Weak muscles result in baggy T-shirts, the inability to crush and peel grapes in one's belly button, and yearly letdowns at the Popeye look-alike contest. Bulk up your skeletal padding with today's Groupon: for $34, you get a 10-class punch card for Core Boxing classes (a $100 value) at Hammer Time Fitness, located in New Port Richey. All classes must be completed within two months of the first session.
The personal trainers at Hammer Time Fitness chisel and challenge sparring amateurs in a safe, energetic workout routine that touts boxing basics. Core Boxing sessions exert the muscles of 10–15 exercisers from head to toe, with some classes pairing patrons to duke it out with peer punchers, and others weaving boxing techniques into circuits and drills. Buoyant boxers also jump rope toward a stronger abdominal core and stomp out stress at their own skill level astride a sea of blue carpet. This fun alternative to crunches can burn 500–1,000 calories per hour, improve hand-eye coordination, help wellness-watchers lose weight, and build sculpted muscles to intimidate even the sprightliest of boxing kangaroos. Classes meet 7 a.m.–8 a.m. and 11 a.m.–12 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday; 6:30 a.m.–7:30 a.m., 11 a.m.–12 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday; and 7 a.m.–8a.m. on Saturday. More classes will be added if there is a demand.
Hammer Time Fitness
Above all else, Hammer Time Fitness aims to be inclusive. Its trainers lead a wide array of group fitness classes and personal-training sessions, appealing to patrons of all fitness levels and interests. Throughout the spinning classes, a 5'x7' screen at the front of the room keeps spirits up by playing music videos, light shows, and simulated rides, and upbeat music keeps pulses racing. Boot-camp sessions cast a wider net and incorporate everything from strength training and calisthenics to functional exercises and aerobic drills, creating adaptable, ever-changing workouts. For a more focused approach, the gym also hosts kickboxing classes that develop coordination and endurance by having attendees pummel punching bags and speed bags.