My fitness journey began 13 years ago with a need for change! I was not comfortable in my skin! Dance has always been a part of my life so I chose a Zumba class to try. I had NEVER stepped foot into a gym in my life! I was intimidated, scared and had very low self esteem! During the first 6 months of taking dance fitness, I lost 60 pounds! I was HOOKED! From there I began taking some strength classes and branching out! My best friend, Kathleen, taught a Hip Hop class at our gym and she needed a sub for 8 weeks.. and THAT is the reason I became an instructor!!! It changed my life! Over the years I have taught many different formats and certified in many different things! I LOVE AND ADORE ALL THINGS FITNESS!! My greatest passions are boxing & dance! I absolutely love what I do! I believe the words YOU CAN when I say them to YOU! Know that I have lived them & continue to be motivated by those words every day!
For as long as I can remember I've been passionate about being active and eating healthy. I played basketball and soccer in high school and helped form my school's first soccer team in college. After college, I knew I loved to dance but struggled to find the right program. I began taking hip-hop fitness classes in 2008 and instantly knew what I wanted to do to remain active as an adult and young mother. After a few months I decided to take it to the next level and become an instructor. In the last 12 years I've received certifications in seven fitness programs with focuses in dance, strength, Kickboxing and cardio. Now, I'm so excited for the opportunity to share my passion for teaching fitness to others with the launch of this website!
I have always been athletic... played all of the sports in high school and played basketball in college. It wasn't until after the birth of my 3rd child though, that I, like many other moms, looked in the mirror and decided to make a change. I have to admit, that first decision was purely based on the physical change I wanted to see. What I didn't know at that time was that fitness was going to bring the MENTAL change that I also desperately needed. Two weeks after my first ever dance fitness class (taught by the "K" in CKB) my mother passed away unexpectedly. Up until that point I had flirted with fitness... after that it became a NECESSITY. My long term health for my family became a number 1 goal and the freedom in my MIND that those group fitness classes brought me was irreplaceable and undeniable. Both "C" and "K" of CKB helped me through those times without even knowing the struggles I was carrying to the gym everyday. I have taken their classes in every format they have taught! I would have followed them anywhere, and now I am honored to be on a team WITH them as well. I waited a long time to become a fitness instructor. This website launch marks 1 year exactly from the first class I ever taught. Fitness has changed my life in every way imaginable. I will never stop encouraging people to TRY SOMETHING NEW and BE A LITTLE EXTRA no matter how long you have waited!
This website & all of our videos were created out of a need & passion for fitness during the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic. We found ourselves, like many others, unable to do the things we loved to do, like teach in our gyms, workout, and unite with our fitness family! We found ourselves limited to a virtual world, isolated and distanced from each other.
We knew we needed to find a way to feel connected!
Our very first LIVESTREAM was from a Bonus Room on March 17th... and so the story begins! We grew, and are continuing to grow, through trial & error, as we found out what worked for you and for us! Learning to livestream, creating different workout formats and connecting with you! Our sequential LIVESTREAMS tell the story well... through COLD temps in the 30's, driveways, garages, backyards, inviting special guest stars to "the set", holding virtual TKO T-shirt days, meeting "Randy" our Tabata timer, adding "Carl" our clock, growing stronger together!!! We all have come a long way. And, we have big dreams and lots of goals to reach! We know you do to! We hope you'll stick with us for the ride! We promise it's gonna be a great one!
In fitness, health, strength & love,