PR Newswire:

CKO Kickboxing sold its first franchise only three years ago. But today, it is one of America’s hottest franchises according to industry standard.

Entrepreneur Magazine broke into the Franchise 500 list of best franchises – an unheard-of feat for a franchise that is less than five years old, said owner Joseph Andreula. The magazine also rated CKO Kickboxing, as the 48th hottest new franchise in 2011.

There are 23 locations in the New York/New Jersey Area, and now the company is planning to expand these successful fitness group class franchises nationwide. Andreula is looking for quick expansion – but not at any cost.

“Before we choose a location, we choose a key person who we know can shine. Our franchisees must be passionate, inspirational and want to help others,” he says. “Many of our franchisees started as club members. One woman lost 80 pounds at one of our gyms! She bought a franchise. She didn’t expect to change her life. Our franchisees strive to do the same thing for other people. Our people want to help people.”