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Do you want to burn fat & lose weight? Build muscle & get stronger? Crosstrain for running, biking or swimming? Or hike to Machu Picchu? Everything starts with a detailed assessment of your current physical condition. Our system measures your lean muscle mass, body fat, strength levels and other biomarkers. 

Based on the latest exercise science, Koko's proprietary algorithms create a unique strength, cardio & nutrition program precisely tailored to your body and goals.

Our Smartraining equipment leads you through every single workout, pushing you harder with real-time instruction, interactive coaching and performance data.

Koko synchronizes to your body, dynamically modifying the volume and intensity of your workouts as you progress, for maximum results without plateaus.

Every workout is different, never boring. Koko's friendly staff & encouraging community celebrate your milestones, both in-club and online.

Every session is tracked automatically on your own personal, data-rich website. Check in anytime from any of your devices.

 

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Koko FitClub of Grand Rapids, Michigan

Koko FitClub of Grand Rapids, Michigan. Official Blog.

Connection: The Real Secret to a Good Life SEPTEMBER 29, 2017 / MARY OBANA, PRESIDENT & CO-FOUNDER, KOKO FITCLUB

Randall Wysong

A good life. That’s the prize we are all working towards. To look back on life and know you did everything possible to live it to the fullest: happy, healthy and perhaps even wealthy.

There’s good news for good living. A recent study unveils the secret that could most positively impact longevity, physical health and keep our minds sharp as we age.

Robert Waldinger is a psychologist, Zen Priest and, most relevantly, the fourth Director of the Harvard Study of Adult Development, one of the most comprehensive longitudinal studies in history, and the longest study on Happiness. The study followed people over the course of their entire lifetime to understand which factors contributed most to happiness, good health and longevity.

Nearly 80 years ago, this study started tracking the lives of 724 men who, for decades, have been interviewed to answer in-depth questions about their lives, relationships, work situations, physical and mental health and family life. The study also included data from medical records and brain scans.

All participants started in 1938 when they were in their late teens. About a third were Harvard students, including John F. Kennedy, and the others were boys from Boston’s poorest neighborhoods, chosen because they were from some of the most troubled and disadvantaged families in the area. Since Harvard was an all male school at the time, the study included only males.

Today, about 19 men remain in this study, aged well into their 90’s, and the study now includes the nearly 2000 children of those original 724 men.

The study found that what makes a good life is not what you might expect. It isn’t socio-economic situation, income, physical appearance, education level, or occupation.

The Secret to Happiness?

Quite simply, the answer is good relationships.

We know tending to your body is essential, but your relationships are a form of self-care, too. Close relationships protect people from mental and physical declines – and it turns out close relationships are better predictors of happiness than social class, IQ, even genes.

Three Major Findings

  1. Social connections are good for us – loneliness kills. Those more socially connect to friends, family, and their community were happier, healthier and lived longer. The more isolated were found to be less happy, experienced health and brain function declines earlier in life and ultimately died earlier.
  2. The quality of your relationships matters. Living in the midst of conflict is bad for your health. Living in the midst of warm, supportive relationships is protective. In fact, when the study looked retrospectively at participants, they found those who were healthiest in their 80’s were those who were most satisfied with their relationships at age 50.
  3. Good relationships protect our bodies… and our brains. Being in a securely attached relationship to another person in your 80s is protective. People in relationships where they feel they can count on each other in times of need have memories that stay sharper longer. While those in relationships where they feel they could not count each other experience earlier memory decline.

Many of us sacrifice the time we invest in relationships with those we care most about because we feel we are serving them best by fulfilling our responsibilities and obligations, by working harder, longer to make more money, etc.

The irony is, by taking time away from those relationships is quite simply bad for our health. Yes, we have to eat well and we have to exercise. But, we also have to devote time to building and protecting those quality relationships.

Here’s to living your best life, with those who matter most.

For more inspiration, take a listen to Robert’s TEDTalk. Enjoy!

Mary Obana
President & Co-Founder
Koko FitClub

 

Preventative Health and WellnessThe Stronger BlogThe Stronger Life Project

YOU CAN DO IT TOO!

Randall Wysong

JULY 26, 2017 / KYLE DEMARCO, FITNESS LIFE CORRESPONDENT

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

This Certified KokoNut’s Heartwarming Story Will Motivate You For Life JULY 5, 2017 / MICHAEL WOOD, CSCS, CHIEF FITNESS OFFICER

Randall Wysong

Changing lives is what we do. Hearing about our KokoNut’s successes and life improvements are true testaments of our approach to fitness.

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.

With gratitude,

Johnathon
Certified KokoNut

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.

5 Health Tips for all men who want to live better for longer JUNE 26, 2017 / MICHAEL WOOD, CSCS, CHIEF FITNESS OFFICER

Randall Wysong

It was very difficult to pick just one topic to discuss for Men’s Health Month, so I decided to pick five key things that have been on my mind. These basic health notes are relevant for all the men out there looking to stay fit as they age.

1. If it’s been a while since you have had a full physical then pick up the phone today and call your primary care physicians office and book yourself an appointment. When you’re done have the secretary book you in advance a year from that date. I try to make it each year the same month as my birthday.

It’s good to take care of your body, your mind, and your health. But as you age, your body changes, and not in the way you want it to! Seeing a doctor and assessing your physical health is important to stay in tune with your body and therefore more able to give it exactly what it needs.

2. We like to say at Koko, that muscle is like the fountain of youth, the more you have the better off you’ll be as you age.

