this rut each year:  It’s summertime and the “living is easy”, and we take time off fitness. That can happen for a variety of reasons. Maybe work is crazy, vacations are calling, the kids are home from school and need more entertaining and chauffeuring, or just the simple fact it’s more fun to sit by the pool with a cocktail than exercise.

Taking that time off, even for the right reasons like enjoying family time, can make it that much harder to get back to where you were on your fitness journey, especially with added weight gain and lack of energy.

Maybe you cannot get to the gym 3 times a week during the summer. It’s okay! Going just 1 or 2 times most weeks during the busy summertime will help maintain your health and fitness and avoid detraining.

So if you’ve hit pause on your fitness this summer, It’s never too late to get that momentum going again. Today’s the day to start – or restart!

Best,

Mary Obana
President & Co-Founder, Koko FitClub

YOU CAN DO IT TOO!

Having hit the ripe YOUNG age of 75 last March, I started to feel my energy and strength levels slipping a little, despite the fact that I spent 5 hours a week with Pilates and outdoor biking. However, I had no intention of getting myself embroiled in another exercise program

Or so I thought until my wonderful wife, who constantly looks out for me, began pushing me into considering Koko. She had joined after finding out that they could develop a program tailored to her specific needs… and she was loving it.

“C’mon… give it a try,” she said as I rolled my eyes, “Maybe it’ll make you feel more energized.”
“OK, I’ll check it out,” I answered reluctantly, figuring I’ll come up with an excuse later on.

Well, I ended up keeping the appointment, mainly to appease her. Even though I’d been an active singles tennis player up until I injured my back 10 years ago, I was never a lover of pure exercise workouts! Nor was I ever one of those gym rats who worked out at a manly-man, sweat-factory where the smell alone could kill ya.

My Koko appointment day finally arrived and I went to the club with my ho-hum attitude perfectly intact, figuring Koko was going to be another “same old, same old” fitness club. Well it was anything BUT “same old, same old.” In fact even seemed a bit too complex for my simple mind. Digital keys, routines and this unique Koko machine/monitor that can put you through a zillion different weight-training exercises. It was mind-boggling; so mind-boggling that I almost tuned out while listening to one of the trainers, JD, a 6’1” 30-something guy with a perfect-body and more abs than I could count on two hands. Here I am… 75, slightly overweight, no abs…watching this perfect male machine show me around. When he finally asked me what my goal was I said… “to start getting in shape so I could come back in the next life with a body like yours.”

Even though the program seemed beyond the needs of someone who hates pure exercise, I kept hearing my wife’s voice in my ear and continued smiling as JD showed me the ropes.

There was no pressure to join; none of the usual heavy-handed tactics. Plus I liked JD’s easy, non-threatening manner. I figured it was either now or never for me so I plunged in. The program is actually easy to do on your own once you get the hang of it. But for me, I knew that I needed the discipline of a dedicated appointment and one-on-one supervised training in order to achieve success.

THAT was the best decision I ever made.

Not only did I have a an appointment , I had the benefit of working with very caring trainers who understood ME, my muscle groups, my needs, etc. JD and Sue became my lifelines; standing at my side each day and making sure my form , pace and weights were correct….and that my seat and back were in the proper position. They also taught me the benefits of each exercise and each gave me different tips about staying healthy.

One of the unique things about Koko’s exercises programs is that they constantly change so you don’t get into a rut. I also liked the fact that I was able to choose a program that met MY specific needs as a pre-diabetic. Koko is not a one-size-fits-all program. Now here comes part two. In addition to the 30-40 minute weight training session there’s a 15 minute intense cardio session on either a treadmill or elliptical.

My first reaction was: “Are you kidding me? You may have to CARRY me outta here when I’m done.”

It was exhausting at first; even using the most moderate treadmill and elliptical programs. But slowly and surely I found that the weight training gave me MORE energy for accomplishing my cardio goals . It didn’t take me long before I was “off to the races.”

