When we walk in the door at Koko Fit Club we're told, "it's different." It's different because it's a customized and computerized workout. And there isn't any guess-work. The computers tell you what to do and how to do it, based on your fitness goals.
"We like to think of it as a fitness oasis," says Tina Howell, the owner of two Koko Fit Clubs, one in West Des Moines, the other in Waukee.
She says it's more like a club than a gym, " it's a completely customized program, both fitness and nutrition and it's based on your body type, what your goals are and what your abilities are."
It all begins with a fit check on a machine that measure body fat, BMI and lean muscle mass. The data is then stored on a key, which is plugged into the cardio and strength training machines. On the treadmill, we're accompanied by trainer Michael Wood, the founder of Koko Fit Club. While we're working up a sweat, he's encouraging us on our headphones.
"So he becomes your coach and he works out with you," says Howell.
Now we move on to strength training. Again, the key is a customized, computerized workout. The computers tell us how much weight to lift and the pace bar on the weight machines pushes us to perform each exercise correctly.
"There's no wasted motion," says Howell. "You can't use momentum. You can't use gravity. You've got to use your muscles to move the weight."
As you progress, the computer adapts.
"You don’t need to think about anything. It does it all for you. It tells you what to do. It shows you how to do it and then for each rep it tells you how well you did."
It also compares you to other Koko Fit Club members across the country. It's a great way to stay motivated and moving.