You can actually dive a little deeper to see how healthy you are by looking at your blood profile. I have used Inside Tracker, a company founded by scientists from MIT, Harvard and Tufts University to “give you blood-based, science-driven, effective advice on simple changes you can make to optimize your performance and health.”

I really enjoy looking at what is going from a “deeper” perspective and tracking those metrics over time. Inside Tracker also does a great job at suggesting food options if you’re low in specific areas to help you drive those numbers back into a healthy range (think testosterone here guys).

3. Make a foam roller, a pair of tennis balls and a lacrosse ball your best friends. All that pain, stiffness and tightness that you typically experience could be due to restricted fascia. Use the tools mentioned to rollaway some of that residual stiffness pre/post workout.

This helps just temporarily though and to get at the root of the problem speak to a coach and take advantage of applying some pressure to “tight” areas with those tennis balls or lacrosse ball. Have someone show you the right way to accomplish this though or you could do more harm than good. In addition, get more sleep and drink more H2O to help your cause.

4. Work on reducing your body fat levels by 1-2% this month. No, not by doing more cardio. Try 1-2 high intensity interval (HIT) sessions during the month of June.

Separate the HIT sessions with 3 days of active rest. On those active rest days watch your added sugar and do some form of strength training. In regard to added sugar, consume less than 150 calories a day (38 grams) and use the MyFitnessPal app to help you document it.

As for strength training, try using “giant sets” – choose five multi-joint movement exercises, like lunges, squats, deadlifts, chest press and pull-ups, and do each round for a desired number of reps or for a specific time like 30-45 seconds each.

5. Mix it up and take a yoga class. It’s great for your mind/body/spirit. If you don’t want to venture out or pay for it then download the Headspace app and meditate a bit.

Adding these 5 health/fitness tips during the month of June will make you not only more manly but a better friend, brother, dad, and husband. Hopefully, this time next June, a few of these will be part of your regular routine.

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Mobility Series 1C: Thoracic Massage. This is a great way to get in and work this area more deeply than #foamrolling would. I’m using two #tennisballs that are duct taped together – you can also put them in a sock and tie-off the end. Place the balls below the last cervical vertebrae (feel for “bump” in the neck). Roll down each thoracic vertebrae slowly taking 30-60 seconds to work the area before moving on. #mobilitywod #mobility #l4l #l4like Performing the movements seen in videos 1A, 1B, and 1C will help to increase your range of motion and improve mobility in an area that is tough to reach.

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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 Cape Cod, MA.

Joining Koko FitClub is the best health and wellness decision I have ever made, period. 

Randall Wysong

"It was the Fall of 2015 when I first walked up the steps to Koko FitClub in Cascade, MI. I had an appointment with Ben. I was apprehensive. I had never 'officially' joined a fitness center. Do I belong here? I wondered.  After an accident in Spring 2011, I had become serious about improving my physical and emotional health. Having retired as a school social worker and registered nurse, I had plans to open a small part-time counseling practice. But first, I needed to visit my son & 2 1/2-year-old grandson in Anchorage, Alaska.  

It was a beautiful crisp Alaska morning-mid April-with snow on the Chugach mountain tops, blue skies, and calm ocean waters.  The three of us were out sight seeing and hiking Beluga Point: a rocky outpost six miles south of Anchorage, along the Seward Highway. Whales are known to like this spot of the Cook Inlet.  Camera ready,  I stood on a large rock ready to capture the best picture ever. Suddenly, that rock gave way underneath me and I fell thirty feet head over heels down a lava rock embankment. I came to rest against a large boulder.  Thankfully, it prevented me from going further. However, my left side was badly injured. I was bleeding profusely from facial lacerations. A totally crushed left shoulder and fractured ribs along with a severely strained left knee completed the picture. My son warned my grandson, "stay here and do not move" at the top of the drop off. I pictured my grandson following his dad to help Grandma and falling himself.

Somehow-with God's grace-I pulled myself up that incline, my son offered his freshly clean t-shirt to help stop the bleeding. He drove me to Providence Hospital, as the area has spotty cell coverage and an ambulance might involve a lengthy wait. I spent 12 hours in the ER and several days at Providence Hospital under expert care. My husband flew from MI and received permission as a physician to take me home, as I required extensive reconstructive surgery on my left shoulder.  I spent nine months in physical therapy and regained my strength. Next up was a left total knee replacement, which required more physical therapy. By the grace of God, I was healing and getting better.  I started walking the neighborhood park and swimming gentle laps in the backyard pool. I lost weight and gained a positive outlook. I felt healed, but not whole.  It was with this backdrop that I said 'hello' to Ben, one of my soon-to-be trainers at Koko FitClub.

I received lots on information, asked a few questions, took the strength test and joined. This decision to join Koko FitClub is the best health and wellness decision I have ever made-period. The Japanese principle of focusing on the individual is what I needed then and what I value today.  Koko is available to me 24/7. I prioritize my time, about an hour each day, to include Koko because I see and feel the results in everything I do.  My competition is my self and my own personal goals and gains. I can track my Smartraining progress on the website anytime I choose. I have learned more about nutrition, breathing with and through exercise, sustaining balance and pacing myself.  With the guidance and encouragement of knowledgeable coaches like Ben, Lexie & Sean, I have come to believe in my own potential. I continue to meet gracious people, other members, who are friendly and supportive. To think that I can do this and can on occasion TOP the leaderboard, is nothing short of a miracle.

 

I am strong, I am confident. I am whole. Thank you Koko."

-Patricia 

 

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2845 Thornhills Avenue Southeast
Grand Rapids
Michigan
49546
United States