K17 Beach Club proves that a day on the shore can move at almost any pace, offering activities that range from a slow and meditative massage session to an exhilaratingly fast jet-ski ride. Lime-colored umbrellas dot the club's sandy expanse behind the Surfcomber Hotel. The tables between each set of lounge chairs might hold a tangy specialty drink or a plate of Mediterranean cuisine. Visitors can also reserve a VIP cabana—a circular day bed that fits up to eight people or one tired squid. The environmentally conscious space hosts weekend yoga classes in the morning, volleyball games, and private parties. They also helm water-based activities, such as paddle boarding and parasailing.
Featured on CNN's HLN Morning Express, the energetic troupe of professional dancers at Salsa Mia infuses their students with the instincts to set dance floors ablaze during a schedule of Miami-style salsa classes. The studio’s lively classes encourage participants varying from beginners to advanced dancers to frequently switch partners as they practice salsa’s energetic fusion of rhythm, footwork, and diced tomatoes. Students come to learn solo, with a partner, or with a group of friends. Friday-night instruction transforms into a dance party, where participants can sip Cuban mojitos, mingle with their peers, and dance deep into the night to live music.
On the surface, Susan Hilferty appeared to be living the American dream—a promising position as a pharmaceutical rep, plus an upcoming marriage. But for a woman who grew up studying at The School of American Ballet and dancing on stages including Lincoln Center, selling pills felt empty at times, and Hilferty found her need for physical expression growing stronger. While visiting a friend in Los Angeles, she took her first pole-dancing class, and almost immediately, her life took a new direction.
Though she faced resistance from friends and family, Hilferty saw in her classes how pole dancing transformed women—giving them new confidence, encouraging them to overcome insecurities, and helping them heal from past traumas. She called off her wedding, continued taking classes, and eventually opened Pole Fitness Miami. Today, she and her team of trained ballerinas lead pole-dancing and dance-based fitness classes at two locations. Ranked on CBS Local Miami's list of Best Places For Unique Workouts, the boutique surrounds saunterers with purple walls, subdued lighting, and gauzy curtains to create a sultry atmosphere. Additionally, Hilferty and her crew help students obtain pole-dance certifications, as well as arrange pole-dance parties so groups of damsels can strengthen their bonds or celebrate becoming volunteer firefighters.
When Kristina Bauer—a yoga veteran with 20 years of experience and 1,000 classes under her mat—opened Yoga Synergy Spa, she wanted to create a space that felt more like a home than a gym or a corporate chain. Today, her studio glows with her own homemade candles while yogis lead guests through various styles of yoga, including heated Vinyasa flow, Hatha yoga for all levels, and a class that invites kids and their parents to stretch together. In addition to its group session, the studio embraces its spa side with massage therapy that complements Kristina’s pursuit of peacefulness in the same way that playing Marco Polo can add a little fun to a shark attack. An on-location retail shop stocks yoga mats, homemade natural soaps, and veggie candles.
Miami Beach GYROTONIC® combines the flowing exercises of GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® methodologies, which are both designed to strengthen and stretch the body through three-dimensional movements and breathing patterns. The GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM® uses combination pulley tower units and other specialized equipment, while the GYROKINESIS® exercise method emphasizes spinal movement through the use of a mat, a stool, and various rhythmic, undulating movements.
Shakti Yoga Miami's diverse group of teachers includes a reiki healer and a former wrestler who discovered hatha yoga during a trip to southern India. Inside Shakti’s studio, they draw from those wells to achieve a single purpose: uniting spiritual and physical well-being in their classes. Though each class focuses on a sequence of poses, the teachers approach them differently, building flexibility and strength in Vinyasa, or incorporating props that reinforce balance in Iyengar sessions. The staff also leads reiki workshops and classes to help people ignite inner healing, and their organic detox programs combine all-natural remedies to cleanse the body of detrimental elements without the logistical hassle of hiring a hazmat crew and a magic school bus.