When the average temperature consistently hovers around 90 degrees, you know the opportunity to rock a swimsuit is also steadily looming. Whether you’re hitting South Beach, taking the kids to one of the best water parks in Miami or paid one too many visits to the best ice cream shops in Miami, staying in shape is a priority in these parts. To help you keep your fitness goals in check, we’ve pulled together a list of the best gyms in Miami, offering the latest in barre exercises, boot camp training and Pilates.
Best gyms in Miami
Barre workouts have taken off in a major way around the country but Pure Barre in Coral Gables is the studio that’s set the trend for locals. The 55-minute class—which is broken up into various muscle-toning sections (arms, core, thighs, seat)—follows the rest of the franchises’ routines but this location is continuously raising the bar with themed classes, bonus workshops, and experienced instructors not afraid to up the ante with new moves. Recently, the studio added new cardio-focused platform classes, a high-intensity, calorie-torching workout to complement to the traditional isometric exercises.
#NoDaysOff is more than just a slogan, it’s a mantra for Legacy Fit owner Manning Summer and his team of trainers, who run this neighborhood boot camp gym. Workouts are tough—consisting of outdoor runs, weightlifting and circuit training—but think twice before you quit. If the camaraderie among fellow classmates doesn’t encourage you to keep going then the wrath from them might. For every straggler who fails to complete a workout, the entire class must run laps. Talk about motivation!
Following a similar cardio-plus-strength-training model as Orange Theory and Barry’s Bootcamp, Fitbox Method aims to burn fat and build muscle during a fast-paced, 60-minute session. The reason you should try this one instead of the others is for the bonus stress relief—rather than sprinting to nowhere on the treadmill, cardio here consists of a 30-minute boxing session led by eager instructors who correct your form and yell “Dale!” to keep you motivated (this is Miami, after all). How do you tell whether your killer sweat-sesh is working? Snap a pre- and post-workout selfie at the photo booth out front for real-time results.
This celebrity-endorsed boot camp, which has slimmed and toned the likes of Kim Kardashian and Jake Gyllenhaal, was a natural fit for South Beach with its slew of sexy trainers (famous in their own right) and taut-and-trim clients whose good looks only rival their stamina in class. Workouts are broken up into sections—treadmill and weight training to target different muscle groups happens simultaneously—and are led by tough but encouraging instructors who remarkably keep tabs on both halves of the class without ever skipping a beat. If 30 minutes of running at top speeds wears you out, recharge at the juice bar before crawling back to your car.
Coral Gables has fully taken to SoulCycle’s cult-like fitness empire—high-priced classes and all. SoulCycle Coral Gables takes spinning to new levels, with wild, energetic instructors, calorie-torching choreography and playlists filled with songs you lose yourself in (many have compared a cycling session here with a visit to a therapist, that’s just how cathartic the whole experience feels). The waiting area is tight, and just before class you’ll find there’s a mad rush in the locker area to put your things away, which can get a little uncomfortable, but no one seems to mind. You can thank the surge of endorphins SoulCycle delivers with the unlikely hospitality.
Don’t be surprised if five minutes into class beads of sweat drip from your nose as you find yourself out of breath and struggling to keep up—JetSet is not your typical Pilates class. This particular muscle-lengthening exercise is performed on a megaformer machine, which is roughly twice the size of a conventional reformer, and combines cardio, strength training and Pilates for a core-crushing workout. Sessions are kept small and are generally attended by fit women whose lithe bodies seemingly glide on the carriage as they push, pull, lunge and squat in ways traditional Pilates does not allow.
You don’t have to be a spin enthusiast to get behind RedBike Studios’ fitness mantra: ride to the rhythm to the beat. That’s it. You’re not competing with your neighbor or keeping tabs on the number of calories you’ve burned, just sitting back and pedaling to your favorite pop tunes. That’s not to say this isn’t a killer workout; the fast-paced, 45-minute cycling class features an arm sequence and will surely wear you out. After class, refuel at Red Boost, their juice and smoothie bar (riders receive 10 percent off drinks when they preorder before class).
No matter how soothing or positive the experience, your first foray into yoga can be intimidating. Green Monkey has helped curb some of that pressure with bright, modern spaces and a range of instructors, many of whom are students-cum-instructors turned on to the possibility of teaching by their experiences at Green Monkey. Even with all its modernity, classes are authentic and uphold the tenements of wellness and spirituality associated with this ancient practice.
Body & Soul has been around so long that it’s become a Coral Gables fitness institution. It’s the kind of gym your parents went to if they grew up in the area. It’s where Zumba first took off and where you’ll find the female self-empowering Vixen workout. It’s been through some extensive renovations since opening more than a decade ago but Body & Soul hasn’t, well, lost its soul. The focus remains on fitness, only now it’s achievable on state-of-the-art machines and through various forms of group exercise classes: spinning, boxing, CrossFit and more.
CrossFit studios are a dime a dozen these days, offering similar exercises in not very discerning spaces. CrossFit Vida could very well fit the bill if it wasn’t for the level of camaraderie and dedication among its regulars, most of whom are young, 20- and 30-somethings from the Brickell area. Workouts of the day (WOD) are varied and closely monitored by a talented team of instructors, who err on the side of inspiration rather than intimidation. The box, where workouts take place, is spacious and gym-like without any of that industrial, warehouse feel associated with similar gyms.
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