The Ten Best Gyms in Miami

The Ten Best Gyms in Miami
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The party is over, and reality has officially set in. It's the first week of 2016, and your resolutions of getting fit, living healthy, and becoming a gym junkie are no longer a romantic daydream. Luckily for you, Miami is a mecca for fitness locales. Getting in shape can't be that hard when you have candy-store-like options for fitness — from boutique, high-end gyms to specialized training options such as boot camps, barre classes, and spinning.

From the superpricey to good ol' neighborhood gyms and hard-core military-style programs or calmer yoga and Pilates-style options, here is our list of Miami's best gyms.

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10. Equinox (19501 Biscayne Blvd., Aventura)
Equinox makes working out easy, as this outpost is located inside one of Miami's most popular malls. Equinox's Aventura location is a true two-for-one deal, with retail therapy and a quick workout all in one place. The high-end luxury gym offers full-service training rooms with machines and free weights, various classes including boxing, barre, martial arts, and dance, pilates and cycling studios, a spa, and a juice bar. There are personal training options too. Membership prices vary, but most include an initiation fee of $200 and $300 monthly for full-club access.

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9. Metropolis Fitness (1430 Madruga Ave., Coral Gables)
From strength training, cardio programs, and group fitness classes, Coral Gables' Metropolis has it all. The gym offers personal training, more than 70 group classes per week, children's classes, entertainment systems on most machines, and free parking, which is always a plus for Miami. This gym prides itself on being neighborhood and community focused, therefore memberships and prices are tailored to a specific gym-goers wants and needs. 

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8. Pilathon (2700 N Miami Ave., Miami)
Located in the center of Wynwood, Pilathon is focused on pilates, but also offers a variety of "Mix 'n' Match" programs of guided cardiovascular exercises to boost energy and health. Workouts include yoga, indoor cycling, rowing, and roof-top pilates classes. The gym is tricky to find, as its located on the top of the Cynergi building. For first-timers, ask the front desk inside the building's lobby on which elevator to take. Prices vary based on class type, with equipment-driven classes starting at $40 per class and mat classes at $25. Ten or 20 class packages are available, but a full-access membership, priced at $289, is the most cost effective. All classes must be reserved in advance and there is a 12-hour cancellation policy.

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7. David Barton Gym (200 S. Biscayne Blvd., 15th Floor, Miami)
"Look better naked," the slogan at David Barton Gym, rings true. From personal training to group classes targeting specific problem areas, David Barton wants to revolutionize a standard-gym vibe with making it a place people want to get excited about. Situated in downtown Miami, the 30,000-square-foot, industrial-like space features yoga, private pilates and mat classes, fight training, cycling, and boxing, along with tons of weights, cardio, and strength machines. A membership here will set you back a couple hundred dollars a month depending on which you choose. There's also a hefty cancellation fee, so think hard before signing any paperwork.

The Ten Best Gyms in Miami
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6. SoulCycle Coral Gables (360 San Lorenzo Ave., Coral Gables)
At SoulCycle, fitness is made joyful. The indoor-cycling studio combines fat-burning cardio, a full-body workout, with hand weights and core work, and choreography to create a fun, and overly sweaty, 45-minute class. Riders generally burn 500-700 calories per class, and report stress relief, increased fat burn and muscle tone, and energy and mood boosts. The brand's Coral Gables studio, the first in Miami, boasts 52 bikes and a lifestyle boutique. All classes are candlelit and its music playlists are one-of-a-kind. The brand prides itself on hiring inspirational instructors too, who serve as both intense trainers and motivational coaches. But all that comes at a price. One class costs $34 and 30 classes will set you back about $850. 

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