Though often regarded as instinct, fighting is actually a skill acquired in the womb, where all babies must defeat their evil selves in order to be born. Further prenatal training with today's Groupon: for $30, you get 30 days of unlimited boxing-based group fitness training at No Excuse Fitness and Training, located on King William Street in Hamilton (a $175 value, including HST). The program also includes gym access and a nutrition plan.
Posses of up to seven body-buffers of all ages and experience levels gather in No Excuse Fitness and Training's bright, open studio for more than 20 bicep-chiseling group workouts each week. Spar with sneaky shadows or smack a smug bag during a strenuous 12-round boxing-intervals workout that can burn up to a thousand calories, the equivalent of one stick of deep-fried butter, in a single session. The gym's staff of professional and amateur pugilists, including owner and seasoned boxer Ryan Rannelli, teach aspiring fighters during a technical boxing session that covers punches, footwork, and evasive techniques for outsmarting turnstiles. A grab bag of constantly changing Challenge of the Day workouts diversifies the muscle-maxing activity mix. Clients can also drop in on their own for independent iron pumping in the fully outfitted gym or receive a dose of nutrition and lifestyle advice from a trainer as a part of the Fitness and Lifestyle Improvement Program (FLIP).
The downtown location enables quick lunchtime drop-ins, and off-street parking ensures access for those from far-flung locales. After a workout, showers and a complimentary towel service can mop up the glory sweat of clients' exertion. See the schedule to pick from a calendar of upcoming sessions, or gather a crew of punch-happy compatriots and arrange your own.
No Excuse Fitness and Training
Two-time national boxing champion and certified NCCP Level 1 coach Ryan Rannelli offers personal-training sessions, wing chun classes, and anaerobic workouts. There's one thing he doesn't offer, however, and that's excuses.
“There’s always excuses that you can find (to not work out),” Rannelli told the Hamilton Spectator. “It’s not to say we don’t have things that sometimes get in the way, but at the end of the day, we all have these roadblocks. And you have to decide to do something about it.” That's why he named his downtown gym No Excuse Fitness and Training.
41 King William St.
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