A stone’s throw from the water, though still situated on lush grass and in the shade, Jayme Purisima leads students of all fitness levels through intense classes. Body Blast sessions focus on strengthening the entire body with conditioning circuit drills, Rock Bottoms classes focus on the lower body, and Upper Body Burner tones the arms and shoulders.
A wildly successful alternative to traditional day spas—its more than 300 locations blanket 36 states and half a dozen countries—Planet Beach Contempo Spa is a futuristic relaxation station where state-of-the-art machines administer all the spa and tanning services. These friendly automatons sometimes replace familiar treatments, as in the Luminous facial, a light-based service that delivers blemish-busting results similar to those of a conventional facial. But other equipment maps out new spa territory entirely: the Hydro-Derma Fusion chamber moisturizes the whole body with nutrient-rich steam in order to offset the effects of a dry climate or a rear-end collision with a salt truck. Other machines whiten teeth, spray tan skin, and massage muscles.
Planet Beach operates on a gym-style membership system, meaning that members purchase packages or pay flat monthly rates. As members spend more time at the spa, they get to know the helpful assistants who are always on hand to demonstrate how to use the equipment without activating its ability to cry.
At Reebok CrossFit Miami Beach, it?s all about functional fitness. Using everyday movements such as squats, lifts, and pulls in conjunction with weights and gymnastics, CrossFit works all the major muscle groups in the body. A fusion of strength training, cardio, and core bodywork, CrossFit begins with three Fundamentals classes, where beginners learn the program's movements. Then it's time for the customizable Workout of the Day, which is scalable to every individual. At Reebok CrossFit Miami Beach, members will find all the equipment and knowledge they need to succeed in burning fat, building muscle, and gaining strength.
Joseph Armstrong wants his students to benefit from his yoga classes not just physically, but also spiritually. So during his classes?which are open to all skill levels, including beginners?he integrates inspiring quotes, music, and the use of intentions. But of course, the classes aren't just a spiritual challenge. They also challenge students physically, through an energetic flow sequence. All classes are held beachfront, weather permitting.
The Sylvester family had bartending in its blood. Whether it was Uncle Mickey holding court with 40 years' worth of regulars or Tony Sr. mixing one of his signature Skip and Go Nakeds, they exemplified the easy grace and no-nonsense craftsmanship found in a true barman's barman. That dedication to well-poured drinks carried over to Tony Jr., who has spent the last 35 years training mixologists nationwide through the curriculum of his ABC Bartending Schools. Taught behind fully functional bars, his courses educate students in topics ranging from drink recipes and equipment setup to flair moves and alcohol awareness. His schools also emphasize employment; after graduation, students can take advantage of a nationwide job placement service to land gigs in Miami nightclubs, Las Vegas casinos, or the bar cars of Chicago's El trains.
Green Monkey thrives as a yoga community. Across its three locations, instructors lead a variety of classes. Power yoga classes lead guests through dynamic poses, while meditation classes rely on breathing techniques and silent affirmations to quiet the mind. Instructors also hold frequent workshops, many of which teach specific skills such as handstands and inverted backbends.