Some of you may have read Greg’s post a few days ago about the KOGA workout. I think his focus was on how much his ass hurt the next day, so I’ll give a little bit of background about one of the best ways I’ve found to break a sweat, and how it got me on the local news.
The KOGA workout was created by Jon Koga, a personal trainer and fitness guru out of Long Island, NY. It combines high-intensity cardio kickboxing with yoga poses, resulting in an ass-kicking a la Walker Texas Ranger, Yogi division. Jon’s passion is infectious, and after one class, it’s almost guaranteed that you’ll be signing up for another. You can also be certain that your muscles will be shaking and you’ll be sweating like a beast.
I found KOGA about 6 years ago, while living back home on Long Island after college. I was a devoted attendee in the weekly classes and, as always, a fan of exercise that doesn’t actually FEEL like exercise. KOGA was a great way to alleviate stress, burn calories, and, as a kicker, my abs weren’t looking too bad. I was hooked.
Unfortunately, after moving to NYC for work, I was unable to find a gym that offered the cardio-beating I loved. I settled for the occasional Spin class and spent the rest of the time staring at the clock on the elliptical, wishing the time away. It wasn’t until this past August that I noticed a flyer for a KOGA demonstration at a local Summer Streets event. I made plans to attend the class, hopeful, but not terribly optimistic. Could it be?
I’ve since reconnected with Jon Koga and his team, feeding my addiction as often as I can at gyms around the metro area. I am also making the jump and getting certified to teach in November. When Jon called me a few weeks ago and asked me to attend a taping for the local NYC news, I was glad to help spread the word. KOGA is slowly making it’s way through the Tri-State area, and with any luck, it will end up in gyms near YOU very soon!
If you have any questions about getting your butt kicked or how to get involved, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org!
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