Miami gyms aren’t just great places to get in shape: they’re incredible settings for building community and socializing with people who share similar interests. Boredom will never be a reason to throw in the towel: whether you’re looking for a weekend adventure, something poolside or more routine workouts, there are a variety of options to choose from in Magic City.
Below are ten favorites in the Miami fitness race. Many of these locations offer free first classes, so be sure to check out their websites for more information.
Anatomy Fitness Gym
Founded by nightlife entrepreneur Chris Paciello and former NFL athlete Marc Megna, Anatomy offers a holistic wellness experience with a Miami club atmosphere. There is a full schedule of weekly classes, with 30- to 60-minute sessions for yoga, glute camp, high-intensity interval training and personal training. For post-workout relaxation, this gym features hot and cold dips, infrared sauna, physical therapy, steam room, facials and endermology, a body contouring treatment. Monthly membership fees start at $155 for an annual membership and go up to $272 for a month-to-month option.
Location: 1220 20th St., Miami Beach; 3415 NE Second St., Miami
Barry’s Training Camp
Barry’s red rooms are always filled to capacity with people getting fit. Encouraging celebrity trainers lead the classes, which bring together all the benefits busy people need to reap in a unique one-hour interval technique. Combining bursts of high-energy activity with a brief period of low-energy exercise, the cardio running classes are divided into a half-hour on a treadmill and 25-30 minutes of strength training targeting different areas of the body, followed by a much-deserved cool-down. Prices start at $32 per class and packages range from $145 for five classes to $1,200 for 50. With Miami Barry’s Legend membership, enjoy 30 classes in 30 days for $400.
Location: 3250 NE First Ave, Miami
Immerse yourself in a world of aquatic fitness in this indoor studio setting. The premise is simple: find overall wellness by exercising your body and relaxing your mind. The water supports your body weight and reduces stress on your joints, making it a more comfortable cardiovascular experience and a more balanced total body conditioning. Water cycling, circuit, boxing, yoga, and aerobic classes range from restorative to challenging and are designed for maximum performance with minimal impact. Individual classes are $30 and a $480 pass gives you access to 20 sessions. Monthly memberships are priced at $249.
Location: Rooftop Pool, 2700 N Miami Ave, Miami, FL 33127
Equinox Brickell Heights
Equinox, an elite fitness studio with outposts scattered throughout the Magic City, takes the concept of a unique wellness destination to the next level. Equipped with state-of-the-art yoga, Pilates and cycling studios, the clubs also feature personal training, running experiences, a spa, locker rentals with laundry service, eucalyptus steam rooms and retail stores. There are also juice bars and coffee shops where you can network; the Coral Gables location allows members to finish their workout with a dip in the indoor workout pool, and the Brickell Heights Equinox offers its clientele an outdoor recreational pool and deck where they can float away from their worries. Membership prices vary, but most include a $300 initiation fee and $172 to $260 per month for full club access.
Location: 1399 Southwest 1st Avenue #102, Miami, Miami, FL 33130
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This group fitness studio in Edgewater offers a unique boxing and weightlifting boot camp experience. The methodology involves short, effective 60-minute, two-for-one total-body workouts: a combination of cardio boxing and resistance training through high-intensity interval training, fitness boot camps and circuit training. The one-hour “lifestyle workouts” are designed to improve cardiovascular health, agility, balance, confidence, blood pressure, cholesterol levels and insulin sensitivity. Plus, your body will continue to burn calories for up to 38 hours after the classes. Resistance training is added to the mix so you can also build muscle and while moving your body to music in a studio filled with dim, ambient lighting. Classes start at $15 and a monthly membership costs $169 for unlimited access. A new location in Brickell is scheduled to open in 2020.
Location: Bay Parc Apartments, 1756 N Bayshore Dr Ste 119, Miami, FL 33132
Magic City Rock Gym
If rock climbing is on your list of new things to try in the new year, head to Magic City Rock Gym in West Kendall, where national-level competitors and neighbors have been joining together for the recreational sport since 1997. Rock climbing is a high-intensity option that will challenge your strength and endurance, but if heights aren’t your thing, you can still find something to do here. At 14,000 square feet, this cozy training center also offers a variety of weekly fitness and yoga classes. Day passes with rental equipment are available for $29 and monthly memberships cost $76. Family packages start at $116.
Location: 13972 SW 139th Ct Miami 33186. Cross street: at SW 136th St.
At their fully equipped Miami Beach studio, Susie Karvelis and Tina Bassanese share their love of Pilates, a series of movements that are gaining exponentially in popularity in the 305. In addition to helping develop precision and control, they also know the positions and techniques. for giving practitioners a stronger core perfect for the beach. Sobe Pilates offers customized private and duet sessions with instructors who empower clients through back pain relief, postural correction, prenatal and postnatal work and injury rehabilitation. Reformer classes require breathing and concentration, and there are private sessions for Ki-Hara and isolated active stretching, supplemented with manual therapy. Individual classes cost $35 and a 20-pack package costs $540.
Location: 950 Arthur Godfrey Rd, Miami Beach