I gave myself small goals at first….listening to my body rather than trying to keep up with audio program. But as time went on I began to keep up with the levels and pace. Last week I actually completed a Tabata program for the full workout. WOW! I felt like “king of the world” when I left the club..

As I look back…
Was Koko a challenge for me in the beginning? Absolutely!
Did I have to drag my a—in there on days when I preferred doing something else? YES!
Did I ever feel like a total idiot trying to remember where to position my hands and feet, how to adjust the seat height and the back pad, and staying focused on my pace? Yup!

But JD and Sue’s encouraging comments made all my self-doubts disappear. I felt accomplished. Am now in my 4th month and I can’t believe that I actually look forward to my KoKo sessions. My energy is back. Am feeling like Superman. The endorphins are exhilarating.

And I’m here to tell the world that 75 IS the new 55. WOO-HOO!

Written By
Ron Kaufman
Certified KokoNut

Shake up your cookouts with this Black Bean and Couscous Salad

Let’s brighten up those cookouts!

Black beans can replace meat for an amazing source of protein. Adding them to soups, salads, or wraps can really brighten up your meal and add that extra punch of power. Here’s how to create this delicious black bean and couscous salad.

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Maximizing for Health and Longevity

There are to things we all know about the relationship between exercise and longevity:

  1. Exercise can increase your life expectancy.
  2. Exercise can drive back cognitive decline more than anything.

There are best exercises for every goal – whether it be stress reduction, better skin, a stronger stomach or a healthier heart. For lasting weight loss, movement in conjunction with good eating habits and consistency will always be the staple.

No doubt, the hardest part is just getting started but once you get past that, you’ll notice a difference between your expectations and reality. The other 23 hours of the day is where it goes all wrong.

Look at your food.
Seriously, go look at it, that’s where our health starts. Whatever goes into our body is reflected on the outside… sooner or later. The trick is to eat foods that fuel the development and retention of lean muscle, while minimizing added sugars and unhealthy carbs.

If your focus is on weight loss, the make-up of each pound lost is typically 3/4 fat, 1/4 muscle. The best way to protect and prevent loss of lean tissue is to eat roughly 1 gram of lean protein per-pound of  Lean Muscle Level (LML), every day.

Here’s the reality: 1 lbs of chicken breast = roughly 139 grams of protein.

If your LML is 139 lbs and you only ate chicken, you would need to eat 1 lb of it throughout the day. That’s a lot of food.

Take a peek at where you’re at now by keeping a food journal for 4-6 weeks. During the first two weeks, identify any gaps in protein then fill the hole.

In addition to gaps in protein, you may or may not recognize gaps in necessary vitamins and minerals your body needs for fuel — but you’re not alone. The average adult in the U.S. consumes only about 30% of the daily recommendation.

And that’s why most physicians recommend a multi-vitamin and fish oil. 

Consider all of these options when you make your food decisions and of course, minimize unhealthy carbs and added sugar. Don’t overlook closing gaps with dietary support.

Movement.
Movement is the reason a person at the age of 65 can still touch their toes. Walk a full round of golf pain free. Dance at their kids wedding and be there to watch their grandkids take that first step. Movement is life.

Nutrition can only take you so far. You cannot keep up your lean muscle mass without proper strength training. And high levels of lean muscle mass increase your metabolism, which in turn, helps you lose weight and keep it off.

It also keeps you heart healthy and your body ache free.

Koko has a system that specifically targets development of lean muscle mass and an outlet where functional training can keep you moving like you should so you can look great, feel strong and do all the things you love, longer.

The fountain of youth is here and the equation is simple.

Exercise + Right Nutrition = A long and healthy life.

-Nick Konarski
COO & Master FitCoach, Koko FitClub

This Certified KokoNut’s Heartwarming Story Will Motivate You For Life


Changing lives is what we do. Hearing about our KokoNut’s successes and life improvements are true testaments of our approach to fitness.

Every once in a while, a member will come to us directly with a story that is so heartfelt, we can’t help but share.

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