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Extreme athletes banded together to design Spartan Races' intense courses orchestrated over standardized distances, each strewn with natural and man-made obstacles to test mind-body fitness, resilience, stamina, and strength, designed to leave participants exhausted and exhilarated. In waves of 200, runners collect smudges and stains as they perform box jumps, haul heavy sandbags, and juke feral linebackers. Depending on where in the world they're participating, the course may be as short as 3 miles or, for extremely practiced athletes, as long as a full marathon.

3400 Northeast 163rd Street
North Miami Beach,
FL
US

The inspiring trainers at each MetaBody location lead troops of workouteers in results-oriented workouts several times weekly. Sweat sessions utilize a variety of exercises and disciplines to produce full-body results in a supportive environment, ideal for beginners and hard-core core-hardeners alike. During any class, motivational instructors will use the instinctual distrust of routine to their advantage. Begin a day of litigating with a refreshing early-morning boot-camp session, or wind down by burning evidence and pounds with a late-evening yoga class. Muscles are kept guessing with new and challenging moves during each session, so participants never fall into a boring, ineffective routine, such as regular teeth brushing. In addition to the fitness classes, students receive a success guide to help prepare for imminent pound loss, a nutrition guide, and a $100 gift certificate for individual coaching. Because the pass sets a 5 or 10-class cap at any given location, roving fitness mavens can further shake up their workout regimens by vetting a series of classes or instructors that work best for them.

12760 Biscayne Boulevard
North Miami,
FL
US

During the Superhero Scramble, racers of all fitness levels tear across arduous terrain littered with body- and mind-challenging obstacles. Participants must wade through mud and, to reach the finish line, persevere through a barrage of Super Slime generously donated by retired Ghostbusters.

Upon completing the race, athletes ride their endorphin high into a party stocked with ice-cold beer. There, they can mingle with other contestants, sway to live music, and see awards doled out to the fastest runners in each age bracket. Male and female Scramble Gamble contestants compete for prizes that can cover the cost of replacing the engines in their sneakers. The benefits of the race extend beyond the Gamble winners, too?the organizers donate a portion of the proceeds to charity.

401 East 65th Street
Hialeah,
FL
US

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.

4415 E 10th Ave
Hialeah,
FL
US

Established: 2012

Reservations/Appointments: Required

Staff Size: 2?10 people

Average Duration of Services: 2?4 hours

Pro Tip: Be ready to have fun, challenge yourself, and get muddy

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Parking: Parking lot

Recommended Age Group: Adults

Q&A with Larry Wright, Owner

When and how did you first develop a passion for your work?

Three to four years ago, competing in these types of awesome challenging and rewarding events.

What special training do you or your staff have?

High levels of physical-fitness training, as well as 15 years of business management.

As the old adage says, "Stuff happens." What training do you and your staff have to stay ahead of the unexpected?

[We have] emergency management and first-responder training, and all of our events have EMS on duty.

401 E 65th St.
Hialeah,
FL
US

The Benjamin Dash is all about the Benjamins—but there's no cash on the mud-drenched race course. Instead, the 5K route is dotted with special flags, which participants redeem for money at the finish line. Some flags can be won through roadside challenges, such as sprint races or bus pulls. Others are buried in the mud and can only be found by digging or by mopping the course terrain clean.

Participants not only strive to collect flags, but they struggle to keep them. During the race, charity warriors roam the course trying to steal flags for their nonprofits. However, selfless-minded racers can donate without submitting to robbery; they can also choose to donate some or all of their flag earnings at the finish line.

401 East 65th Street
Hialeah,
FL
US