Get to Know a CKO Member (Sid Carden)

 

Meet Sid Carden a CKO Seattle member since January 2015. Sid is a teacher, a mom, a regular member in the monthly “Get Hot Club”, and one badass kickboxer! Since starting her CKO journey Sid has had a lot of success, from improved her posture, obtaining a stronger core, building tone muscles and gaining self-confidence.

To learn more about Sid, read the interview below.

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The Sid Carden Interview:

Besides being a member of CKO, what is your day job? 

Day and night job is being Mom to two fabulous kids. Earning money job is that I am a middle school science teacher.

Do you have any hobbies? 

Lots of hobbies that include hiking, camping and traveling. I am an avid reader of young adult sci-fi fantasy books. We are huge soccer fans. My kids play soccer year-round and so I am a soccer sideline mom standing out in all kinds of weather (mostly rain!) and we love our Sounders and go to see them play at home.

I am also an artist. I paint with acrylics mostly. You can see my work hanging in the ‘Ladros Cafe’ in Lynnwood and Edmonds.

How did you first learn of CKO? 

My friend Julie became a member last summer and raved about it and encouraged me to take the free trial class that is offered. Of course that is all it took and I was hooked.

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What is your favorite aspect of CKO? 

When I walked in the door I saw every shape and size. No one was self conscious, it was all about them and their bag and their own journey. I loved that there was a variety of levels from beginners and experts but no one was judging the other. The level of encouragement from the participants was fabulous, how they pumped you up telling you what a great job you had done. I love how each instructor is different and the variety of workouts keep you challenged. You cannot let your guard down as the instructors change it up constantly.

What motivates you to walk through that door day after day and continue to push yourself? 

Family, friends,the instructors and myself.

My family works around my schedule to enable me to put in a workout. This is a huge support because I could easily use this as an excuse to not go. They see how much better I feel about myself and continue encouraging me. Also my kids are pretty impressed by my bad-ass self on the bag!

Friends, especially Jeanie and Julie, coordinating when we can do workouts together, you know the, ‘if you go, I’ll go’ mentality. Being accountable to more than yourself can get your butt off the couch.

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The instructors are really motivating. They give you goals and acknowledge every step you are taking to improve yourself. They help you see that every step no matter how small makes a difference, whether you walked through the doors, improve by 1% or hit that bag a little harder it is making the change you want.

Myself because I know it does take effort and I am acknowledging that I am putting myself forward to make the improvements that only I can make.

What’s one thing you still find yourself struggling with?

The main struggle for me is eating correctly. I am a big carbohydrate eater. Its easy and when you have a busy family they are the easy go to ( yes I am making excuses now).

If we do a follow up interview 1-year from now, what awesome accomplishment would we be celebrating?

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That I am still punching and kicking and that I am eating less carbs!

What is one book or documentary that you have read that changed your life?

To say that any one book or documentary has changed my life would be an overstatement. I read ‘The happiness project‘ and really liked some of the suggestions to take control of your life. Al Gore’s presentation on global warming, “Inconvenient Truth” is something everyone should watch and the documentary called ‘Tapped‘ about the bottled water industry.

Where do you see yourself in 5-years?

Still teaching, still being soccer mom, still staying in shape.

Share any relevant information you’d like about yourself that other CKO team members might not know about you (also a good place to talk about any success you have had since joining CKO)!

I have been going to CKO since January 2015. It has been an amazing place for my fitness goals and just as a stress reliever. Since going my body has become firmer which has given me a lot more confidence. I have noticed my posture has improved and I have had back injuries in the past and CKO has made my core much stronger.

I love going and love how people come up to each other congratulating each other on a job well done. CKO fosters a community which I am grateful for.

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10 Week Challenge (Janis Radtke)

What would you give to keep up with your grandkids?

