Gyms/Group Classes in Miami, FL
Forget the old treadmill. Have fun while burning calories at this ladies-only gym, which offers unique fitness classes in a sexy space decked out in hot pink and black. What sets Iron Flower apart is the variety. Here, you’ll find a class to suit your every workout mood. From spinning, pilates, Zumba, ballet barre and kickboxing to more adventurous classes such as pole dancing and acroyoga (that would be acrobatic yoga), there is much to choose from. Plus, classes are offered throughout the day making it easy to fit exercise into your schedule. The studio also offers some kids classes and is available for rent for private birthday and bachelorette parties. Who said working out has to be boring?
Working out at a hotel spa may not be the most convenient option for locals, but if you’re looking for a good workout, Exhale Spa at the Epic Hotel in downtown Miami is worth a visit. The spa, which has less than a dozen locations in the U.S., offers Core Fusion, a fitness method that combines yoga, pilates, ballet and strength training to tone, stretch and sculpt your body. Aside from the signature CoreFusion Barre class, you can also try Core Fusion bootcamp, cardio or yoga, all of which combine the principles of the original barre class with more strength training, cardio or asanas. Single classes start at $25 but packages and memberships are available.
If you dread traditional workouts, head to Belly Motions and burn some calories as you learn the art of belly dancing from professional instructors and performers. The Coral Gables dance studio offers 8-week programs at various experience levels so you can just get your feet wet or take your belly dance practice to more advanced levels. If you prefer to take ongoing classes, the studio also offers HipNotica – a class that uses belly dancing moves to give you a cardiovascular workout – and Bollywood dance – a class that combines classical Indian dance with Indian folk dances, hip hop and belly dancing. Individual classes start at $18 and the 8-week programs cost $130. Classes for kids and teenagers are also available.
It’s the end of the week and you’re tired. Unwind at Green Monkey’s Happy Hour Yoga – a Vinyasa flow yoga class that promises to leave you feeling relaxed and ready for the weekend. But don’t leave your practice at that. This local yoga studio with locations – or tree houses, as they’re known in Green Monkey lingo – in Miami Beach, South Miami and Midtown offers yoga classes incorporating a variety of yoga styles. What’s best is that you can practice yoga in a comfortable, welcoming environment where class sizes are small and people are nice. Classes can be purchased individually for $19, or you can get a multiple-class package or monthly membership. The studios often host special workshops and community events so make sure to check their calendars.
If you want a fun workout that truly builds strength, burns calories, and helps you blow off steam, try kickboxing at South Florida Boxing. The Miami Beach gym offers more than 60 classes per week, including muay thai, jui jitsu, mixed martial arts and boxing for everyone from moms to professional athletes. But you won’t feel intimidated here. The gym, founded by a woman in 1997, has a welcoming atmosphere and aims to help anyone get into shape. For kids ages 10 to 17, the gym hosts Lean Teens, an after-school program that teaches self-defense and boxing to build kids' self-esteem and get their bodies moving.