The Long-Reaching Effects of Taking Care of Yourself APRIL 19, 2017 / MICHAEL WOOD, CSCS, CHIEF FITNESS OFFICER
Now this is a cool story! We always celebrate our amazing Koko members as frequently as possible.
Sherry is not your average KokoNut and her story extends far beyond personal results. Check it out…
My parents were both smokers who I begged to stop smoking from the age of 5. I’d give them pamphlets about the effects of smoking, was miserable when both smoked in the car, and wanted to convince them to stop. This was in the 1960’s when the research was finally revealed about how bad it was for the smoker but secondhand smoke hadn’t been researched.
My dad died at 47 of a heart arrhythmia that certainly was exacerbated by nicotine as a stimulant. I miss him everyday. My mom has COPD and emphysema. I started exercising diligently about 30 years ago and recognized the sound scientific principles behind the Koko concept. I have the same cardiomyopathy as my dad and a low ejection fraction which has improved by almost 20% since starting HIIT training at Koko.
I love exercising this way and look forward to going every other day. My profession as an exercise physiologist was shaped by my passion to educate others about the effects of nutrition and exercise on our health. In the early 80’s I helped start one of the first cardiac rehab programs in MI after my father died. This opportunity led to research in left ventricular dysfunction and sharing with cardiologists in China and throughout the US.
The hospital I worked for gave me the opportunity to get a Ph.D in this field and I am thankful. Educating others about lifestyle changes continues to be a passion of mine so I appreciate the Koko FitClub sound scientific principles. Thank you!
A history of pre-existing conditions and a passion for exercise physiology led Sherry to Koko FitClub. She believes in effects of proper nutrition and training for movement, just like us! Life and fitness is all about balance.
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.