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Meghann Wilson and Lauren Freeman of the recently opened Koko FitClub in Fishers. (Photo by Nancy Edwards)

Fitness club meets unique needs

By Nancy Edwards •

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A new Fishers fitness club provides a solution for busy professionals with families that don’t have enough time in their day Now Open to exercise. Koko FitClub, which opened its doors in March, includes exercise equipment to give members the benefits of a 90-minute workout in just 30 minutes. The idea for the franchise began in 2008, when Mary Obana, president and co-founder of Koko, began to start a family with her husband, Mike Lannon. Obana and Lannon were time-crunched executives looking for a way to continue exercising after the added responsibility of having children. The couple contacted Michael Wood, chief financial officer for Koko, about creating strength and cardio programs for the club and conducted fitness research through Tufts University. In 2009, Koko began its first franchise. Today, the gym has 120 locations in 30 states, including Noblesville and Fishers. Carmel will be the third location in Hamilton County, opening in mid-May. The club’s advantages, besides saving time, include a wide variety of customized workouts to prevent boredom. Besides the Smartraining 30-minute strength training machines, there are 15-minute cardio machines; each programmed workout targets a specific muscle group, such as calves, buttocks, hamstrings and lower back. A HealthTrack, or progressive training program, is

geared for an individual’s chronic condition that may include diabetes, arthritis, breast cancer recovery, back pain and men’s health issues such as prostate cancer recovery. “We see the most dynamic results in our diabetic patients,” said Meghann Wilson, lead operator for Koko FitClub in Fishers. “You can see a total change in their personality – that’s pretty significant.” Additional benefits for members include an individualized nutrition plan and their own web page that keeps track of their goals and progress. Koko FitClub is supporting Relay For Life in May by challenging its members to accumulate 500 points by using one of their machines for 15 minutes between 8 a.m. on May 4 and 8 p.m. on May 5. The goal across the country is for members and their friends and family to accumulate 5 million total points so that the American Cancer Society can distribute $20,000 to all its local ACS locations. Each nonmember who exercises on one of Koko’s machines for 15 minutes is awarded a free 15-day membership. For more information about Koko FitClub or participating with its challenge to benefit the ACS, please visit The fitness club is offering a 15-day free membership for any nonmember who uses its exercise equipment for 15 minutes between May 4 and May 5 to benefit the American Cancer Society.

Cliff Bivins, 44, was business owner ager at Whole Foods in Carmel. Other survivors include his brothers, Curtis Bivins of Noblesville and Ronald Bivins of CaliforCarmel-based landscaper Clifford Eugene Daynia; sisters, Catheron Day of California Bivins, owner of Shady and Sarah Day of Michigan; and nieces Obituary Days Outdoor Services and nephews.  and its subsidiary, Poo A memorial service was held last Patrol, died April 14 at age 44. Saturday at Faith Apostolic Church in Also known as Cliff Bivins, the CarCarmel, where co-workers, friends and mel High School graduate was the son customers were to have shared their of Theron Day (Debra) of Michigan and memories of and stories about Bivins. Deah Bivins of Noblesville and his “adBivins His family appreciates the sympathies, opted” parents, Rock and Carole Effron kind words of praise and thoughtfulness exof Carmel.  tended them. Bivins also was the seafood buyer and

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