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

When you find that swimsuit fitting a little too tight for Instagram, the best gyms in Miami are here to help you out
Soul Cycle Coral Gables
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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.

Best gyms in Miami

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Anatomy at 1220
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Sports and fitness, Cross-training

Anatomy at 1220

icon-location-pin 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 has a rooftop workout area, a salon, infrared sauna, IV therapy, chiropractors, massage therapists and more.

Why go? Because now there’s a second Anatomy, and the 15,000-square-foot Anatomy Midtown is every bit as over-the-top as its South Beach sister.

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Gym
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Sports and fitness, Cross-training

DBC Fitness

icon-location-pin Design District

What is it? The place pro athletes turn when they want to stay in shape during the offseason. Dwyane Wade and LeBron James both love this place, and not because of its location in the Design District. 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.

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Sweat
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Sports and fitness, Gyms and fitness centers

Rise Nation

icon-location-pin 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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Sweat440
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Sweat440

icon-location-pin South Beach

What is it? The perfect workout class for the chronically late. This 40-minute circuit starts every 10 minutes, so you’re never late, just early for the next round. Here, you’ll jump from squats to kettlebell swings and more, with trainers ready to jump in to help at any moment.

Why go? Aren’t you so tired of sassy receptionists telling you they gave away your spot just because you’re five minutes late?

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Pure Barre Miami
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Pure Barre

icon-location-pin 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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Barry's Bootcamp
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Barry’s Bootcamp

icon-location-pin 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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Legacy Fit
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Legacy Fit

icon-location-pin Midtown

What is it? #NoDaysOff is the slogan here, so come ready to work. This neighborhood boot camp is for those looking for a workout that leaves them gassed. Sprints, sled pushing, weightlifting and circuit training will guarantee that.

Why go? Legacy Fit specializes in high-intensity partner interval classes, so it’s great if you want to sweat with a buddy.

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Soul Cycle Coral Gables
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SoulCycle

icon-location-pin Coral Gables

What is it? Part cycling class, part therapy session, part religious ceremony—welcome to the gospel of SoulCycle. Folks who love this place swear by it and come as much for the community as for the calorie-shredding spin classes.

Why go? The instructors are practically motivational speakers on a stationary bike.

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TruFusion
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Sports and fitness, Gyms and fitness centers

TruFusion

icon-location-pin Coral Gables

What is it? A fancy new Coral Gables facility opened by former Yankee Alex Rodriguez. This place specializes in exercise classes and, boy, does it have options. Whether you want to stretch, torch calories or sculpt some abs, there’s a class for you.

Why go? There are an insane 240 classes per week. Per week!

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Fitbox Method
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Fitbox Method

icon-location-pin 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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Element Aqua
Photograph: Alex Beker
Sports and fitness, Exercise classes

Element Aqua

icon-location-pin Little Haiti / Lemon City

What is it? It’s a cycle class, but underwater. Sounds cool, right? It is, and the underwater aspect of it all can help target muscles that get neglected on dry land.

Why go? It ain’t just aqua cycling here. There’s aqua boxing and an “aqua belly” class designed for pregnant women.

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JetSet Miami
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JetSet Miami

icon-location-pin 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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Body & Soul
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Body & Soul

icon-location-pin 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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CrossFit
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Sports and fitness, Cross-training

CrossFit Wynwood

icon-location-pin 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.

Want some outdoor activity?

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