Meet Janis Radtke, Grandmother, CKO warrior and all around awesome person! Janis has been a consistent member at CKO for 1.5 years having started her fitness journey back in June 2013. She recently complete the fall 2014 challenge and not only made amazing results but has started to appreciate the benefits of a healthy lifestyle.

I can honestly say that Janis is a warrior. She mentioned that Bootcamps were the hardest part of the challenge, while that maybe true, it was the bootcamps where I saw her true character. I could tell she was struggling but she had this look on her face that said, “I would rather die, that quit”! Trust me there is no exaggeration in that statement, Janis, is definitely a fighter!

September 2014 - November 2014

September 2014 – November 2014.

The Janis Radtke interview:

Besides being a CKO Superhero, what is your day job?

Sr. Exec. Assistant at Swedish Hospital Musculoskeletal Clinic – so I sit a lot, but work with some great people.

Do you have any hobbies?  

Knitting, reading, gardening, baking, beading, and hiking

How did you first learn of CKO?

I happen to be shopping at Central Market and I noticed the CKO Kickboxing sign. I had done kickboxing in the past but never with a real heavy bag and let me tell you, the heavy bag really ups the overall intensity.

What are some of your fitness goals?

I would love to lose a few more pounds but most importantly I want to be a healthy role model for my family!

What is your favorite aspect of CKO?

The people!!!  CKO is a very non-threatening, supportive atmosphere, not to mention the classes are a blast. However their are times during class I find myself cursing the instructor (lol) but at the end of the day I am always happy that I participated in class. I guess if it was easy everybody would do it, right?

What was the best part about the challenge?  

My results! Also, I am proud that I stuck it out! I was afraid I’d give up on the eating and/or coming to classes, but I made the decision to finish what I started and I couldn’t be happier with my results over the last 10-weeks!

What was the hardest part about the challenge?

The bootcamps! They were hard but I refused to quit. I think pushing through those bootcamps has made me a better person.

What motivates you to walk through that door day after day and continue to push yourself?

My Grandchildren! Also I love the fact that I feel really strong and want to get even stronger. But I am not going to lie, losing weight and inches during the challenge really made me happy.

You look amazing and happy!

You look amazing and happy!

What’s one thing you still find yourself struggling with? 

The diet! Unfortunately food will probably always be my biggest area of struggle! I like to bake and have a weakness for sweets but I have become much more aware of what I put into my body and because of this, I find myself making healthier choices every day! 🙂  

What can we do better to help you actualize your true potential?

Keep doing what you are doing! The CKO community is simply amazing! Trust me, if you are on the fence about trying this gym, take it from me, it will be the best decision of your life! 

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Share any relevant information you’d like about yourself that other CKO team members might not know about you! 

I am starting to embrace the healthy lifestyle! When I began my CKO journey I would take just two classes a week. Diet? What’s that 😉 ? Like I said, I started with 2 classes a week and that was hard enough, so the thought of changing my diet was just too much. However, after a few months of consistently taking 2-classes a week, I started to notice some changes. I noticed I had more energy, and my clothes were starting to become “looser”. This really motivate me! All of a sudden I started to believe that I was much more capable than I originally thought! Not only was I becoming more self-motivated, I started to become motivated by all the other members too! I started reading (this blog) about all the other member success stories and many of them, really hit home. Then I started to dig deeper into Garett’s health/fitness philosophy and it all just started to make since!  So I started coming to more classes, in fact, I even asked to change my work hours so I could attend more classes! Then before I knew it I was in the habit of taking classes 4-5 days a week. I usually take the early morning classes so I want to give a big shout out to Erin because she took notice that I was coming to class more and that motivated me even more! So I want to thank everyone that has supported me on this journey because I have found my WHY? I want to be healthy and strong for my grandchildren! The idea of being that active grandmother that becomes an inspiration to her entire family makes me feel really, really, good!!!

