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The best gyms in Miami to get you ready for the beach

Crush all your #wellnessgoals in 2021—the best Miami gyms in Miami are here to get you fit, trim and healthy

By Virginia Gil and Ryan Pfeffer

January 2021: You’ve made the resolutions, set goals and now your first stop on the road to health is finding a gym in Miami. The local fitness landscape has changed significantly since lockdown forced fitness centers to close and reopen under strict safety regulations. Towel service and saunas are on hold while folks break a sweat wearing masks. And those fancy studios you’re used to? Many of them have closed temporarily to make way for socially distanced workouts outside. Our updated list of the best gyms in Miami reflects these changes, so you’ll notice a shorter list of Miami gyms—but that’s no excuse to skip a workout. Per the latest Miami-Dade safety guidelines, masks are required to be worn inside, but do check with the gym to confirm whether additional regulations are in place.

The best gyms in Miami are a necessity. Sure, there’s the whole health thing. Cardiovascular activity adds years to your life, helps you live more fully and can make you a happier person. Yeah, yeah, yeah. But have you seen the weather we have around here? When it’s, like, 90 degrees outside 11 months out of the year, clothes become quite small, which means we almost always have to be ready for the best Miami beaches at any given time. It’s tough, especially when you find your mind drifting towards the best donuts in Miami or the best desserts in Miami. Don’t get us wrong—you can have those. But afterward, these gyms are going to whip your butt back into shape.

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Best gyms in Miami

Morphe Fitness
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1. Morphē Health & Fitness Studio

Things to do Games and hobbies West Little Havana

What is it? This small boutique gym located at the edge of Little Havana offers gravity pilates, rock climbing and various high-intensity workouts.

Why go? Owned and operated by Roberto Santamarina, morphē is the place to go for individualized attention, physical training that takes into account diet and lifestyle, and convenience—there’s even ample parking.

Barry's Bootcamp
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2. Barry’s Bootcamp

Things to do South Beach

What is it? Barry’s is where beautiful people go to get more beautiful. This celeb favorite—while shamelessly extra—is effective. The quick, powerful workouts are great for power people on-the-go. And workouts often come with a side of networking at the juice bar.

Why go? The trainers here are basically mini fitness celebrities, with the Instagram followers to prove it.

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Solidcore - Aventura
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3. Solidcore

Things to do Classes and workshops Aventura

What is it? This boutique gym does as it says: gives you a solid core. Expect your abs to feel like they’ve been put through the wringer after this intense 50-minute, low-impact Pilates-style exercise.

Why go? With dozens of locations around the country, Solidcore is a well-oiled machine. Classes are offered throughout the day, instructors are highly trained (and punctual!) and you can easily book and cancel via app.

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4. Anatomy

Sports and fitness Cross-training South Beach

What is it? The most Miami gym in Miami. Anatomy has all the usual gear—dumbbells, machines, squat racks—but also boasts some super luxurious perks. The South Beach location (a second opened in Midtown) has a rooftop workout area, a salon, infrared sauna, IV therapy, chiropractors, massage therapists and more.

Why go? We think of elevated experiences in terms of dining but the same can be said for exercising at Anatomy. From the equipment and the amenities to the trainers, everything here is just a little bit better than other gyms. Hell, they’ll even park your car for you. 

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5. GluteHouse

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What is it? GluteHouse is here to whip your butt into shape—literally. The Brickell gym focuses on lower-body training with 50-minute sessions comprising five different workout stations. The best part? Sessions are ongoing and start up every 10 minutes, so you’ll never be late to a fitness class again

Why go? You skipped out on one too many leg days.

RedBike Studios
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6. RedBike Studios

Things to do Brickell

What is it? This small, locally operated spin studio with locations in Brickell and Edgewater has taken lockdown restrictions in stride: RedBike Outdoors launched in fall 2020, taking its high-energy classes to an open-air plaza along the Miami River.

