🌴 Welcome to Miami 🌴
Miami is known as one of the hottest places for a lot of things…fitness included. In a city where there is a beach for every personality, that’s no surprise. I was excited to get to the city for that reason. For a studio junkie like me, there was no limit to the workouts I could get into. Of course I headed to a few favorites during my time in the city, but it was the local studios that were the true gems of this trip. I have to say, both studios detailed below had me feeling a little intimidated from the moment I walked in…and it has been a long time since I felt that way about any workout. Check them out below.
The Fit Shop
I’m struggling to find the right words to describe The Fit Shop, in a good way! Let’s say this place is all about commitment. First, it’s woman-owned (Yassss!). Second, the studio’s theme is that of a mechanic shop and every detail about this place fits that theme. From the floor set-up, the class names, to the various stations and even the cryotherapy section that they’ve named “The Repair Shop.”
The Fit Shop aims to rebuild your engine by aligning, balancing, fueling, shifting and repairing your body. This studio is truly committed to its theme from the look to the workout, and there is a class that fits every one of the goals in its mission.
Every day is a new journey, but the goal is always the same, to help their client’s perform better in their daily lives through functional training.
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A towel and water bottle. Everything else is ready and waiting for you. There’s no need but to show up revved and ready to go!
Tough! I attended the studio’s Racetrack class, which is also one of their newer offerings. It was a cardio journey through 9 stations (which they refer to as miles) that will test all your strengths. We utilized the TRX, assault bikes (I hate these things!!), resistance bands, ski's (I loved this machine. Can we replace all the rowers with ski machines from now on?), kettlebells, free weights, equalizers and more. I loved the way we used the equalizer in this workout the most. We sculpted the core by doing knee raises and then used them as a balance tool for burpees. Both were new moves for me and I enjoyed the difference it added to my workout.
Who to Bring?
This is a place that I would encourage you to go solo, because the other clients were so friendly! I chatted up one who as an entertainer/choreographer for a cruise line in the Miami-area and he raved about all the different class types.
Would You Double Tap That?
Yes. If I ever find myself in North Miami again, I’d want to check out some of the other classes. Especially, The Burnout (HIIT Kickboxing) or Supercharge (fusion of strength, conditioning and kickboxing). Y’all know both of us love a good boxing class.
Note: While I got an amazing workout and really enjoyed the creative training this studio offered, I was not in love with the instructor. Evening workouts can be tough, given the crowd is mostly nine-to-fivers who are already burnout from work all day. So, bring all the energy!!
I walked into FitBox Method in Miami Beach and the instructor said to me, “We don't usually allow first timers in our Sunday classes.” After introducing himself and walking away, I noticed his t-shirt said, “Only the tough work out on Sunday.” My response to myself, “Challenge accepted.”
FitBox Method develops their workouts to be short, effective 2-for-1 total body workouts that embrace the best elements of cardio boxing and resistance training through high intensity interval training (HIIT), fitness boot camps, and circuit training. The end result: 60-minute energetic workouts with a punch!
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A towel and a water bottle…a big towel and a lot of water! And, maybe a Celsius too.
This studio was intense. I attended a Total Body class and there was no set pace. Our trainer threw out a move (Burpees! Jabs! Hooks! Oh my!) or a combo and said “Go!” And you went, until he blew his whistle. Also, there were two birthdays in the class which meant something like 75 burpees or 125 jump squats for each of us. Class ended with a core finisher round that took me out.
Who to Bring?
Your friend who is always up for a challenge!
Would You Double Tap That?
Again, we are two girls who love a good boxing class and this one packed a ton of punch (corny joke intended). May be one of the toughest workouts I’ve had in a while and I love mixing things up and pushing beyond the limits I’ve set for myself. So yes, I’d go back!