The greatest Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robot, Mohammed Aliborg, went undefeated for 20 years before his head was knocked clean off by the sudden, brutal intervention of cats. Learn to sock like the best of 'em while shaping up with today's Groupon: for $30, you get a five-class punchcard (a $100 value) at CKO Kickboxing in Edgewater. After taking the first class, you must use the remaining four classes within one month.
CKO Kickboxing offers fitness-based kickboxing classes aimed at striking the vital organs of laziness, poor muscle tone, and excess fat over and over until they give in, resulting in a trimmer, fitter, stronger physique. While some studios downplay contact, CKO programs use heavy bags for striking, so gloves are required for class. Relentlessly whaling on a heavy bag can burn up to 800 calories during each one-hour class along with the cardio benefits of endurance activities and the fat-punching benefits of pummeling a huge, obese bag.
Every all-ages, co-ed class is lead by a CKO-certified instructor, who will give pointers on proper technique while providing high levels of motivation. Techniques are kept simple, with basic striking moves designed to emphasize the fitness aspect of the workout, rather than the competitive nature of kickboxing as a martial art. If you're looking to trim your figure and relieve some pent-up stress, or if a heavy bag stole your role in the high-school play, head to CKO to shape up and seek vengeance.
Heavy gloves required.
The bold red and black hues of CKO-Edgewater's fitness facility inspire intensity in exercisers pummel hanging heavy bags with kicks and punches. In each class, students burn calories and tone physiques under the tutelage of an enthusiastic instructor and their sidekick, an actual side kick. Or, students can work with staff one-on-one in 30-, 45-, or 60-minute personal training sessions that can incorporate weight training as well as kickboxing techniques.