Reporting Natalie Nyhus
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — It’s really easy to find excuses not to work out — your job, the kids, your spouse, grocery shopping.
Whatever the excuse, getting to the club can be really tough, but there’s a new gym that is hoping to make workouts shorter and easier to get to.
Koko Fit Club promises fitness without having to turn your life around.
Arguably one of the most efficient ways to workout is with a personal trainer, but that can be expensive and take a lot of time. Koko Fit Club takes the guesswork out of fitness and getting you in and out the door.
“It’s simple, it’s guided. I can show up and it will walk me through what I need to do, and I don’t have to think about anything,” member Nicole said.
Koko Fit Club uses automated machines to guide members through 30-minute workouts that include 15 minutes of cardiovascular interval training and 15 minutes of strength training.
“All of our content is delivered by celebrity trainers — Michael Wood, Rob Par, Kathy Kehlor are some of the celebrity trainers who develop our content. We are able to deliver that to our members through the technology,” owner Curt Straight said. “They’ve designed the whole program to meet your goals and needs.”
You start with your Koko Key Card, which tracks your progress. The screen takes you through exercises according to the program you are on. You’ll see a demo of the workout, how to set up the machine, tips on form. And there’s a pace guide and counter for number of repetitions.
“The system customizes specifically to your strength level, which will increase over time and adjust to you as you improve your level of fitness,” Straight said.
And it’s not shy. It will tell you to get going to keep you on your pace, Straight pointed out. That’s so you can get in and out in 30 minutes.
“It takes a lot of the obstacles off the table for why they don’t work out: I don’t have time, I don’t know what to do, I don’t like the current environments,” Straight said. “This creates an alternative.”
And that is what members love.
“I can just show up: get in, get out, get my workout done. And I’m back to my family life,” Nicole said.
Koko Fit Club’s programs are stainable for all ages, abilities and both guys and gals. Members have ’round the clock access to the gym. The cost for membership is $79 per month.
The Chanhassen location opened on Monday. It’s the first one to Minnesota but, by the end of the year, there will be one in Savage and the Excelsior Bay-Lake Minnetonka area. There are 100 locations across the country that members have access to.