The Muscle Milk Fitness Retreat recently made its South Florida stop at Nikki Beach. Miamians know the place doesn't scream protein shakes and athleticism, but it does serve as an iconic South Beach backdrop. Muscle Milk's event aligned with Swim Week by getting invitees in bikini bod shape. Sponsors enlisted the expertise of Jennifer Cohen, fitness expert and author of No Gym Required, to lead guests through one of her signature workouts. Local songstress Cat Shell and Pitbull protege, Vein, braved the blazing sun to take the class; she had no frou-frou, "Let's look cute at Nikki Beach" routines. Jennifer quite literally kicked our asses. Kudos to Muscle Milk for providing a serious trainer and plenty of recovery options.
Muscle Milk (a product of CytoSport) had a bevy of bottled products out for free consumption; chocolate, vanilla, strawberries 'n cream, and cafe latte shakes were chilled and available in light or regular. The beverages are also lactose free. Participants who could not bare to chug down a thick shake after such an intense workout could also pick from protein waters and energy drinks. Munchers got their hands on Muscle Milk protein bars or snacks. Nikki Beach provided fresh fruit, tomatoes and mozzarella, and veggie burgers.
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Guests who found the routine intimidating (and with good reason) or who were too done-up to desire vigorous training, headed to the calmer Dance Yoga class on Nikki's second (and air-conditioned) floor. The class is one of the Spa Luxury Group's newest additions and combines traditional yoga with modern dance. Latina singer and actress, Ana Isabella, was spotted in the front of class while DJ Irie manned the decks. MTV Real World vet CJ Koegel stopped by later in the day for a private session.
Swag included spa samples, L*Space swimwear, Everlast boxing gloves, and Muscle Milk branded tees, hats, towels, and arm bands. The free stuff made the days of soreness following much easier to bare.
Check out more photos of the event below.