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RICHMOND, Va., June 11, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — CKO Kickboxing, one of the fastest growing health fitness franchises, will celebrate the Grand Opening of its newest fitness kickboxing gym at 9051-1 West Broad Street, Henrico, on Saturday, June 13, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The high quality, cross training gym provides a family friendly setting to Richmond residents who are looking for an alternative to Pilates, yoga, martial arts and spinning classes.

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“It’s a very welcoming and a non-intimidating atmosphere. It’s a happy place to be,” said Hamid Mahmood, who is co-owner of the CKO Kickboxing gym along with his wife, Maritza Mahmood.

The 6,500 square-foot gym features 81 heavy bags and is open seven days a week. CKO Kickboxing Richmond posts its kickboxing classes online. Classes begin as early at 5:30 a.m. and as late as 7:30 p.m. People can get their workouts in before or after work. There are designated personal training areas and a kids play area that are coming soon.

CKO Kickboxing Richmond is located across the street from TJ Maxx and Chick-Fil-A.

Grand opening activities include a 90-minute kickboxing challenge class from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Opening ceremonies will begin after the class and will include music, food and prizes.

Potential members can try one kickboxing class for free. There are discounts on membership during the grand opening period.

“We both grew up in New Jersey and went to a CKO in Freehold. We fell in love with the workout and we had to bring it to Richmond. We wanted to start kickboxing classes in Richmond,” said Mahmood, who along with his wife are both Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists.

“We wanted to focus our efforts towards promoting health,” he said.

CKO Kickboxing is an effective exercise and weight loss program for men and women, old and young. A one-hour workout can burn up to 1,200 calories.

“The beauty of our exercise classes is that anybody can do it. Since it focuses more on the fitness aspect rather than the martial art, it is not intimidating. The instructor controls the tempo, but the client controls the intensity. It is this integration that allows an individual to maximize their fitness. Add upbeat music and you have a fun, effective and safe workout,” said Joe Andreula, Founder of CKO Kickboxing.

“CKO Kickboxing is one of the most trusted names in fitness franchises. CKO Kickboxing is a true nationwide sports fitness franchise with gyms from coast to coast,” said Andreula.

“This is our first gym in Virginia but it won’t be our last. We plan to have a gym every 50 miles along the Eastern Seaboard,” said Rich Rosso, Chief Operating Officer for CKO kickboxing.

For more information about owning a CKO Kickboxing franchise, go to

CKO Kickboxing is one of America’s fastest growing franchises according to Entrepreneur Magazine, which included the kickboxing gym franchise in its Franchise 500 list of best franchises. The magazine rated CKO Kickboxing the 48th top new franchise in 2011.

“CKO Kickboxing is emerging as one of the leading fitness franchise opportunities in the country,” he said. CKO Kickboxing also was named a 2012 Military Friendly Franchise® by G.I. Jobs Magazine.

CKO Kickboxing continues to grow because new franchise owners receive ongoing training on how to run a business and coaching on the latest trends in health and fitness.

“We treat our franchisee owners like they are family, because they are,” Andreula said. “They aren’t numbers or faceless profit centers. They are people who we want to help succeed. That’s why so many people, including former military members, want to take advantage of our fitness franchise opportunity.”

For information about CKO Kickboxing Richmond, call 804-968-4828, or visit

SOURCE CKO Kickboxing

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