Koko FitClub {closed}

Koko FitClub closed in Hoboken

Yesterday it was announced that after six years open, Koko FitClub uptown was closing (due to personal reasons, etc…)

The co-founder of Koko FitClub sent a letter out, hoping someone would be interesting in taking this franchise location over. Read below.

koko fitclub hoboken nj closed

Please someone take over this Koko FitClub!

“I wanted to extend the courtesy of reaching out to you personally with the news of the closing of the Koko FitClub location in Hoboken.

My name is Mary Obana. I am the co-founder of Koko FitClub. I was saddened and surprised by yesterday’s announcement made by the local club’s owner, Michael Ander. Michael was simply unable to give your former club what it needed to thrive given some difficult personal circumstances he has had this past year. We both agreed though that the need and opportunity for Koko in Hoboken has never been greater.

That’s why I am writing to you today. We would love to see Koko re-open for you and for many other KokoNuts in Hoboken, past, present and future. To do that we hope to find a new Koko owner who can serve the Hoboken community and take Koko to a whole new level.

Koko FitClubs are independently-owned franchise businesses. We have found that oftentimes the best Koko owners were once Koko members themselves. Or are friends, family or associates of our Koko members. I would like to extend an invitation to you, or people that you think would be a great fit for Koko ownership, to explore a possible ownership opportunity with me personally so that Koko can continue to serve this special community.

Our network of Koko FitClubs nationwide has grown and evolved in many exciting ways. We’d love to find the right owner to re-launch Koko with these new improvements to give the community, the club, and every one of its members a whole new path to success.

If you would like to learn more, please contact me directly at mary.obana@kokofitclub.com and we can arrange a time for a call.

Thank you for your possible interest and support. With your help, hopefully we can start Koko anew in Hoboken very soon.

Yours in good health,

Mary Obana
President & Co-Founder
Koko FitClub

Free movie tickets and manicures, too!

4/9/2010:

If you’re interesting in starting a new workout regimen, and are curious about what Koko Fitclub (14th between Grand and Adams) has to offer – there’s no better time than tomorrow, Saturday, April 10th from 12-5pm.

The first 50 people that partake in a demonstration of their fitness program will receive a free movie ticket to Clearview Cinemas – as well as a free Manicure coupon from Gotham Nails!

Other activities of the day include: Free blood pressure checks, a demo of the brand ambulance from the Hoboken EMS – and of course, the traditional Hoboken ribbon-cutting at 3pm (what else are Mayors for?)

(You need to click this link and RSVP – and bring your confirmation email to qualify for the goodies!)

2/12/2010 Update:

Koko FitClub Grand Opening Hoboken NJ

Ready to go this weekend!

Swung by Koko FitClub at 1320 Adams Street (The Peachtree Hollow Commerce Center) this week to check out the equipment, and found out that they’re ready to open up, and will be having a “Launch Event” tomorrow, Saturday, February 13th from 12-6pm.

Like I said in my original update, Koko FitClub will certainly have clients that will enjoy a quick, computerized personal training workout without the fuss. I did the demo workout and found it to be rather straight-forward, and performed most exercises without an issue (being as burly and tall as I am.)

The object is to follow the pace of each repetition on the monitor, which are slow and controlled. Not jerky movements like you see from most tools at your regular gym. The machine gives you points based on the quality of each rep (you get awarded 1000 points for a “perfect workout” which is no easy task). Points can be accumulated for rewards later, like clothing and other items.

In addition to the five all-in-one strength training machines, there were other cardio treadmills and elliptical machines – which also accept your Koko FitClub USB key which tracks your training. Of course, all of this can be viewed online on your personal stats page.

They have five “programs” which you can choose from depending on your goals, or just workout the way you want. All members must go through a two-week “Koko Foundation” program to set initial strength levels, and acclimate you to the machines.

I’ll be giving it a shot, and will update you on my progress!

12/30/2009:

An interesting and exciting new Hoboken business update today!!

“Koko FitClub was created as a solution to our own real-life workout needs: a fast, simple and effective workout that fits easily into everyday life.” – Koko Founders Mary Obana and Michael Lannon

Quick and efficient workouts at Koko FitClub

koko fitclub hoboken nj machinesWe got some good action going on at the Peachtree Hollow Commerce Center uptown!

Moving in to one space is Koko FitClub.

An interesting fitness center designed for the busy professional or parent. Hoboken resident Alison manages the location with franchise owner Michael (pictured in gallery above.)

The concept is simple. High-tech multi-exercise machines with strength routines and instructions personalized and logged for the individual member. The machines are coming in early next year, so I haven’t seen exactly what they do (will report back when they arrive). Sounds like something I would enjoy – in and out of the gym with full workout in 30 minutes. Online tracking and more. A geek’s workout dream come true. In addition to the five strength machines, about half a dozen cardio machines (treadmills, elliptical) will be on site.

The franchise started out near Boston, MA – and have reported great success with locations similar to this one in Hoboken.

No other gym like it in the NYC tri-state area

Alison provides a FAQ about the Hoboken Koko FitClub:

  1. We will be the first fitness studio of our kind in the NY/NJ metro area.
  2. Koko FitClub is not your “typical” fitness center, it includes the latest technology to make sure that the client is getting the most out of their workout by eliminating unnecessary exercises, rest time, and walking around the club to go machine to machine. Workouts are only 30 minutes. So, efficiency is key!
  3. All of the client’s info is stored on a Koko Key (USB flash drive) which is monitored and changed every time the client works out or does cardio. The client can also access their info on their own personal webpage which documents their progress.
  4. Since there is no human trainer, the client can workout on their schedule.
  5. The membership is extremely affordable. One month of unlimited training is under $100.
  6. The client gets a new workout based on their goal, strengths, and progress every time they come in to the club.
  7. No other gym in the NY/NJ metro area has the Koko smartraining machines.
  8. The smartraining system creates a customized year-long workout plan. Most programs are 24 sessions long which take between 8 weeks (3 sessions/week) and 12 weeks (2 sessions/week).

