MIDDLETOWN, N.J., Jan. 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- CKO Kickboxing, one of the fastest growing health fitness franchises, will open its newest cardio kickboxing gym at 1700 Route 35 in Middletown, N.J. on Saturday, January 26. The high quality, cross training gym provides a family friendly setting to Monmouth County residents who are looking for an alternative to Pilates, yoga, martial arts and spinning classes. The Grand Opening features free items for children and discounts on memberships, gloves and shirts. "We're excited to offer cardio boxing classes in Middletown," said Anthony Orlando, Franchisee of CKO Kickboxing Middletown. "I have a doctorate in physical therapy, and John Colao, my partner, has a financial background. We've known each other since we were kids and both shared a passion for sports and fitness. We combined our professional backgrounds with our passion for fitness and invested in a franchise that we believe is going to change the face of fitness in the Monmouth County area." The 3,300 square-foot facility features 48 heavy bags and will be open 7 days a week. Personal training and nutrition programs are available. "We started this franchise in the Monmouth County region because we found that many people were frustrated with the lack of results that other forms of fitness. This routine is a personalized fool-proof system that will continuously result in exercise adherence, which in turn provides attainable and measurable goals that produce positive results and a positive self image. All you have to do is show up and we do the rest," he said. CKO Kickboxing is effective for men and women, old and young. "The beauty of our exercise classes is that anybody can do it. Since it focuses more on the fitness aspect rather than the martial art, it is not intimidating. If you are a fitness newbie or kickboxing aficionado, we will be able to tailor a routine to your comfort level. The instructor controls the tempo, but the client controls the intensity . It is this integration that allows an individual to maximize their fitness potential and minimize the risk of injury. Add upbeat music to the mix and you have a fun, effective and safe workout," he said. Kickboxing is a cardio workout that will help people lose weight.