CKO Kickboxing Health Fitness Franchise Continues Rapid Growth with New Tottenville, Staten Island Gym

Fitness Franchise Offers Opportunity for Retired Vets, Military, Police and Fire Personnel Who Want to Own Their Own Businesses

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y., May 10, 2012 // PRNewswire // -- CKO Kickboxing, one of the fastest-growing health fitness franchises, recently opened a cardio kickboxing gym in Tottenville, Staten Island at 236 Richmond Valley Road. The high-quality, cross-training gym provides a family-friendly setting to south Staten Island residents who are looking for an alternative to Pilates, yoga, martial arts and spinning classes.

"We're excited to offer cardio boxing classes in Staten Island," said Jimmy Selleck, a former New York City Police Department lieutenant who co-owns the health fitness franchise with Nick Orlando and Mark Radu, who also own the CKO Kickboxing franchise in Great Kills, Staten Island.

"I'm a retired NYPD lieutenant. I was still working last May and started going to CKO Kickboxing in Great Kills, Staten Island. I started taking classes because I was out of shape. I was working at night, eating at odd times and that's a bad recipe," he said. "I fell in love with kickboxing. I started going every day. I lost 35 pounds. It was my calling."

He bonded with the owners of the local health fitness franchise and they urged him to join them in starting a new gym.

"I got pretty tight with Nick and Mark. They knew I was eligible to retire in January. As soon as they asked me, I said 'I'm in.' I didn't want to retire and do nothing," he said.

They said, "We think you'd be a good trainer and a good partner."

The rest is history. He retired on January 12, 2012; exactly 20 years to the day he joined the NYPD.

"I knew this was right. My kids are 12 and 9. I wanted to spend more time with them and now I can," he said. "I'm in the best shape of my life. I haven't been in this kind of shape since I played hockey for Wagner College in Staten Island."

CKO Kickboxing will post its kickboxing classes online.

CKO Kickboxing is offering Grand Opening Special Membership discounts. Join for one year and get 2 months free. Join for 6 months and get one month free.

"CKO Kickboxing is a true nationwide sports fitness franchise with gyms from coast to coast," said Joe Andreula, Founder of CKO Kickboxing, one of America's fastest-growing franchises according to industry standard Entrepreneur Magazine, which included the kickboxing gym franchise in its Franchise 500 list of best franchises. The magazine also rated CKO Kickboxing as 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 continues to grow because new franchise owners receive ongoing training on how to run a business and the 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."

"Fitness kickboxing is a fast-growing health trend. People who have tried to lose weight with yoga, Pilates and spin classes are now getting in shape by joining kickboxing gyms," he said. "Kickboxing is the perfect way to cross train," he said.

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Joseph Andreula

Jimmy Selleck

SOURCE CKO Kickboxing, Inc.



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