10 week challenge (Jessica Ketola)

There is always one! Yes, we have learn that at the end of every challenge there is always one participant whose transformation is so amazing it is almost unreal. And that “one” was Jessica Ketola! I remember when Jessica first started, she really struggled to make it through class, but she never complained and never quit, she just kept showing up day after day. In fact Jessica is a great example of what is possible.

September 2014 - November 2014

September 2014 – November 2014

See, we have an unwritten rule in the gym which is 1% improvement, because in the fitness world, slow and steady wins the race. Fitness/nutrition is meant to be a lifestyle not a quick fix solution, so if you can focus on just improving 1% every day, slowly but surely, those 1%’s start adding up.  Then one day, 10 months later…BAM, you lost 48-lbs, numerous dress sizes, and have an entire new out look on life!

So thank you Jessica for showing/reminding us what this health journey is all about! Because it is all about small daily improvements! Too many people get caught up in the “big picture” focusing on how much weight the still have to lose instead of focusing on just being better than yesterday!

Congratulation on all your success thus far! If you continue down this path anything is possible. I look forward to writhing part 2 of your story this time next year 😉

The Jessica Ketola interview:

Besides being a CKO Superhero, what is your day job?

I’m the Executive Director for a small nonprofit in Shoreline, Turning Point, working to build a strong community of care for at-risk youth and families. We run an afterschool tutoring program, summer day camps, provide healthy snacks and free summer lunches and cultivate a giving garden that donates fresh, organic vegetables to the HopeLink food bank. I love my job and am a big believer in the idea that if we all offer our gifts to the community, there will be more than enough. Alone we can so little. Together we can do so much.

Do you have any hobbies?

I am a mother of four so spending time with my family is my biggest “hobby.” Attending games, concerts and keeping up with all their activities keeps me busy, but it’s a fun season as they are now young adults (ages 14 – 22). They make me laugh everyday!

I am also an artist-singer-songwriter and I enjoy singing, writing, playing piano, and performing. Two years ago, I did a fan-funded project, releasing my debut album. This was after a rockstar moment I had singing with Sting at the Gorge a few years earlier (I know, long story) which inspired me to pursue my dreams as an artist.

She can definitely sing (my wife heard her preform

She can definitely sing (my wife has seen her preform live!)

I also enjoy hosting parties, cooking, reading, and days all to myself.

How did you first learn of CKO?

Trying not to be too discouraged that I was back up “here” again (on the scale and feeling pretty miserable in life), I was looking for something different, high intensity, and a location that worked good with my schedule. CKO came up on my internet search and as I began to read through all the testimonials and comments, I became increasingly convinced that I would get the results I was looking for.

What are some of your fitness goals?

My primary goal is to feel good in my own body. To be strong. To be fit. To be FREE. My fitness journey has been fraught with self-hate, self-rejection and harm, and it has been a long journey to learn how to love myself and honor and care for my body. Yes, I want to drop some weight and be able to do real push ups and pull ups, but more than that, I want to drop the self-consciousness and harsh cycles of hiding and striving and learn to love and accept myself as I am.

What is your favorite aspect of CKO?

I love the community, the energy, the intensity and the challenge. I love hitting the bag and channeling my inner “bad ass”. I have loved that everyone is welcome at CKO – all different flavors, sizes and ages. It is inspiring to work out besides so many people who are fighting back and changing their lives.

Participating in the boxing for boobies event

Participating in the boxing for boobies event

What was the best part about the challenge?

I loved getting to know people better and the sense of encouragement and motivation I felt because of it.

What was the hardest part about the challenge?

Five times a week was brutal. My life is very full, working, being a mom and involved in my community. Often this meant waking up at 5:15 am and making the early classes, sometimes right after I had worked out the night before. In addition, the boot camps were sheer torture for me — I felt like I was literally going to throw up, they pushed me so hard. I had to try not to think about that as I made my way to the gym on Saturday mornings.

What motivates you to walk through that door day after day and continue to push yourself?

