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New kickboxing studio opens in Amherst

New Year motivation levels at the gym always start out on a high note, but boredom and monotony can quickly set in. That’s where new programs and gyms like CKO Kickboxing come in.

Newly opened in Amherst, CKO offers a cardio-based group exercise program that’s appropriate for all fitness levels.

“You won’t waste time thinking about what to do, or waiting for equipment to free up,” said Katrina Young, co-owner of CKO Kickboxing. “Our instructors tell you exactly what to do, and will have you working hard for 60 minutes.”

“Every class will work you head to toe,” added co-owner Deborah Howard, “and each class is unique.”

Owners Deborah Howard and Katrina Young say their program works for people at all fitness levels — the level of intensity can be adjusted to ability.

Members follow along as instructors call out exercises — a variation of punches, kicks, plyometrics and calisthenics — all of which provide the opportunity to burn up to 1,200 calories per class.

“The amount of calories you burn is directly related to your level of intensity,” said Young. “The classes are designed to challenge every fitness level. We encourage each member to work as hard as they can at their own, individual pace — what you put into it is what you’ll get out of it.”

If you’ve never punched or kicked a heavy bag before, there’s no need to be intimidated.

“We have you arrive 15 minutes prior to your first class so that we can walk you through the kickboxing techniques you’ll use,” said Howard. “Throughout the class if we see anyone struggling, we are right there to guide and motivate them.”

The gym offers various membership options, and when you join, the number of classes you take is unlimited.

“Everyone is here for different reasons — to accomplish different things — and we’re here to help in any way we can,” said Young. “Members love the flexibility of the classes, and the atmosphere our instructors create.”

Interested in trying a free class? “It’s best to book online,” said Howard. “Just choose the class you want to attend, and register through the website at”

CKO Kickboxing
1600 Hopkins Road, Amherst

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