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
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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.
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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.
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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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5. Legacy Fit Wynwood (77 NE 24th St., Miami)
At Legacy Fit, owner Manning Sumner will get you feeling and looking your best in 84 days. His core philosophy, "No Days Off," offers gym-goers a road map with a no-nonsense approach to getting in shape. A monthly group class training membership will set you back $150, or you can pay as you go for $20 per class. His "boot camp," meanwhile, will push you to your limits with a mixed schedule of sprinting, long-distance treks, and weight training. His gym even offers a pro-athlete fitness package, NFL off-season training sessions, and a wellness program designed specifically for flexibility.
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4. Barry's Bootcamp Midtown (3252 NE First Ave., #105, Miami)
Dozens of health enthusiasts enter a loud, sweaty, and dark room at all hours of the day. Instead of making lines for a famous DJ, gym-goers of all ages and sizes rush through its doors to get a front-row spot near one of its celebrity trainers. What feels and sounds like a club is actually Barry's Bootcamp, an elite fitness studio with outposts in Miami Beach and now midtown. Every class at Barry's follows
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3. CrossFit Miami Beach (930 Alton Rd., Miami Beach)
CrossFit outposts are scattered across Miami, but its Reebok Miami Beach location takes it to the next level. It offers gym-goers with world-class equipment for CrossFit workouts, Olympic lifting, endurance training, and gymnastics. The gym has a variety of pull-up bars, ropes, gymnastics rings, free weights, kettlebells, and rowing machines too. Every day, the outpost offers an hour-long WOD or "Work Out of the Day," which includes a full-body warm-up and mobility routine, followed by strength or skill work, and a metabolic conditioning workout. On Saturdays, its 10 a.m. class is free for all. Classes start at $25, with monthly memberships ranging from $150 to $185.
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2. FlyWheel and FlyBarre North Miami (14861 Biscayne Blvd., North Miami)
Similar to SoulCycle, FlyWheel is another boutique spinning studio gaining fast popularity across the nation. Each class lasts 45 or 60 minutes and includes 30-, 45-, or 60-second races, rhythm riding, and sprints promoting a competitive atmosphere. Besides offering cycling, the studio also features FlyBarre, a total body sculpting class that blends light weight training, dance, and core strengthening exercises. There's a Jugofresh next door too, a perfect post-workout treat. Get 20 rides or barre sessions for $480, making each class about $24. Or combine wheel and barre classes to get the best and quickest results, with an unlimited monthly membership at $300.
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1. ClassPass App
StairMasters, treadmills, and free weights get boring after a while. But many inventive, boutique-style fitness studios and personal training sessions cost a fortune, from about $300 to $1,000 a month. Get the best of both with ClassPass, a happy medium where cost and variety meet halfway. With the app, users pay $99 a month to attend 79 studios across Miami. There's a catch: A user can go to the same studio only three times. Still, with most of these studios charging $25 per class, you're practically making your money back with just one studio. Participating studios include Green Monkey, FlyWheel, JetSet, Vixen, Legacy Fit, Crunch Fitness, and others.
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