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Kickboxing franchise hits downtown

November 3, 2015
| By Pat Evans |
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Shelby Reno
Shelby Reno. Courtesy CKO Kickboxing Grand Rapids

One of the nation’s fastest-growing fitness franchises has its first Midwest home in downtown Grand Rapids.

CKO Kickboxing Grand Rapids said yesterday that it’s slated to open in January at 616 Lofts on Monroe, at 820 Monroe Ave. NW.

The club will house 60 six foot, 150-pound bags in the 3,500-square-foot space for one-hour group kickboxing classes.

Aside from workout space, a retail section will also be included.

CKO said kickboxing workout sessions can burn up to 1,200 calories, while reducing stress and toning muscles.

The club will offer free trials for first-time clients and discounted pre-sales rates for the first 100 clients. The signup also includes a T-shirt and starter boxing gloves.


CKO Grand Rapids is owned by Shelby Reno, who has more than 20 years of fitness experience and will look to add more locations in Michigan during the next five years.

“The growth and energy of our downtown over the last several years gave me the resolve to find space in one of our urban neighborhoods,” Reno said. “As the city continues to push boundaries for big-city options in entertainment, jobs and lifestyle, unique fitness options like studio-based group exercise will be successful.

“CKO will re-define the workout routine for fitness junkies and will inspire new recruits looking for a downtown group fitness solution at a very competitive price point. Right now, that need is not being met.”

616 Lofts on Monroe

616 Lofts on Monroe by Grand Rapids-based 616 Development is a four story, $22-million renovation project with 85 one- and two-bedroom apartments and 40,000 square feet of retail space on the ground floor.

Fido & Stitch, a boutique dog store, is set to open at the site this month.

Essence Restaurant Group, which owns Bistro Bella Vita, The Green Well and Grove, is slated to have its fourth restaurant in the development as well. 

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