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Best Gyms in South Beach

June 22, 2016

Miami is well known for its party scene but it’s also got a thriving and growing fitness community. Miami Beach has introduced a number of training facilities that rival some of the best in the country. Here are the top gyms in South Beach.

Anatomy at 1220

Opened by a former club kingpin and NFL pro, Anatomy at 1220 brings you the VIP treatment when it comes to your workout. This wellness wonderland of opulence has all the basics you could want from a gym like cardio equipment and group classes, in addition to amenities like medical body monitoring, a vitamin IV room, a full-blown spa with a steam room, infrared sauna, a cold therapy room, a cold plunge, a jacuzzi, massage therapy, a chiropractor, and plenty of top of the line classes. It's where celebrities come to work out when they're in Miami!

Equinox

Equinox is known throughout the country as the premier fitness center. With a motto like "It's not fitness, it's life," Equinox isn't just a gym, it's a lifestyle that includes group fitness classes, yoga and signature personal training program. Every member gets their very own "MyEQ" account, where you can sign up for classes online and track your weekly workouts. Equinox has something for everybody in their pristine fitness centers with state-of-the-art equipment, spa facilities and shop.

Crunch

When South Beach fitness fanatics need a no frills, nitty-gritty gym, they know to head to Crunch. There are several levels of membership depending on whether you want access to one gym ($76.99), both gyms in South Beach ($89.99), or all Crunch gyms in the country ($109, and this includes Crunch's franchised Hialeah location). Although there's no time commitment, you pay both your first and final months up front, plus the processing and initiation fees (insider's tip: the latter is negotiable). The fee gives you access to Crunch's cardio and weight machines, personal training, Bliss Spa products in the locker rooms, and hundreds of classes from cycling to yoga and pole dancing (Washington Ave. location only).

Barry's Bootcamp

This celebrity-endorsed boot camp, which has slimmed and toned the likes of Kim Kardashian and Jake Gyllenhaal, was a natural fit for South Beach with its slew of sexy trainers (famous in their own right) and taut-and-trim clients whose good looks only rival their stamina in class. Workouts are broken up into sections—treadmill and weight training to target different muscle groups happens simultaneously—and are led by tough but encouraging instructors who remarkably keep tabs on both halves of the class without ever skipping a beat. If 30 minutes of running at top speeds wears you out, recharge at the juice bar before crawling back to your car.

South Beach Boxing

Here’s a fun fact about South Beach Boxing: Nicki Minaj and Lil Wayne shot their 2010 video for “Knockout” here and, if you don’t blink, you can catch the studio’s logo on her gloves. This is South Beach’s longest continuously operating gym, and although the name has changed since it was first founded in 1998, it’s focus is still on teaching you how to jab, punch, and uppercut like a pro. Some of the biggest boxing heavyweights and athletes have trained here over the years, so expect an authentic, down and dirty boxing experience at one of its 50 classes per week.

Flywheel

FlyWheel is another boutique spinning studio gaining fast popularity across the nation. Each class lasts 45 or 60 minutes and includes 30-, 45-, or 60-second races, rhythm riding, and sprints promoting a competitive atmosphere. Besides offering cycling, the studio also features FlyBarre, a total body sculpting class that blends light weight training, dance, and core strengthening exercises. There's a Jugofresh next door too, a perfect post-workout treat. Get 20 rides or barre sessions for $480, making each class about $24. Or combine wheel and barre classes to get the best and quickest results, with an unlimited monthly membership at $300.