CKO Kickboxing Expands South Florida Presence With New Locations
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 withinitself. Pembroke Pines residents and CKOmembers, Olga and Jonathan Espinosa, got hooked into the concept afterseeing results early on and approached Fernando with expanding to PembrokePines.
Simply looking to get in better shape, the couple reached theirgoal weight thanks to CKO’s results-oriented regimen and want to inspire otherSouth Floridians to do the same.
“People that are overweight or out of shape think they need to bephysically fit before taking up a boxing class. It can be intimidating,” addedFernando. “With every one of our locations, we hope to become a trusted, localcardio kickboxing studio that welcomes anyone who wants a different type ofworkout.”
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 oldestbusiness franchises,” noted Fernando reflecting on his time as an active memberin Brooklyn to refusing to leave CKO when he moved to Miami. “CKO isgoing 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 localbusinesses like themselves by allowing them to set up shop outside the gym.
The new locations inside a busyshopping center along Sheridan Avenue and the hustle and bustle of Midtown willcarry over the same traditions from the Brickell site.
“We believe in community and health — simple as that,” concludedFernando.
For more information on the new openings, visit www.ckokickboxing.com.