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Miami doesn't have the reputation of having the most beautiful people for nothing. We work hard to stay fit, and 2016 promises to be the year you finally ride out that "get in shape" resolution way past the first week of January. Why? Well, thank to all the great fitness options that have blossomed in 2015. Our fitness scene BOOMED this year with the opening and expansions of several well-known gyms and studios. Let's sprint you through it.
SoulCycle Comes to Miami
The moment we all were waiting for, right? SoulCycle comes to Miami! The feel-good cycling studio opened not one, but two locations in Miami. The first opened in Coral Gables at the Shops at Merrick Park, and the second opened, quite literally yesterday, in South Beach at 1 Hotel and Homes. Watch out for another location in Brickell soon!
Flywheel Expands Out Into the 'Burbs
In February, Flywheel expanded out into Miami's new fitness neighborhood, North Miami, bringing its Sunset Harbour-approved cycling and barre classes to the Biscayne jetset.
Green Monkey and Bala Vinyasa Merge
In the biggest fitness shocker of the year, Green Monkey and Bala Vinyasa merged to become one: Green Monkey, powered by Bala Vinyasa. The South Miami studio closed, most of the teachers stayed, and Green Monkey got its foot into Naples territory while Bala Vinyasa scooped a Fort Lauderdale location under its wing. The goal is for the powerful yoga studios turned one to open even more studios, the first one being in Aventura come 2017.
Barry's Opens in Midtown Miami
Barry's Bootcamp jumped the bridge and opened at Midtown Miami! There's another location slated to open the beginning of 2017, but as of this year, you don't have to fight South Beach traffic to work out with another one of our Hottest Trainer faves, Derek Degrazio.
Fight Club Opens in Doral
Miami's favorite boxing club also gave the suburbs some love, this time heading out west into Doral. You may not find the winner of our Hottest Trainer Competition here just yet, but you will find a badass workout right off of 836.
Tons of Small Local Gyms Pop Up
Brickell saw the opening of two pretty cool gyms: NYC transplant Epic Hybrid Training, the city's toughest obstacle course workout founded by Spartan Racers, and House of Movement, a holistic fitness studio that's housed in, well, a former home on Biscayne. Down a neighborhood in Little Havana, Om Beats opened a yoga studio centered around sound and Morphe Life, founded by another Hottest Trainer contestant, brought its gourmet healthy eatery, rock climbing wall, and personalized fitness programs as well.
In Pinecrest, a new studio called Sensory brought cosmo-blasting TVs, mood scenting, and five challenging classes to the quiet 'hood, and over in Miami Ironside, Mickey Demos Boxing brought punching bags and lessons from the University of Miami's head boxing coach. Jetset Pilates opened a fourth location in North Miami
The Clean Eating Industry Booms
This is just tipping off the ice berg, but Miami's wellness industry had a huge year. Jugofresh opened two locations, in North Miami and in Coral Gables, as well as its very own counter at Whole Foods in Downtown Miami, which also opened this year. This sparked a Whole Foods counter explosion, where the juicery announced it would be opening in Aventura, Boca, South Beach, Coral Gables, and North Miami. In Wynwood, more juiceries and organic eateries opened up, including Jucy Lu, Dr. Smood, and Guarapo. Another huge health food opening? DIRT, which opened just over a month ago on Alton Road.