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The hourlong spoxing classes at Epic Boxing & Fitness, which opened last month at 1108 W Kennedy Blvd. in Tampa, start with 12 minutes of spinning. SKIP O’ROURKE | Times

Hybrid spoxing workout goes the distance

“Three, two, one. Fight!" • After that unmistakable boxing-referee countdown, a bell rings and people spring into action. Upbeat hip-hop music starts blasting from the sound system, bouncing off the concrete walls, and the stationary bike pedals start spinning like turbines. • "Let's go!" trainer Esther Solano scre …

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    Both sides of the contentious "protected bikeways" or "segregated bike lanes" or the now discredited "cycletrack" issue agree: The best way to improve bicycling safety is to get more people riding bikes. But how?

  2. Hybrid spoxing workout goes the distance

    Health

    “Three, two, one. Fight!" • After that unmistakable boxing-referee countdown, a bell rings and people spring into action. Upbeat hip-hop music starts blasting from the sound system, bouncing off the concrete walls, and the stationary bike pedals start spinning like turbines. • "Let's go!" trainer …

    The hourlong spoxing classes at Epic Boxing & Fitness, which opened last month at 1108 W Kennedy Blvd. in Tampa, start with 12 minutes of spinning.
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    Spoxing, along with Piloxing, Barre Ride, Tread and ZenCore, are all examples of a hot trend known as fusion fitness or hybrid training.

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    Tucked away between the tofu "cheeses" and textured vegetable protein taco crumbles lies a tiny package you should consider including in your lineup of good-for-you ingredients: soy chorizo.

    Spicy Clam and Kale Soup uses soy chorizo, which has less than half the fat and calories of pork chorizo.
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    Combine popcorn, one of our snack-food favorites, with sweet brown powder from the cacao tree and you have the makings of a healthier treat than you'll find in the supermarket. Chocolate has become one of the most popular flavors in the world. Used widely throughout the Mayan empire more than 2,000 years ago, it was not …

    Special to the Times Satisfy your snack cravings with Chocolate Spicy Popcorn, a healthy offering.
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    Having already addressed the top five tips for managing your weight in 2015 over the past weeks — make yourself your priority; banish negative, all-or-nothing thinking; manage chronic stress; strive to manage your weight for the sake of your health, not your appearance; and kick the fad or rigid diet habit and …

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    LONDON — Put down the doughnut. And while you're at it, skip the breakfast cereal, fruit juice, beer and ketchup.