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.
My name is Johnathan Hornig and I am a member of Koko Fitclub Long Beach, NY. I wanted to take moment to share a bit of my story along with heart felt gratitude. Over the course of the past few years my life shifted in ways I could never had imagined. I was left with deep and painful emotional scars. As a result to how I was feeling my body took the direct hit. I became extremely uninterested in physical fitness. I was working 60-70 hour weeks as a chef and I simply gave up trying to take care of myself on any level. In December of 2016 my depression grew along with anxiety. The next few months I became a shell of my former self. I was barely working and things became very dark for me. Fortunately, in February 2017 I began working with a great therapeutic team and began addressing my issues which included PTSD. My therapist suggested I begin exercising as a means to reclaim my power and ownership of my body. This is when I found Koko Long Beach.
I had heard of Koko LB over a year and a half ago during a local marketing event however, I simply was no where near being ready to get involved. I can’t begin to reiterate enough how positively impactful Koko Fitclub, the owners, and the staff have been on my life. On day one I truly felt like I walked into a “home” filled with compassion, understanding, nonjudgmental energy, and most of all commitment and respect for what they do. The club itself was stunning and immaculately clean. The programs were so carefully crafted to meet my needs. Each staff member took the time to get to know me and my individual needs. We co~created a plan to accommodate what worked best for me. There was never a feeling of feeling like a number of part of a cookie cutter machine. I dare say the energy was healing a quite magical.
I’d really like to take particular notice of the owners, Pamela & Kim. These are two people have truly “shown up” to make a difference. You can see it in their eyes and you can feel it from their hearts. Their gentleness and compassionate approach to developing a place to allow folks to show up and be who they are is a true gift. Individually they are simply magical beings and as a couple they are nothing short of a powerhouse. Koko Fitclub Long Beach is far more than a business or even a gym. It’s a community where you can show up be well cared for, educated, and even healed.
I know in my heart of hearts Koko has helped save my life. I am an honored Kokonut.
In closing I want to thank you for creating such a dynamic concept and being brave enough to see it through. You have helped change my life beyond belief and for that I thank you.
We could not be more proud of Johnathan and all that he has accomplished!
Stay Koko Strong!
Michael Wood, CSCS
Chief Fitness Office
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 MA.