You guys do! The CKO community is very inspiring. I have worked way too hard to stop now. I’m beginning to see and feel the fruit of it, and I want to be an inspiration to myself and to my family.

What’s one thing you still find yourself struggling with?

Meal prep and planning is still challenging. Sometimes my diet can be missing greens or enough protein or I find myself hungry if I don’t plan ahead.

What can we do better to help you actualize your true potential?

I think you are already out there ahead of us. I love the blogs, the challenges, the events, the personal training, and I am excited to see what 2.0 looks like.

Bootcamp anyone?

Bootcamp anyone?

Share any relevant information you’d like about yourself that other CKO team members might not know about you (also a good place to talk about any success you have had since joining CKO)!

Since joining in January, I have lost 48 pounds! I began working out 3 times a week and eating Paleo (even though I could barely get through a class!), and I lost 30 pounds by the time July rolled around. I had wanted to do the spring challenge only to find out it was full, but I just kept going. I coasted through the month of August with a move and vacations and then did the 10 week challenge this fall (I think I was one of the first to sign up this time!), losing another 17 pounds (now 18). I am very proud of myself as I met my goal of completing 50 classes and staying on track with my eating. I lost a total of 11.5 inches and improved my fitness stats across the board! My goal is to keep going with the lifestyle changes, continue to drop extra pounds, build strength and feel great!

10-Week Challenge (Jen Kostanich)

Jen has been with us just shy of 2-years, starting her CKO Seattle journey back in February 2013. During her time here, she has made amazing progress, specifically in the quality of life category. Jen who was a former cardio kickboxing instructor, found her way back into the kickboxing world after suffering from fairly severe depression. However, if you know Jen, than you know she is definitely a fighter, and while she was down, she definitely was not out!

During the 10-week challenge Jen mentioned numerous times that she really struggled with the recommended diet. However I have a really hard time believing this as she seems to be a master chef in the kitchen. When I would review her weekly food logs, I was amazed at the quality of food she was preparing. Seriously, I was secretly jealous of how well she was eating. Then as if to confirm her food magic, Jen showed up to the CKO Halloween party with the best salads I think I ever had (did someone say bacon?), and if you don’t believe me just ask Jon Rogers (we had to physically remove the salad bowl from his hands so other could enjoy). In fact I even talked about this amazing salad in the 21-day eat like the Renon Challenge...

So congratulation Jen you are definitely an amazing person, and whatever you are doing in the kitchen please keep it up 😉

Read more about Jen’s story below:

September 2014 - November 2014

September 2014 – November 2014

Besides being a CKO Superhero, what is your day job?

I am a 5th grade teacher.  So, basically, a full-time superhero.  My superpower is not hurting myself or others.  Breve lattes are my kryptonite. 

Do you have any hobbies?

I love gardening and fussing around in my yard.  I have a dog that I like to spoil.  I love to read and am part of a really fun wine (I mean book) club. 

How did you first learn of CKO?

I used to take cardio kickboxing classes and teach (secret blown!) at MMAA in Wallingford with Keven Caldwell, but he closed up shop and moved to Arizona a few years ago.  I took a break from kickboxing and really missed it.  My husband pointed out CKO to me, and I dragged my lazy feet for a while because I was nervous about being out of practice and I was suffering from depression, but I finally walked in the doors a little over a year ago, and I’m glad I did!

What are some of your fitness goals?

I’m just on a rampage to be the fittest and strongest I’ve ever been in my life.  I’m getting close.  Oh, and abs. I want abs.  I know they’re under there, under a diminishing layer of fat.  They WILL be revealed!!!  I’d like to get in good enough shape that you ask me to teach for you some day 🙂

Talk about commitment! Jen was only 1 of 3 people that actually finished this action challenge! Way to finish what you started!

Talk about commitment! Jen was only 1 of 3 people that actually finished this action challenge! Way to finish what you started!

What is your favorite aspect of CKO? 

