Lose the Spare Tire: The Top 5 Workouts in Miami

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Is your New Year’s resolution to join a gym? Are you still putting it off? Maybe one of these workouts can entice you. We’ve put together a list of the top 5 workouts in Miami. Each is unique, challenging, but at the same time, fun! Go ahead and try one! We dare you.

1 Soul Cycle

Is anyone surprised that this is number one on my list? If you haven’t tried Soul Cycle, you are missing out! The New York City-based indoor cycling studio has set up shop in South Beach for the winter. Soul Cycle’s combination of great music, awesome instructors and endorphin-inducing spin sessions exuded have made it one of the most sought after workouts in all of New York, frequented by celebs like Kelly Ripa and Brooke Shields, and more has said to burn at least 500 calories in an hour.

Mondrian Hotel, 1100 West Ave., Miami Beach, 786.266.8665; www.soul-cycle.com

2 Bikram Yoga South Beach

Bikram yoga is a series of 26 hatha yoga postures practiced in a room heated to 105 degrees with 40 percent humidity. The heat allows all body types to stretch safely. Classes are open to all levels and ages and great for women and men–even Ashton Kutcher has been spotted doing Bikram. Bring a mat, towel, and LOTS of water. If you think yoga is an easy workout, take a Bikram class and be proven wrong!

235 11th St., Miami Beach, 305.534.2727; bikramyogamiami.com

3 Zenergy

Zenergy is The Sports Club/LA’s first-ever signature class. This yoga/cardio fusion class uses traditional yoga moves to prepare for and restore from more athletic moves through creative sequencing.. It’s got the benefits of yoga (strength, relaxation and flexibility) combined with those of cardio (conditioning, elevated heart rate).

The Sports Club/LA, Four Seasons Tower at 1441 Brickell Ave., Miami, 305.533.1199; www.thesportsclubla.com

4 JetSet Pilates

JetSet Pilates is currently the only Pilates studio on the entire East Coast that has SPX Megaformer machines. The machines are unique because they combine the sculpting benefits of traditional Pilates reformers, but combine this with the cardio benefits of circuit training. Set to upbeat and motivating music, Megaformer training at JetSet Pilates offers a more intense and dynamic program than regular pilates, enabling you to perform burn up to 500 calories in only 50 minutes.Celebrities like Brooke Burke, Denise Richards and Ali Larter have all credited Megaformer training as part of their workouts.

Cosmopolitan Residences, 110 Washington Ave., Miami Beach;, 305-741-4177; www.jetsetpilates.com

5 Zumba with Beto Perez

Zumba, the workout craze that has literally swept the nation, was created by a dancer and choreographer Beto Perez as a Latin-inspired dance workout. He started it in Colombia, but today, the Zumba headquarters are located right here in South Florida! We have an advantage because Beto teaches right here in Miami. So why “Ditch the workout, join the party” and see for yourself what all the Zumba fuss is about.

DAF Studio, 1501 SW Eighth St., 2nd Floor, Miami; 684.zumba.com

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