While most boxing classes literally knock you off your feet, CKO Kickboxing lends its members a helping hand with hitting the bag. Focusing on the fitness and fun aspect of boxing rather than the fighting, CKO brings a community feel to every class and makes every member feel like family.
In a one-hour class, you can expect 40 minutes of continuous bag work and 20 minutes of conditioning. From the Israeli world champion to your left to the new mom on your right, you’ll be pleasantly surprised to find every class goer keeping up with the instructor’s fast pace.
“It’s the only workout I’ve been able to see everyone can do,” shared CKO Kickboxing Brickell Owner Fernando Andrade, speaking to his diverse group of members.
“My goal is to make sure everyone has a great time and leaves feeling stronger and empowered.”
Upholding the gym to that standard has yielded a crusade within itself. Pembroke Pines residents and CKO members, Olga and Jonathan Espinosa, got hooked into the concept after seeing results early on and approached Fernando with expanding to Pembroke Pines.
Simply looking to get in better shape, the couple reached their goal weight thanks to CKO’s results-oriented regimen and want to inspire other South Floridians to do the same.
“People that are overweight or out of shape think they need to be physically fit before taking up a boxing class. It can be intimidating,” added Fernando. “With every one of our locations, we hope to become a trusted, local cardio kickboxing studio that welcomes anyone who wants a different type of workout.”
The grassroots gym movement didn’t stop there. Members to managers, Rodney Simon and Arturo Muñoz, are set to open the Midtown location early 2020.
“This is one of the oldest business franchises,” noted Fernando reflecting on his time as an active member in Brooklyn to refusing to leave CKO when he moved to Miami. “CKO is going now on 22 years. We grow steady but we stay for the long-term.”
Integrating themselves into the neighborhoods they open up in, CKO hosts Small Business Saturdays — offering their support to other local businesses like themselves by allowing them to set up shop outside the gym.
The new locations inside a busy shopping center along Sheridan Avenue and the hustle and bustle of Midtown will carry over the same traditions from the Brickell site.
“We believe in community and health — simple as that,” concluded Fernando.
For more information on the new openings, visit www.ckokickboxing.com.