A trip to the doctor for an annual physical or particular ailment often leads to the recommendation of eating better and getting more exercise.
Richard Walker, D.C., a chiropractor, and Linda Tetor, M.D., a general practitioner, took that advice one step further this summer when they opened a digital gym that focuses on fitness and lean body mass rather than weight.
Now, the husband and wife duo preach about healthy lifestyles from their individual practices and at Koko FitClub, 18671 Mainstreet in Parker.
“I’ve always suggested to my patients that they should workout to get in shape. That’s definitely a huge part of being healthy,” says Walker, who has been a Parker chiropractor since 2002.
“I tell people every day they need to exercise and take care of themselves, so this seemed like a perfect thing for us to be involved in because we believe in this, and we try to live this,” Tetor adds.
Each customer is provided with a customized workout program that includes 15 minutes of cardio on a high-tech treadmill or elliptical machine, and 30 minutes of strength training on Koko’s patented Smartraining equipment.
All activity is tracked on a flash drive that customers carry with them and plug into the equipment so they have instructions on the correct weights, tensions, etc., to use while they are exercising. They can also track their results and see upcoming workouts online.
While Koko’s customers can participate in a specialized program to fit their individual goals, such as better golfing, hiking or mountain climbing, one of the core themes is lean body mass. In fact, individuals are not weighed. Instead, their lean body mass is recorded.
“Few things so positively affect our health, vitality and quality of life as much as lean muscle tissue,” according to the club’s chief fitness officer, Michael Wood, CSCS.
“Lean muscle tissue determines your metabolism and energy level, and impacts your strength and agility, even your ability to fight disease,” he adds. “The more lean muscle you have, the more calories your body burns 24/7, even when you are not exercising.”
Tetor agrees, saying: “Lean muscle mass improves quality of life. You’re stronger. You can do the things you want to do. Your body is more efficient.”
The Koko Smartraining is designed to build, strengthen and protect this lean muscle tissue.
“We combine strength training, cardio exercise and nutrition planning all in a single personalized plan,” Wood says.
The nutritional aspect of the program, Koko Fuel, is based on an individual’s Body Mass Index (BMI), age and weight, and offers recommendations for protein and carbs, and can even provide recipes and a grocery list, Walker says.
Customers are reporting good results. One male, who joined Oct. 12, added 10 pounds of lean body mass in six weeks, decreasing his BMI 3.2 percent, Walker says. Lori Gold, another customer, says she has firmed up and gotten rid of some back pain issues that she had prior to joining.
Those who would like to learn more about Koko FitClub can sign up for a free demo and then a 30-day trial for $30.
(This article originally appeared here in Parker Lifestyle Magazine. Article and photography by Susan Cormier.)
**Richard and Linda have since moved to Hawaii to continue building their practices in paradise.