One of my favorite parts is that it’s never easy or boring!  There’s always that next level to shoot for, whether it’s doing burpees at every break, or banning yourself from doing knee push-ups (working on that). The instructors are fantastic and inspirational. I’m always gassed at the end of a class, and intend to keep it that way.  

 What was the best part about the challenge? 

I think it was the community part.  Before the challenge I really just kept to myself – I showed up, worked out, and walked out.  I’m an introvert at heart, and it’s hard for me to make connections with people.  I feel like the challenge gave me an opportunity to get to know a bunch of great people that motivate and inspire me. 

I was also PSYCHED about my results – 12 inches off and 7 pounds lighter!  My 1 min. push ups, squats, and sit ups all went up significantly as well.  I couldn’t tell I was changing because it’s a slow process – 10 weeks felt like forever.  So I was over the moon about my results. 

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Looking great!

Another great part was breaking my sugar and alcohol addictions – I was ingesting far too much sugar, and drinking way more than I should have.  I still struggle with cravings for these things, but have them much more under control than before.  I don’t miss bread or pasta much, surprisingly.  Except for naan (see “What’s one thing you still find yourself struggling with”, below).

What was the hardest part about the challenge?

The hardest part was definitely the change in the way I eat.  The first two weeks I would go to the grocery store to try to buy stuff for dinner, and each time I felt like crying (or actually did, once I got to the car).  So much seemed off-limits.  I had headaches for 3 days from sugar withdrawal.  I mourned beer as if my best friend had died.  The struggle was real.

What motivates you to walk through that door day after day and continue to push yourself?

I think my current mid-life crisis is what keeps me going (woo hoo!).  I am resisting getting older and fatter and uglier and wimpier.  I want to better myself, have more energy, get stronger, keep the depression demons at bay.  Age is just a number, baby!

Jen at our Boxing for boobies event!

Jen at our Boxing for boobies event!

What’s one thing you still find yourself struggling with? 

I wish I could say I have no cravings left, but that’s not true.  All I want is a goddamn piece of hot fluffy naan straight from the tandoori oven.  You know????

What can we do better to help you actualize your true potential? 

Yell at me more during class.  Make it personal.  I won’t cry (in front of you)

Share any relevant information you’d like about yourself that other CKO team members might not know about you (also a good place to talk about any success you have had since joining CKO)! 

CKO, along with other therapies, helped to dig me out of a deep depression.  Several years ago I had 4 miscarriages in the span of less than 2 years.  I know this is personal, and the subject seems taboo, but that’s exactly why I’m sharing it.  There’s a real stigma around the subject, and little in the way of support systems to help a woman cope with pregnancy loss.  Anyway, once I started working out hard and letting out some of the grief and the anger on the bag on a regular basis, things slowly started to get better.  I started living life for myself, and focused less on my losses.  I don’t know if I’ll ever ‘get over’ the trauma I experienced, but I definitely have better coping skills now, and CKO was an instrumental part of that healing, so thank you from the bottom of my heart. 

30-day Challenge (Christina)

Did you know that if you commit to a healthy lifestyle for just 30-days, the results can be life changing? Did you catch the key word? CAN! Yes a 30-day health/fitness commitment contains all the necessary elements for a positive lifestyle transformation. However, in fitness, just as in life, nothing is guaranteed, completing a 30-day challenge provides no guarantee that you can or will be successful in the long term. With that being said, never forget that “the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step”. This means, you have to START, you have to take that first step, or you will always live a life of regret. If you never take that first step you will always wonder how much you could have accomplished. Refusing to take that first step, means that instead of testing your limits, instead of living your life to the fullest, you would rather say, “I could have”, “I should have”, and “I would have”.

