By Jai-Leen James, Contributing Reporter
MIAMI BEACH, FLORIDA – For some, the summer months represent celebrating holidays and spending long weekends lounging on the beach eating and drinking with reckless abandon. Others may not have that same body confidence, and will spend just as much time working out this summer than laying out.
According to market research company YouGov, about 59 percent of Americans who make a New Year’s resolution pledge to exercise more. It tops a resolution list that also includes losing weight and eating healthier in its top ten. Whether one has maintained their 2019 goals or slacked off, here are some local gyms that will have have everyone looking and feeling their best.
Sweat440 is a new concept fitness studio with their premiere location is on Bay Road in Sunset Harbor, but they say they are opening four new gyms this year, three in South Florida and two in New York City.
They offer high intensity interval and cross-training classes that begin every 10 minutes and last for 40 minutes. Classes are a combination of personal training and group fitness. Multiple trainers roam around the gym float constantly monitoring activity, safety and improving technique.
Equinox is a gym, sports club and day spa all in one on Collins Ave. The club has a cycling studio as well as a yoga studio. Also, Equinox offers group fitness classes, pilates and even cooking classes. New members receive a complimentary Equifit fitness assessment, personal training session, one-on-one studio pilates session and 25 percent off their first treatment at the spa.
Located in Bayshore, Anatomy is “[…] an intimate and integrated health and wellness community, where members can sweat, enhance and recover together, all under one roof.” Personal training classes are available on site. Anatomy offers a variety of dynamic classes such as high intensity interval training, power yoga, core and more.
What really sets Anatomy apart are its amenities. There is an onsite hair salon and mobile vitamin infusion service that whips up medical cocktails right outside of its doors. Additionally, Anatomy offers “endermologie” – a collagen producing, cellulite reducing skincare procedure. There’s also a cold sauna and steam room to enjoy while recovering post workout.
Exhale at the Loews Miami Beach offers barre, cardio, yoga and high intensity interval training classes. A barre workout combines ballet with elements on yoga, pilates and strength training. Classes use a ballet and barre and practice classical dance movements such as plies.
In addition to its award-winning fitness classes, Exhale has a manicure and pedicure bar, couple’s therapy room, a blow dry bar, wellbeing boutique and spa and zen lounge. Friday mornings at 7:30 AM, Exhale leads sunrise flow yoga on the beach.
In North Miami Beach, Pulse 163 is a boutique studio with a focus on total body sculpting workouts. Pulse 163’s signature class is its pulse barre. It’s a low impact cardio exercise that uses barre work but requires no prior dance experience.
Barre is safe for pregnant women and instructors provide modifications according to ability level. Pulse 163 promises that in as little as six classes, participants can expect increased bone density, a flat abdomen and strong core, heightened strength and endurance and a lifted seat and sculpted thighs.