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Best Gyms in Miami

I’m no fitness guru but I sure live in the Fitness “Mecca” of the world. One driving factor for this – simple – we have 365 days of summer. Not too long ago I used to procrastinate going to the gym. Found it so boring to run on a treadmill or stay throughout a weight class. But that’s all changed now. With so many creative classes and fitness activities, the magic city has pushed me to be a fitness fanatic. Miami has the best gyms anybody can ask for. Dynamic workouts, exclusive clubs, state of the art wellness facilities and heavenly bodies will motivate you to break a sweat and stay in shape.

After much personal research, I’ve gathered the  most popular gyms in the Magic City. From the big brands to the local favorites, even someone just starting out can find the right routine to make the booty pop. Not a fitness Diva? No problem. We also have outstanding yoga and Pilates studios, dance facilities, warehouses, outdoor social activities and much more.

Anatomy 1220

They offer proprietary fitness programming, influenced by advanced research in strength conditioning and regeneration,
designed for members to excel in all aspects of their lives. By partnering with leaders in age management, chiropractic care, IV nutritional therapy and beauty, we’ve created an intimate and integrated health and wellness community, where members can sweat, enhance and recover together, all under one roof.

In other words, for a pretty penny, you can get your sweat on, network, rub shoulders with celebrities, get your zen and recover from a hangover here. Love the innovation behind this brand and design for their business model. Definitely a gym to keep in mind if you are looking for an enhanced fitness experience.

Can I just say I love their mantra too? Life is a gift, one that should not be taken for granted. Fitness is a call to take your life to a higher level. Set a goal. Follow a plan. Track results. Stay motivated. Motivate others. Repeat. To move mountains first you have to move a muscle. Change your body, change your life. REPEAT!!

Anatomy 1220 is located in the hip neighborhood of Sunset Harbor in Miami Beach. Contact them today for a trial membership 786.213.1220.

Orange Theory

An original South Florida creation has quickly become a cult, opening locations Throughout the try-county area at a rapid speed.

Orangetheory Fitness is a privately owned fitness franchise based in Boca Raton, Florida. It offers group personal training workouts based on high-intensity interval training that blends cardiovascular and strength training. Keep burning! They offer the hottest one-hour group personal training workout that burns calories for the following 36 hours. Just incredible!

Why so unique? Heart rate based interval training is backed by the science of Excess Post-Exercise Oxygen Consumption (or EPOC), Orage Theory’s heart rate monitored training is designed to maintain a target zone that stimulates metabolism and increases energy. They call it the after burn. Our members burn an estimated 500 to 1000 calories in 60 minutes. And keep burning calories for up to 36 hours. If weight loss is your goal, you can expect to see an estimated loss of 3 to 5 pounds per week by attending 3 to 5 times per week. SIGN ME UP!!! Of course, all these followed by proper nutrition (the struggle is real here).  Did I also mention their studios are very motivating? Love their upbeat music and friendly trainers. Hands down one of the best hour workouts out there.

FitBox Method

“Fitbox Method is a hospitality inspired group fitness studio and the original creator of the cardio boxing and resistance training boot camp experience”. – Owner Avidan Edelsberg.

They also claim their “method” is backed by science and will keep you burning calories after 38 hours of the workout. Best of all, Fitbox Method makes working out fun. Your workout will become a LIFESTYLE. With a lifestyle work out, you become more committed because you will NEVER plateau. Another Miami local making a big splash in the fitness world. Go FitBox!

Fun, effective and motivating, FitBox Method wants to be the most effective lifestyle workout available. In one hour routine, you will lose fat and built muscle. I must admit, my first time trying it left me breathless (but in a good way). Felt my heart beat jumping from zero to 100 in no time. Loved the discipline it inspired me by their top trainer. Definitely a memorable workout.

Their studio is clean, modern, and fully equipped with Method-proven workout elements that will earn you the body you crave. Any of our 60-minute classes take you through a workout circuit composed of heavy boxing bags, dumbbells, medicine balls, and Schwinn Airdyn AD Pro Fan Bikes.
Take out your aggression in the most satisfying — and safe — manner there is cardio boxing. Find your inner strength and feel the adrenaline as you push your body to new limits. Most classes incorporate 30 minutes of heavy bag training and cardio boxing routines, allowing you to get the fitness benefits of boxing without the “getting hit” aspect of the sport. While other Miami gyms offer circuit training, ours is the only one to specialize in cardio boxing mixed in with boot camp-style resistance training or HIIT (high-intensity interval training).

Soul Cycle

Do you ever itch to go into a club and just dance the night away? Well, this is the right workout for you then. Soul Cycle is literally like dancing on a bike. Their sound system, music selection, and trainers are top of the line and they will make you feel like the best night out.

Soul cycles will give you 45 minutes to take your journey. Change your body. Find your SOUL.This indoor cycling studio has taken the fitness world by storm and allows you to meet people with your same “vibe”. Most of their studios are located in trendy areas with incredible shops, coffee places, and healthy restaurants. This is really a cult! Love stepping into a studio and seeing soul searchers from all ages just spinning to one beat. They believe in the transformation of your body and soul at the same time. No matter what level you are in, this full body workout guarantees the best results. Keep your pace, push yourself and have fun.

Their innovating bikes combined with the most inspiring instructors will bring the party from within. The rocking music helps too! I get better tracks while riding their bikes than at a club or bar. One of a kind experience taking over the world. Find your soul, clear your head, feel empowered, and much more.


This seasoned brand has been around for quite some time. With multiple locations around Miami, it’s impossible not to step into their gyms (conveniently located in major shopping malls).

Their mantra – Unrivaled fitness classes. Unparalleled personal training. Studios that inspire you to perform and luxury amenities that keep you at your peak. It’s not fitness. It’s life. And this last one is never more evident than when I get to choose classes depending on my schedule. Say, in the morning I may catch the yoga class in Coral Gables while taking a power lunch break would happen mainly in Brickell. Weekend shenanigans? I would catch their dance classes in their south beach location. Seriously, so many options to chose from. No excuse to stay home.

Equinox wants you to optimize your workout routine by a curated experience. Their heavy online marketing and community events will keep their name on your face. It’s also quite convenient to use their facilities while traveling. For instance, with prior request, you may be able to use one of their gyms in New York while being a member in Miami. Just an FYI. I have personally even tried their gym in London! Just one of the many benefits of such a huge brand.

What else do I love about them? Their complete package. I can work out, shower (using their products) get a facial, eat lunch and shop the latest fashion all under one roof. This could translate into an easy day of fitness or a quick in and out the situation. Again, so much to do, all under one facility. Did I mention sometimes I stay for multiple classes? Even when taking breaks in between, their strategic location always allows for some retail therapy. Their close proximity to major shops makes it a tempting alternative. Hands down, a full package deal.

No matter what workout you choose, the key to success is to have fun! Miami offers some of the best gyms in the world but with so many options it’s important you pick the one the better fits your life style. Also location plays a big part. As we know, the easier it is to get to the gym, the more likely you will get to your fitness session. Most facilities will let you try one or several classes for free. I personally like to break the routine and try something new on a weekly basis (hence my favorite gyms are 5 different options I visit on a regular basis). Don’t plateau, try options that work for you and get in shape!

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