Hard work and dedication

Hard work and dedication

The first step is always the hardest because we tend to focus on how far we have to go, instead of realizing that it is not about reaching the destination it is about the journey itself. Think of it like this, there are approximately 2000-2500 steps in one mile and if your “journey” is 1000-miles, once that “first step” is complete, you still have 1,999,999 more steps to go! This knowledge can be so overwhelming that many people quit before they even start. So instead of focusing on how far you have to go you must realize that each and every step you take in the right direction gets you much closer to reaching your dreams. Then after a while (many months or even years) of continuing down this righteous path you will “wake-up” one day and by amazed at much ground you actually covered.  Once this happens, there will be no turning back, you will have made too much progress, you will have made too many “sacrifices” to stop now. Once you reach this feeling, the world is yours!

So what is the best way to begin a life long journey? By hitting the ground running! This is where a 30-day challenge is ideal. It is short enough to be doable, but long enough to experience the benefits of the journey.  And this is exactly what Christina Srour did, she challenged herself to 30-days and her results were amazing. In just 30-days she lost 11.5 total inches off her body, improved her strength and stamina, and changed her relationship with food. As a result Christina has become even more excited about her health/fitness potential. She took that first step and hasn’t looked back since.

When are you going to take that first step?

Read more about Christina’s story below:

Go hard each and every class!

Going hard each and every class!

Christina interview:

Besides being a CKO Superhero, what is your day job? 

I am lucky enough to be a mom to an amazing little boy and part time hair stylist (both of which I love)!

Do you have any hobbies?

I love being active, taking my son on adventures, spending time with family and friends, and shopping.

How did you first learn of CKO?  

A friend of mine told me about a fun new kickboxing class she was taking.  I was hooked after the my first class and signed up that day.  

Powerful Front Kick

Powerful Front Kick

What are some of your fitness goals? 

Honestly, right now it’s to hold a plank position for the full minute and thirty seconds in Erin’s 6am class:).  And to do a pull up!

What is your favorite aspect of CKO?   

 Aside from the great workout I get every time by the amazing instructors I would have to say my favorite aspect is how inspiring and motivating the owners, staff, and other members are.  

What motivates you to walk through that door day after day and continue to push yourself? 

It doesn’t take much to motivate me because I’m addicted to the workouts!  I want to be healthy and strong so I am ready for what life throws at me.   I love this quote: “Be ready so you won’t have to get ready” – Garett Renon

Always Happy, Never Satisfied

Always Happy, Never Satisfied

What’s one thing you still find yourself struggling with?  

I struggle with chips!!  Yes, you heard me right:).  I love salty crunchy chips and I can’t have just one.  It will be a lifelong struggle I’m sure. 

What can we do better to help you actualize your true potential?  

Keep doing what you’re doing!

Share any relevant information you’d like about yourself that other CKO team members might not know about you (also a good place to talk about any success you have had since joining CKO)! 

 I have always loved working out and being active, but it wasn’t until I joined CKO that I really felt like I belonged to a gym.  In the past I’ve hated gyms, but CKO has definitely changed that for me!  I was so hooked after my first class that I wanted to learn more about the gym.  As I was looking around on their website I came across Garett’s blog called “The Healthy Life Experiment”, and a post about doing a personal 30 day challenge.  It made me want to challenge myself and see what I was capable of.  So I reached out to Garett who put together a 30 day challenge for me.  He held me accountable for those 30 days and was always there for me when I had questions.  He also kicked my butt with personal training sessions!  Then came time for after pictures with measurements and fit test.  I was so nervous because I was afraid of not improving and letting Garett or myself down.  Boy was I wrong.  The numbers don’t lie and I was shocked to see that I had lost 11.5″ all over my body!  The challenge was tough at first, but so much of what I was doing has become habit and part of my daily life.  I love working out at CKO and I see more challenges in my future, because “why not?”.   A big thank you to Garett and everyone at CKO!!

