First Location to Open in Canton this Spring
BOSTON, MA, FEB 25, 2010: Koko FitClub, LLC, the technology company that is reinventing the health club franchise business, today announced the company's expansion into Michigan. Longtime Michigan resident, Jay Little, will open the state's first Koko FitClub location in Canton this Spring as part of a multi-unit area development agreement.
With locations opening across the United States and Canada, Koko FitClub has accomplished what no other fitness franchise can: it uses technology to customize and completely automate a personal training workout. Koko replaces costly personal trainers with computer programming, totally changing the workout experience for its co-ed membership. For owners, the company's technology provides an easy-to-operate franchise business.
Through its patented Koko Smartraining Systemwhich was developed with assistance from the MIT Center for Sport InnovationKoko FitClub's technology precisely analyzes each member's unique fitness level and designs a customized training plan based on the individual's fitness goals and ability. The System then guides members through unique workouts on Koko's proprietary strength and cardio equipment, packing all the benefits of a 60-90 minute personal training session into just 30 minutes or less. The computer becomes a personal trainer, motivatingbut never intimidatingmembers while they work to reach their goals.
Owner and Co-Founder, Mary Obana, estimates the company has invested nearly $10,000,000 in developing the one-of-kind Smartraining technology, which also enables an amazingly simple business model for franchisees, thanks to software programs that run much of the operation.
According to Obana, "Through the use of technology, Koko FitClubs can operate with a very small, part-time staff, yet still provide members and owners a very high level of service that they cant get anywhere else."
Jay Little found Koko FitClub after weathering three rounds of downsizing in his career as a quality assurance manager in the chemical industry. Coming from a family of entrepreneurs, starting his own business was always a goal, and the downsizing was an opportunity. "I don't want my future in other people's hands," says Little.
He found Koko during what was originally intended to be an academic exercise. "Through an outplacement program, I took a day session on how to evaluate franchise opportunities." He picked Koko FitClub as his test case and he never looked back. The more he researched, the better the opportunity sounded. "I never ran into a hurdle that I couldn't overcome!" And, says Little, the Koko FitClub franchise model provides plenty of support to get his clubs up and running.
Little is also excited about what this means for his personal fitness life. A lifelong athlete, (Little swam competitively at Hope College in Holland, Michigan,) he has spent his fair share of time training in the gym. As much as he loved being in the pool, "I hated wandering around the weight floor with a clipboard! With Koko, I don't have to." The Koko Smartraining technology answers his "questions about weight training," and makes it "fun." He also adds that as a "data guy," he loves that the software can collect so much information to show him just how effective his workouts really are.
About Koko FitClub
Koko FitClub, a technology company that is completely reinventing the fitness franchise business, is designed for franchisees that want to be at the forefront of an entirely new concept of fitness, health and technology. Its patented Smartraining System technology, developed by founders Mike Lannon and Mary Obana with assistance from the Director of the MIT Center for Sport Innovation, enables Koko to provide consumers with unlimited personal training at a remarkably low cost and provides franchisees with an end-to-end system to run the operation. Today, after more than 120,000 exercise sessions completed and millions of calories burned, the Koko Smartraining System is recognized as the most dynamic automated strength and cardio personal training system in fitness. In 2008, the company received the coveted Nova7 award for industry innovation in the fitness industry. Koko FitClub is the exclusive fitness franchisor to offer the Smartraining System.