Here is a truly remarkable KokoNut! Meet Charles, a 3 time Spartan Race vet who loves to train at Koko!
So last year I decided to cross out a bucket list objective of running a Mud Run before I turned 50 and lost the ability to make it happen. I trained hard and completed not one but THREE Spartan Races in 2015, earning the coveted Spartan Trifecta! It was a difficult achievement and a dream come true, but no matter how hard I trained each one seemed to kick my butt a little harder, but I did finished it!
So how do you follow that up when you turn 50? Well you do it TWICE that’s how! Here is a pic from the Dallas Beast on Sunday, which completes my first of two 2016 Trifectas. 27 combined miles and 75 combined obstacles later I accomplished half my goal. What did Koko do to get me there? It made me FASTER. I cut considerable time off each of the previous years time’s. In addition to being faster, Koko made me STRONGER. Out of 75 obstacles, I only failed 6 in 2016. Again, that was half the failures of 2015. Not to mention, I blew through the penalty burpees that almost crippled me in 2015. The CONDITIONING Koko has provided as given me the strength to preserver. For example after the 2015 Beast, I spent over 24 hours in the bed and did not make it back to the gym for over a week. This year I got up at 7 a.m. on Sunday and helped a friend move for 11 hours AND I was back in the gym after 2 days!
Will I stop there? No way! I have another Spartan race in Alabama on November 19th and two more in Florida on December 10th and 11th for a total of six races in 2016! That’s KoKo STRONG. Thank you for ALL you do to keep us all moving forward and achieving our dreams. When I started KoKo, my doctor told me he wasn’t sure which one, Diabetes or a Heart Attack would take me out first but if I didn’t change my lifestyle I wouldn’t live to see my kids graduate from High School. Now he pumps me for fitness tips when I have a check up because he “hasn’t seen anything like this before.” I could not have done it without Koko. Barbara’s non-stop inspiration and the Monthly Challenges keep me coming back everyday when all I want to do it get a little extra sleep. I tell everyone 50 is the new 30 🙂
Attached is a picture of me proudly flying my Koko flag at the finish line with my Trifecta Medals. You are more than welcome to use it or any part of this to help or motivate others.
Thanks for ALL you guys do!
There you have it.
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.