10-week Transformation (Alisa Parks)

Alisa has been a member for nearly 1-year. During this time she has become a member of the Century Club, which means she has done at least 100 classes (page coming soon).  She recently completed the 10-week challenge (March 2014 – May 2014) and her results were amazing, losing 11.25-inches off her body! But most importantly, she has also gained an appreciation for investing in herself saying,  “It (CKO), has been one of the best gift I’ve given myself ever!

This reminds me of a great quote:

“Invest in yourself first, before you expect others to invest in you!” – Unknown

Read more about Alisa story below:

10-week challengeBesides being a CKO Superhero, what is your day job? 

I’m a Marketing Specialist for Sparling, an electrical, technology, audiovisual, acoustical and lighting design firm.

Do you have any hobbies? 

Love to travel, especially to international destinations. I have been known to do some knitting, but haven’t done that for awhile.

How did you first learn of CKO? 

I go to Central Market all the time and I remember being intrigued by the CKO sign when it went up, but I didn’t act on it. Then Donald Llamodo and Katy Maynard started talking about CKO and how much they enjoyed it. I thought I don’t know if I want to workout with my co-workers? Well, I noticed their results and they kept up with gentle encouragement and I finally decided to try it in late July 2013. Katy took good care of me that first day bringing extra gloves for me to try, I will always be grateful to her for that. I had lots of fun during my first class and once class was over I chatted with the front desk person giving all the usual excuses about signing up and finally she said “what are you afraid of?” It all kind of hit me why not try it even if you are afraid of failing, I signed up on day one and have not regretted it once since then.

10-weeks (March 2014 - May 2014)

10-weeks (March 2014 – May 2014)

What are some of your fitness goals? 

At first I just wanted to do something to get me moving since I sit in front of a computer all day. Then I thought if I work out then I can eat whatever I wanted. Well I was incredibly wrong and after a couple of months of class I wanted more. I saw some great results from those that participated in the Fall 10-week challenge and I was inspired. I’ve done another elimination diet, but it was only for 30 days and the habits did not hold once it was done. I did like the way my body changed once I gave up grains, so I knew I could handle the food choices with the challenge. I’m a person that tends not to have alot of goals, I just jump in and try something if it’s of interest. Sometimes that’s good and sometimes that’s bad. I’m still working on what I want next in my fitness goals.

What is your favorite aspect of CKO? 

The classes are always a little different each time, so it keeps my interest and keeps me coming back. I have finally figured out that I like someone telling me what to do for a workout, just don’t make it the same each time. I loose interest so fast if a class is repetitive. Also, CKO keeps my mind active, I like to listen to the instructions and try not to watch so I can keep the flow more consistent. I’m still amazed when I hear one thing and my body does something completely different than what was called out. My all time favorite is strikes on demand, love that sound when everyone is in-sync!

What was the best part about the challenge? 

The support and encouragement of the instructors and the team members. Also, the boot camps, it really got me out of my comfort zone and challenged me in ways I never thought I could accomplish.

What was the hardest part about the challenge? 

Making it to 5 classes a week, that was a big challenge that I did not meet. I concentrated on getting to 4 classes and that worked well for me.

What motivates you to walk through that door day after day and continue to push yourself? 

The instructors and the wonderful feeling of accomplishment when the class is over.

What’s one thing you still find yourself struggling with? 

I don’t want to fall into old habits of rewarding myself with food. I keep telling myself that I’m the one who stayed on track during the 10-week challenge. Nobody, but me made me do it, so it is my choice to continue with the good habits and I will do it!

What can we do better to help you actualize your true potential? One thing I wish I’d kept better track of my progress from day one and maybe you should give out a card for a person to track their measurements quarterly and/or at year-end. This could be something a person does at home, but is a gentle reminder to start tracking from the beginning.

Share any relevant information you’d like about yourself that other CKO team members might not know about you (also a good place to talk about any success you have had since joining CKO)! 

Since joining CKO my body had changed dramatically and I so wished I’d kept better track of my progress and measurements from early on. I think I’ve lost about 20lbs since joining CKO and the most eye-opening and proud time for me was at the end of the 10-weeks with 11.25″ gone… forever!

