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Are you hesitant to attend a CKO class? Is your hesitation preventing you from trying a class altogether? It can be difficult to step out of our comfort zone and try new things, especially when we are uncertain about an experience.

I am going to lay it all out on the table on what you can expect at your first class at CKO Kickboxing. My hope is to alleviate any fear, uncertainty, or hesitation you may feel about attending a class. Once you go, however, you will be hooked and wonder why you had any fear or hesitation in the first place.

What to Expect

Parking

CKO Grand Rapids’ location is very close to the heart of downtown. You might be worried about parking, but thankfully there are plenty of options. If you are lucky (and usually I am), you can park for free right in 820 Monroe’s parking lot. If the lot is filled, there are plenty of meters in the surrounding area. Metered street parking is free after 5pm and on weekends.

CKO’s Studio

The gym is quite easy to find. It is located on the first floor of the building, Suite 150, and has signage on the doors and windows which makes it impossible to miss. If you have trouble finding the location, give the front desk a call at 616-920-0335.

Check-In

Once you find the suite, walk in and immediately take off your street shoes on the mat to your left, then check in at front desk. You will undoubtedly be met with a friendly, smiling face. The CKO team members are amazing and very welcoming! Let them know your name and that you are there for your free trial day or Triple Play pass. They will help set you up and direct you.

Run-Through

After you are done at the front desk and you’ve stow your belongings in a cubby, you will be met with the CKO trainer. They will bring you to a bag and do a run-through of the punches and kicks, plus some key safety cues and techniques which will enhance the experience. If you forget everything they tell you, just look at the person next to you or get the trainer’s attention for extra instruction during a set.

Workout

Every CKO trainer runs their workout a little differently, but there is one thing they do the same. There is always a warm-up, main workout, and cool down. The warm-up is generally about 10 minutes and includes dynamic stretches, the main workout about 40-45 minutes, and cool-down/static stretch about 5-10 minutes.

End of Class

The CKO trainer will end the cool-down and remind you to wipe down your bags. There are two buckets by the main posts filled with wet wipes. You can grab one or two wipes depending on whether you used one or two bags. You’ll wipe down the entire boxing bag and the surrounding mat. After that, grab your belongings, change into your street shoes, and head on home. Don’t forget to have a healthy post-workout meal and drink a lot of water after!

Now that you know what to expect, are you ready to attend a CKO class? Visit one of our two websites to sign up today:

DOWNTOWN GRAND RAPIDS: www.ckogr.com

SOUTH GRAND RAPIDS: www.ckogrsouth.com

Stephanie, Health & Fitness Enthusiast