Why go? You don’t care for the cult-y vibe of some boutique gyms and SoulCycle plain intimidates you with its hard-to-adjust bikes and super-fast pace. Plus, instructors are energetic and motivating and riding shoes are available at no extra cost.


SOL Yoga
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7. SOL Yoga

Things to do Classes and workshops Wynwood

What is it? Modern with high, sweeping ceilings, the airy Wynwood studio offers five types of yoga-based classes and leads groups in meditation practices.

Why go? You prefer something low-impact but still want to break a sweat. SOL’s classes are all heated so even the subtlest of poses are sure to make you drip.


Form 50 Fitness Miami
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8. Form50 Fitness Miami

Things to do Classes and workshops Midtown

What is it? A low-impact interval workout (known as LIIT) that’s performed on a specialized Formformer (similar to the Pilates reformer) built with more springs for increased resistance.

Why go? You’re looking to level up your strength-training routine with more weight but prefer the ease of exercising on a core-stabilizing machine. Plus, the low lights, neon accents and thumping bangers will trick your mind into thinking you’ve entered the club instead of a grueling gym sesh.

Pure Barre Miami
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9. Pure Barre

Things to do Coral Gables

What is it? Barre workouts have become a national trend—and for a good reason. The 50-minute class tones muscles with the precision of a ballet dancer and is guaranteed to leave you sore the next day. The classes are fun too, never needlessly grueling like some boot camps.

Why go? The Gables Pure Barre mixes things up with themed classes, bonus workshops and really fun instructors.

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Vixen Workout
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10. VXN Workout

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What is it? Created by choreographer Janet Jones, VXN (formerly Vixen) is a cardio-based, dance-driven class that’s a part workout and part emotional release. You’ll sweat out the toxins and purge all the negativity in one swift move. 

Why go? Find confidence in the choreography’s sexy moves. Open to all fitness levels, the classes teach you how to twerk, shake and gyrate your way to a slimmer bod. 

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11. Rise Nation

Sports and fitness Gyms and fitness centers Design District

What is it? A cardio bonanza where you have one job: climb. Rise Nation utilizes a VersaClimber machine, which requires just about every muscle in your body to work hard. You’ll look a bit like a cat climbing a tree but you will burn off a ton of calories.

Why go? Classes here are almost like a nightclub: dark, loud and very sweaty.

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JetSet Miami
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12. JetSet Miami

Things to do Wynwood

What is it? Modern Pilates, which basically means Pilates with a little extra mustard. The 50-minute class combines Pilates with cardio and weight training for a routine that really nails the core.

Why go? Hate crowded exercise classes? JetSet classes are smaller and you’ll have plenty of space.

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13. DBC Fitness

Sports and fitness Cross-training Design District

What is it? The place pro athletes turn when they want to stay in shape during the offseason. Many Miami Heat players have been spotted here during the regular season. The trainers here are serious about exercise science and will customize a routine for exactly what your body needs.

Why go? For the chance to work out next to an NBA star.

Fitbox Method
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14. Fitbox Method

Things to do Midtown

What is it? A fast-paced 60-minute workout that targets every muscle with intervals of boxing, dumbbells, cardio and more. Tired already, huh? This class is like the greatest hits of every exercise class you’ve ever taken.

Why go? Fitbox offers a strict six-week body transformation program that will go so far as to create a grocery list for you.

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Body & Soul
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15. Body & Soul

Things to do Coral Gables

What is it? Body & Soul is a Gables staple. Its class offerings are eclectic: CrossFit, Barre, Zumba, spin and more. If you like to mix things up with each workout, this might by your gym.

Why go? If you’re nursing an injury, Body & Soul has its own adjacent rehab facility with physical therapists ready to help you get back in shape.

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16. CrossFit Wynwood

Sports and fitness Cross-training Midtown

What is it? Just about everything one would expect from a CrossFit gym—though this one happens to have a prime location in Wynwood. CrossFit Wynwood also offers cycling and yoga for those days when you don’t feel like deadlifting until your vision gets blurry.

Why go? There are four breweries within walking distance. Post-workout beers are the best beers.

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