Because a six-pack is part of the official Miami uniform, working out is a priority for many citizens of the 305. For some people, it’s how they spend the better part of their day (because not having a real job is also part of the Miami uniform, apparently).
Given the importance of appearance, it’s no wonder Miamians are always looking for newer, better ways to work out. Every time we turn around, another gym or fitness studio or yogalatesbarrespin spot has held a grand opening and proclaimed itself the best workout ever.
So in honor of our city’s dedication to fitness, here are ten weird, unique, or unusual ways to work out in Miami. Slip into your Lululemon and get sweating.
Pole vixen in action.
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10. Pole Vixen
Nothing screams Miami more than pole dancing. This form of fitness has become increasingly popular, and this particular class is all about learning mini pole-based routines to different genres of songs. Soft rock, slow jams, you name it — you'll learn how to work the pole with it.
Pole Vixen is offered Mondays at 8 p.m. at Spinderella Fitness, 14075 SW 143rd Ct,. #1, Miami. Unlimited memberships start at $39.99 per week. One pole class costs $15, ten run $84.99, and 15 are $99.99. Visit spinderellafitness.com .
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9. The Boss Chick Dance Workout
This female-focused workout is all about making moves. Basically, it's a high-intensity hip-hop, dancehall, and Afrobeats "twerkout" designed to maximize calorie burn. Each class includes a HIIT (high-intensity interval training) twerk dance cardio session, toning, choreography, and a cool-down stretch. Unleash your inner Beyoncé.
Boss Chick classes are offered at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays at 16357 NW 57th Ave., Miami Lakes, and 6:30 p.m. Fridays at 2600 NW 87th Ave., Unit #25, Doral. Classes cost $14 each. Visit bosschickdanceworkout.com.
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This intriguingly titled class teaches "the art of tease." Participants are asked to wear layered clothing so they can take it off — both on and off the pole. A button-up shirt and heels are requirements. This one is sure to make your significant other superstoked.
Stripperella is offered as a "Happy Hour Class" twice a month or as a brunch or Friday-night ladies' night for 2 hours at Spinderella Fitness, 14075 SW 143rd Ct. #1, Miami. Unlimited memberships start at $39.99 per week. One pole class costs $15, ten are $84.99, and 15 run $99.99. Visit spinderellafitness.com.
Turf Wars winners
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7. Turf Wars
What good is working out if you're not trying to be better than somebody else? We're millennials, and feeding our egos is what we do best. At Anatomy at 1220, Turf Wars is all about beating your fellow classmates in a sweat-soaked battle royal. The workout concentrates on strength, agility, power, and speed, and the winning team gets bragging rights and — in true millennial fashion — a social media shout-out.
Turf Wars is offered Fridays from 8 to 8:45 a.m. at Anatomy 1220, 1220 20th St., Miami. Fitness and spa memberships start at $189 monthly. Visit anatomyat1220.com or call 786-213-1220.
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6. Water Biking
Biking underwater is officially a thing. Just ask Betty Devallet, South Florida's queen of aqua fitness. During her aqua bikes classes, participants ride on a stationary bike submerged waist level in a pool. The water offers extra resistance, so the workout is amazing for your lower bod. It's even said to reduce cellulite. Devallet teaches mostly private and semiprivate classes in private or gated community pools. She also teaches aquatic fitness classes to groups at the Deering Bay Yacht & Country Club and aquacycling classes at the Riviera Country Club. But if you're lacking your own pool or country club membership, her Aquacycling and Aquatic Fitness Studio will open in the MiMo District toward the end of this year or beginning of next.
Classes are offered at various locations, and rates vary. Visit aquafitnessrevolution.com or call 786-259-4131.
Firefighters at work.
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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 crunch.com 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 crunch.com or call 305-674-8222 .
The VirtuRide studio.
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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 virturide.com or call 305-318-1213.
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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 skyzone.com/cutlerbay or call 305-640-5424.
Magic City Jedi warriors
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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 sabercraft.org or call 786-315-9133.