I’ve had a gym membership for the past 5 years. Now, ask me how many times I’ve used it. I honestly hate the gym. I would only say that I hate about 5 things on the planet, but the gym is one of them.
It has been suggested that if I paid for a membership, the financial guilt would make me go. It didn’t. The feeling of dread I get when walking into a gym is like that of knowing you are gearing up for a bad date. My “let’s just get this over with” attitude only confirmed that this was NOT the love of a Lifetime for me. I never felt the stress-free, empowered and energetic environment people claim to achieve at the gym.
Once, about 4 years ago (while pregnant with Capri), I cried while walking on the treadmill. I wanted to be ANYWHERE but there. The top 40 music, lululemon outfits, treadmill gymnastics, house of mirrors is SO not my thing.
Last year, I read the quote:
“The best workout is the one you’ll do”.
I thought long and hard about what this would be for me.
I knew I needed to find someplace I was more “compatible” with. As fate would have it, my boys karate class was a few doors down from a brand-new place opening up named Koko FitClub. I decided to “window shop” this new place while my boys were in class. What I saw was right up my alley: Quaint, peaceful, quick and personalized! I braved opening the door and asking a few questions. The person at the desk happened to be the franchise owner Dave West. He showed me around even did a free demonstration to show me how the “Smartrainer” worked. It was like having a video personal trainer show me what to do for a full body 30-minute strength-training workout. There were also treadmills and elliptical machines with audio programs for a variety of levels. It was not intimidating at all. I loved that.
I won’t get into the details of it, but it took some convincing to get my husband to agree to me leaving the BIG gym he loved so much that also had a fabulous daycare. He didn’t get why I would want to leave the Godzilla of fitness facilities to become a “Koko-nut” (the affectionate name for Koko lovers)! Luckily, at my sons Cactus Little League silent auction a Koko FitClub one month membership was offered. I bid on it and WON! That was this past April and it has been a match made in heaven ever since! One month was all it took and I fell in love. It is like having a personal trainer, cheerleader and assistant who keeps track of my workouts all in one. Everyone starts out with a white lanyard. The more workouts you complete, the more points you earn and move up the color scale in lanyards. I am only 2,000 points away from my orange lanyard. It’s a really fun incentive & it helps you recognize the veteran Kokonuts.
I am now a full-fledged KOKO-NUT and proud of it. I no longer dread going to workout. As a matter of fact, I don’t even call it a gym…. I call it the “spa” where I exercise. There are no walls covered in mirrors, everyone knows your name and I’m pretty sure I heard the Breakfast Club soundtrack yesterday. I have worked out more in the past 4 months than I did in the past 5 years combined. Koko has been good for both my physical and mental health and it is certainly something I could see myself doing forever!
I wholeheartedly encourage you to check it out. The fact is we ALL need to exercise, so why not enjoy it?! Check out Koko FitClub if you are looking for a change, getting in shape for a special event, ready to break-up with your old gym, recovering from an injury or even if you have never exercised before. Did I mention that each workout is only 30 minutes?! Amazing.
I’ll let you in on a little secret: If you join and mention that you heard about it from me- we EACH get a FREE month!
Main website: http://www.kokofitclub.com
Scottsdale location website: http://www.scottsdale.kokofitclub.com Owners are Dave & Suzanne West or Alan Cohen. Also, check out the Yelp reviews here: http://www.yelp.com/biz/koko-fitclub-of-scottsdale-scottsdale#query:koko%20fit%20club