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Scott Rawson was a three-sport athlete in high school and had an active lifestyle growing up. As an adult, however, life got in the way and he put his active habits aside to raise and support his three kids (ages seven, five and 18 months) with wife, Kelly. Scott broke out of his everyday routine when CKO Kickboxing moved across the street from Kelly’s workplace. The couple took their free-trial class and immediately signed up for a membership. Since then, Scott has made time for at least three CKO workouts a week, changed his diet and has lost 22 pounds since CKO opened in January.

What was your fitness routine like before joining CKO?

“Since high school, I’ve done nothing. I swam, participated in track, and played football in school, but after graduating, my efforts were an occasional run or DVD workouts. It was hard to stay motivated when I didn’t have someone pushing me, though.”

What was your first CKO class like?

“I didn’t know if I was going to be able to make it through the first class. I was like, ‘What did I get myself into?’ I definitely wanted to stop.”

What made you keep going?

“I just wanted to get healthy and in shape. I would go home and sit and do nothing, and that’s not what I wanted. I wanted to feel motivated again. I got lost somewhere along the way. I didn’t have anything to do. My life was going to work, coming home, going to work, coming home. I realized I needed to motivate and challenge myself to do something meaningful.”

What are your current fitness goals?

“I had a weight goal and I’m close to it. Now that I’ve been more active, I’m actually going to start running and getting ready for a 5K run this fall. It’s been a couple years, but I want to get back to participating in 5K races.”

Now that you’re six weeks into your CKO membership, how do you feel?

“I feel great. This is the best I’ve felt since I got married, which was eight years ago! Each class is getting easier – but it’s not easy because as my fitness improves, I reset the intensity level I want to achieve. Every time you go to class, you’re leaving sore and sweaty. I’m getting used to the routine of going to class and knowing what to expect. I don’t feel like I want to quit. I know what I’m going there for.“