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At The Bar Method in South Miami, you can lift your way to the perfect shape. The idea combines yoga and ballet. Budding ballerinas squat down while balancing on the balls of their feet. Then, slight adjustments are made to isolate certain muscles, honing and toning your bottom. Feel the burn, and hold it. It's that easy.
If you’ve ever seen Cirque du Soleil, you’ve obviously ogled the super-fit acrobats who fly around
on the ribbons. Now, you can join in all the fun, too! Wrap yourself in a fabric hammock suspended from the ceiling and sharpen your yoga game at Crunch's AntiGravity Yoga “Wings” class. You move and hold poses that claim to release joint pressure (ahh...), improve your sex life (hot), and help you trim down, so you can fit into those fabulous leotards they wear in the circus (finally!).
Female-oriented IronFlower Fitness specializes in classes like “Stiletto Aerobics,” “Hot Seat” (chair dancing), boudoir photography, and, our personal favorite, “Booty Bounce.” At Booty Bounce, you can kick it to Sir Mix-A-Lot and, well, get your booty moving.
The Flying Trapeze
For a real “only-in-Miami” experience, try swinging on the trapeze downtown with a picturesque view of the bay. As the sun starts to set, the net at The Flying Trapeze school is lit with café lights, and the whole set is both romantic and thrilling. In your first class, you’ll learn to fly from swing to swing, a back tuck, and a pass from one swing to a partner.
Average Class Cost ≈ $40
The Flying Trapeze School, Bayfront Park 301
North Biscayne Boulevard. 786-239–8775
Free Gym At Kennedy Park
A gym membership can get pricey and classes even pricier, but the outdoor gym at Kennedy Park in Coconut Grove is totally free. After some city commissioners read a report in Men’s Fitness magazine that called Miami the fattest city in America (in 2009), they unveiled free outdoor equipment in the
Kennedy Park, 2400 South Bayshore Drive; 305-854-3859
Paddleboard yoga, or SUP yoga (Stand-Up Paddleboard), has become the chicest new thing for the Lululemon-clad set. This challenging and trendy exercise is for those who already have mind and body balance from yoga classes — or who don’t mind falling into the water mid asana.
Average Class Cost ≈ $30 for members, $40 for non-members
The Standard Miami, 40 Island Avenue; 305-673-1717.
Imagine having one of the most intense, effective workouts of your life...in 30 to 40 minutes. The idea behind Equinox's new program is efficient, high-powered exercise, not long sessions. The class is inspired by rowing (remember how amazing those boat babes looked during the Olympics?) with in-class machines that replicate the movement and circuit-style classes. Yowza.
Equinox, 520 Collins Avenue; 305-673-1172.