Koko Founder Mike adds: “Now that I’m a Koko convert, I am amazed to see how much time people waste exercising on their own: Wandering around between machines. Doing the same old exercises the same old way every day. Hanging out and chatting. I just don’t have the time for that anymore. The bottom line for me is that Koko is simply a better workout and a more efficient way to spend my time.”

“Koko tailors your workout for you so you can make the best gains possible for the time you spend in the gym.” – Newsweek

I’m looking forward to trying it out – because no matter what gym I belong to, something holds me back. Perhaps a high-tech gym is the solution?

Browse their website and share your thoughts!
www.kokofitclub.com

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9 Comments on "Koko FitClub {closed}"

animal_lover
Member
animal_lover

Difficult to sell a home or a business in this town with a legitimate rational when the reasons have to do with the loss of the Hoboken culture, history and failures of the administration. This particular case may certainly be personal circumstances but I do know way to many individual cases and why they left town after many decades.

eam144
Member

Would love to hear from someone who belongs here and what their thoughts are on this concept. Is it working for you or another gimmick?

samuel63
Member
samuel63

Hey, eam144. My wife and I are addicted to Koko. Pretty much going every day we’re in town, alternating between strength and cardio. That’s saying something for us – and we’re really seeing results after about 8 weeks. It takes about 30-45 minutes to get a solid workout. To the poster above worried about form, etc., there is always someone close at hand to ask – this is not a huge gym where you’ll get lost among the machines and never see an employee/trainer. There’s always one standing a few steps away at most. Plus there are demo photo images/text descriptions for every exercise on a screen right in your face before every set. This place rocks.[quote comment=”196213″]Would love to hear from someone who belongs here and what their thoughts are on this concept. Is it working for you or another gimmick?[/quote]

blaueaugen
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blaueaugen

What the hell ever happened to good old fashioned running and lifting? It takes time and sweat and eating right to take off the pounds, not f’en technology! Just another gimmick the yuppies in this town will go for.

kokofitclub
Member
kokofitclub

Hi blaueaugen, it’s been a while since you left your comment, but I’m just seeing these now. All I can say is, please don’t knock it until you’ve given it a try. In my opinion, Koko’s greatest strength is that it puts personalized training well within the reach of people who previously could not afford it or would not care to pay for it. We would never advocate an approach that does not include 1) effort, and 2) eating right.

We’re having our Grand Opening tomorrow from 12-5pm as the article states, so if you have 5 minutes, we would love to see you here and show you what it’s all about. Takes 5 minutes of your time, and you get a free movie and manicure out of it.

Hope to see you tomorrow!

Michael
Owner, Koko FitClub Hoboken

In response to blaueaugen who said:
What the hell ever happened to good old fashioned running and lifting? It takes time and sweat and eating right to take off the pounds, not f’en technology! Just another gimmick the yuppies in this town will go for.

Hoboken16
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Hoboken16

Blaueaugen – People got lazy and want “instant” results. Free weights are the best thing to use for lifting, not these machines which can actually do more harm then good (i.e. poor form, excessive range of motion).

“The object is to follow the pace of each repetition on the monitor, which are slow and controlled. Not jerky movements like you see from most tools at your regular gym.” While I agree with part of this, mainly that there are some “tools at your regular gym”, the speed at which you work out will trigger different sets of muscles doing the same exercise. Fast movements aren’t neccessarily bad as long as the form and control are still there. It’s when these movements become uncontrolled the injury occurs (both to self and possibly the persons around you).

I can only hope that this machine becomes the new fad in “healthy living”. It’ll get people to leave my current gym so I don’t have to wait for equipment.

In response to blaueaugen who said:
What the hell ever happened to good old fashioned running and lifting? It takes time and sweat and eating right to take off the pounds, not f’en technology! Just another gimmick the yuppies in this town will go for.

kokofitclub
Member
kokofitclub
Hoboken16–you seem to be fairly well-informed when it comes to fitness. That being so, I think you might actually be surprised at how well Koko works at correcting bad form, preventing injury, and developing personalized plans for people who may not have as much know-how as yourself. Either way, we’d love to have the opportunity to show you in person–plenty of skeptics have been made believers once they try the system. If you can afford to take 5 minutes to stop by tomorrow, we’ll give you a free movie and manicure (if you’re a guy feel free to gift it should you choose) just for coming and checking us out. Thanks so much, and hope to see you in the club sometime! Michael Owner, Koko FitClub Hoboken In response to Hoboken16 who said: Blaueaugen – People got lazy and want “instant” results. Free weights are the best thing to use for lifting, not these machines which can actually do more harm then good (i.e. poor form, excessive range of motion). “The object is to follow the pace of each repetition on the monitor, which are slow and controlled. Not jerky movements like you see from most tools at your regular gym.” While I agree with part of this, mainly that there are some “tools at your regular gym”, the speed at which you work out will trigger different sets of muscles doing the same exercise. Fast movements aren’t neccessarily bad as long as the form and control are still there.… Read more »
jamon
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jamon

i think Crossfit Hoboken is the best gym in Hoboken.. is not your “regular” gym like the NYSC and others, this gym will actually work you out to death… check it out, I’m going to give it a try in feb. i’m a member of NYSC and i’m bore with it.. i need a new challenge! this gym is a bit pricy but it will be worth it.. so if you need to get in shape in a few months.. give crossfit a try.

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