Summer is quickly approaching. It makes most of us reminisce about how we've spent the past few months. Do late nights, tasty eats, lazy days, and an overload of mimosas sound familiar? What about the last time you went to the gym? Yeah, our memory is a little hazy too.
It's healthy to switch up a workout routine every now and then, and we think your old-school, weight-filled, machine-overloaded gym packed with one too many men in muscle tanks is so yesterday. How do boutique boxing rings and club-like cycling studios sound? Get ready to sweat your way through summer with five new Miami-based training locales.
5. Pump iron at Iron Addicts Gym
Inside this Wynwood-based gym, find trainers who specialize in bodybuilding, powerlifting, and boxing. The 12,000-square-foot space features free weights and powerlifting equipment, along with various machines and a boxing arena. There are also group classes, where trainers target all sorts of muscle groups. The gym suggests blending open sessions with group classes, giving you a varied routine that challenges one's body. A gym membership costs $69 per month. Add unlimited classes to your membership for $149 a month. For more information, visit ironaddictsgymmiami.com.
4. Cycle with the Underline Cycling Club
The Underline, a proposed ten-mile linear park beneath the Miami-Dade Metrorail, was named a Knight Cities winner. The concept was awarded a $250,000 grant to make it a reality. Although the project will take nearly a decade to complete — with the space spanning from the Miami River north of the Brickell Metrorail station to the Dadeland South Metrorail station — the Underline currently offers a free monthly cycling club the first Saturday of every month. It's open to the community, and all levels are welcome to ride. Just be sure to bring water and a helmet. For more information about upcoming rides, visit theunderline.org.
3. Try cardio boxing at FitBox Method
Blend cardio boxing and resistance training at FitBox Method, a new circuit training-driven gym across from Margaret Pace Park in downtown Miami. The spot features a two-for-one total body workout, which means gymgoers burn calories while building and toning lean muscle. Each 60-minute instructor-led class fuses cardio boxing, resistance training, and cardio using indoor bikes that blend upper and lower body movement. One class costs $20, and unlimited classes run $199 per month. Also find SoFi's Pura Vida inside FitBox; the eatery launched a limited menu with juices, smoothies, wraps, and salads. For more information, visit fitboxmethod.com.
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2. Fight at the Box
The Box's dimly lit studio can easily be mistaken for a Miami Beach nightclub. But instead of low-slung couches and cold buckets of booze, you'll find rows of large punching bags and a trainer ready to test your physical and mental stamina for a straight 45 minutes. The midtown Miami studio is the city's first technology-driven boutique boxing studio. That's a fancy way of saying each heavy bag is equipped to track a boxer's “knockout score,” a unique number that represents the activity level of an individual based on his or her workout. Most classes are group-oriented, with up to 30 boxers at a given time. One-on-one personal training is available with owner and professional boxer Alvin Davie, as well as with other instructors. One class costs $27, and an unlimited monthly pass is $350. For more information, visit betheknockout.com.
1. Spin with RedBike