Thank you so much for providing this opportunity, it has been one of the best gift I’ve given myself ever!

 

Looking great

Looking great!

 

CKO Success Story (Heather Saldivar)

Written by Robert Rivera:

Heather joined CKO one year ago (Nov 2012) and made really good progress her first 7-months. She was happy with her results but was not satisfied, she knew she could do better and she knew she had more work to do in order to reach her full fitness/health potential but she needed that extra push! The first seven months at CKO gave Heather the strength, the endurance, and the confidence needed to take her fitness to the next level. So at end of July 2013 she inquired about doing a personal 10-week challenge which consisted of nutrition counseling, attending a minimum of  3 classes per week, and a weekly circuit training session.

Heather after

Happy and tone!

We had instant chemistry, what really impressed me was her passion and her drive, I have seen/heard a lot of people talk about fitness goals but quit as soon as the going gets tough, but not Heather, she talked the talked and walked the walk! I would set weekly goals and every time she consistently exceeded the requirement-pushing herself harder and harder each and every workout. The nutrition portion of the 10-week challenge, is based on a primal diet which means, NO SUGAR and NO GRAINS. Within one week, I noticed an immediate physical appearance in her face and her level of energy was up too. Heather was super fun to train, as time went by her strength, speed, stamina, and health continued to improved. I was also very excited to see her food choices significantly improved, she became much more aware of what she ate and how it affected her body.

Mitt sessions are her favorite.

Mitt sessions are her favorite.

I truly believe this is only the beginning. She deserves all the credit and remains focused on her goal to get six-pack abs. What I admire about her most is her drive. I thank her for letting me train her because she truly is an ideal client with an amazing attitude. I want Heather to know that the sky is literally the limit and she has the potential to do great things in this world! 🙂

Heather’s testimonial is below.

Written By Heather:

Health is Your Wealth

My fitness journey began with the purchase of a Groupon for CKO Kickboxing. One of my good friends, who has since become a CKO instructor, thought we would try it out to see if we liked it. The summer I joined CKO, I was going through one of the hardest times in my life. I had just broken up with my boyfriend of almost seven years, who I had been through so many ups and downs with during the relationship that it totally weighed me down. I barely could get through the day at times, but I always looked forward to getting to CKO after work; it was my therapy.

Heather ( on right) before CKO

Heather (on right) before starting CKO

When I finally joined CKO, I fell back in love with fitness. I was reawakened and finally felt like myself again after losing touch with who I was for so long. I started wanting more than just group classes. I wanted to get stronger and toned. The best decision I ever made was hiring Robert Rivera as my trainer and nutritionist to take my fitness to the next level. I was quite honestly a little scared because I had heard he made you cut out all grains, pasta and sugar from your diet. But I had made up my mind and set my eyes on the prize. I was fully committed to a healthier lifestyle.

Punching cancer in the face

Punching cancer in the face

I started seeing a difference in my body within the first week. My stomach looked smaller and leaner and my body continued to rapidly change. I was motivated and wanted to get better every day. I have gone from a size 6/8 to a size 4 and I’m finally close to being back to my college size. I haven’t touched grains in almost five months and I don’t understand why people love bread so much. When people ask me what kind of diet I’m on or how I eat, I tell them this is not a diet, it’s a lifestyle change. I can’t be happier with the results I was able to achieve during the course of 13 weeks.

100% committed to a healthy lifestyle

100% committed to a healthy lifestyle

CKO Kickboxing is far more than just your typical gym. This place has completely transformed my life. Everyone here is rooting for you and wants you to achieve your goal, which is not something you’ll find at any other gym. This is a special place. Thank you CKO and Robert Rivera for the daily nutrition text messages, checking in on my food log and always going above and beyond my expectations. But I’m not done yet. Robert and I have already discussed new goals and I’m ready for the challenge!