This is Miami, and hot, bronzed bodies are kind of our thing. Just ask the Brazilian butt doctors or owners of South Beach tanning salons. And this weekend, all things tanned and toned will gather on our sunny shores for Fitness Universe Weekend, a showcase of six-packs, big guns, and tight glutes galore.
The competitions — true spectator sports — will include the likes of Ms. Bikini Universe, Musclemania, and Figure Universe, among other high-stakes contests. With blindingly white teeth and impossibly tanned skin, four hundred bodybuilders of both sexes will flex, pose, and wow the judges in the hopes of scoring modeling contracts, TV spots, and international attention for their hard-earned physiques. From engineers to doctors, janitors to bus drivers, these fitness fanatics come from all walks of life.
Those who work hard also play hard, so epic parties at Mango’s, LIV, and Miami Beach Resort will follow the contests. But beware — these folks will put your bikini bod to shame.
Still, for mere mortals, it’s the best people-watching ever. So pack some protein powder, stop at the tanning salon, and come out for the show.
Fitness Universe runs Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. both days at the Colony Theatre (1040 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach). Tickets cost $40 for a one-day pass, $75 for a two-day pass, and $150 for a VIP pass. Offsite parties and events are also scheduled for the weekend. Visit universeweekend.com.
Fri., June 28, 9 a.m., 2013