Michael Wood: How You Can Finish the Fight with Fitness


It’s Breast Cancer Awareness month! Each year we are continuously inspired by the brave survivors and fighters of this horrible disease and we show our support by offering free fitness and donating to the American Cancer Society!Our Koko system is a unique way to tackle symptoms of cancer through fitness and wellness. In addition to offering a healthy meal plan that will boost your immunity, we have a fitness program that focuses on being a preventative measure for cancer and is proven to even assist in recovery.

“We offer long-term training plans for every body type and goal, from weight loss to muscle building. We even have a suite of HealthTracks programs – known as Restore – designed to help individuals who have suffered certain conditions and are looking to rebuild their strength and health, like Diabetes, Arthritis and Breast Cancer.”

All of our programs  are built to help build lean muscle and burn fat, but the member should focus on his or her PRIMARY goal, which is recovering from their disease and rebuild the parts of their body the have suffered or continue to suffer from their battle.

Our Restore Track is designed to focus on the condition-specific areas that need conditioning to restore a member’s body back to a healthier place.

Safe and appropriate intensity levels were developed with consideration of a member’s condition. All program exercise prescription was developed by myself alongside Koko.

The Restore tracks offer strength programs for women involved with breast cancer recovery and the program should work hand-in-hand with the member and their physician.

There are 10 programs that make up the Breast Cancer Recovery Track offered at Koko FitClub locations across the U.S and Canada.  Program range from 2 to 8 weeks in length with the idea that members engage in strength training 2-3 times each week during their program.

Overall, the programs offer lower intensity conditioning to strengthen and tone the overall body with an emphasis on the upper body focusing on safe, effective movements that will strength a members connective tissue and muscular system.

As a recent survivor or a current fighter you are aware of the toll it can take on you. The lower intensity allows the client to rebuild their base strength and boost their metabolism, this helps their body efficient remove toxins from their body, stimulate lean muscle growth, and allows the client to exercise for a longer period of time – helping them to rebuild stamina as well.

The basic movements incorporated specifically target the ligaments and tendons connecting the muscle system. This hyper-targets the neglected muscle groups and reduced inflammation in the body. The stimulated muscle exhaustion increase immunity and mixed with a healthy diet, can even reverse symptoms.

In one influential study published in The New England Journal of Medicine (2009, they reported that…

“Breast-cancer survivors with a history of lymphedema who completed a slow, progressive program of weight training suffered fewer subsequent flare-ups of the condition than women who didn’t train, suggesting that weight lifting might actually combat lymphedema, not cause it.”

This month we celebrate the survivors and the fighters everywhere.

But, we provide a way to help those who are have been affected by these diseases year round.

Stay Koko Fit!

Michael Wood, CSCS
Chief Fitness Officer, Koko FitClub

About Michael Wood, Chief Fitness Officer

Michael Wood, CSCS, is Chief Fitness Officer at Koko FitClub, driving the development of integrated strength and cardio training and nutrition programs for Koko members nationwide. A nationally acclaimed fitness expert, Michael has conducted research as a Senior Exercise Physiologist at the Nutrition, Exercise Physiology and Sarcopenia Laboratory at the Research Center on Aging at Tufts University, and has lectured at Boston University and the University of Connecticut. He has been named Boston Magazine’s “Best of Boston” Personal Trainer, and made the Men’s Journal “Dream Team” list of the nine best trainers in the U.S. Michael and his family live in North Attleboro, MA.

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