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Benson touches down at Koko FitClub for Small Business Week

Nashoba Publishing/Mary Arata
State Representative Jennifer Benson pumps iron at the Koko FitClub under the watchful eye of co-owner Jeff Granville of Harvard. Actually, the club offers virtual personal training in the form of computerized workout stations with data saved following each workout. A little whistle sounds when you fall off pace. Benson didn t have that problem on Monday when she visited the club to talk to Granville as part of Small Business Week.

HARVARD – In honor of Small Business Week, State Representative Jennifer Benson visited one of Harvard’s newer businesses – the Koko FitClub at 285 Ayer Road.

The Lunenburg Democrat is the Vice-Chair of the Joint Committee on Economic Development and Small Business. Benson participated in “On Main Street,” an event organized by the state legislature’s Joint Committee on Community Development and Small Business in honor of National Small Business Week.

Benson took some training tips from club co-owner Jeff Granville, who owns the Harvard, Acton and newly-opened Westford club locations with his wife Lori Granville. The club opened some 10 weeks ago.

Granville adjusted the seat on a Smart Trainer machine and Benson got to work with chest presses, followed by arm curls.
“Jen’s guns,” joked Granville. “Film at eleven.”

The computerized exercise stations provide for customized 15- and 30-minute training experiences with a virtual fitness instructor tracking your progress and generating a ‘pace score.’

To avoid bulk in favor of lean muscle building, Granville advised “It takes a little north of 30 seconds to do a rep.” After exercising one muscle group, “now we rest that muscle for a period of time, but not the body.”

A club client showed Benson his workout result on the computer screen – in 34 minutes and 43 seconds, the man was on pace with a 98 percentile score, lifting a total of 14,000 pounds over the visit, and burning the equivalent of 4 Weight Watcher points. Granville said the staff assist new clients on getting up to speed on the cutting edge equipment and then have open access to the gym after that.

But if one were to dawdle, the computer lets out a little whistle to summons you back to your workout.

The Harvard Koko FitClub is open from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m.

“Harvard’s Koko FitClub is a wonderful example of the numerous small businesses opening across my district,” said Benson. “State House Small Business Week is the perfect opportunity to recognize the important role small businesses play in shaping our economy.”

Benson estimated that nationwide there are nearly 27 million entrepreneurs and small businesses.

The week is also being marked with a Small Business Resource Fair at the State House on Wednesday, May 23 from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the Great Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

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