Based on empirical research and used by professional athletes, including the Florida Marlins, the CrossFit program propels its practitioners toward extreme fitness. CrossFit 101 is a set of eight classes with a no-nonsense but accommodating attitude—all exercises can be modified to take physical limitations into account.
Since its inception in 1916, the YMCA of Greater Miami has opened its doors to whoever needed it. It welcomed African American youths during the Great Depression, hosted military personnel in the 1940s, and gave Cuban refugees a home in the 1960s. Today, it continues the tradition of depolarizing Miami's fractured populous, remaining a haven for people of all faiths, races, ages, and income. Staffers uphold the YMCA’s core values of honesty, acceptance, and fairness as they ensure each location is a safe place for members to play, exercise, and strengthen family bonds weakened by overzealous games of Monopoly. YMCA of Greater Miami also raises much-needed funding for kids and families who can’t afford the full cost of any of YMCA’s progressive programs.
At the current locations, kids can leap into activities ranging from swim lessons and youth sports to afterschool programs and day camps. Adults, meanwhile, can take Zumba, boot-camp, and aquatic fitness classes or work out within wellness centers replete with strength-training and cardio equipment. Adult basketball and indoor speed-soccer leagues further help guests flex their competitive spirits in an encouraging environment.
One day, when she was out on the beach, Terri Cooper came upon and joined a free yoga class. She was so drawn to the idea of yoga for everybody that she soon founded 305 Yoga & Outreach. Fueled by karma yoga principles, Terri and her team of gurus create opportunities for people to “step into positive action and empower their lives” through the practice of yoga. To this end, Terri holds a free yoga and donation-funded class to create a studio where anyone can practice regardless of means. Profits from this class go to fund 305 Yoga’s nonprofit arm, Yoga Gangsters, which brings the multidimensional practice of yoga to youth suffering from trauma and poverty. 305 Yoga also serves as a yoga university, preparing practitioners to turn yoga into a career through three teacher-certification programs.
Variety is the spice of life, and the instructors at Ironflower Fitness exemplify it. The women's only fitness studio schedules 30 different kinds of fitness classes, including ballet barre, Pilates, and kickboxing. Sultry classes such as Stripperella, chair dancing, and pole dancing double as fun group activities during the studio's private parties. In the event that all of the blank billboards in town are taken, exercisers who want to show off their physiques can schedule a boudoir photo shoot at the studio.
Combining the rough-and-tumble feeling of a traditional boxing gym with the amenities of a modern fitness center, Biscayne Boxing & Fitness Club helps exercisers access the gritty toughness hidden within them. Taught by dyed-in-the-wool boxers, group boxing classes impart the fundamentals of Lord Queensbury's sport while simultaneously burning calories, strengthening the body, and improving stamina. Those looking to step up their game can head to one-on-one training and supervised sparring, testing their mettle against their fellow students and really mean punching bags. Spinning classes round out the offerings, offering an aerobically intensive alternative to the ring.
Above all else, Anamargret Sanchez wanted to bring yoga to her community. To her delight, when she began leading free Saturday morning classes beneath the shady oak trees of Legion Park, the community responded. As attendance swelled, Daily Offering Yoga had the opportunity to expand into its own studio space, which now hosts more than 24 classes per week and educational workshops.
Instructors here embrace an assortment of yoga styles, although classes share the common goal of empowering students through physical practice, mindful breathing, and focused meditation. To ensure that sessions are open to virtually anyone, the studio also runs gentle and restorative yoga classes that let you modify the poses to support each deep, sustained stretch.