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

How Omar overcame a case of asthma in order to get healthy

After been diagnosed with mild case of asthma at age 40 without having history of smoking, my focus was to stay active and overcome it. My excuse beforehand was time. 

I was full-time during the days, kids activities after work, and my only option was a 24hr gym. I tried a couple except the challenge was to get the most out of each workout. After a friend encouraged me to try Koko for 30 days I did and have been a member since!

The great thing about Koko is that it takes the guess work out of the equation and I get the most of each workout in every session. It fits into my schedule and overall the staff is a great group of people. They treat everyone like a family, and a very positive environment around.

I will definitely recommend Koko to any family or friends.

Certified KokoNut

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How fitness can change the way you feel

Meet Alex! A KokoNut who was unhappy with his lackadaisical lifestyle.

After I started my first job out of college, the meager amount of daily exercise I was already getting dropped down to the occasional weekend walk or hike on a weekend (I was traditionally not much of a gym guy).

After a few months, I realized that I was not happy with how I felt at the end of each day; I felt physically uncomfortable and completely out of shape. I knew I wasn’t going to successfully run my own fitness regimen on my own, so I decided to give Koko a shot.

It ended up working perfectly for me; the time commitment is low enough that it is easy to fit in right after work.

I love the fact that I can do a different workout every day without any extra effort or expense (that’s the real killer feature for me at least). After almost 5 years of going to my local Koko Fitclub, I really appreciate how healthy I feel!

(Looking fit is also a plus, of course!)

Certified KokoNut

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.

Overcoming Injury: How Joe’s Physical Training Prepared Him for an Unexpected Issue

We try to brag about our amazing members as much as possible. This week we celebrate a wonderful KokoNut of our who was able to handle a very problematic health issue because of his training at Koko.

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A Salad a Day Keeps The Inches at Bay

9-9-kale-saladWhy kale? What gives this sudden kale craze credibility?

Besides the diversity of uses in the kitchen, its nutritional value tops the charts when it comes to leafy greens. We as people are starting to become more aware of how processed every day foods are and are quickly adopting healthier alternatives.

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