The Ten Weirdest Workouts in Miami

Firefighters at work.
Firefighters at work.
Photo by Andrew Magill/Flickr cc

5. X-treme Firefighters' Workout
Firefighters are hot (literally and figuratively); saving lives is good for the bod. At Crunch's X-treme Firefighters' Workout, instructors lead classes through physical drills that mimic what firefighters do. Think handling hoses, swinging axes, climbing stairs, racing up a pole, and carrying victims to safety. It's a total-body, circuit-based workout, and it's intense. But if firefighters can do it in heavy gear when surrounded by fire, you can handle it in an air-conditioned gym.

X-treme Firefighters' Workout is offered Wednesdays from 6:30 to 7:15 p.m. at Crunch, 1259 Washington Ave., Miami Beach. Membership prices vary. Visit or call 305-674-8222.

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4. AntiGravity Cocooning
OK, so this isn't really a workout per se. But considering you have to don workout clothes and drive to the gym, it should totally count. Crunch's AntiGravity Cocooning class is more like a power nap on steroids. It involves a guided meditation and lots of chill time, and you'll leave relaxed and recharged. Consider it a well-earned Friday-afternoon siesta. 

AntiGravity Cocooning is offered Fridays from 12:15 to 1 p.m. at Crunch, 1259 Washington Ave., Miami Beach. Membership prices vary. Visit or call 305-674-8222 .

The VirtuRide studio.
The VirtuRide studio.
Courtesy of VirtuRide

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3. VirtuRide
Though virtual reality never really took off in the '00s, it's making a resurgence — and it's way better than it used to be. This technological advancement applies to workouts too. VirtuRide is exactly what it sounds like: a virtual-reality spin session complete with vids of real-life roads and scenery from all over the world. Your bike feels like it's going up and down hills. There's even a wind tunnel. Basically, it's an escape from reality right in North Miami Beach. 

VirtuRide sessions are offered various times Wednesdays through Saturdays at 2293 NE 164th St., North Miami Beach. The introductory session costs $10, and packages range in price. Visit or call 305-318-1213.

Sky fitness
Sky fitness
Photo courtesy of Sky Zone Miami

2. Sky Fit
Trampolines, you guys. Seriously, this is like grownup fun time and exercise in one. Basically, you get to bounce around on your very own trampoline while doing a combo of low-impact calisthenics, core exercises, and strength-building aerobics. If you hate working out, this is probably the perfect workout for you, because trampolines make everything better. 

Sky Fit is offered  Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. and 8 to 9 p.m., and Saturday from 10 to 11 a.m. at Sky Zone Cutler Bay, 10200 SW 186th St., Cutler Bay. Classes cost $11 each or $9 with the purchase of a ten-pack. Visit or call 305-640-5424.

Magic City Jedi warriors
Magic City Jedi warriors
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1. SaberCraft
If only Jedis, lightsabers, and the Force were real. Oh, wait! They are! At least in the vivid imaginations of the folks behind SaberCraft, the Doral-based studio that offers classes in lightsaber combat. The classes are 120 minutes long and cover combat drills including attacks, defenses, flourishes, and choreography. Attendees can bring their own combat-ready saber or use a practice foam saber. Either way, this is the Star Wars experience you've been dreaming of since the third grade.

SaberCraft classes are offered from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. November 19 and December 3 at the Miami Scottish Rite Temple, 471 NW Third St., Miami. Class costs $15. Visit or call 786-315-9133.

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